[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Tenure Track Position in Soft Robotics at University of Twente, The Netherlands

Stefano Stramigioli s.stramigioli at u-twente.nl
Wed Feb 18 09:59:44 PST 2015

*** Tenure Track Position in Soft Robotics at the University of Twente ***

The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High
tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology
which drives change, innovation and progress in society. The University of
Twente is the only campus university in the Netherlands; divided over six
faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. The University
of Twente has a strong focus on personal development and talented
researchers are given scope for carrying out pioneering research.

The faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
(EEMCS) comprises three disciplines that shape Information and
Communication Technology. ICT is more than communication. In almost every
product we use mathematics, electronics and computer technology and ICT now
contributes to all of societies' activities. The faculty works together
intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and
abroad and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties
and funders. The research which enjoys a high profile both at home and
internationally, has been accommodated in the multidisciplinary research
institutes MESA+, CTIT and MIRA.

The scientific research at the university is organized in research
institutes. This vacancy will be situated in the institute MIRA. (
www.utwente.nl/mira). MIRA combines fundamental and applied research
with clinical practice. This unique scientific path stimulates a successful
application of fundamental concepts and enables healthcare to rapidly
introduce new treatments. MIRA works closely with hospitals, the business
community and governmental organizations, aiming to secure its leading
position in Europe. Apart from colloborations withing the University, the
robotic research is also joint in an academic-industry collaboration
Center, the LEO Center for Service Robotics (www.leorobotics.eu).

You will be appointed as a member of the Robotics And Mechatronics (RAM)
group http://www.utwente.nl/ewi/ram at the faculty of Electrical
Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EWI). The group is composed
of approximatively 50 people including professors, postdocs, (post)graduate
students, three technicians and secretarial support.

The RAM group has scientific and engineering expertise in Modelling,
Control, Design, Vision, Imaging and Embedded Systems. Medical specialists
in surgery and radiology are part time employed and there are numerous
collaborations with the clinical practice due to the Technical Medicine
education program. We have excellent modern facilities, such as: a 300 m2
lab including a new rapid prototyping lab with multiple 3D printers, laser
cutter, PCBs production facilities etc. and a lot of robotic hardware and
software tools to create advance robotics (sub)systems. Furthermore we have
a number of shared facilities including a very modern and fully equipped
operation room, 3D ultrasound devices, navigation instruments and more.

***Job specification

We want to invest in a new line of research in “Soft Robotics”. This should
cover the development, modelling and control of innovative robotics
concepts based on soft (bio)materials for various applications and
especially in healthcare.

You are a highly talented researcher in the area of Soft Robotics with the
ambition to establish a high-profile and internationally recognized
research line within five years. This Tenure Track should be considered in
the European/Dutch context in which great value is given to inclusion and
cooperation within a group: you are a team player, who enjoys working in a
group, involving people and contributing to the group’s results. You are
good at establishing collaborations, both internally and externally. You
have a keen eye for both  soft robotics and its applications and feel that
research and education should be closely intertwined. Besides excellent
performance in research you will contribute to teaching at different levels
and university duties. A successful completion of the Tenure Track will
result in a Tenure position as Associate and later possibly Full Professor
within the group.

***Your Profile

In order to be successful in this position you will need to:

 • Have a PhD in science or engineering.

• Have experience or capabilities to also work for the realization of
demonstrators and demonstration devices. A broad multidisciplinary
education track would be greatly valued for the position.

• Be a team player trying to involve people in your research and try to
being involved in research of others to multiply the effect of

• Have a clear open and transparent communication attitude.

• Be an excellent scientist, with the potential to establish a new line of

• Have good networking capabilities to establish collaborations.

• Be highly motivated to achieve excellence in the interest of science and
engineering innovation within he university, the institute MIRA, the RAM
group and for yourself.

Information and application

If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact Dr.ir. Ferdi
van der Heijden, Tel. +31 53 489 27 84

Please send your application, with a curriculum vitae, reference and list
of publications before 22 februari 20151 through the link below.

***Our offer

You will be appointed in a Tenure Track position for a max period of 6
years (in accordance with Clause 6.5a of the Collective Labour Agreement -
Dutch Universities). A Tenure Track contract enables you to direct your own
career based on fixed performance agreements, in which context promotion
from UD (assistant professor) to UHD (associate professor) and subsequently
to professor is possible.

The terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labour
Agreement for Universities (CAO). Depending on relevant background and
experience, the gross monthly salary on a full time basis ranges between
 €3324,-gross per month  at the start of your appointment to  €5.171 The
starting salary may vary, depending on your background. Employees are also
entitled to a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a
year-end bonus of 8,3 %.

We offer other excellent terms of employment, such as for professional and
personal development programs; a dynamic environment with enthusiastic
colleagues in an organization in which internationalization is an important
part of the strategic agenda; You will be rewarded a high degree of
responsibility and independence, while collaboration with close colleagues,
researchers and other university staff is strongly encouraged

Furthermore, the institute will provide seed fundings to hire a PostDoc for
two years.

More informations and application at


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