Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is a leading international university of science and technology. We integrate excellent education and research to enable our students and scientist to advance science and develop technological innovations aiming at growth of prosperity and welfare in an international context. The TU/e is a vibrant university, founded in 1956 by industry, local government and academia. We foster an open culture where everyone feels free to exchange ideas and take initiatives. The TU/e has strong ties with industry and public organizations.

Our campus is at the center of one of the most powerful technology hubs in the world: Brainport Eindhoven. Globally, we stand out when it comes to collaborating with advanced industries. Together with other institutions, we form a thriving ecosystem with one common aim – to improve quality of life through sustainable innovations. Following the TU/e 2030 strategy, the TU/e will strengthen its core activities to extend the frontiers of science and technology and educate the engineers of the future who combine in-depth knowledge about science and technology with the skills to address global societal challenges.

The Department of Chemical Engineering & Chemistry (CE&C) is one of the nine departments of the TU/e. The mission of the department is to remain a world leader in chemical engineering and chemistry through cutting edge education and research in new materials and processes to address the present and future societal challenges.

The CE&C department offers a Bachelor’s degree program, a Master’s degree program with two specializations and, at the Stan Ackerman’s Institute, a design engineering course. Education is closely related to the department’s research. The department has two main research clusters: Molecular Systems and Materials Chemistry, and Chemical and Process Technology and participates in multiple leading national and international research programs and consortia.

The department aims to be a place where staff can develop their talents in a collegial atmosphere with shared responsibilities for excellent science and technology, research and education. The department operates lean & mean and has an open, transparent no-nonsense culture.

The department has approximately 400 employees and is housed in the Helix and Matrix buildings on the TU/e campus. It has extensive state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, occupying ca. 12,000 m2.


Because of retirement of the current director of the department a job vacancy will arise for a

Managing Director

The Managing Director is a member of the departmental board, a strong sparring partner for the other board members (Dean and Vice Dean) and responsible for all financial, personnel and organizational CE&C processes. He/she is responsible for the implementation of the organizational and managerial aspects of the departmental and university strategy.

The Managing Director leads the Departmental Office that provides high quality support to education, research and valorisation. This includes Human Resources Management including career development, finance, ICT, communication, accommodation, legal affairs, and internal affairs. The Managing

Director also carries responsibility for health, safety and environmental aspects, which are key to the operation of the CE&C department.

In addition, the Managing Director, at the request of the University Executive Board, participates in various university-wide consultative bodies, and through collaboration with other directors, makes an active contribution to shaping modern and efficient operational management at the TU/e.

Responsibilities and core tasks

The Managing Director leads and is ultimately responsible for all operational processes in the department in the widest sense with an emphasis on:

• Ensuring a well-functioning and integrated business operation.

• Sustainable financial management that serves to promote the strategy and development of the department and its staff in terms of its primary processes of education and research.

• Ensuring a safe and healthy work, educational and research environment within the department.

• Establishing and maintaining contacts with relevant private partners, government, institutions and other stakeholders. Coordinating and managing the HR policy especially recruitment and career planning.

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Requirements and qualifications

• As a candidate you are an independent and decisive professional with firm human resource, financial, legal and administrative knowledge and experience.

• You have proven successful management experience, at least 5 years, preferably gained in a complex, knowledge intensive environment.

• You have an academic education in chemical engineering, chemistry or a related field and proven experience in this professional field.

• You have strategic vision and a long-term view combined with expertise in developing and implementing strategic policy for human resources, research infrastructure and finance.

• You are familiar with the safety aspects in a chemical environment.

• You are committed to the faculty mission of research and education, and in this sense, you maintain a creative, flexible, communicative and goal-oriented management style.

• You have experience with public-private collaboration as well as in maintaining an external network and acquiring external financial resources.

• You have an excellent proficiency in English (C2) as well as in Dutch.


A comprehensive job profile is available upon request. Please contact Cécile Gijsbers, +31651164692, or Marijella van der Klugt, +31648457550,, consultants Euflex.

If you are interested in this position we would like you to apply as soon as possible so that we can start with the exploratory interviews.


Cécile Gijsbers +31651164692,

Marijella van der Klugt, +31648457550,