The Department of Biomechanical Engineering at the University of Twente invites candidates for an assistant professor position to complement, extend and strengthen the department’s competence in modeling with applications to haptic interactions with medical robots.

Medical robotics include robots assisting surgeons in the during interventions, bionic prosthesis for amputees, wearable exoskeletons to support workers or individuals with physical disabilities, or companion robots. In our department we have developed such robots and evaluated them in (pre-clinical) trials. In collaboration with industrial leaders we also conduct research with existing commercial medical robots to further improve the technology.

Medical robots interact with their environment in a variety of complex scenarios. The development of computational models to simulate and visualize these interactions is essential for the design and development of robotic systems. In order to model and control these systems, the dynamic behaviour must be well-understood and implemented in fast and accurate simulation models. The models can be subsequently applied to learning algorithms or simulators to render the physics in real-time for realistic haptic interaction.

We are looking for a promising female Assistant Professor who will be working on diverse projects in the area of computational modelling with applications to medical robots. The position is funded by a national program that strives for more female professors in engineering.

Candidates should have a successful scientific track record and be able to formulate an independent research program addressing current scientific and technological challenges. We are looking for a team player who proactively searches for collaboration within the faculty and within the cross faculty Twente Robotics Centre.

The candidate is expected to participate in the teaching of courses offered by the department at Bachelor and at Master level to the educational programs technical medicine, industrial design, mechanical engineering, biomedical technology and a new master program Robotics.


PhD degree and expertise in a field relevant for the position.

Passion for teaching and you hold a University Teaching Qualification for Dutch Universities, a similar qualification, or are willing to obtain this.

Ability to supervise, train, and support junior researchers.

Ability to define and pursue an own research direction, evidenced by the track record and recommendations.

Ability to design and deliver clear and engaging education.

Ability to collaborate in research, educational and organizational projects.

Proficient in written and oral English.

Proficient in written and oral Dutch or willing to learn Dutch to interact with students in Dutch.

Interpersonal and organizational skills.

Experience in writing research proposals and obtaining external funding.


We offer an excellent and stimulating scientific environment with an attractive campus and lots of facilities for sports and leisure. The university provides a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda.

We offer a position with a generous allowance:
A full-time position with a gross salary between € 3.746,- and € 6.940,- per month, depending on experience and qualifications;

Additional benefits include a solid pension scheme, holiday allowance of 8 % of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3 %.

A minimum of 29 holidays.

Professional and personal development programs.

Well-equipped labs with professional lab technicians, like the Neuromechanics, Surgical Robotics and Wearable Robotics Labs.

Start-up package.

Possibilities to collaborate with clinical departments.

Proximity to Enschede, a mid-size city with a large social offer, immersed in the nature of the Twente region.

Fun work/lab atmosphere with social retreats.

If you do not speak Dutch, we offer courses to learn the Dutch language.


An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Dutchwebshark to assist the recruitment committee. Applications can be sent to ian@dutchwebshark.com before September 18th 2021. Ian may also be contacted for informal enquiries and questions about the post. Please do not use the application button below.

Please note that this vacancy is only open to female scientists. This is part of the University of Twente’s strategy to increase the proportion of women among its faculty and to create a working environment that is diverse and inclusive and supportive of excellence in research and teaching.


The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) engages in education and research Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering with a view to enabling society and industry to innovate and create value using sound, efficient and sustainable technology. We are part of a ‘people-first’ university of technology, taking our place as an internationally leading centre for smart production, processes and devices in five domains: Health Technology, Maintenance, Smart Regions, Smart Industry and Sustainable Resources. Our faculty is home to some 1,800 Bachelor’s and Master’s students, 400 employees and 150 PhD candidates and offers three degree programmes: Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. Our educational and research programme are closely connected with UT research institutes Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centra and Digital Society Institute.

University of Twente (UT)

University of Twente (UT) has entered the new decade with an ambitious, new vision, mission and strategy. As ‘the ultimate people-first university of technology’ we are rapidly expanding on our High Tech Human Touch philosophy and the unique role it affords us in society. Everything we do is aimed at maximum impact on people, society and connections through the sustainable utilisation of science and technology. We want to contribute to the development of a fair, digital and sustainable society through our open, inclusive and entrepreneurial attitude. This attitude permeates everything we do and is present in every one of UT’s departments and faculties. Building on our rich legacy in merging technical and social sciences, we focus on five distinguishing research domains: Improving healthcare by personalised technologies; Creating intelligent manufacturing systems; Shaping our world with smart materials; Engineering our digital society; and Engineering for a resilient world.

As an employer, University of Twente offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With us, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customisable conditions.

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