Postdoc on Resilience of Urban Infrastructure Networks

Postdoc on Resilience of Urban Infrastructure Networks

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19 Dec 31 Jan Delft

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Job description

Climate resilience is quickly becoming one of the most prominent challenges and opportunities for urban decision-makers. Much of the work on the resilience of urban infrastructures is focused on physical infrastructure and the propagation of disruptions in complex networks, yet largely neglecting behavioural insights. To make a headway in understanding infrastructure resilience in socio-technical systems, the successful candidate will develop an approach to model and measure urban resilience that combines dynamic network models of infrastructure resilience and recovery from disruptions with new insights on adaptation (pathways) and behavioural implications.

This project is funded 50% by the Advanced Metropolitan Solutions Institute (AMS, see Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions), and 50% by the DeSIRE program of the 4TU.Centre for Resilience Engineering (see 4TU.Centre for Resilience Engineering). As such, the position is embedded in the Climate resilience program of the AMS Institute, where you will have the opportunity to test and validate the work in a case study with the AMS team in Amsterdam. At the same time, the 4TU.Centre for Resilience Engineering will provide you with the opportunity to collaborate with an interdisciplinary team of top scientists in resilience, and access to a broad network of partners in policy and practice.


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


  • You are highly motivated and an enthusiastic researcher (F/M).
  • You have a PhD Degree in Complex Networks, Systems Engineering, Data Analytics, or another related discipline with a keen interest in resilience and infrastructures in urban environments. Interest in mobility is an advantage.
  • You are an independent and original thinker with a creative mindset and excellent analytical skills.
  • You thrive in a collaborative and multi-disciplinary environment and look forward to interacting with researchers and experts from different domains such as transportation, water, or energy.
  • You have an affinity for networking, project acquisition and valorization and an entrepreneurial mindset to ensure the impact and sustainability of your work.
  • You are fluent in English. 

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 24 months.

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.    


Technische Universiteit Delft

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.


Faculty Technology, Policy and Management

The Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management (TPM) develops robust models and designs, to tackle the complex challenges of today’s networked society by combining engineering with insights from social sciences.

The position is embedded in the Transportation and Logistics Section at the Engineering Systems and Services Department. Research at ESS seaks to improve today’s understanding of complex engineering systems and services, and our ability to change them for the better. We do this by developing, testing and applying theories, methods and tools that are rooted in (system) engineering disciplines as well as in the social and behavioural sciences.  


  • Postdoc
  • Engineering
  • 36—40 hours per week
  • €3389—€4274 per month
  • Doctorate
  • ATTBM 19.037


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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