Professor of Sustainable Chemical Engineering

Maastricht University
Maastricht (Stad), Limburg (NL)
May 05, 2021
Jun 01, 2021
Field of specialization
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

Maastricht University’s Faculty of Science and Engineering is looking to appoint a Professor of Sustainable Chemical Engineering. The successful appointee will set up and develop a new research group in the field of sustainable process technology. Providing leadership to the group, s/he will be responsible for the overall quality of work as well as the associated research and teaching programmes. With an international reputation for excellence in innovative science in the field of chemical engineering and sustainable process technology, s/he will also be expected to contribute to the development of the educational curriculum.

Job Description

The primary responsibilities of the Professor of Sustainable Chemical Engineering include research, education, and management.

The primary tasks of the appointee are to:

  • build and lead a research group in sustainable process technology – developing amongst others a research line in chemical recycling – being a role model, connector, and strong motivator for all staff members.
  • initiate and supervise the development and delivery of internationally respected and innovative research in the area of sustainable process technology, and acquiring appropriate research funding;
  • stimulate scientific excellence through the training, supervision and mentoring of postdocs, PhD students and BSc and MSc research internships;
  • contribute to outstanding education and designing innovative and high-quality teaching programmes in sustainable process technology;
  • contribute to the organisation, and day-to-day activities of the group, encouraging a positive and welcoming academic work environment;
  • contribute to and further expand collaborations within the Department, Faculty, and the Brightlands Chemelot Campus ecosystem.


The ideal candidate:

  • holds a PhD in the field of chemical engineering;
  • is an acknowledged and respected scholar, with demonstrated research excellence in sustainable process technology and a keen interest in chemical recycling;
  • has experience with education and is willing to embrace Problem Based Learning (PBL) as a pedagogical principle;
  • has a demonstrated ability to attract funding both internationally and nationally, experience collaborating with non-academic partners and creating social impact;
  • has excellent communication and proven management and leadership skills focused on inspiring co-workers to achieve excellence;
  • has a keen eye for identifying, developing, and motivating talent;
  • has experience with research in an international setting; have a strong international research network of collaborators.

Faculty of Science and Engineering

The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) is home to several outstanding departments in education and research. Students and scientists contribute to education programmes at the bachelor's, master's and PhD levels and take part in innovative research in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Faculty houses over 2,400 students and 370 employees, spread over locations in Maastricht and the Brightlands campuses.

Maastricht University

Maastricht University (UM) is the most international university in the Netherlands and, with 20,000 students and 4,400 employees, is still growing. It is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based education model, characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research at UM is multidisciplinary and thematic, inspired by issues such as sustainability, European integration, healthy ageing and the influence of technological developments on society. Reflecting the university's strong international profile, almost half of its students and one third of its academic staff is international, representing over 100 different nationalities.

Appointment Process

An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Perrett Laver to assist the Selection Committee. Perrett Laver may be contacted for informal enquiries and questions by emailing Applications can be uploaded at, quoting reference 5093. The closing date for applications is 9am CET on Tuesday 1st June 2021.

Applications will be considered by the Selection Committee in mid-May and selected candidates will be invited for formal interviews afterwards.

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