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Assistant/Associate professor (tenure track) in Emerging Technologies for Nature Based Solutions in Coastal Waters

We are delighted to welcome an enthusiastic Assistant/Associate Professor who is willing to take the lead in research and education on Emerging Technologies …

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Stevinweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
32 - 40 uur
€ 3637 - € 5039 per maand


We are delighted to welcome an enthusiastic Assistant/Associate Professor who is willing to take the lead in research and education on Emerging Technologies for Nature-Based Solutions in Coastal Waters.

Modern-day coastal engineering and management increasingly rely on Nature-Based Solutions (such as the Sand Engine) as an enabler for sustainable coastal development. Successful design and implementation of such solutions demands fundamental insight in the fascinating dynamics of coastal systems, the complex interplay of underlying morphological and ecological processes, and associated uncertainties. The recent onset of incredibly rich data sets (such as satellite imagery) opens the door towards the application of new, emerging technologies (like machine learning) to study coastal dynamics and assess the effect of nature-based interventions. Lab experiments, field measurements and numerical model simulations can be used to complement the understanding of eco-morphological processes driving coastal changes. Research on the combined use of data and models may result in reduced uncertainties in model predictions. At the level of Assistant Professor, we welcome open-minded, creative candidates willing to explore new avenues of research in this new, cross-disciplinary field.

At the level of Associate Professor, the candidate is expected to have proven capabilities with the initiation and coordination of the research described above. She is also expected to explore new methods and strategies to enable large-scale implementation of nature-based solutions in different environmental, socio-economic, and governance settings, covering the European Union and beyond. Stakeholder engagement and adaptive management of uncertainties are key. This demands integral understanding of the broader societal, management, and engineering context, insight in the scalability of nature-based solutions as well as the capability to think across disciplines.

Responsibilities of the tenure track position include publication of peer-reviewed journal papers and acquisition of research funding, along with the development and/or teaching of one or more BSc/MSc courses and (co-) supervision of BSc/MSc students and PhD candidates. Approximately 40% of the time will be allocated to research, and 40% to education. A small portion of the position’s responsibilities (20%) is devoted to auxiliary activities such as participation in faculty committees, external outreach and valorisation of research findings.     


We seek a colleague who has the dedication to pursue a career in academia. You hold a PhD degree in Civil Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Ecology or related area, with excellent skills to think conceptually and quantitatively. You can deliver high-quality research, as evidenced by your publication record. We acknowledge your ambition to set up your own research area and build up your own research group, while maintaining close links with other research areas.

Our future colleague, preferably a woman, has experience with the academic environment and is aware of inclusiveness values. You enjoy working in (multi-disciplinary) teams, in a cooperative, active and social environment. You possess good organisational and communication skills, and excellent proficiency in spoken and written English. You are, through your personality, able to cooperate effectively with peers, students and stakeholders.

If your MSc diploma and transcript are not in Dutch, English, French or German and you will be the selected candidate, the TU Delft will ask you to deliver a certified translation in case you will be appointed.     


At the start of the tenure track, you will be appointed as Assistant/Associate Professor for the duration of six years. You will receive a start-up package to facilitate a head-start of your research. If your performance and (soft) skills are evaluated positively at the end of the tenure track, you will be appointed in a permanent Assistant/Associate Professor position.

TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged and part-time employment (including arrangements with third parties) is possible. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

TU Delft sets specific standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. TU Delft offers training to improve English competency.

Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. If you do not yet have your teaching certificate, we allow you up to three years to obtain this.     

Additional information

For information about this vacancy, you can contact Professor Stefan Aarninkhof, head of the Coastal Engineering group, email: s.g.j.aarninkhof@tudelft.nl, tel: +31-15-2785487.