Assistant Professor Urban Hydrometeorology

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Delft, Netherlands 🇳🇱


Challenge: changing urban climate
Change: urban planning and design strategies
Impact: climate robust living environment 

Job description

In April 2021, TU Delft launched an extensive Climate Action Programme, focusing not only on additional investments in research and education but also improving the sustainability of the TU Delft campus. For the next ten years TU Delft will allocate 22 million euros to set up and further shape this extensive programme. The TU Delft vision on Climate Action is deeply founded in preceding decades of university wide climate action research. The goal of the Climate Action research program is to build on current strengths and identify the areas where there is a need to strengthen our capacities to keep up our (inter)national reputation as a climate action university.

Cooling cities
Climate change leads to an amplification of heat in cities, including the intensity and duration of heat waves. The impacts of urban heat are manifold, ranging from increased morbidity and mortality, decreased air quality, altered water cycles, energy blackouts, and dysfunctional rail, road, quays and bridge infrastructures. High-resolution urban hydrometeorological models will be crucial to assess the impact of adaptation plans in the cities of the future. We welcome an Assistant Professor with a passion to develop and employ a fully-integrated observation-modelling program, with the objective of assessing the effectivity of urban planning and design strategies (e.g., green, blue, and sustainable solutions) in improving the urban living environment, both indoor as well as outdoor.

As an expert on urban hydrometeorology, you will develop education to teach the next generation of students. You will contribute to the new Environmental Engineering MSc program, which will start in September 2022. We expect you to actively contribute to the development and teaching of education modules in the “Water Resources Engineering” and “Atmospheric Environment Engineering” tracks.

You will be hosted in the department of Water Management (Faculty of CiTG), and you will collaborate with other tenure trackers in the Climate Action programme and with tenured professors having expertise on building physics, urban physics, environmental technology and design. As a tenure tracker, you will inspire your colleagues and students through research and education, both in courses (existing and to be developed) and educational projects. You are expected to acquire funding for new projects from different national and international funding schemes and contribute to organisational tasks and valorisation of your research work. 


  • A doctorate degree (PhD) in environmental sciences, environmental engineering, urban meteorology, hydrology, water management, or a related field;
  • A track record that demonstrates research on urban hydrometeorology, experience with observation techniques and numerical modelling;
  • Experience and/or affinity with student-centered teaching;
  • Clear affinity with and preferably experience in interdisciplinary research;
  • Excellent communication, networking, and collaboration skills.

Conditions of employment

A tenure-track position is offered for six years. In 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. If you currently are an Assistant Professor, we also accept your application for this role as an Associate Professor.

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 (salary indication for assistant professor: € 3.807 – € 5.922). 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

This is just one of many exciting Tenure Track opportunities currently available within the Faculty Civil Engineering and Geosciences. Click here and check out a complete and up-to-date overview of vacancies throughout all our seven departments.

For more information about this vacancy, please contact dr. ir. Marjolein Pijpers van Esch ([email protected]) or Remko Uijlenhoet ([email protected]).

Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 31 January 2022 via the application button and upload your motivation and CV.

  • 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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