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Assistant professor (Tenure Track) Safety and Security Science TU Delft

The research programme of the Safety and Security Science group develops safety and security science methodologies from descriptive to creative, and from …

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Jaffalaan, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
€ 3637 - € 5656 per maand


The research programme of the Safety and Security Science group develops safety and security science methodologies from descriptive to creative, and from "after-the-fact" to anticipatory. It devotes special attention to Bayesian Belief Network Modelling for cause consequence relationships.

This tenure-track position will help advance the state of the art in modelling safety and security-related and safety and security-critical systems. The position deals for instance with modelling systems of systems, and developing methods, e.g. using big data or Bayesian networks for understanding and assessing risks in complex processes needed to pinpoint detailed safety and security issues in supporting technologies.

A particular area of interest is that of designing overarching risk-based decision-making frameworks for chemical-, process - and nuclear industries and critical infrastructures. This involves improving methodologies of decomposing systems into components and establishing relationships between these components, for example with Bayesian Networks. Examples are cascading effects modelling in networks and the development of domino accident prevention and protection frameworks. There is also a need for the further development of methodologies for the integration of safety and security in risk assessment and management and  for dealing with other trade-offs such as costs, productivity, usability and privacy.

The teaching programme of the Safety and Security Science group covers a broad range of courses to Bachelor – and Master students, as well as some external courses. This tenure-track position will involve the teaching of the course Risk Analysis & Risk Management, the course Design of Safety and Security Systems and the course Introduction to Safety Science. 

Finally, the tenure-track position involves the acquisition of new PhD- and MSc students, and the supervision of a number of on-going PhD studies.

A Tenure Track, a process leading up to a permanent appointment with the prospect of becoming an Associate or full Professor, offers young, talented academics a clear and attractive career path. During the Tenure Track, you will have the opportunity to develop into an internationally acknowledged and recognised academic. We offer a structured career and personal development programme designed to offer individual academics as much support as possible. For more information about the Tenure Track and the personal development programme, please visit www.tudelft.nl/tenuretrack.      


We are looking for candidates with the following qualifications:

  • A background in chemical engineering or experience with chemical processes is desirable
  • A PhD in a safety engineering domain, with an affinity to quantitative modelling is desirable
  • Research experience in safety – or security engineering and – science - demonstrable by a strong publications record;
  • Experience with EU-funded research projects is desirable;
  • Experience with consequence modelling software and –methods is desirable
  • Strong analytical skills and experience with data processing and statistical methods is desirable;
  • Excellent skills of the English language (oral and written);
  • Strong motivation to contribute to cutting-edge research on technical -,  human – and organizational factors in safety;
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills, flexibility and willingness to work in a team.
  • In possession of UTQ-degree (University Teaching Qualification) or willingness to obtain this degree


A tenure-track position is offered for six years. Based on performance indicators agreed upon at the start of the appointment, a decision will be made by the fifth year whether to offer you a permanent faculty position. For circumstances as having children or parental leave during the tenure track, it is possible to delay the definitive assessment and extend the Tenure Track appointment to a maximum of 8 years. 

The 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. Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice can support with advice for you and your accompanying partner about your individual settling needs in the Netherlands. Once arrived you can be supported with individual consults and diverse workshops. Located on campus are the International Children’s Centre and an international primary school which are subject to availability as well as several bilingual schools in the nearby surrounding. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. 

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

Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. If you have less than five years of experience and do not yet have your teaching certificate, you get the chance to obtain this within three years.     

Additional information

For information about this vacancy, you can contact Prof.dr.ir. Pieter van Gelder, Head of section Safety&Security Science, email: p.h.a.j.m.vangelder@tudelft.nl, tel: +31 (0)15-2786544.

For information about the selection procedure, please contact Anita van Vianen, HR-advisor, email: vacature-tbm@tudelft.nl.