Assistant Professor on Water-Energy

University of Twente

Enschede, , NL

Job description

The Water Management group within the Civil Engineering department carries out multi-disciplinary research and provides education in the areas of water systems and management. The group takes global leadership in water footprint research. During the past ten years, part of the group’s research has focussed on the relations between water and energy. 

The position
With the new assistant professor, we aim to expand our research on the interface between water and energy challenges. The energy sector tends to become more water-intensive per joule supplied, while the water sector is becoming more energy-intensive per cubic metre of water supply. Coherent water-energy policies – combining different renewable energy, water supply and recycling technologies – are key to a sustainable future, reducing both carbon and water footprints. Smart cities will integrate water and energy supply infrastructure and make use of smart grids, circular economy concepts and new ways of governance. This position focuses on scientific research necessary to develop pathways towards low carbon and water footprint economies, by assessing different technologies over their life cycle and particularly the effectiveness of the conjunct use of different technologies. The assistant professor will develop and carry out research in the field of water and energy, teach at Bachelor and Master level, guide Bachelor and Master students in their thesis writing, be daily supervisor of PhD students, and acquire research funds. There will be strong collaboration with the other members of the Water Management group, as well as with researchers within the Engineering Technology Faculty and the University working in related fields of study.

Your profile

We are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious colleague. You have a PhD and a strong publication record in reputed international journals, with papers relevant to the position. You have an engineering, natural sciences or environmental sciences background, a multi-disciplinary focus and strong system analytical skills. You have teaching experience, demonstrable didactic qualities and experience in student supervision. We are looking for someone with excellent communication and language competences (English).

Information and application
For additional information regarding this position, you can contact Arjen Y. Hoekstra, phone +31 53 4893880 or email [email protected]. You can submit your application, including a motivation letter and recent CV (with a list of publications and references) until 1 April 2017 using the link below.

Our offer

We offer a fulltime position for two years with the intention to grant tenure after a positive evaluation. In accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) for Dutch Universities the gross monthly salary for an Assistant Professor will range from € 3.068,- to € 5.330- , depending on experience and qualifications. In addition, the University of Twente offers attractive employment conditions (for example 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus), excellent support for research and facilities for professional and personal development.

The organization

The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which drives change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university in the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. The University of Twente has a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out pioneering research.

The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) is one of the five faculties of the University of Twente. ET combines Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. Our faculty has approximately 1800 bachelor and master students, 400 employees and 150 PhD candidates. The departments of the faculty cooperatively conduct the educational programmes and participate in interdisciplinary research projects, programmes and the research institutes: MIRA, CTIT, SBE and IGS.