Lecturer Waves Dynamics

Lecturer Waves Dynamics

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9 May 28 May Delft

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We welcome open-minded, creative candidates willing to explore new avenues of education in the field of waves dynamics within the hydraulic engineering environment.

Job description

We are delighted to welcome an enthusiastic lecturer with a focus on education in the field of waves as it pertains to the description of hydraulics in both natural and engineered systems. These lectures are part of new MSc curriculum within Civil Engineering and Geosciences (CEG) with an increased emphasis on elements such as student-centred learning, team-based teaching and multidisciplinary working groups. The lecturer hired through this vacancy posting will be directly involved in team-teaching in the Hydraulic Engineering Track throughout the 2-year MSc program.

Surface gravity waves play an important role in the design of flood defences, nature-based solutions, harbours and even surf pools. Related topics are runup, overtopping, wave breaking, wave impacts, infragravity waves, (long) waves on rivers, wave diffraction in harbours, mooring forces, etc. Hence, a thorough understanding of the underlying physics of surface waves by our students is essential, not only to be able to work with the state-of-the-art wave measuring and modeling tools that are used throughout the international hydraulic science and engineering community, but also to critically assess the outcomes and if necessary, come up with improved or alternative approaches. These lectures build the foundation to make these techniques to be readily usable by MSc students in their coursework and future careers. As such, we are seeking a new colleague with a background in waves to strengthen the link between theory and practice within the CEG curriculum.

As part of the Hydraulic Engineering department your education activities will focus on the role of waves in both natural and engineered water systems, this includes the marine, coastal, river and lake environments, with applications related to flood protection from extreme conditions, nature restoration, energy transition, shipping, floating/submerged urban developments, etc. In view of climate change impacts these applications often employ nature-based solutions that are affected by the presence of waves where the success depends on the understanding of the natural system and how it is affected by human interventions.

We expect an inspiring lecturer, who will develop attractive educational programs to address the current and future needs in the field of waves. An important responsibility is the development, delivery and management of MSc course material in collaboration with a teaching team, as well as (co-)supervision of BSc/MSc students, project teams and design projects. In the education programme, new developments from engineering practice, as well as education practice, should be continuously implemented. We also expect that the new lecturer takes a leading role in developing different forms of education where appropriate (e.g., online, blended, open access, etc).

At TU Delft the lecturer position focusses on education and is not part of a tenure track process; therefore, production of research publications and research funding are not strictly required. The distribution between education and other tasks is approximately 80:20. Education activities consist primarily of development and delivery of MSc-level course material (e.g., lectures, exercises, assessment); course and teaching team management; and supervision of BSc and MSc thesis projects and other student projects (e.g., consultancy/multidisciplinary projects).      


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


  • We seek a colleague who has the dedication to pursue an educational career in academia; research output is valued but considered secondary for this position.
  • You hold a PhD degree in hydraulic engineering, environmental fluid mechanics or a closely related field. You have relevant experience in and good knowledge of the hydraulic engineering field, in particular coastal specializations, and can act as an integrator of various disciplines in education and projects. You have demonstrated experience or at least affinity with the analysis, research and/or design of hydraulic engineering projects.
  • You have experience in academic teaching and/or delivery of course programmes for engineering professionals. We expect strong didactical skills, experience in or a strong motivation for educational development and a varied use of new teaching methods, a broad view on education, and an inspiring and team player attitude. You have an academic teaching certificate or are willing to obtain one.
  • Experience with a coding language commonly used in engineering is considered essential (e.g., Fortran, Visual Basic, Matlab, R, Python). A willingness to learn and use Python and incorporate it in education activities is required.
  • Our future colleague has experience with the academic environment and is aware of inclusiveness values. TU Delft creates equal opportunities and encourages women to apply.
  • You enjoy working in (multi-disciplinary) teams, in a cooperative, active and social environment. You possess good organizational and communication skills, and excellent proficiency in spoken and written English. You are, through your personality, able to cooperate effectively with peers, students and stakeholders.

Conditions of employment

  • A salary according to the Collective Labor Agreement of the Dutch Universities, plus 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.
  • An excellent pension scheme via the ABP.
  • The possibility to compile an individual employment package every year.
  • Discount with health insurers.
  • Flexible working week.
  • Every year, 232 leave hours (at 38 hours). You can also sell or buy additional leave hours via the individual choice budget.
  • Plenty of opportunities for education, training and courses.
  • Partially paid parental leave
  • Attention for working healthy and energetically with the vitality program.


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 as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

Challenge. Change. Impact!


Faculty Civil Engineering & 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 availability, urbanisation and clean water. Our research projects are conducted in close cooperation with a wide range of research institutions. CEG is convinced of the importance of open science 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.

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  • Education
  • Engineering
  • €3974—€5439 per month
  • Doctorate
  • TUD03903


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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