Assistant Professor Urbanising Rivers and Deltas

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 23 Apr 2023

We are looking for an experimental hydrologist who will focus on rivers and deltas that are characterized by rapid socio-economic development.

The Assistant Professor in urbanising rivers and deltas will build the empirical basis to address some typical issues such as flooding, effect of urbanisation on hydrological processes, droughts, salt intrusion, and subsidence.

Within this topic, the successful candidate is given the opportunity to develop an own research line, complementing ongoing global-change-related research at Delft University of Technology.

The key job responsibilities of a successful candidate for this Assistant Professorship include:

  • Research: Delivering high quality, internationally leading research leading to improved and innovative observation methods, ideally combining different sources of information (in situ, remote sensing, models) and aiming at improved management of water resources. (Co-)supervising PhD and MSc students is an intrinsic part of the job, as well as disseminating research outcomes, among others via internationally leading journals and conferences.
  • Education: Contributing to the organization and teaching of relevant courses in the BSc programmes of Civil Engineering and Applied Earth Sciences and the Environmental Engineering MSc programme. This includes the opportunity to introduce new content and teaching methods matching the candidate’s expertise and interests in the recently renewed MSc programme. Preparing, supervising and assessing of BSc and MSc student projects is part of the position too.
  • Valorization: Initiating projects and obtaining funding for new research and/or education projects. We encourage proactive engagement with both private and government sectors, i.e. industry, business and community partners for societal impact.
  • Organization: Contributing to organizational and administrative activities and committees within the Department of Water Management and the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences.

We are seeking a highly motivated and qualified colleague to join our team as an experimental hydrologist. The ideal candidate will focus on rivers and/or deltas that are characterized by rapid socio-economic development.

To be considered for this position, we expect you to:

  • Hold a PhD in a relevant area of science or engineering such as Water Management, Civil or Rural Engineering, Hydrology, Environmental and/or Earth Science, and Applied Physics;
  • Demonstrate a proven ability to deliver high-quality research as evidenced by their publication record;
  • Possess a good understanding of the higher education environment, including diversity and inclusion values;
  • Have the capacity to communicate effectively with peers, students, and stakeholders.

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 as part of the Academic Career Track Development 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 salary for an assistant professor position is min. €3.807 to max. €5.922 per month gross (salary scale 11-12).
Besides the salary you also receive an annual holiday payment of 8% and an end of year bonus payment of 8.3%. Furthermore, TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged and you can work partly from home.

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 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.

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 comprises28 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.

Click here  to go to the website of the Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences.

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Prof. Dr. Nick van de Giesen, .  

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 23 April 2023 via the application button and upload your: 

  • Detailed CV.
  • Short letter of motivation.
  • Document with your personal research and teaching statement (max 3 pages).
  • Contact information of two persons who can provide references. 
  • Publication list.
  • Abstract of your MSc and PhD thesis. 
  • Two selected publications.

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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