Assistant Professor in Sustainable Infrastructure Systems

Assistant Professor in Sustainable Infrastructure Systems

Published Deadline Location
11 Jul 31 Aug Enschede

Job description

Society faces major challenges regarding energy transition, circularity, sustainability, climate adaptation and urban resilience. These challenges demand innovation and transitions in all civil engineering domains: the construction industry, water management systems and transport infrastructure networks. Our department is leading in these processes through interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research and education. You will be positioned in the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) group. This group has a strong focus on the managerial aspects of Civil Engineering.

The aim of the IPD group is to support public and private actors to effectively deal with the transitions that are taking place in the built environment. At the same time, we need to reach the international sustainability and energy aims and adapting to climate change. We contribute to scientific and technological innovations through real-life implementation studies, active participation in field labs and ground-breaking research. We operate in close connection to scientific (inter)national networks such as 4TU Built Environment, 4TU Resilience Engineering, ARCOM, STRN, EURAM and EGOS, and actively operate in a variety of network of private and public partners related to the construction industry and infrastructure sector.

Due to a financial impulse of the Dutch government we can stimulate the domain of design-oriented engineering. We are doing this by studying, developing and teaching new process approaches, concepts, methods and technologies with a civil engineering and management focus. We take trends and developments, such as the rising circular economy, digitalization of existing infrastructure assets and service-oriented ecosystems, into account to reconfigure ways of working in construction and accelerate transitions in infrastructure systems. We improve the socio-technical design of innovative infrastructure and asset management from a sustainable lifecycle perspective.

At the UT we highly value ambitions to develop new teaching phenomena in teaching, just as a drive to develop new (lifelong) learning methods such as Challenge-Based Learning. We strive for a significant impact to society. There are plenty of opportunities to develop your career further in time.


University of Twente (UT)


Candidates we seek:
  • Have acquired a PhD degree in (applied) innovation sciences, civil engineering, design science, environmental studies, transition studies, industrial engineering, organization science or a related field.
  • Have an academic track record in one or several of the following fields: transformation, infrastructure systems, asset management, circularity, sustainability, innovation and risk management.
  • Are interested in contributing to the societal challenges of the construction industry related to sustainable asset management and / or infrastructure networks.
  • Want to be part of a forward-thinking team-based environment and will proactively searches collaboration with adjoining research chairs like Civil Engineering & Management (CEM - ET), department of Design, Production and Management (DPM - ET) and department of Science, Technology & Policy (STEPS - BMS) at the University of Twente and beyond.
  • Are active in networks for acquiring research funding and are looking forward to intensively collaborate with government agencies and the Dutch and European industry. These parties are involved in economic infrastructures based on public-private financing.
  • Have a passion for teaching in the sketched research field and hold a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) for Dutch Universities, a similar qualification, or are willing to obtain this.
  • Develop our research and teaching ecosystem (e.g. by acquiring external research funding).
  • Have good communication skills and an excellent command of English and can speak or willing to learn Dutch.
Most of all, you are passionate and knowledgeable about the things you do, and you feel comfortable to work in an inclusive group of academics that really want to contribute to the grand societal challenges of today. If you are ready to bring the field of civil engineering and management to a higher level, apply now!

Women are explicitly asked to apply for this position. This is part of the University of Twente's strategy to increase the proportion of women among its faculty and to create a working environment that is diverse and inclusive and supportive of excellence in research and teaching.

Conditions of employment

We offer a fulltime position for 1 year, with the prospect of a permanent position after a positive evaluation. The starting salary, depending on your experience, ranges between € 3.974,- and € 6.181,- per month in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities), based on the job profile Assistant Professor. The University of Twente offers additional attractive employment conditions like 8% holiday allowance, 8.3% end-of-year bonus, solid pension scheme, sabbatical leave and personal development programs. We are a family-friendly institution that offers parental leave (both paid and unpaid) and career support for partners.

You will have the opportunity to work with a PhD candidate on a fully funded position.

We offer an excellent and inspiring scientific environment with enthusiastic colleagues in an organization focusing on internationalization. You will have a high degree of responsibility and independence, while collaborating close with colleagues, researchers and other university staff is strongly encouraged.

Your work will take place on the lively, [green University of Twente campus]( with a pleasant atmosphere and lots of facilities for sports and leisure.

Additional information

You are welcome to contact Leentje Volker for any questions you might have (email regarding the content of the position. Please contact Evelien Schulenberg-Groenink (email for HR related questions.

Please apply by writing a motivation letter that indicates how you fulfill the requirements and upload your 1) motivation letter (max 2 A4), 2) CV (max 2 A4), 3) research and education statement (max 2 A4) in one integrated file.

Please upload your application via the 'Apply now' button. The application deadline is Wednesday August 31st 2022. We plan to hold a first round of online interviews in the period of 12-15 September 2022. In the second round we hope that we can meet physically and show you around on our appealing campus in Enschede to finalize the details of your appointment.


  • Professor
  • Engineering
  • 32—40 hours per week
  • €3974—€6181 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 691


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Make sure to apply no later than 31 Aug 2022 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).