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Assistant Professor Ports and Waterways

The Ports and Waterways research group, part of the Civil Engineering and Geosciences faculty at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), invites candidates …

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Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 40 uur
€ 3746 - € 5127 per maand


The Ports and Waterways research group, part of the Civil Engineering and Geosciences faculty at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), invites candidates for a tenure track assistant professor position to complement, extend and strengthen the group's competences.

The world's economy relies heavily on waterborne supply chains. Approximately 90% of all global trade is shipped by marine transport; according to UNCTAD/RMT/2019 in tons roughly equally divided in containers, tanker trade, main bulks and other dry cargo. Overall efficiency of global supply chains is to a great extent determined by the in-port and hinterland transport networks they are connected with. A major challenge for the field of ports and waterways engineering is timely adaptation of transport networks, and their associated infrastructure, to ever changing external circumstances, such as increasing vessel sizes, developments in trade, climate change, increased focus on sustainability, the energy transition, autonomous shipping, digitization, etc. Large investments are required to maintain (and where possible improve) competitive positions. Optimizing while markets continuously rebalance requires insight, skill, fundamental and applied research. Getting it wrong is not only very costly but may severely impact future competitiveness (tipping points).

The Ports and Waterways group actively contributes to the development of worldwide methods and standards: through research and publication of widely recognized articles and books, through clear and engaging education, through active development of software packages for a range of engineering challenges, and through active involvement in organisations such as SmartPort, PIANC, EcoShape, DigiShape and Topsector Water & Maritiem. Furthermore, we work in close interaction with port and water authorities (like Port of Rotterdam and Rijkswaterstaat), international consultants and research institutes like Marin and Deltares.

We are looking for a promising scientist with recognized expertise in any of these areas from fundamental and/or technological perspectives. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research focuses on the utilisation of novel paradigms in data science, simulation, visualisation and digital twinning. We seek candidates whose research profile expands our research directions while also synergizing with research groups in the department of Hydraulic Engineering.

Candidates should have a successful scientific track record and be able to formulate an independent research program addressing current scientific and technological challenges. The candidate is expected to participate in the teaching of courses offered in the Civil Engineering Bachelor and Master.


Applicants should have the following qualifications:

  • PhD degree and expertise in a field relevant for the position
  • Ability to lead projects, as well as supervise, train, and support junior researchers.
  • Ability to define and pursue an own research direction, evidenced by the track record and recommendations.
  • Ability to design and deliver clear and engaging education.
  • Ability to collaborate in research, educational and administrative projects


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.

Additional information

For information about this vacancy, you can contact prof.dr.ir. Stefan Aarninkhof, professor Coastal Engineering and Head of Department, email: S.G.J.Aarninkhof@tudelft.nl, or prof.dr.ir. Mark van Koningsveld, professor Ports and Waterways, email: M.vanKoningsveld@tudelft.nl.

For information about the selection procedure, please contact Marloes Heemskerk , HR Advice, email: m.heemskerk@tudelft.nl.