Assistant Professor in Integrated Assessment Modeling for climate policy

Assistant Professor in Integrated Assessment Modeling for climate policy

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In April 2021, TU Delft launched an extensive Climate Action Programme, focusing not only on additional investments in research and education but also improving the sustainability of the TU Delft campus. For the next ten years TU Delft will allocate 22 million euro to set up and further shape this extensive programme. The TU Delft vision on Climate Action is deeply founded in preceding decades of university wide climate action research. The goal of the Climate Action research programme is to build on current strengths and identify the areas where there is a need to strengthen our capacities to keep up our (inter)national reputation as climate action university. 

Integrated Assessment Modeling for Climate Policy
Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs) are central in informing global climate change policy, for instance through IPCC assessments. We welcome an Assistant Professor who will contribute to the development of the next generation of IAMs by improving the realism of behavioral and transition dynamics of these models, with a particular emphasis on climate ethics and uncertainty quantification. Open challenges that the IAM community faces require a rigorous knowledge of the field and an ambition to bring it forward by developing novel methods, including but not limited to: 
(1)    designing IAMs from the outset for enabling deliberation of ethical considerations including climate justice, equity, path dependence, regret, lock-ins and lock-outs, and for a rigorous treatment of uncertainties;
(2)    building on advances in complexity economics to move beyond the single rational representative agent by incorporating behavioral and socio-political heterogeneity that enables tracing socio-economic non-linearities and tipping points and improves representation of climate damages;
(3)    expanding the envelope of policies considered within IAMs, by paying explicit attention to both adaptation and climate engineering as means for addressing climate change.

As a tenure tracker, you will inspire colleagues and students through research and education, both in courses (existing and to be developed) and project-oriented education. You are expected to acquire funding for new research projects from different national and international funding schemes, and contribute to organizational tasks and valorization of your work.     


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


- A PhD degree in Environmental Science, Economics, Applied Mathematics, Engineering or Systems Analysis;
- A track record demonstrating experience with Integrated Assessment Modeling, including a proven record of publications;
- Preparedness to develop novel computational methods is an advantage, as is experience with applying complexity science, uncertainty analysis, or climate ethics & justice;
- Domain knowledge in the field of climate policy is an asset; 
- Ability to work well within a multidisciplinary team;
- Excellent networking, collaboration and communication skills.    

Conditions of employment

A tenure-track position is offered for six years. In the fifth year we’ll decide if you will be offered a permanent faculty position, based on performance indicators agreed upon at the start of the appointment. We expect that you have the potential to grow towards an Associate Professor and/or Full Professor role in the future. If you currently are an Assistant Professor, we also accept your application for this role as an Associate Professor.

Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. We expect you to obtain a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) within three years if you have less than five years of teaching experience. This is provided by the TU Delft UTQ programme.
TU Delft sets high standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. The TU Delft offers training to improve English competency. If you do not speak Dutch, we offer courses to learn the Dutch language within three years.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (salary indication for assistant professor: € 3.807 - € 5.922). The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.
For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school


Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context. At TU Delft we embrace diversity and aim to be as inclusive as possible (see our Code of Conduct). Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.

Challenge. Change. Impact! 


Faculty Technology, Policy and Management

With its excellent education and research at the intersection of technology, society and policy, the Faculty of TPM makes an important contribution to solving complex technical-social issues, such as energy transition, mobility, digitalisation, water management and (cyber) security.
We combine insights from the engineering sciences, the social and the humanities. We develop robust models and designs, are internationally oriented and have an extensive network with knowledge institutions, companies, social organisations and governments.

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  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Engineering
  • Doctorate
  • TUD01846


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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