Postdoc on Mechatronic Design of Intelligent Soft Robots

  • FACULTY/DEPARTMENT- Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering
  • JOB TYPE- Postdoc Positions
  • SCIENTIFIC FIELD- Engineering
  • HOURS PER WEEK- 36-40
  • SALARY- see vacancy text

Seeking an exceptional postdoctoral researcher in soft robotics with expertise in mechatronics to develop intelligent soft robots. Join us to push the boundaries of this rapidly evolving field.

Job description

We are seeking an exceptional postdoctoral researcher in soft robotics, specifically focusing on developing intelligent and capable soft robots. Expert-level mechatronics skills are crucial for this pivotal role.

As a postdoctoral researcher, you will have the opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge advancements in soft robotics, pushing the boundaries of this rapidly evolving field. We seek a reliable individual with a strong sense of initiative and the ability to take on significant responsibilities.

In addition to your practical skills in mechatronics, we value your scientific vision, which will drive the development of novel approaches and innovative solutions in soft robotics. Your expertise and guidance will play a crucial role in shaping the direction and success of our lab.

If you are passionate about soft robotics, have a strong background in mechatronics, and are ready to take on a leadership role in managing lab operations and mentoring Ph.D. students, we encourage you to apply. Join our dynamic research team and contribute to groundbreaking advancements in soft robotics.


The ideal candidate for this position should possess the following qualifications. However, we encourage you to submit your application even if you don’t meet all the requirements. Nobody is perfect!

  • A (close to completion) Ph.D. in robotics, mechanical engineering, or a closely related field.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing robotic systems, possibly but not necessarily including soft robots.
  • A strong publication record.
  • Experience in supervision.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

Candidates from under-represented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

Conditions of employment

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (salary indication: € 3.703 – € 4.670 per month gross). The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants, TU Delft has the Coming to Delft Service. This service provides information for new international employees to help you prepare the relocation and to settle in the Netherlands. The Coming to Delft Service offers a Dual Career Programme for partners and they organise events to expand your (social) network.

This position is a temporary assignment for 18 months.

TU Delft (Delft University of Technology)

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

At TU Delft we embrace diversity as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

Challenge. Change. Impact!

Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

From chip to ship. From machine to human being. From idea to solution. Driven by a deep-rooted desire to understand our environment and discover its underlying mechanisms, research and education at the 3mE faculty focusses on fundamental understanding, design, production including application and product improvement, materials, processes and (mechanical) systems.

3mE is a dynamic and innovative faculty with high-tech lab facilities and international reach. It’s a large faculty but also versatile, so we can often make unique connections by combining different disciplines. This is reflected in 3mE’s outstanding, state-of-the-art education, which trains students to become responsible and socially engaged engineers and scientists. We translate our knowledge and insights into solutions to societal issues, contributing to a sustainable society and to the development of prosperity and well-being. That is what unites us in pioneering research, inspiring education and (inter)national cooperation.

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Additional information

 For more information about this vacancy, please contact Dr. C. (Cosimo) Della Santina,

Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply by June 20, 2023 via the application button and upload your motivation and CV.

A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.

You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.

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