PDEng position


Are you passionate about high-end technological design? Do you want to continue developing your skills with a combination of education and work? The Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) programme Energy & Process Technology (EPT) offers you a 2-year position combining post-MSc education and a (web based) software design project at Mercury Lab BV (www.mercurylab.org).

The educational programme, carried out at the University of Twente (UT), will have an in-depth and broadening character with ample attention for professional development. This course programme is tailored to the web design project. In collaboration with MercuryLab you will work on high level, creative new designs for complex issues.

The project – A web interface for high-performance cloud-computing software
The project aim is to develop a web interface for MercuryDPM (mercurydpm.org), an open-source software primarily developed at the UT and commercialised via MercuryLab. MercuryDPM is a high-performance tool to simulate and optimise industrial bulk processes, such as mixers, silos, conveyors, or 3D printers. The software can be employed on powerful cloud-computing platforms, allowing customers to access the software without buying expensive hardware i.e. via a software as a service business model.

We are looking for a PDEng trainee to design a new web interface (app) for this software. The software should allow industrial users to run, visualise, and analyse simulations, and thus to test and optimise their machinery in a virtual environment instead of using costly and time-consuming physical prototypes.

You will learn how to develop virtual prototypes (computational models) of large-scale processes, including how to calibrate material models, transfer physical designs into a virtual environment (geometry, in- and outflow, material and surface characteristics, control), and how to analyse simulation data and compare it with macroscopic measurements. You will become familiar with optimising machinery design (setup parameterisation, design of experiments and optimisation techniques). On the programming side, you will learn how to develop a user-friendly and easily extendable interface for complex scientific applications. We will provide you with a robust scientific training and exposure to both academic and business environments. This will equip you with the multidisciplinary and transferable skills needed to develop high-level, creative software for designing and optimising complex industrial processes.

Experience in (web) programming, such as PHP, Javascript, Java, MySQL, CSS, HTML5, C++, Python, etc would be useful. However, no experience in web programming is required; only a willingness to learn.

We are looking for a candidate either with a background in mechanical/process engineering and an interest in web programming, or with a background in web programming and an interest in mechanical/process engineering.


• You hold a MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering, Applied Physics/Mathematics, Computer Science, or a related discipline;
• You have demonstrated affinity with design and multidisciplinary assignments;
• You have a passion for finding solutions for complex technological issues;
• You have excellent collaboration and communication skills;
• You are self-motivating, willing to take initiatives and feel the responsibility for your own project

Candidates with a non-Dutch qualification and who have not had secondary and tertiary education in English need to provide a minimum IELTS-test score of 6.5, internet TOEFL test (TOEFL-iBT) showing a score of at least 90, or a Cambridge CAE-C (CPE).

Please send the following documents before 10-11-2019 through the link below:
• Letter of motivation
• Curriculum vitae
• List with grades of courses attended
• References and, if applicable, a list of publications.

If you have any further questions about this vacancy, please contact Anthony Thornton:

• Email: a.r.thornton@utwente.nl
• Telephone: +31 53 489 6451


We offer a very challenging position for two years in an inspiring multidisciplinary and international environment. In this time we will provide you with a tailor made post-master design programme that has an educational component (~50%) as well as a design project (~50%).
• A salary of € 1913,- gross per month;
• A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%;
• A solid pension scheme;
• Minimum of 29 holidays in case of full-time employment.

On successfully completing the programme, you will receive a certified degree. You will be entitled to use the academic degree PDEng and will be registered as a Technological Designer in the Dutch register kept by the Royal Institution of Engineers in the Netherlands (KIVI).


The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.

The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET)
 is one of the five faculties of the University of Twente. ET combines Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. Our faculty has approximately 1800 bachelor and master students, 400 employees and 150 PhD candidates. The departments of the faculty cooperatively conduct the educational programmes and participate in interdisciplinary research projects, programmes and the research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centra and Digital Society Institute.