Chair in Manufacturing Systems

Ref: 3908

University of Twente

Enschede, the Netherlands

Role Managed by:

Thomas Modder

Research Associate

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Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 25/04/2019

Formal Interview Date: End of May / Early June

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The Chair in Manufacturing Systems will develop a leading role in initiating, coordinating and executing manufacturing systems research to bring together factory physics and design knowledge in order to synthesize new technologies and scientific insights. In addition, the Professor will be responsible, together with the other Professors of the department Design, Production and Management, for the management of the department. The appointee will play an active role in the teaching and supervision of BSc, MSc, PDEng and PhD students.

We believe technology and people have a leading role to play in providing solutions for complex societal challenges worldwide. Central to our vision is our High-Tech Human Touch philosophy, in which we fuse natural science, data-science, biology and engineering with social and behavioural science while maintaining a relentless focus on societal impact. With this unique cross-disciplinary approach and excellence in scientific disciplines, our scientists, teachers and students work every day on these global challenges:
• Improving healthcare through personalized technologies
• Creating intelligent manufacturing systems
• Shaping our world with smart materials
• Engineering our digital society
• Engineering for a resilient world

Our scientists are recognized worldwide for their high-quality research. They possess the knowledge to find answers for inter-disciplinary and societally relevant problems by means of an engineering and entrepreneurial attitude. The research objectives of the faculty are to generate fundamental knowledge and to translate this knowledge into solutions for multidisciplinary technical problems. Within this context, the faculty focuses on the integrated value chain. The industrial and societal relevance of the research is secured by close collaboration with industry and the public sector. 
In our education, we aim to educate the engineers of the future to become T-shaped professionals who are able to acquire new knowledge themselves, able to apply this knowledge in a meaningful way and able to create innovative solutions for the new and complex challenges of industry and society. We do this through student-driven learning and project-led education, and by training students in the three different roles that they can adopt, i.e. Researcher, Designer or Organizer.

The Department of Design, Production & Management focuses on research, education and application of the broad industrial design process, ranging from the analysis of context and users to the realization of products and product service systems. DPM applies and advances conceptual and empirical methods of design research and contributes to knowledge on the design of business models, production, design for behaviour change, human-product interaction, and co-creation. The department has access to excellent infrastructures, such as the DesignLab (, and the Virtual Reality and Smart Industry Lab (, and works with globally leading research and technology institutes, such as the Fraunhofer Project Center ( 

Manufacturing systems transform scarce resources into products and are therefore at the core of the general transition towards Smart Industry (Industry 4.0). This implies a need to focus on the understanding and improvement of manufacturing systems and the related design processes for such systems. The research should involve design for intelligent manufacturing systems, ranging from synthesis approaches and tools, via the development of Smart Industry (Industry 4.0) and lean manufacturing concepts to address more general production management-oriented challenges. The manufacturing system research involves the holistic consideration of products, production, and product lifecycles, based on sophisticated and groundbreaking modelling methods and information-driven technologies for production environments. 

Your Profile
• Your research topic is within the field of manufacturing systems engineering with an affinity towards factory physics and design knowledge that may fit within the department of DPM of the faculty of Engineering Technology.
• You are a motivated researcher and you have a clear vision on future development of the field.
• You are expected to be a dedicated professional, ready and capable to create links between your own research area, the different chairs within the department of DPM and the multi-disciplinary context at the University of Twente.
• You have a passion for teaching.
• You hold a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) for Dutch Universities or you are willing to obtain this in the first years of your assignment.
• You thrive in a collaborative environment and your managerial skills make a difference.
• Your communication skills in English are excellent.

Our offer
• We offer you a full-time tenured position as Professor with a competitive salary and excellent benefits
• We offer you an international work environment, with colleagues from many different countries from all over the world.
• Employment conditions;
- excellent research facilities;
- extra's such as an 8,3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday allowance;
- a solid pension scheme;
- possibilities to save up holidays for sabbatical leave;
- minimum of 29 holidays and additional 12 holidays in case of full-time employment;
- professional and personal development programs;
- a family-friendly institution, offering support for dual hiring

The UT embraces and encourages diversity in many forms and strives to create an inclusive community that fosters an open and supportive research, education, valorization, and working environment. The UT will work to improve diversity, inclusion and equity within the campus community.

An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Perrett Laver to assist the Selection Committee. Perrett Laver may be contacted for informal enquiries and questions on +31202404379 or by emailing Applications can be uploaded at, quoting reference 3908. The closing date for applications is 9am CET on Thursday 25th April 2019.

Applications will be considered by the recruitment committee and preliminarily shortlisted candidates will subsequently be invited for informal conversations with the University, after which a formal shortlist of candidates will be invited for interview and campus visits. Selection of and negotiations with the preferred candidate will take place thereafter. 

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