Applied Sciences

Research Themes for Delft Technology Fellowship 2022-2023

Soft Matter research with neutrons
The fellow has demonstrated experience in experimental soft matter research and has ample experience in applying neutron scattering techniques and analyzing these data. Additional experience with positron techniques is an asset. Possible soft matter systems include, but are not limited to: macromolecules, foams, gels, polymers, colloids etc.  As the successful candidate, you will be encouraged to develop a strong new research line within the focus area of the RST department and exploit the in-house reactor instruments, like small angle neutron scattering (SANS) and neutron reflectometry (both fed by cold neutrons) and spin-echo SANS. You will be challenged by the latest insights to further develop the potentials for these instruments together with the instrument specialists at our institute. You are expected to initiate new collaborations among departments within the TU Delft and other Dutch and international universities on the topic of soft matter.

Radiation Biophysics
The fellow will advance the understanding and application of ionizing radiation in nuclear energy and in medical applications. You will focus on radiation dosimetry and on the biophysics of ionizing radiation in proton, photon, and radionuclide therapy at the molecular scale, and advance the fundamental understanding of interaction of ionizing radiation with living matter. In close collaboration with our medical partners HollandPTC, Erasmus MC and LUMC, you will work on novel methods for the prediction, measurement and modulation of the biological effects of ionizing radiation, and develop novel radio sensitization strategies and rational combination therapies. You contribute to the development of personalized, biology-driven approaches in radiation oncology.

Imaging science and engineering: Optics, Electron based imaging or Medical ultrasound
The department of Imaging Physics would warmly welcome outstanding fellows in several sub-fields of imaging science and engineering. First, we aim to strengthen our presence in the fields of applied optics with a clear road to implementation, for example in technology for imaging optics, manufacturing and measurement, or optical design. Examples could be found in novel inroads to freeform optics, metamaterial applications, lensless imaging, or the use of modern computational techniques such as AI in optical design. Second, we wish to expand in electron based imaging, with an emphasis on instrumentation and method development, incorporating e.g. electron-light interaction.  Third, we are keenly interested in new ideas on medical ultrasound, in particular related to transducer technology, or novel computational approaches. We are looking forward to receiving a compelling research vision, both academically challenging and with clear relevance to societal partners, in any of these three areas.

Quantitative biology: from molecules to tissues
The Department of Bionanoscience invites applications from outstanding scientists at any career stage (tenure-track to full professor), who are interested in quantitative biology at the smallest scales (molecules to tissues). Candidates should be highly collaborative, and thrive in the open and interdisciplinary environment we offer. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: biophysics, biochemistry, chromosome biology, genetic engineering, bioinformatics, synthetic biology, developmental biology, immunology, virology, microbiology, smart biomaterials, or any other topic that allows for synergistic interactions with the 17 other research groups in our department. Successful candidates are expected to foster an independent and cutting edge research program, and enthusiastically teach and develop courses/curricula in our BSc and MSc programs.  By offering competitive start-up packages, we promote the careers of our new hires. We strive to build a department that reflects the diversity of society, and encourage applications from traditionally underrepresented groups, such as those coming from ethnic, cultural, gender, sexual orientation, or religious minorities; from people with disabilities, or from people from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds. We are happy to make applying easier through accommodation in the recruitment process.


Experimental Quantum Nanoscience
The potential of quantum technology extends far beyond computation and communication. By focusing on basic research on various manifestations of quantum physics, the Department Quantum Nanoscience aims to offer avenues for quantum innovation in the broadest sense. Relevant focus areas for this search include new strategies to design, build and characterise quantum materials, the robust conversion of quantum information between different systems by means of transduction, and novel avenues to exploit the strong responsiveness of quantum system towards improved sensing devices. These areas of research represent central components for any form of quantum technologies and play a unique role in our ongoing endeavor to unlock the tremendous potential for innovation that lies in the quantum world.
We are looking for a promising scientist with recognized experimental expertise in any of these areas from fundamental and/or technological perspectives. We are interested in particular in candidates whose research focuses on the study of novel applications of quantum matter effects, such as those based on topology, symmetry and coherence, as well as of high-responsiveness quantum sensors and transducers. The research direction of the candidate should allow for significant synergies with the existing activities within the department QN.


Digital Technologies for Chemical Engineering
The department of Chemical Engineering (ChemE) at TU Delft has an opening for a faculty position in chemical product/material design with a focus on the development and application of innovative digitalized technologies based on advanced experiments (e.g. high-throughput experimentation, robotics, automation) or computations (e.g. multiscale modelling, machine learning, high-throughput computing).
Data-driven approaches and integrated automated workflows will soon become standard practices in chemical engineering and material sciences. AI and data-driven technologies hold a promise of revolutionizing the way new products and functional materials are designed and developed. There are many challenges that hamper such a digital revolution in chemical engineering related to the availability of high quality experimental as well as computational data and the need for new methodologies for their analysis and utilization.
We are inviting research proposals within these subjects, with relevance to the broad ChemE research domains of energy, health or circularity to be considered for the Delft Technology Fellowship.


Metabolic Engineering
Microbial Ecophysiology and Genomics
Biotechnology and Society

To strengthen our research into sustainable production processes for chemicals, food ingredients and pharmaceuticals, the Department of Biotechnology would warmly welcome a new colleague. She should have the ambition to build a research team with a focus on one of three areas:

  • Metabolic engineering: apply advanced synthetic biology tools and bioreactor-based quantitative physiology to improve and extend sustainable applications of microorganisms in industry
  • Microbial ecophysiology and metagenomics: develop and apply innovative techniques to increase fundamental, quantitative understanding and extend applications of microbial communities in engineered systems
  • Biotechnology and society: quantitative and qualitative assessment of ecological and societal impacts to co-design improved biotechnological processes and value chains

Together with our other academic staff members, she will further intensify our collaborations with academic colleagues and with industry, utilities and/or other societal stakeholders. Required experience includes a PhD and/or postdoc experience in a relevant area of research.