Professor of Energy Systems and Conversion & Chair of Process Design Group

Ref: 3746

University of Groningen

Groningen, Netherlands

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Role Managed by:

Dr Jack Bircher

Senior Research Associate

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Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Commensurate with experience

Closing Date: 24/09/2018

Formal Interview Date: 16th, 17th and 19th October

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Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and creative 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.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering now has a vacancy for a Full Professor in Energy Systems and Conversions in the Engineering and Technology institute Groningen (ENTEG). ENTEG covers a broad research area of mechanical engineering, materials and production engineering, chemical engineering, biotechnology, and systems and control engineering. ENTEG-researchers have a common design and development approach to the creation and manufacture of creative products and production strategies.

Job Description

You will build and chair a new research unit in the Mechanical Engineering field with a focus on process design of energy systems and conversions. Examples of research topics (but not limited to) can be found in the fields of advanced energy carrier technologies and energy conversion devices such as fuel cells, hydrogen storage systems, hybrid transportation and power systems, as well as "smart" ways of accomplishing chemical-to-work energy conversions.

As Chair of the new group, you will oversee Associate and Assistant Professors and researchers affiliated with the basic unit in their teaching and research. You will acquire funding for research, in particular by bringing in new PhD students, and develop new research collaborations and new application areas.

In addition, you will lecture, supervise research projects and practical courses in the Master Mechanical Engineering education, and will take a leading role in further developing this new curriculum. You will also teach in other educational programs such as the Bachelor and Master’s degree programs in Industrial Management and Engineering and/or Chemical Engineering, particularly in the field of process design. You will act as the supervisor of PhD students, who are embedded in the Groningen Graduate School of Science and Engineering. You are expected to have an active interest in and provide a positive contribution to the management and organizational tasks of the institute.

You will have:

  • a PhD degree in a relevant field such as mechanical engineering or chemical engineering;
  • experienced knowledge of developments in the mentioned research field;
  • experience in leading a research group, and shown capabilities in stimulating junior researchers and successfully supervising PhD students;
  • a relevant international network and a consistent record in securing research funding;
  • teaching and organizational experience appropriate to your career stage;
  • excellent academic writing and presentation skills (in English);
  • affinity with research at the interface of academia and industry, and with working in multidisciplinary teams.

You are:

  • an internationally recognized top-level researcher, demonstrated through publications in top-ranked journals and with leading academic publishers;
  • a team player with good communications skills;
  • prepared to fulfil the requirements for the University Teaching Qualification;
  • willing to learn the Dutch language.

Conditions of employment

The appointment of Full Professor will be a tenured appointment. The gross monthly salary, dependent on qualifications and work experience, will be from €5,441,- up to a maximum of €7,921,- for a full-time position.

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 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. The University has a dual career program that provides services for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen, The Netherlands.

How to apply

An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Perrett Laver to assist the Selection Committee. Applications should consist of a covering letter explaining motivation and qualifications for the position and a full curriculum vitae, including a list of publications (indicating your five self-selected ‘best papers’), and your vision statement on research and teaching.

Perrett Laver may be contacted for informal enquiries and questions on +31 20 2404 378 or by emailing Applications can be uploaded quoting reference 3746. The closing date for applications is 9am CEST on Monday 24th September 2018.

Applications will be considered by the Selection Committee in early October. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for formal interviews on 16th, 17th and 19th October 2018.

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