Assistant Professor Acoustic Materials
The Department of the Built Environment houses a unique wide spectrum of
disciplinary knowledge in the fields of architecture, urban planning and
building technology (e.g. structural design, building physics, materials
technology and building information modelling). We act at various levels of
scale, from materials to buildings to cities and pay attention to the impact
of design and technology on humans. This diversity profiles us, and we cherish
it. Our mission is to educate students and advance science and technology from
the perspective of the built environment and for the benefit of humanity. We
integrate teaching, research and design in one educational program to empower
students to become thought leaders, to (re)shape cities and the construction
industry beyond the limits of the current imagination.
The department employs about 260 academic staff members, including
approximately 190 PhDs, PDEngs and Postdocs, organized in disciplinary units.
Scientists within the units are encouraged to team up over the borders of
their own field of expertise in cross-disciplinary research and education on
the themes: energy transition, sustainability and inclusiveness. Through
cooperation with other departments in the TU/e institutes on Energy Transition
(EIRES), Artificial Intelligence (EAISI) and the self-founded Urban
Development Initiative (UDI) we create new ecosystems with governmental
agencies and industry and thereby contribute to a healthy, sustainable and
inclusive built environment.
Academic field and positioning
The Building Acoustics research group of the Department of the Built
Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology is looking for an assistant
professor (on a tenure track position) in the area of acoustic materials.
The position has been made possible through means of the Dutch sectorplan
engineering , which aims to strengthen the disciplinary basis at
Sound is everywhere around us in the built environment. It is created by
natural and human sources of sound. Sounds can be pleasant and informative but
they can also be a serious threat to our health. Unfortunately, sound is the
second biggest environmental problem affecting health, causing annoyance,
sleep disturbance and cardiovascular diseases. Yearly, it is estimated that
1,6 million disability-adjusted life years in Europe are lost from
environmental noise. Continuously, new sources of sound arise (e.g. wind
turbines, drones) as well as new building concepts. These facts face the
Building Acoustics chair of the unit BPS with ever emerging challenges where
adverse health effects due to sound sources should be minimized and the
acoustic quality of spaces (for example to enhance speech intelligibility)
should be guaranteed.
The essence of the research area of the chair is to study the influence of the
built environment on the propagation of sound from sources to our ears. For
this reason, it revolves around the continuous development of computational
and experimental acoustic methods. The aim of these methods is to a) support
fundamental and strategic research on understanding production (e.g.
footsteps on a floor), propagation (wind effects outdoors) and perception
(providing auralization tools) of sound in the built environment as well as
to develop solutions and b) offer researchers and designers tools to
integrate and optimize acoustics for a sustainable (re)design of the built
environment. The research areas of the group are in Virtual Acoustics,
Environmental Acoustics, Acoustic Materials and Effects of the Sound
Environment on Humans.
Together with the impact of noise and the set aim towards a circular society
regarding the use of materials in the building industry, it is important to
keep developing sustainable materials for the built environment that possess
favourable properties in terms of blocking but mostly absorbing sound and
vibration. The research arena on this topic is recently accelerated by an
increased involvement of additive manufacturing techniques. It is the purpose
of this assistant professor position to develop such sustainable materials,
with either a focus on numerical or experimental techniques, targeting to
integrate them for built environment applications. The Building Acoustics
research group has access to experimental facilities via the Building
Acoustics laboratory Echo on the TU/e campus, and to 3D printers.
The candidate is expected to carry out high quality scientific research in the
field of acoustic materials for the built environment. It is the challenge to
develop such materials that are lightweight, thin, sustainable, act in a wide
frequency range, and have the potential to be constructed in real life. For
this purpose, the candidate is expected to exploit 3D printing techniques, and
where possible combine various absorbing or damping mechanisms. The assistant
professor may have a focus within this research topic. The candidate is
expected to acquire research funding to carry out the research together with
junior researchers as PhD candidates and postdocs.
Research results should be communicated in high quality scientific journals,
which should continue to strengthen the high impact of the Building Acoustics
research group. Besides, the group is developing an open research software and
data policy and the assistant professor is expected to collaborate in this
direction such that the related academic field can benefit from these
developments and to pave the way to engineering applications.
At TU/e, there are plenty of opportunities to collaborate within and outside
the Building Acoustics group, which is in the spirit of the university and
department. For example, there is the Building Materials research group and
the 3D Concrete Printing group. Internationally, the candidate is expected to
play an active role in the research community on acoustic materials, which is
in line with the profile of the Building Acoustics group.
Besides academic collaboration, involvement of industry and stakeholders is
essential to transfer knowledge and products to industry. For this reason, it
should be targeted to collaborate with such partners in research projects if
The candidate is expected to contribute to courses as well as to guide
students in individual and group projects, both related to courses and
projects of the Building Acoustics research group as well as in inter/multi-
disciplinary and thematic courses and project work. The assistant professor is
expected obtain his/her university teaching qualification (UTQ) and to
become responsible for a course. The research area of the assistant professor
is connected to courses both at the Bachelor's and Master's level.
Management and leadership skills
The assistant professor is expected to play an important role in the
development of the Buiding Acoustics research group and its daily working
atmosphere, as well as the department as a whole. This requires an open,
collaborative, respectful and inspiring attitude to all coworkers and students
with strong written and verbal communication skills.
Whilst not sharing final responsibility, the assistant professor will share
the daily management tasks with postdocs, and the other staff members of the
group, such as finances, personnel and HR, project acquisition and recruitment
of PhD students and post-docs, daily supervisor and co-promotorship of PhD
students. The candidate will also be involved in a departmental-wide
The assistant professor has his/her own research profile and is expected to
develop his/her own research team when tenured, as an autonomous senior
scientific research and educator taking initiative in high quality research
and delivering high quality education. This team of the assistant professor is
expected to be strongly intertwined with the Building Acoustics research group
as a whole. The candidate is expected to be open for collaboration in research
Knowledge, experience and skills
We are looking for a candidate with the following experience:
Possesses a PhD in the field of acoustics, preferably in acoustic
Publishes research results in peer-reviewed scientific journals;
Has experience on a postdoc level, either in industry (R&D) or an
Has the capacity to develop new acoustic materials based on a rigorous
understanding of the involved physical processes;
Has the affinity to collaborate with related research areas as additive
manufacturing, material science as well as architects in order to bring
the acoustic concepts to a next level for getting attractive to industrial
partners that are willing to manufacture it for the market, whereby
addressing societal questions as circularity of materials;
Is reaching out to industry for collaboration;
Has a collaborative attitude;
Has strong verbal and written communication skills;
Is an inspiring researcher and educator;
Has the capacity to connect the outcomes of scientific research to
Conditions of employment
A full-time position (0.8-1.0 FTE) in a dynamic and ambitious university
with a broad (inter)national network.
A Tenure Track of five years. After a maximum of four years the tenure
decision will be made, which may include a development path towards
becoming an associate professor. If you have a more senior profile, a
tailor-made career proposal will be considered.
Access to first class laboratory facilities, including laboratory on
structural design, acoustics, materials, building physics, BIM (VR/AR)
and robotics, including large scale 3D print facilities.
Free access to high-quality training programs for academic leadership, the
university teaching qualification program, research and valorization
competences, and a dedicated mentoring program to help you get to know the
university and the Dutch (research) environment.
Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement
for Dutch Universities.
Additionally, an annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, plus
a year-end allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary.
A broad package of fringe benefits, including an excellent technical
infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes.
Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as the Dual Career
Opportunity program to support accompanying partners, an international
spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports
A Staff Immigration Team is available for international candidates, as is
a tax compensation scheme (the 30% Facility) and Partner Career Support.
Information and application
Eindhoven University of Technology is a top-ranking Dutch university that
combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on attitude. Our spirit of
collaboration translates into an open culture and a number 1 position in
collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to
design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow.
Curious to hear more about what it is like as an assistant professor at TU/e?
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Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more?
Please contact professor Maarten Hornikx (m.c.j.hornikxattue.nl).
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Cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for
Curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and the contact
information of two references.
List of five self-selected ‘best publications or patents' with a short
description for each why you selected them.
Description of your scientific interests and plans (1-2 pages).
Statement of your teaching goals and experience (1-2 pages).
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collaborations within the department in the description of your scientific
interest and the statement of your teaching goals.
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