Assistant Professor Coastal Subsidence

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Delft, Netherlands 🇳🇱

Do you want to contribute with your knowledge about land deformation and morphodynamics to further strengthen TU Delft’s ambition as climate action university? 

Job description

Land subsidence is a key process that directly impacts long-term coastal planning as well as the use of the subsurface in coastal areas, e.g., for freshwater extraction. Coastal subsidence is also important for local and regional sea-level rise projections. Subsidence can have multiple causes, of both natural and anthropogenic origin. Available evidence of changes in the land surface originates from geological and morphodynamics studies as well as geodetic and remote sensing measurements, altogether spanning very different spatial and temporal resolutions.

The Assistant Professor in Coastal Subsidence will contribute to a better understanding and quantification of the dominant physical processes along the Dutch coast and other low-lying regions worldwide, while approaching the problem from an interdisciplinary perspective that might encompass remote sensing, modelling of sub-surface processes and coastal geomorphodynamics.

Within this topic you will be given the opportunity to develop your own research line, complementing ongoing geophysical, sea level and morphodynamic research at Delft University of Technology.

The key job responsibilities for this Assistant Professorship include:

  • Research: Delivering high quality, internationally leading research. (Co-)supervising PhD and MSc students aimed at successful completion of their theses. Effectively disseminating research outcomes via internationally leading journals and conferences. 
  • Education: Contributing to the organization and teaching of relevant courses in the BSc and MSc programs of Civil Engineering and Applied Earth Sciences. This includes the opportunity to introduce new content and teaching methods matching the candidate’s expertise and interests in the renewed MSc programs. Preparing, supervising and assessing of BSc and MSc student projects.
  • Valorisation: Initiating projects and obtaining funding for new research and/or education projects. Creating societal impact by disseminating research results outside academia, by reaching out to companies, public organisations and the general public.
  • Organization: Contributing to organizational / administrative activities and committees within the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences.  


The successful candidate:

  • Holds a doctorate degree (PhD) in engineering or (earth) science in a relevant field, like Solid Earth Geophysics, Coastal Geomorphology, Hydraulic Engineering, Geodesy, Applied Physics or Applied Mathematics.
  • Has a track record that demonstrates their ability to independently perform and publish high quality research.
  • Demonstrates a strong outline for setting up their own research area and building their own research group, while at the same time establishing strong collaborations with colleagues within the department, faculty and university.
  • Ability to develop and maintain a national/international network of scientists and representatives of organizations related to the research activities. 
  • Possesses a good understanding of the higher education and academic environment, including diversity and inclusion values.
  • Has the capacity to communicate and cooperate effectively with peers, students and stakeholders.

Conditions of employment

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.
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.

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 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!

Faculty Civil Engineering & 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 more information about this vacancy, please contact Dr. Riccardo Riva, e-mail:

Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 16 January 2023 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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