Assistant/Associate Professor Urbanising River Deltas

Assistant/Associate Professor Urbanising River Deltas

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8 Jul 30 Sep Delft

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We are looking for an experimental hydrologist who will focus on river deltas that are characterized by rapid socio-economic development.

Job description

The global water and sediment cycles are subject to major changes through direct interventions (e.g. dams, river alignment, land reclamations) and indirect effects (e.g. climate change, different land use). This causes risks for nature and society. Strengthening our fundamental understanding of the water and sediment cycles at all temporal and spatial scales, as well as the role water plays in food production, the livability of low-lying deltas and the transport of materials, pollution and nutrients is therefore of great importance.

Our goal is to strengthen our academic team around these themes.

We are looking for an Assistant/Associate  Professor in urbanising river deltas that will build the empirical basis to address typical issues such as flooding, urban heat islands, salt intrusion, and subsidence.

Within this topic, the successful candidate is given the opportunity to develop their own research line, complementing ongoing global-change-related research at Delft University of Technology.

The key job responsibilities of a successful candidate for this role include:

  • Research: Delivering high quality, internationally leading research leading to improved and innovative observation methods, ideally combining different sources of information (in situ, remote sensing, models). Research should to improve management of water resources. (Co-)supervising PhD and MSc students aimed at successful completion of their theses. Effectively disseminating research outcomes via internationally leading journals and conferences is an intrinsic part of the job.
  • Education: Contributing to the organization and teaching of relevant courses in the BSc and MSc programs of Civil Engineering and Applied Earth Sciences. This includes the opportunity to introduce new content and teaching methods matching the candidate’s expertise and interests in the renewed MSc programs (offered from September 2022). Preparing, supervising and assessing of BSc and MSc student projects.
  • Valorization: Initiating projects and obtaining funding for new research and/or education projects. We encourage proactive engagement with both private and government sectors, i.e. industry, business and community partners for societal impact.
  • Organization: Contributing to organizational and administrative activities and committees within the Department of Water Management and the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences.

The position is open for candidates for the assistant and associate professor level. At the level of associate professor, the candidate is expected to have proven capabilities and track record with the initiation and coordination of the research described above and fulfils the criteria of for this role with in TU Delft.    


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


The successful candidate:

  • Holds a doctorate degree (PhD) in engineering or science in a relevant field, such as Water Management, Civil or Rural Engineering, Hydrology, Environmental and/or earth Science, and Applied Physics
  • Has a track record that demonstrates the ability to independently perform and publish high quality research
  • Demonstrates a strong outline for setting up their own research area and building their own research group, while at the same time establishing strong collaborations with colleagues within the department, faculty and university
  • Possesses a good understanding of the higher education and academic environment, including diversity and inclusion values
  • Has the capacity to communicate and cooperate effectively with peers, students and stakeholders

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: depending on start date.

Our intention is to offer you a permanent position after a probation period  in which you will be evaluated 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.

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. 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 Civil Engineering and Geosciences

The Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences (CEG) is committed to outstanding international research and education in the field of civil engineering, applied earth sciences, traffic and transport, water technology, and delta technology. Our research feeds into our educational programmes and covers societal challenges such as climate change, energy transition, resource depletion, urbanisation and the availability of clean water, conducted  in close cooperation with a wide range of research institutions. CEG is convinced that Open Science helps to achieve our goals and supports its scientists in integrating Open Science in their research practice. The Faculty of CEG comprises 28 research groups in the following seven departments: Materials Mechanics Management & Design, Engineering Structures, Geoscience and Engineering, Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Transport & Planning, Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences.

TU Delft has long been known for excellence in Water Resources and Water Treatment research which is reflected by a third position in Shanghai’s Global Ranking of Universities worldwide. Research in the Department of Water Management addresses very relevant worldwide issues such as water and sanitation for the globe's cities, mitigation of floods and droughts, and the timely delivery of water of sufficient quality for society's and nature's needs. Our staff members carry out research in both Europe and the Global South, fostering long standing links with Africa and Asia. 

The Water Resources research group focuses on drought, precipitation, floods and how water behaves in the atmosphere and beneath or on the Earth's surface.

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  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Engineering
  • 32—38 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • TUD02550


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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