Associate Professor in Planetary Exploration

Updated: 4 months ago
Deadline: 14 Jun 2023

13 May 2023
Job Information

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
Research Field

Researcher Profile

Leading Researcher (R4)
Established Researcher (R3)

Application Deadline

14 Jun 2023 - 22:00 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Not Applicable
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

The Department of Space Engineering (SpE) has a vacancy for a permanent staff member in planetary sciences and exploration, preferably at the associate professor level.

The proposed position is in the Section of Planetary Exploration (PE). The successful candidate will be involved in further development of SpE research on planetary sciences in connection to spaceborne instrumentation and interplanetary missions. Research within the PE Section is focused on the outer planets and their moons (JUICE, Europa-Clipper, new mission concepts), interiors and surfaces of natural satellites and small planetary bodies, rocky planets (especially Mars), planetary surface processes, planet formation and evolution, and exoplanetary systems. The PE Section has staff members who are specialized in the earth sciences, in astronomy and in the planetary sciences.

Specific Requirements

We are especially looking for candidates who have a strong research record in planetary sciences and exploration, have already shown the capacity to acquire substantial amounts of external funding, are inspiring teachers and team workers, and who can easily connect to and collaborate with the other three SpE sections on Space Systems Engineering, Spaceborne Instrumentation and Astrodynamics & Space Missions.

The SpE department has facilities for building space-based miniprobes and laboratories for instrument development (mainly optical) and planetary ices including a bio-lab (DPLabs), as well as computational facilities.

TU Delft is within close range of ESTEC Noordwijk, Airbus Leiden, Leiden Observatory, SRON and TNO Space.

Additional Information

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (based on scale 13: € 5.506,00 - € 6.702,00). A permanent contract is being offered. 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.

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.

For international applicants, TU Delft has the Coming to Delft Service . This service addresses the needs of new international employees and those of their partners and families. The Coming to Delft Service offers personalised assistance during the preparation of the relocation, finding housing and schools for children (if applicable). In addition, a Dual Career Programme for partners is offered. The Coming to Delft Service will do their best to help you settle in the Netherlands.

Selection process

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 15 June 2023 via the application button and upload your motivation and CV.

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

Additional comments

For more information on the Planetary Exploration section, visit TU Delft Planetary Exploration or contact the section head Prof. Dr. Bert Vermeersen ( ).

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Delft University of Technology
Postal Code
2628 CD
Mekelweg 2

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