Assistant Professor on Urban Air Quality Studies

Assistant Professor on Urban Air Quality Studies

Published Deadline Location
8 Nov 10 Dec Delft

Job description

The consequences of air pollution have become more and more prevalent in our society. Intensive traffic, agriculture and industrial activity negatively impacts on local air quality and hence on human health. We are challenged to seek ways to keep our living environment healthy for the current and future generations.

We have opened a tenure track position to study air quality dynamics in the urban environment (though rural is not excluded). The urban environment is a complex system, characterized by a variety of emission sources in complex city geometries that affect local air flow. In this myriad of processes, it is a true challenge to capture the essence and  understand which processes dominate the evolution of pollutants in the local environment. This requires in-depth knowledge of atmospheric chemistry, embedded in meteorological processes, and air flows in complex geometries.

We seek a new colleague with a background in observational air quality studies   to combine information from various sources (in situ probes, satellite remote sensing, crowd sourcing, traffic information… ) and to integrate those with information from various numerical tools which are available in our group.

You will collaborate with our experts on air quality observational techniques as well as with experts on meteorology and fluid flow. Natural cross-overs are evident within the Climate Action Program of our university.

You will develop education to teach the next generation of students. The Delft engineers of the future should be prepared to help building sustainable societies, where humans live in a safe, clean and healthy  environment. You will contribute to the new master track ”Atmospheric Environment Engineering”.

We offer the candidate an inspiring environment at the department of Geoscience and Remote Sensing. We  welcome a new enthusiastic colleague  in this fascinating field of research.


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


We seek a colleague with:

  • A PhD in atmospheric chemistry or in air quality observations & data analysis, experimental meteorology or a closely related discipline, with outstanding academic credentials;
  • A background and experience in meteorological field work, scientific data analysis *Be able to communication/collaborate with air quality modeling experts;
  • The ambition to be a future scientific leader in the area of Urban Air Quality;
  • An affinity with teaching, preferably with teaching experience at bachelor and/or master level and experience in supervising MSc and/or PhD students;
  • proven ability to deliver high quality research as evidenced by the publication record;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English;
  • An appreciation for a culturally diverse environment and the ability to build successful relationships with academic, students, stakeholders, public and private partners, and work in a team.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 6 years.

A tenure-track position is offered for six years (0.8 – 1.0 FTE). Before 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.

With other Academic Career Track colleagues, you will participate in the Academic Career Track Development programme, where you are offered ample opportunities to develop yourself in the areas of Education, Research, Societal Impact & Innovation, and Leadership & Organisation. You will regularly discuss your development and results with senior staff based on a personalized development and performance criteria agreed upon at the start of your Academic Career Track. You will start with a temporary contract that will be converted to a permanent contract no later than 12 -18 months after a positive evaluation, based on continuous confidence in your development potential and fit in the organisation.

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 as part of the Academic Career Track Development 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, discounts on health insurance, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged and you can work partly from home.

For international applicants, TU Delft has the Coming to Delft Service. This service addresses the needs of new international employees and those of their partners and families. The Coming to Delft Service offers personalised assistance during the preparation of the relocation, finding housing and schools for children (if applicable). In addition, a Dual Career Programme for partners is offered. The Coming to Delft Service will do their best to help you settle in the Netherlands.


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 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 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.

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

Additional information

For information about the application procedure, please contact prof. dr. ir. Bas van de Wiel: Prefrably the application letter should be less than 2 pages, CV less than 4 pages. 


  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Engineering
  • 36—40 hours per week
  • €4332—€5929 per month
  • Doctorate
  • TUD04650


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply no later than 10 December 2023 via the application button and upload your motivation and CV.

  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • A pre-Employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • Please do not contact us for unsolicited services.

Application procedure

Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply no later than 10 December 2023 via the application button and upload your motivation and CV.

  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • A pre-Employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • Please do not contact us for unsolicited services.

Make sure to apply no later than 10 Dec 2023 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).