Professor of Building Product Innovation

Professor of Building Product Innovation

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10 May 26 Jun Delft

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Conceptualisation and design of novel building products

Job description

The chairholder of Building Product Innovation (BPI) will focus primarily on the conceptualisation and design of novel building products. The novelty of these products may lie in the uniqueness of the concept, in the novel use of materials, or in the use of novel materials.
Proper understanding of modern means of production and manufacturing (e.g. CNC production technology, additive manufacturing, use of robotics) and of (de)construction and (dis)assembly (e.g. stacking techniques, dry-montage, dismantling) is an essential boundary condition. Special attention is to be paid to circularity: in the near future building products should be renewable, reusable and recyclable.
The chairholder of BPI is meant to develop and bring across knowledge, theory, methodology, process and practice of building product innovation. BPI is expected to advance the area of building technology and architectural engineering, responding to urgent issues in science and society (design for sustainability, circularity, disasters and an aging society), and to demands for innovation from the building industry.
The Chair is envisioned as a frontrunner in the field, a flagship for innovation in the built environment.


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


The candidate has a scientific attitude and knowledge, and preferably has a track record in practice.
The following qualifications are expected:
• Academic education in building technology, building engineering, architecture or a different relevant subject;
• Experience in research, demonstrable by a doctoral degree, a research track record and publications;
• Outstanding teaching abilities;
• Design expertise in the field of building technology;
• Contacts in the world of building technology and architecture;• Demonstrable capability to acquire funding for projects;
• Strong abilities in leadership and management;
• Cooperative attitude and good social skills;
• Good skills in spoken and written communication in English and (if applicable) willingness to learn Dutch.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 5 years.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
TU Delft sets specific standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. TU Delft offers training to improve English competency.
Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim.

For more information about this position, or the full profile of the Chair, please contact Ms. Nathalie Bast, phone: +31 (0)15-2789202, e-mail: To apply, please send a letter of application, including a CV, a list of publications and a statement of research, teaching and leadership with a maximum of 5 pages. E-mail your application by 26 June 2017 to:
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number BK2017-H03.


Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognised level. Education, research and design are strongly oriented towards applicability. TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools.



The Department of Architectural Engineering + Technology provides education and performs scientific research in the field of building technology related to building design. It positions itself as an important player in the integration of design and engineering. The main core areas of interest are façade design, structural design, climate design and computational design, with an important focus on sustainability.


  • Management
  • Engineering
  • 32—38 hours per week
  • max. €7659 per month
  • Doctorate
  • BK2017-H03


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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