Director of the Reactor Institute Delft

Director of the Reactor Institute Delft

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26 Oct 31 Dec Delft

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The Reactor Institute Delft, RID, operates a 2.3 MW nuclear research reactor and develops and innovates various beamline instruments for fundamental and applied materials science. Furthermore, the reactor is used to irradiate samples and produce radionuclides for medical and research applications. With the completion of the major update program OYSTER, the RID reactor will operate with a Cold Neutron Source, which makes the beamline instruments even more sensitive and widely applicable. As a result the RID infrastructure can grow to accommodate more users and serve more research themes. The RID is the largest centre in the Netherlands for occupational education and training in the field of nuclear radiation protection. RID also functions as the Dutch knowledge center of ionizing radiation, and safe handling of radiation.The RID employs about 65 fte instrument scientists and support staff.

Job description

The reactor is first and foremost used by the department of Radiation Science & Technology in Delft. This scientific department, headed by the department head, has unique expertise in using ionizing radiation such as positrons and neutrons for research and academic education, and has a strong focus on Nuclear Energy, Materials Science and Health Technology. It is of paramount importance that the RID reactor supports vibrant science and education, requiring close collaboration with the RST head of department. 

The Director RID is responsible for the management of the Institute, the operation of the reactor under the Nuclear Energy Act (Kern Energie Wet) and the efficient use of the Institute’s assets. The Director is accountable for the nuclear license-related matters to the University Board, for all other matters to the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences. The appointee will have direct responsibility for the safe operation of the reactor and for the relations with national and international supervisory bodies (ANVS, the Authority for Nuclear Safety and Radiation protection (licensing and independent supervisor) and the IAEA, International Atomic Energy Agency). The appointee will stimulate the research on RID-related instruments and measuring methods, raises external funding for the reactor and its operations, and will work with the RST department on programmatic cohesion and coordination of the scientific and supporting activities. The Director will strengthen collaboration and represent the RID within TU Delft as well as with national and international partners in academia, research institutes and reactor facilities, industry, government, and funding organisations such as international scientific organisations or the European Commission framework.     


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


The candidate aims for a strong (inter)national positioning of the RID as a large scientific facility and in close cooperation with the RST department.

The ideal candidate:

  • has had a leadership role preferably in a research environment
  • a track record in managing large-scale (research) facilities
  • a vision on future developments and challenges in running large-scale complex technical or scientific infrastructures
  • Is willing to immerse in a professional academic environment
  • has experience in building collaborations among disciplines and with multiple stakeholders
  • has a clear focus on or willingness to learn about (nuclear) safety and wellbeing of scientific and non-scientific staff
  • is able to build and sustain relevant national and international networks
  • has thorough understanding of or willingness to learn (within a year) the Dutch language, culture, and academic landscape

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 1.

TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work cost 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 under 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.


  • Policy and staff
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • TUD02974


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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