Assistant Professor in Economics and Finance of Climate Change Adaptation

Assistant Professor in Economics and Finance of Climate Change Adaptation

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2 Jan 12 Feb Delft

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Job description

We invite applications for a position as an Assistant Professor (Academic Career Track) in ‘Economics and Finance of Climate Change Adaptation’. This position is embedded in the Economics of Technology and Innovation (ETI) Section of Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and is part of the Climate Finance for Resilient Infrastructure Flagship, funded by the University Climate Action Programme (CAP). Over the period of ten years, TU Delft will be allocating EUR 22 million to set up and shape this extensive program that offers you excellent opportunities to advance the state of the art and expand the growth of your international network.

Specifically, we are looking for a colleague passionate about understanding how climate finance shapes adaptation, and how the resulting adaptation measures, in turn, shape the social and –economic resilience to climate change. Adaptation will primarily focus on climate physical risks. This may entail analyzing the effectiveness of climate finance mechanisms in supporting adaptation (e.g., insurance policies; loss and damage funds; finance tools for adaptation infrastructure and building measures), analyzing socio-economic implications of climate physical risks and of climate adaptation/maladaptation measures at different scales; exploring modeling methods that integrate risk and resilience assessments into climate finance and economic policies. Your research will help climate finance policies and instruments to efficiently and effectively contribute to achieving resilience to climate change across different countries, regions and sectors.

Considering these challenges, we particularly encourage candidates with a keen interest in employing quantitative approaches (data-driven and/or model-based) to address climate adaptation finance and its broader socio-economic implications arising from physical climate risks.


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


The candidate should preferably have:

  • A Ph.D degree in Economics, Sustainable Finance, Environmental / Climate Policy or related fields.
  • Experience with academic teaching in economics and/or finance.
  • Experience with quantitative methods (for example, one of the following: econometric analysis, economic modeling, networks or other methods to quantify cross-sectoral cascading effects and systemic risks in finance and economics).
  • Research track record demonstrated by publications (or publication potentials) in international academic journals.
  • Affinity with assessing climate physical risk/damages or climate change adaptation is an advantage.
  • Willingness to initiate or join a team in acquiring externally funded research projects.
  • Willingness to work in a multidisciplinary environment, with economists, humanity scholars, and engineers.
  • Proficient in spoken and written English.


Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 18 months.

This position is offered as an Academic Career Track position (0.8 – 1.0 FTE). During the Academic Career Track, we expect you to grow towards an Associate Professor position within a maximum of eight years, for which a position will be available. 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 plan 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 (based on scale 11: € 4.332 - € 5.929). 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 Technology, Policy and Management

The Faculty of TPM provides an important contribution to solving complex technical-social issues, such as energy transition, mobility, digitalisation, water management and (cyber) security. TPM does this with its excellent education and research at the intersection of technology, society and policy. We combine insights from both engineering and social sciences as well as the humanities. TPM develops robust models and designs, is internationally oriented and has an extensive network of knowledge institutions, companies, social organisations and governments.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management.


  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Behaviour and society
  • 38—40 hours per week
  • €4332—€5929 per month
  • Doctorate
  • TUD04850


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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