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Assistant Professor or Associate Professor Geomechanics and Structural Geology

Strengthening structural geology and geomechanics at GSE

3 maanden geleden


Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur


To strengthen the Applied Geology section and the Department of Geoscience & Engineering we search an Assistant/Associate Professor in the domain of structural geology and geomechanics.

Strongly engaged in facilitating the energy transition, the Department of Geoscience & Engineering develops knowledge and tools to characterize the sedimentologically and structurally heterogeneous subsurface. Numerical models are developed and used to predict the mechanical and fluid-flow response to subsurface geo-engineering activities related to resource extraction and storage.

Faults and networks of distributed fractures are key structural features impacting the behaviour of rocks. They exert major influence on, for instance, the integrity of reservoir and storage rocks, and form pathways for the flow of fluids, potentially interacting with the country rock. Their geometric and physical properties are key input data for predictive subsurface models.

The characterization of sedimentological and structural heterogeneities in subsurface rocks at the scale of meters to tens of meters is needed to constrain mechanical models able to predict, for instance, the state of stress in the entire volume of interest from the Earth surface to depths of several kilometers. Accurate prediction of the state of stress is key, among others, to predict slip on faults during induced pressure changes and the stability of caves associated with dissolution mining.

Strong geological knowledge is needed to predict these properties and behaviours at the relevant scale of tens to thousands of meters. For this purpose, we integrate process-based models of sedimentation and deformation with extensive work on outcrops. Intensive collaboration with other disciplines present in the Department such as Reservoir engineering, Geophysics and Petrophysics, Resource Engineering and Geo-engineering allows for a direct coupling between geological predictions and numerical models.


The ideal candidate has a PhD in Geosciences and some years of post-doc (or equivalent in Industry) with a strong background in outcrop geology and pronounced affinity with numerical methods. She/he has wide interests in the various fields of Earth Sciences and geo-engineering and acknowledges the key importance of collaborations with the other disciplines within the Department and in the Faculty.


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.

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy or the selection procedure, please contact Giovanni Bertotti, Professor, email: g.bertotti@tudelft.nl, tel: +31152786033.