Tenure Track Assistant Professor Smart micro energy systems University of Groningen

Tenure Track Assistant Professor Smart micro energy systems (1.0 fte)

Vacancy number 216318



Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative center of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage currently more than 30,000 students and researchers to develop their individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe, the top 100 universities in the world and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

Within the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (FMNS), the Engineering and Technology institute Groningen (ENTEG - https://www.rug.nl/research/enteg/) conducts engineering science research and covers a broad area of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, biotechnology and information technology. The research unit Discrete Technology and Production Automation (DTPA) is focused on the dynamical modeling, analysis and systems engineering of complex electro-mechanical systems. The application areas include smart energy systems, mechatronic systems, robotic systems, as well as, multi-agent autonomous systems.

Job description

The Engineering and Technology institute Groningen (ENTEG) of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a vacancy for a tenure track assistant professor in the field of Smart Micro Energy Systems. The candidate is expected to initiate a research line on research activities that are related to the miniaturization of energy harvesting systems using piezoelectricity. It includes the embedding of such systems in a MEMS device, thus taking a mechatronics design perspective, and deals with research activities on micro transduction technology, on rectification systems (which is the processing of the AC outputs of energy harvesting systems into regulated low voltage DC, suitable for powering an ultra-low power sensor node), as well as, on micro power management systems.

The candidate is expected to set up his/her own research group in the field of smart micro-energy systems. This includes obtaining research grants and supervision of PhD students.

In particular, he/she:

  • will design, develop and characterize new transduction technology based on novel piezoelectric materials
  • will design and develop active rectifying systems that transfer real and reactive power between a transducer and a storage element (capacitor or battery)
  • will design and develop optimal power management systems that can optimally balance the power generation, storage and energy transfer
  • will design and develop integrated self-powered sensor systems for novel application areas.

In addition, the candidate will contribute 30% of her/his time to the teaching programmes at the University of Groningen, in particular the bachelor and master programmes in Industrial Engineering and Management , Applied Physics , the bachelor programme in Life Science and Technology with a major in Biomedical Technology , the master programme in Biomedical Engineering and new master’s degree programmes in Engineering that are under development. It is also expected that the candidate will contribute to the specialization of Advanced Production Engineering and/or of Smart Systems in Control and Automation within the master’s degree programme in Industrial Engineering and Management.

The candidate is expected to have an active interest and to provide a positive contribution to the management and organizational tasks of the institute. At the level of the FMNS, the candidate will contribute to the organization of the faculty, for example by participating in working groups and committees, in the fields of teaching, research and management. The candidate will participate in relevant national and international organizations.

The University of Groningen is an equal-opportunity employer. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.


You have:
• PhD in Mechanical Engineering, in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, in Material Science or in Engineering Physics / Applied Physics
• at least two years postdoctoral experience abroad (with possibility of including industrial experience)
• excellent research qualities, as evidenced by a publication record in international peer-reviewed journals and renowned conferences, and a relevant international network
• teaching and organizational experience appropriate to career stage
• evidence of successful acquisition of external funding appropriate to career stage.

Additionally, it is expected that you are:
• a team player with good communications skills
• willing to fulfill the requirements for the University Teaching Qualification
• willing to learn the Dutch language (while teaching itself is conducted in English).

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers a gross monthly salary dependent on qualifications and work experience from € 3,427 (salary scale 11 Dutch Universities) up to a maximum of € 5,330 (salary scale 12) gross per month for a fulltime position. The appointment will be initially for a maximum of 6 years at the level of tenure track assistant professor. After 5 years there will be an assessment of performance based on established criteria. If the outcome of the assessment is positive, the assistant professor will be promoted to associate professor with tenure. There will be another assessment at the end of a further 4-7 -year period for the promotion to full professor.

In addition to the primary salary the University offers 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.

The University of Groningen provides career services for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen.

The University of Groningen has adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists across all disciplines of the university. Therefore, female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

Interviews will take place in the week of 20 February 2017.

You may apply for this position until 16 January / before 17 January 2017 Dutch local time by means of the application form, see: http://www.rug.nl/about-us/work-with-us/job-opportunities/overview?details=00347-02S00057ZP

Interested candidates are invited to submit a complete application including:
• a letter of motivation
• a curriculum vitae, including a list of publications
• a list of five self selected ‘best papers’
• a statement about teaching goals and experience and a description of scientific interest and plans
• the names of three references complete with title and contact information.

1. The detail of BSc IEM programme can be found in: https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/fwn/vak/showpos?opleiding=3753 and that of MSc IEM programme can be read in: https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/fwn/vak/showpos?opleiding=3754 
2. The detail of BSc Applied Physics programme can be found in: https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/fwn/vak/showpos?opleiding=4967 and that of MSc Applied Physics programme can be read in:https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/fwn/vak/showpos?opleiding=3377 
3. The detail of BSc LS&T programme with major on Biomedical Technology can be found in:https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/fwn/vak/showpos?opleiding=3725 
4. The detail of MSc BME programme can be found in: https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/fwn/vak/showpos?opleiding=3219

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For information you can contact:

Prof. B. Jayawardhana, phone +31 50 3637156, e-mail: b.jayawardhana@rug.nl (please do not use for applications)

Prof. B. Noheda, phone +31 50 3634565, e-mail: b.noheda@rug.nl (please do not use for applications)

Additional information

Research of Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences: http://www.rug.nl/research/fmns/

Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials: http://www.rug.nl/research/zernike/

Career Paths in Science (edition 3): http://www.rug.nl/fwn/organization/vacatures/vacatures/career-paths-in-science-edition-3

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