Assistant professor (Tenure track) Responsible risk management with a focus on climate risk

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Delft, Netherlands 🇳🇱

Job description

The Safety and Security Science section is one of the three sections within the VTI department. The research programme of the Safety and Security Science Section develops safety and security science methodologies from descriptive to prescriptive and innovative, and from “after-the-fact” to anticipatory. It devotes special attention to Bayesian Belief Network Modelling for probabilistic cause consequence relationships. The application domains include the transport sector (road, rail, maritime, aviation), critical infrastructures (energy, water, cyber, etc.), process and nuclear industries (incl. transport of hazardous materials), and the emergency response and health sector with the newly established Centre for Safety in Healthcare. For more information, please visit the website:

This tenure-track position will help advance the state of the art in investigating how to integrate descriptive and normative approaches to responsible risk management, specifically in the context of climate risks. Conducting responsible risk analyses requires the integration of moral and other values (including, but not limited to well-being, justice, equality, privacy, autonomy, safety, security, sustainability, accountability, democracy and efficiency). How to integrate such moral values in more formal approaches to risk is an important intellectual challenge to be taken up by the tenure tracker.

The work of the tenure tracker will be relevant for further developing the theory and methodology for conducting responsible risk analyses to a wide range of applications. Next to the application domains that are studied in the section that were mentioned above, we also want to specifically expand our expertise in responsible risk management of hazards arising from climate variability to which this tenure tracker is expected to make an important contribution. Responsibly managing climate risks is an urgent societal and academic challenge. Probabilistic risk analyses (PRA) are commonly used in the professional industry to optimize the decision-maker’s action. A.M. Lovelace (1972) already stated that “The times of straightforward engineering design, when the engineer could afford to be fully ignorant of probabilistic approaches to analysis, are definitely over.” However, a critical reflection on PRA is often lacking. The tenure tracker will develop further theories, methods and/or techniques on how to conduct comprehensive and responsible risk analysis. This entails, amongst others, a better approaches to (o) defining risks for the stakeholders exposed to climate risks, (i) balancing conflicting moral values under climate uncertainties, (ii) integrating descriptive and normative climate risk analyses.

The tenure tracking will contribute to the teaching programme of the Safety and Security Science section which covers a broad range of courses to Bachelor – and Master students, as well as some external courses for professionals.

Finally, the tenure-track position involves the acquisition of research funding, and the supervision of PhD- and MSc-projects.

A Tenure Track, a process leading up to a permanent appointment with the prospect of becoming an Associate or full Professor, offers young, talented academics a clear and attractive career path. During the Tenure Track, you will have the opportunity to develop into an internationally acknowledged and recognised academic. We offer a structured career and personal development programme designed to offer individual academics as much support as possible. For more information about the Tenure Track and the personal development programme, please visit   


We are looking for candidates with the following qualifications: 

  • A PhD in a field relevant for the position, e.g. safety engineering, social science      approaches to risk, philosophy of science, ethics of risk;
  • With a research interest in theory development, specifically in the context of          responsible risk management with a focus on climate risk;
  • An affinity with quantitative modelling is desirable; 
  • Relevant research experience and publications;
  • Excellent English language skills (oral and written);
  • Strong motivation to contribute to cutting-edge research;
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills, flexibility and willingness to work in a team;
  • In possession of UTQ-degree (University Teaching Qualification) or willingness to obtain this degree;
  • Proficiency in Dutch or willingness to obtain this.

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.

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.

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 Technology, Policy and Management

With its excellent education and research at the intersection of technology, society and policy, the Faculty of TPM makes an important contribution to solving complex technical-social issues, such as energy transition, mobility, digitalisation, water management and (cyber) security.
We combine insights from the engineering sciences, the social and the humanities. We develop robust models and designs, are internationally oriented and have an extensive network with knowledge institutions, companies, social organisations and governments.

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Additional information

For more information about the content of this position, please contact Prof. Pieter van Gelder, phone: +31 (0)15-2786544, email: [email protected]  

Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before April, 10 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.


Interviews with a limited number of candidates will be held at the end of April 2022.