Assistant or Associate Professor of Geothermal Engineering

Assistant or Associate Professor of Geothermal Engineering

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7 May 8 Jun Delft

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Job description

The new Assistant or Associate Professor is expected to conduct research into scientific challenges in the field of geothermal science and engineering, for example in geothermal reservoir characterisation, reservoir and production engineering, e.g. the understanding of breakthrough mechanisms of thermal and chemical fronts in relation to subsurface heterogeneities, the interaction of geothermal fluids with rocks and technical installations, or the thermal and mechanical fracture development in reservoir rock. In addition to these subsurface-related challenges there are numerous scientific and engineering questions emerging from geothermal energy production in the Netherlands and beyond. These involve, for example, drilling technology, optimisation and up-scaling of geothermal operations, as well as other economic, legal and policy aspects. The candidate is therefore expected to have a broader perspective on geothermal energy research than just the subsurface flow aspects, and he/she is meant to build and maintain intensive contacts with other stakeholders within and outside the university. The university has a project under development to install a research and operational geothermal well, where the candidate will have the opportunity to influence the design and have access to the data.

The candidate is expected to contribute to the growing educational programme in geothermal engineering, through courses taught at both the BSc and MSc levels and in thesis project supervision. As a start-up grant, the candidate will be able to recruit at least one PhD student.


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


The successful candidate should have a drive to innovate through research-based solutions as well as the capacity to effectively communicate with internal and external stakeholders. He/she should possess a PhD degree in a related subject and have published relevant papers in the peer-reviewed geothermal literature. He/she should have proven expertise in an area related to the characterisation of geothermal reservoirs, subsurface reservoir flow and/or production technology aspects of geothermal energy. He/she should be an outgoing and inspiring personality, with the capacity to create lasting and effective connections between researchers in other groups inside and outside TU Delft, and act as a driver for the development of geothermal energy in the Netherlands and beyond. An ambition for acquiring external funding is required. Teaching of BSc, MSc and PhD students will form part of his/her duties, and the ability and willingness to acquire a university teaching qualification are therefore necessary. Industrial experience may be an advantage but is not required, and he/she should feel comfortable in contacts with industrial and governmental stakeholders and be able to represent TU Delft – jointly with colleagues - in the national and international geothermal community.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 6 Years.

A tenure-track position is offered for six years. In 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.

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 within three years.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (salary indication 3.746-6.940). The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.


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 and aim to be as inclusive as possible (see our Code of Conduct). Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.

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 depletion, urbanisation and the availability of clean water, conducted  in close cooperation with a wide range of research institutions. CEG is convinced that Open Science helps to achieve our goals 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.

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  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Engineering
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • TUD01093


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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