Assistant Professor in Cool and Clean Buildings

Assistant Professor in Cool and Clean Buildings

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21 Apr 30 Jun Delft

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Cool and Clean Buildings
Rising outdoor air temperatures and more intensified heatwaves are exacerbating the overheating risk inside buildings. Furthermore, increased humidity and smog events threaten indoor air quality. This leads to a higher energy demand for cooling and ventilation, but also to increased heat stress, health problems and mortality. It is therefore imperative that our buildings, in which people spend nearly 90% of their time, are prepared for this. The long-term strategy of the faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment therefore is to strengthen research and education into the optimization of healthy and sustainable buildings.

As assistant professor you will develop your own research as part of our research portfolio in indoor environment and climate change adaption strategies, for which you could for instance also make use of the SenseLab and The Green Village as research facilities. Your focus will be on building strategies, to respond to both indoor and outdoor environmental quality-driven impacts, enacting the European renovation challenge of existing buildings. It revolves around three integrated perspectives: (1) humans and their health, behaviour and wellbeing, (2) technology for healthy and sustainable buildings, and (3) integrated and holistic design. Besides, you will teach in the portfolio of the department Architectural Engineering & Technology, which centres around building technology and design in our BSc program, in the MSc track Architecture and the MSc track Building Technology. A preference is to have fundamental expertise and a scholarly track record in the interaction of architectural engineering and physical, physiological and psychosocial sciences. All strong candidates in architectural and building engineering fields are encouraged to apply.

You will be hosted by the faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, department Architectural Engineering & Technology, in the Indoor Environment group, and will also work in close collaboration with staff from civil engineering and electrical engineering (specifically, the groups Materials, Mechanics, Management and Design and Electrical and Sustainable Energy).           


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


  • A doctorate degree (PhD) in building technology, architectural/building engineering, or a closely related field;
  • A compelling vision on research and education that adds to and aligns with our portfolio in indoor environment and climate design, and that demonstrates affinity with interdisciplinary research.
  • Proficient to teach in the portfolio of the department Architectural Engineering & Technology, which centres around building technology and design in our BSc program, in the MSc track Architecture and the MSc track Building Technology.
  • Excellent communication, networking, and collaboration skills;
  • Excellent command of spoken and written English (at least at IELTS C1 level) and willingness to learn Dutch within the duration of the tenure track;
  • Being inspiring to colleagues and students concerning research and education;
  • Being emphatic and being able to easily connect to colleagues and students from different background and nationalities.


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! 



The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment has a leading role in education and research worldwide. The driving force behind the faculty’s success is its robust research profile combined with the energy and creativity of its student body and academic community. It is buzzing with energy from early in the morning until late at night, with four thousand people studying, working, designing, conducting research and acquiring and disseminating knowledge. Our faculty has a strong focus on 'design-oriented research’, which has given it a top position in world rankings.

Staff and students are working to improve the built environment with the help of a broad set of disciplines, including architectural design, urban planning, building technology, social sciences, process management, and geo-information science. The faculty works closely with other faculties, universities, private parties, and the public sector, and has an extensive network in the Netherlands as well as internationally.

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  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Engineering
  • Doctorate
  • TUD01835


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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