Postdoc for the AfroSAFE Horizon Europe project - Safe System for radical improvement of road safety in low- and middle-income African countries

Postdoc for the AfroSAFE Horizon Europe project - Safe System for radical improvement of road safety in low- and middle-income African countries

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We are looking for an enthusiastic, ambitious and creative postdoc who is passionate about improving road safety in low and middle income countries and excited about teaching and sharing her/his knowledge.

Job description

This postdoc position will involve two main tasks. The first (0.7fte) will be working in the European project AfroSAFE: Safe System for radical improvement of road safety in low- and middle-income African countries. The primary objective of the project is to make a significant progress in propagation of the Safe System modus operandi within the road safety work context in African countries. This is reached by exposing the local practitioners and decision makers to the state-of-the-art knowledge and practices within road safety management based on Safe System principles, as well as supporting them by sharing necessary knowledge, tools and methods for road safety improvement—adjusted to the African conditions and in tight cooperation with the local actors. Several European and African partners are participating in this project, among them for example Lund University, Volvo, and Autoliv in Sweden, Universiy of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, and the University of Education, Winneba in Ghana. In this project you will be involved in all work-packages and collaborate with the different partners in the project, with the major parts being in three work-packages: road safety management and data, safe infrastructure, and capacity building. Your tasks in these work packages will include among others, conducting comparative analysis of control structure in road safety management between African and European countries involved in the project, formal and informal constraints on traffic safety management, investigation of available road safety data, reviewing national design guidelines, development of tools for infrastructure safety management, mapping the gaps in current road safety training activities, and design of suitable training activities. Writing professional reports and scientific academic papers are part of this task as well. 

The second task (0.3fte) in this position will involve support in education activities in two main courses, Traffic Safety (MSc) and Road and Railway Geometric Design (BSc). This will involve teaching some lectures and provide support in projects and exam preparations and evaluations.

The duration of the postdoc position will be for three years (36 months). Preferably starting before 1 April 2023.       


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


As this position involves educational tasks and the development of teaching materials, we are looking for someone who is interested to develop her/his educational and pedagogical skills in addition to her/his research skills. Therefore, the 'must have' requirements for this position are:

  • Educational background: PhD in traffic engineering, traffic safety, transportation engineering;
  • Skills required: excellent communication skills, open minded, team player, and excellent professional and scientific writing skills.
  • English level: (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) - A TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-Based Test) with an overall band score of at least 110 and a minimum score of 25 for each section) or IELTS overall band score of 8.0  (with scores of at least 6.5 for all sections).

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 36 months.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. 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 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.

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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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  • Postdoc
  • Engineering
  • 36—40 hours per week
  • €2960—€4670 per month
  • Doctorate
  • TUD02687


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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