Chair of Micro-Optics & Optomechatronics
Department/faculty: Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering
Level: PhD degree
Working hours: 38 hours per week
Contract: Tenured
Salary: €5260 to €9246 per month gross

Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering
The 3mE Faculty trains committed engineering students, PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers in groundbreaking scientific research in the fields of mechanical, maritime and materials engineering. 3mE is the epitome of a dynamic, innovative faculty, with a European scope that contributes demonstrable economic and social benefits.

The Department of Precision and Microsystems Engineering (PME) focuses on developing knowledge and methods for small, innovative high-precision devices and systems, such as precision equipment and scientific instrumentation for the high-tech industry. Increasing miniaturisation and function density, and improving precision, speed and reliability are the key topics in our work. Our approach is multidisciplinary, fundamental and inspired by industry needs.

Job description
The Chair of Micro-optics and Optomechatronics will form the basis for a new group within PME, complementing the four existing groups in Micro and Nanoengineering, Structural Optimisation and Mechanics, Dynamics of Micro and Nano Systems, and Mechatronic System Design. The new Chair will strengthen the research, education, and valorisation activities in the design and development of enabling technologies to enhance performance and capabilities of small-scale and high-precision machines and devices in the field of micro-optics and optomechatronics.
The Chair will further develop the research and education in optics, micro-optics, optomechatronics, photonics, and micro-mechanics within 3mE in a way that brings together and extends ongoing activities while also initiating new directions.
The desired field of expertise of the new chair is situated in the broad area of miniaturisation of complex mechanical devices where optics are indispensable to reach the micro and nanoscale, and to achieve micro- and nanometre precision in fields such as light-guided manufacturing, industrial imaging, sensing in health and life sciences, photonics, and consumer optics.

The preferred candidate will have a world-leading research profile, demonstrated by highly cited top publications in top peer-reviewed journals and conferences, and a successful track record in securing external research funds. S/he should be able to inspire BSc, MSc and PhD students as well as those in adjacent disciplines.

Conditions of employment
The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
TU Delft sets specific standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. TU Delft offers training to improve English competency.
Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. If you have less than five years of experience and do not yet have your teaching certificate, we allow you up to three years to obtain this.

Information and application
An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Perrett Laver to assist the recruitment committee. Perrett Laver may be contacted for informal enquiries and questions by email via, and by phone on +44 207 340 6263. Applications can be uploaded at, quoting reference 2767. The closing date for applications is 9am CEST on Tuesday 6th December 2016.