Assistant professor on Experimental Diagnostics in Porous media

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Hoek van Holland, South Holland
Job Type
Full Time
Date Posted
3 months ago

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The Department of Mechanical Engineering has a vacancy for an assistant professor on experimental diagnostics in porous media. This vacancy is part of the Irène Curie Fellowship, and is only open for female candidates.

Would you like the opportunity to contribute to the creation of a strong, internationally world-class research group, while encouraging a collaborative network with other academics working on the topic within the department, university and industry? We are looking for an outstanding candidate who has knowledge on relevant domains of energy storage and conversion, and experience in relevant experimental techniques. As newly appointed faculty member, you will contribute to the progress in the field of energy storage and will make major contributions of the fundamentals of energy transition.

The position is open immediately, but the start date is flexible!

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at TU/e is an ambitious and inclusive department that presently consists of three research units and several research centers, each of which is comprised of independent Principal Investigators (PIs). Our research is broadly centered around the themes of Energy and Flow, Dynamical System Design, and Materials and Mechanics. This vacancy is within the section Energy Technology & Fluid Dynamics of the Energy and Flow theme.

Job description
The energy transition is one of the major societal challenges' humanity faces today and to support a society where sustainable energy is available anytime and anywhere, we are in urgent need of new storage materials and conversion technologies. The use of porous media to store energy is very attractive, like underground geothermal energy and salts undergoing phase transition and/or chemical transitions. Extension of our disciplinary knowledge on new diagnostic measurement techniques to visualize the (pore-scale) flow dynamics is needed.

Unique research possibilities
Eindhoven University of Technology, Utrecht Medical Center, and Utrecht University joined forces in the Darcy Center for Porous Media Science and Technology ( The aim of Center is to advance porous media research in the areas of novel porous materials, transport of mass and heat in deformable porous media, and reactive energy storage in porous materials. The Center responds to the strong demand for innovative fundamental and applied research in order to meet today's societal challenges.

In order to strengthen the unique computational and experimental research within the Darcy Center and the Energy Technology & Fluid Dynamics group, we are looking for an outstanding assistant professor.

Within the lab, high-end experimental equipment is available, like X-Ray diffraction (XRD), CT scanners and MRI scanners. Most MRI scanners are unable to scan materials that contain magnetic contaminants. The equipment at the Darcy Lab, by contrast, is specially equipped for this purpose. The MRI scanners make scans in less than a millisecond. This is vital because magnetic contaminants in the materials (such as iron) greatly accelerate the speed at which the signal decays. At the other extreme, it is possible to conduct experiments lasting several hours, or even a couple of months. Not only water molecules but a wide variety of ionic substances can be localized. Owing to this special combination of research options, the facilities of the Darcy Lab are outstanding in the world


  • A PhD degree/ Academic doctorate, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Applied Physics or similar; or related field, with a strong publication record.
  • Ability to conduct high quality academic research, demonstrated by a relevant PhD thesis and/or journal publication(s).
  • Ability to teach, shown by experience or assistance in teaching and positive evaluations of these teaching efforts.
  • Creative and dedicated to (multidisciplinary) collaboration.
  • Good communication and leadership skills.
  • Excellent proficiency (written and oral) in English.


  • A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university embedded in the High-Tech Brainport region.
  • A Tenure Track of five years with the prospect of becoming an Associate Professor. After a maximum of four years, the tenure decision will be made. If you have a more senior profile, you will receive a tailor-made career proposal.
  • You will have free access to high-quality training programs for academic leadership, the university teaching qualification program, research and valorization competences, and a dedicated mentoring program to help you get to know the university and the Dutch (research) environment
  • Female candidates are eligible for the Irene Curie fellowship.
  • Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • Additionally, an annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, plus a year-end allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary;
  • A broad package of fringe benefits, including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes.
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as the Dual Career Opportunity program to support accompanying partners, an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.

About us

Eindhoven University of Technology is a top-ranking Dutch university that combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a number 1 position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly sophisticated problems of today and tomorrow.

More information

If you recognize yourself in this profile and if you have questions, please contact Arjan Frijns, a.j.h.frijns[at]

For information about terms of employment, please click here or contact Elly van den Eertwegh, Recruiter, e.a.m.v.d.eertwegh[at], + 31 6 39186476.

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We invite you to submit a complete application by using the 'apply now'-button on this page. The application should include a:

  • Cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and the contact information of three references.
  • List of five self-selected 'best publications'.
  • Description of your scientific interests and plans (1-2 pages).
  • Statement of your teaching goals and experience (1-2 pages).

We look forward to your application and will screen it as soon as we have received it. Screening will continue until the position has been filled.


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