Assistant Professor Lowland Hydrology and Water Management

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Delft, Netherlands 🇳🇱

Job description

The Department of Water Management is actively looking for an ambitious and enthusiastic (Tenure-Track) Assistant Professor in the field of “Lowland hydrology and water management” with a proven interest in groundwater – surface water interaction, possibly in relation to water quality and/or ecohydrology, to contribute to its education and research program starting in 2022.

The key job responsibilities of the successful candidate include:

  • Education: Organizing, initiating and contributing to the development and teaching of graduate courses in our new MSc program Environmental Engineering. Supervising BSc and MSc students, preparing and assessing fieldwork and excursions, student projects, assignments and exam papers and sharing the workload in the group.
  • Organization: Contributing to organizational / administrative activities and committees specifically related to education within the Department of Water Management and the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences.
  • Valorization: Initiating education projects. Contributing to initiation of new research projects. We encourage proactive engagement with both government and private partners for increased societal impact.
  • Research: Contributing to delivering high quality, internationally leading research related to lowland hydrology and water management. The research area includes, but is not restricted to, groundwater – surface water interaction, possibly in relation to water quality and/or ecohydrology. 

Department of Water Management
The mission of the Department of Water Management is to advance fundamental scientific understanding and to develop innovative engineering technologies and water management solutions to address key societal challenges related to water systems and their interactions with humans. These societal challenges, as identified by the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, include the impact of climate change and urbanization on water quantity and quality in natural and urban systems, environmental and human health risk assessments, as well as the associated adaptation strategies, innovative water treatment technologies to produce clean water, and solutions for resource depletion on food security. 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 department consists of two sections, Sanitary Engineering and Water Resources. The advertised position will be embedded in the Water Resources section.


The successful candidate: (i) holds a PhD or equivalent degree in hydrology, water management, physical geography, earth science, environmental science, civil engineering, environmental engineering or a related discipline; (ii) has a proven affinity with academic teaching in a variety of settings, ideally including fieldwork; (iii) possesses a good understanding of the higher education environment, including diversity and inclusion values; (iv) has proven ability to deliver high quality research as evidenced by the publication record; (v) has the capacity to communicate effectively with peers, students and stakeholders.

Please see this link for further information about working at TU Delft.

Conditions of employment

A tenure-track position is offered for six years. Before the fifth year we’ll decide if you will be offered a permanent faculty position, based on performance indicators agreed upon at the start of the appointment. We expect that you have the potential to grow towards an Associate Professor and/or Full Professor role in the future.

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 yet, we offer courses to learn the Dutch language within four years.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (Salary indication scale 11: € 3.807,00 – € 5.211,00). 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.

TU Delft (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 and aim to be as inclusive as possible (see our Code of Conduct). Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.

Challenge. Change. Impact! 

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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Additional information

For information about this vacancy, you can contact Prof. Remko Uijlenhoet, e-mail [email protected], tel. +31 (0)15 27 81646.

Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before November 24 2021 via the application button and upload your motivation, CV and a personal teaching & research statement (max 3 pages), as well as contact information of two persons who can provide references, a publication list, an abstract of your MSc and PhD thesis and two selected publications

  • 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.
  • Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.





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