Assistant Professor Physicochemical Processes for Industry Water

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 19 Mar 2023

Are you interested in supply, recovery and reuse of industry water?

The department of Water Management is actively looking for an assistant (or associate) professor in the applied field "industry water". Industry is a large water consumer world-wide, and the largest in the Netherlands. To advance the science field in water treatment, water supply, reclamation and recycling for industrial applications, we want to strengthen our staff with a water treatment engineer, specialised in the field of “physicochemical processes in industry water”. The potential candidate has good knowledge on (advanced) membrane-based separation techniques, electro-chemical techniques, advanced oxidation processes and related topics.

The water quality of industry water ranges from ultrapure to extremely concentrated and possibly hazardous. Where the production of ultrapure water is a challenge in clean water supply, the treatment and reuse of process effluents calls for clever separation techniques and specific conversion processes. Novel techniques will be aimed at water and resource recovery from industrial streams to increase sustainability and circularity in the industrial sector.

Within this field of research, the successful candidate will be given the opportunity to develop an own research line, complementing the research activities in our department.

The key job responsibilities of the new colleague include:

  • Research: Delivering high quality, internationally leading research related to physicochemical treatment processes applied to source water, process water and residual water. (Co-)supervising PhD and MSc thesis students. Disseminating research outcomes effectively via internationally leading journals and conferences.
  • Education: Organizing and contributing to the development and teaching of graduate courses in our new MSc programme Environmental Engineering, supervision of BSc and MSc thesis students, preparing and assessing student projects, assignments and exam papers.
  • Utilisation: Initiating projects and obtaining funding for new research and/or education projects. We encourage active engagement with both private and government sectors, i.e. industry, business and community partners for societal impact.
  • Organization: Contributing to organizational / administrative activities and committees within the Department of Water Management and the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences.

You have a drive to innovate through research-based solutions as well as the capacity to effectively communicate with internal and external stakeholders. You possess a PhD degree in environmental/water engineering or related area and expertise in physicochemical separation techniques, such as membrane-based processes and/or advanced oxidation processes.

You have an 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 further development of physicochemical techniques for efficient water use in industrial processes. An ambition for acquiring external funding is required.

Teaching of MSc students and PhD candidates will form part of your duties. The ability and willingness to acquire a university teaching qualification is therefore necessary. You feel comfortable in industrial and institutional settings and are able to represent TU Delft – jointly with colleagues - in the national and international research community.

This position is offered as an Academic Career Track position (0.8 – 1.0 FTE). During the Academic Career Track, we expect you to grow towards an Associate Professor position within a maximum of eight years, for which a position will be available. With other Academic Career Track colleagues, you will participate in the Academic Career Track Development programme, where you are offered ample opportunities to develop yourself in the areas of Education, Research, Societal Impact & Innovation, and Leadership & Organisation.

You will regularly discuss your development and results with senior staff based on a personalized development and performance criteria agreed upon at the start of your Academic Career Track. You will start with a temporary contract that will be converted to a permanent contract no later than 12 -18 months after a positive evaluation, based on continuous confidence in your development potential and fit in the organisation.

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. 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.

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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.

Challenge. Change. Impact!

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 availability, urbanisation and clean water. Our research projects are conducted in close cooperation with a wide range of research institutions. CEG is convinced of the importance of open science 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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The Department of Water Management focuses on a wide range of research topics across the full water cycle. The objectives of the research are to understand water availability and water use, as well as water quality, treatment and transport, and to translate this knowledge into practical technologies and methods. In 2018, an external research assessment committee rated the department of Water Management as ‘excellent’ on all three topics reviewed: quality of research, viability and societal relevance. The department currently has 30 FTE academics (tenured) and over 100 PhD students and postdocs. The current portfolio of Dutch, EU, industrial and other research projects is worth 28 million €. The research of the Sanitary Engineering section (where the successful candidate will be based) addresses a wide range of topics across the urban water cycle including water extraction, storage, purification and distribution; wastewater and storm water collection, transport, treatment and discharge; resource recovery from water; industrial water; urban water management and drainage. Further information can be found at the website of Water Management TU Delft.

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Jules van Lier (j.b.vanlier@tudelft ) or Luuk Rietveld ( ).

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Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 19 March 2023 via the application button and upload your motivation and CV. To see from our side if there is a possible match, we would like to see your:

  • motivation to apply,
  • your extensive CV,
  • personal research and teaching statement (max 3 pages in total),
  • brief statement on diversity and inclusion,
  • contact information of two persons who can provide references,
  • publication list,
  • abstract of your PhD thesis (max 1 page),
  • links to two publications most valuable to you. 

Please note:

  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • A pre-Employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • Please do not contact us for unsolicited services.

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