Postdoc on Conservation of 20th century concrete cultural heritage

Postdoc on Conservation of 20th century concrete cultural heritage

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14 Sep 12 Oct Delft

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Job description

As a postdoc with the chair of Heritage & Technology you will work in the international JPICH CONSECH20 project on "Conservation of 20th century concrete Cultural Heritage in urban changing environments". Your work in the project will have a highly interdisciplinar character. You will carry out research in the field, as well as desk studies, aiming at the assessment of the state of preservation of selected early concrete CH buildings. You will collaborate to the implementation of a Decision Tool for damage assessment of concrete structures. You will assess and contribute to develop conservation strategies for concrete CH buildings, taking into account technical performance, functionality and preservation of heritage values. You will define value and potentials of monuments aiming at involving local communities of people and stakeholders. You will thus contribute to the conversion of monuments into social and human sustainable capital.


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


You are highly motivated and result-oriented. You obtained a PhD in Architecture or Civil Engineering, with preferably a specialization in heritage care. You have in-depth knowledge of the properties of (historic) concrete, degradation processes and conservation tecniques for concrete heritage buildings. You are familiar with value assessment of CH buildings.

You are able to plan the research independently and guide PhD students and Master students. You can handle the management of your project, including multidisciplinary co-operation. You are able to elaborate the knowledge gained in situ on a theoretical level, contributing to the scopes of the project.

Required: excellent spoken English and scientific writing skills; preferred: knowledge of Dutch language.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 3 years.

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.


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.


Faculty Architecture & the Built Environment

Since its foundation 110 years ago, the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment has built up a solid international reputation for training architects, urban planners and designers, as well as for its research portfolio and coaching of PhD candidates. With around 2600 students and 500 staff members, with around 230 FTEs devoted to academic positions, our faculty is one of the largest of Delft University of Technology and one of the most prestigious architecture and the built environment faculties globally. Traditionally, the faculty has prioritised high-quality training in design and research in the field of the built environment. Over 40 chairs cover a wide range of academic areas in design, process and technology, which together cover the entire field of the built environment. The faculty has a budget of around €38 million, of which approximately €7 million is sourced indirectly and from contracts with third parties.

The department Architectural Engineering + Technology of the Faculty of Architecture at Delft University of Technology provides education and performs scientific research in the field of building technology related to the building design.

The section Heritage & Architecture (comprising the chairs of: Heritage & Design, Heritage & Values and Heritage &Technology), is part of the Design and History Research Program, and deals with the conservation, refurbishment and re-use of the built heritage. The chair of Heritage and Technology, you will be part of, focusses on conservation techniques, material sciences and construction techniques. Technical solutions for restauration and transformation projects are provided, seeking a balance between preservation of historical materials and techniques and durability and sustainability of the interventions. Research is carried out on the assessment of material performance, improvement of diagnostic and decision-making processes and smart materials.


  • Postdoc
  • Engineering
  • max. 32 hours per week
  • €2640—€3545 per month
  • Doctorate
  • BK2018/18


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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