Assistant or Associate or full Professor Soft Matter Research with Neutrons

Job description

Pharma, polymers, food and chemistry heavily rely on soft condensed matter for innovations. At TU Delft we apply the latest technology to better understand these materials, with research topics ranging from health to energy. As a Professor in the Radiation Science and Technology (RST) Department you will use the cutting-edge instrumentation of the TU Delft Reactor Institute to develop research into soft matter. Join us as an Assistent, Associate or Full Professor, depending on your seniority level and experience.

You will develop your vision and unique research lines geared to the topics within RST’s scope. To explore our instruments’ full potential, you’ll work closely with our technicians. And as your research encompasses physics, chemistry or biology, you’ll also collaborate with other departments at TU Delft and other universities. Building your network and attracting funding, you will write research proposals in which instruments like small-angle neutron scattering (SANS), neutron reflectometry and spin-echo SANS are used to their full extent.

In addition, you will be building your team of PhD candidates and postdocs, whom you will supervise to completion. You will also teach Bachelor and Master students, assist with and supervise their measurements and calculations, and support them with their thesis projects. Our driven team of seven Full Professors, five Affiliate Professors, nineteen Associate/Assistant professors, fifteen postdocs and some fifty PhD candidates will be your home base. You will find a friendly, collaborative and supportive environment, in which we welcome your ideas and help you evolve and grow your academic career.


You thrive on taking the lead in interdisciplinary research into soft matter. Leveraging your social and communications skills, you build relevant networks and convince stakeholders of your research proposals. You also know how to apply for grants and attract funding. As you will be contributing to world-class education, you enjoy teaching and interacting with our international students. Depending on your level of seniority, you yourself will develop the skills you need as part of your personal development programme, and/or are keen to coach others in their development. You also have:

  • A PhD in (Applied) Physics or Chemistry.
  • A track record in soft matter research using neutron scattering techniques, reflected by publications in relevant scientific journals.
  • A keen interest in other disciplines that are crucial to your interdisciplinary research.
  • Demonstrable teaching competencies, or the willingness and ability to learn the skills you need.

* A good command of spoken and written English, as you’ll be working in an internationally diverse community. And a good command of Dutch, or the willingness to learn the language, as TU Delft is a bilingual organisation.

Conditions of employment

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. 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 we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. We expect you to obtain a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) within three years if you have less than five years of teaching experience. This is provided by the TU Delft UTQ programme.

TU Delft sets high standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. The TU Delft offers training to improve English competency. If you do not speak Dutch, we offer courses to learn the Dutch language.

Additional information

The department of Radiation Science & Technology has unique expertise in using ionizing radiation such as positrons and neutrons for research and education. We have direct access to our 2.3 MW nuclear research reactor equipped with  advanced beam-line instruments, irradiation facilities and radiological laboratories, and to the Holland Particle Therapy Center including the proton beam research bunker. Our research focuses on materials science with emphasis on energy conversion and storage, health technology for imaging and diagnostics, radionuclide therapy and proton therapy. Innovative and sustainable nuclear energy is part of our portfolio as well. The department provides education to students in the fields of physics, chemistry and biomedical sciences.  It counts about 20 PI’s, 20 support staff and 70 PhD students and postdocs.

Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 5-2-2023 via the application button and upload your motivation and CV.

  • A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • Applying for an exemption for specific research and educational areas is an obligatory part of the selection procedure for this vacancy. This exemption must be obtained from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) before an employment contract is agreed upon. Click here for more information.
  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.