As a member of the senior academic staff (Dutch: Zelfstandig Academisch Personeel, ZAP), you will contribute to the University of Antwerp’s three core tasks: research, services and education. Your role may also include organisational and managerial aspects. As a research professor, your role will consist primarily of academic research with some limited involvement in the educational programmes for a maximum of 10 years.
The research group EMIB (Energy and Materials in Infrastructure and Buildings) of the Faculty of Applied Engineering is a strong multi-disciplinary team which focuses on two specific domains: 1. material use and road infrastructure (RERS: road engineering research section) and 2. energy systems in the built environment (BiRD: Buildings, Installations: Retrofit and Design).
The latter group is known for its expertise on comfort installations and thermal energy grids in the built environment. Together with its large industrial network, including amongst others own spin-offs (HySopt) and larger international players (Autodesk, Beckhoff, BDR Thermea, Aalberts, …), it is able to translate its research towards valorisation.
Besides experimental work with respect to prototype testing of HVAC-components in the lab, the group focuses on modelling and design optimization of energy systems in buildings, in which a multidisciplinary approach is deployed:
You play a role in the provision of both academic services and service to society, within the institution and externally. You participate in student recruitment, boards and committees, popular science communication, and so on.