Ref: 6120

Eindhoven University of Technology

Eindhoven, the Netherlands

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Role Managed by:

Jess Winfield

Research Associate

t: +31(0)20 24 04 375


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 19/10/2022

Eindhoven University of Technology: where Innovation starts, and People matter

In service to society, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) strives for excellence in academic research, education, innovation, and impact, contributing to several of the United Nations’ sustainable development goals. At the heart of TU/e is an inspiring, open, diverse, and tight-knit international community of talented and bright people; with 13,000 students, close to 7,000 staff, and countless partners. Some 4,500 TU/e researchers thrive, in collaboration with academic peers and partners, in top-notch labs and off-campus settings all over the world. TU/e is at the heart of a unique ecosystem for innovation and growth, Brainport Eindhoven; one of Europe’s leading innovative top technology regions. It is fast becoming the number one motor of the economy of The Netherlands, making further growth of TU/e inevitable in the years to come.

The Supervisory Board now invites expressions of interest for the position of Rector, who together with the President (Robert-Jan Smits) and the Vice-President (Nicole Ummelen) form the Executive Board of TU/e. The Executive Board directs the initiation and implementation of the university's strategic policy and is accountable to the Supervisory Board. The Rector of this collegially operating university board has an initiating and coordinating role on all academic matters in consultation with the University Consultative Council (UCC), consisting of the Deans of the nine departments, the Deans of the bachelor college, and the graduate school.

Personal expertise skills and stature

TU/e is seeking to appoint an outstanding scholar who will further build upon the strengths of the technical university through an inspiring vision of how to stimulate effective cooperation and interactions between research, education, impact, and supporting processes. The Rector is the lead and anchor on academic mores, research ethics, integrity, and open science, contributing to the academic level and reputation of the university. S/he embodies the TU/e essence by articulating and upholding its academic quality standards with natural ease in internal and external representation of TU/e in (national and international) academia and other contexts.

Knowledge and experience

The Rector is familiar with the fields of expertise at TU/e and enjoys evident recognition and authority in the academic world. The successful candidate is a recognised scientist who has a strategic mindset and builds on rapport with science, engineering, and design, in research, education and impact. S/he is a team player and seasoned manager with the makings for governing a growing technical university and endorsing the strategic partnerships of TU/e.

Leadership style

The Rector is an authentic, approachable, and connecting leader, inspiring to both peers and laymen through implicit stature, personal commitment, and interest. S/he sets the standards by example and provides guidance to the interplay of the scientists’ community. S/he is an inspiring personality for all groups in the TU/e community, with a special touch for young academics and students. S/he has a forte for talent development, collaboration, and teamwork in an international community, making all members feel seen, heard, and valued. S/he ensures accountability and instils trust.

Appointment: The appointment is for a period of four years with the possibility of reappointment.

Remuneration: The position is valued according to the Standards for Remuneration Act (Wet Normering Topinkomens).


Appointment Process and How to Apply

An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Perrett Laver to assist the Appointment Advisory Committee in the discharge of its duties, both to assist in the assessment of candidates against the requirements of the role and to identify the widest possible field of candidates. Applications should consist of a covering letter addressing suitability against the person specification and a full curriculum vitae.

Perrett Laver may be contacted for a more detailed profile, informal enquiries and questions on +31 (0) 20 240 4375 or by emailing Applications can be uploaded at, quoting reference 6120. The closing date for applications is at 9 am CET on Wednesday 19th October.

Applications will be considered by the selection committee at the beginning of November and shortlisted candidates will be selected by the end of November. The interviews with the appointment committee and a selection assessment will take place in the first two weeks of December. The appointment process, including the appointment decision, is expected to occur expeditiously.

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