Assistant Professor Sustainable and Circular Building with Mud

Assistant Professor Sustainable and Circular Building with Mud

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31 Jan 15 Feb Delft

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Job description

The Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences strives to support society in tackling pressing challenges related to climate change, the energy transition, and limited resource supply. The solutions to these challenges involve complex scientific and engineering aspects, that require the combined expertise of a multidisciplinary team.

The MUDNET academic network, involving members from different faculties and departments at TU Delft, represents such a team, investigating the behaviour of clayey systems (‘mud’) from the perspective of different disciplines. One of the core tasks of MUDNET is to better understand the complex properties of clay/water systems in different settings and help stakeholders such as port operators to develop sustainable and circular solutions to their mud-related problems. MUDNET projects range from assessing the rheological properties of fluid mud in harbours to understanding the ripening of dredged material used for dike construction. MUDNET activities heavily involve physical observations and experiments in the laboratory and in the field, the outcomes of which serve as input for the team’s predictive models.

Based in Delft, you will join a strong team of Assistant and Associate Professors, teachers and PhD students in the department of Hydraulic Engineering. It’s a friendly, open, collaborative and supportive environment where everyone contributes towards meaningful group results. Geared to your experience, you will receive all the support and coaching you need to develop your academic career.

Your responsibilities as Assistant Professor will include:

  • Research: Initiating your own line of research in the field of use and re-use of clayey materials, such as dredged sediment and mine tailings. Helping to develop new physical and chemical characterization methods for these materials, in collaboration with the MUDNET research team. (Co-) supervising PhD and MSc students, in particular in the laboratory. Participating in the design and realization of new MUDNET lab and field equipment. Delivering high quality research output, to be disseminated via leading journals and conferences.
  • Education: Contributing significantly to the organization of the field and lab teaching within the renewed BSc and MSc programs. Engaging and inspiring students as part of TU Delft’s world-class education.
  • Valorization: Creating societal impact by disseminating research results outside academia, by reaching out to companies, public organisations and the general public. Initiating projects and obtaining funding for new research and/or education projects.
  • Organization: Contributing to organizational activities and committees within the Faculty, and in particular helping to strengthen the communication and collaboration between different internal and external stakeholders.


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


We seek a colleague who has the dedication to pursue a career in academia. You should be acquainted with multidisciplinary research and have enough experience to be operational within a short period of time in TU Delft’s MUDNET laboratories.
Furthermore, you should:

  • Hold a PhD in a relevant subject area (e.g., biogeosciences, physics, geo-engineering, environmental oceanography), and demonstrate experience in research related to clayey suspensions and/or natural sediment;
  • Have a background in geochemistry to safely operate in labs where clayey material of different nature is handled and basic biogeochemical laboratory analyses are carried out;
  • Are able to design, construct and maintain equipment and setups to investigate properties of clayey suspensions;
  • Have experience in nature-based solutions, in particular with the reuse of sediment;
  • Integrate easily in a friendly multi-cultural team (MUDNET);
  • Have a teaching experience and affinity to teaching;
  • Posses a good command of spoken and written English, as you’ll be working in an internationally diverse community. A command of Dutch, or the willingness to learn the language, as your home base at TU Delft is bilingual and the faculty’s BSc programmes are taught in Dutch.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 18 months.

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.

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.

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 & 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.


  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Engineering
  • 32—38 hours per week
  • €4332—€5929 per month
  • Doctorate
  • TUD04975


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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