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Director of Reactor Institute Delft

Delft University of Technology is now looking to appoint a new Director of the Reactor Institute Delft. The Director will be responsible for the management of …

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Delft University of Technology is now looking to appoint a new Director of the Reactor Institute Delft. The Director will be responsible for the management of the Institute, the operation of the reactor under the Nuclear Energy Act and the efficient use of the Institute’s assets. The Director is accountable for the license-related matters to the University Board, for the organisational matters to the dean of the faculty of Applied Sciences. The appointee will have the direct responsibility for the safe operation of the reactor and for the relations with national and international bodies (ANVS, the Authority for Nuclear Safety and Radiation protection (licensing and independent supervisor) and the IAEA, International Atomic Energy Agency).

The Director will lead the research on RID related instruments and measuring methods, raises external funding and will work intensively with RST on programmatic cohesion and coordination of the scientific and supporting activities. The Director will strengthen collaboration on different levels within TU Delft as well as with national and international partners in academia, research institutes and reactor facilities, industry and the government. The appointee will direct and support the further innovative development of the research facilities to meet the changing demands of science and in line with international standards. He/she will take initiatives to raise financial support for such developments. He/she will also be responsible for external contacts of RID and represent the Institute’s interests within TU Delft, with Dutch governmental and funding organisations, international scientific organisations, and the European Commission framework.


  • Candidates for the position will have a proven track record of leadership with recognised expertise in radiation science and technology. They will be a visionary and inspiring leader with demonstrated experience to provide effective management and continued development of RID, as well as will possess political astuteness in representing RID to governmental bodies and to the public.
  • the postholder will be expected to evidence:
  • postgraduate degree in physical science, engineering, chemistry or other disciplines relevant to radiation science and technology;
  • a highly regarded international profile in a scientific discipline relevant for RID;
  • a broad knowledge of and in-depth experience using a reactor, radiation or radioisotopes;
  • proven scientific creativity required to stimulate innovative research, attract
  • funding and to open new directions for instrument developments;
  • experience in building collaborations among disciplines and with multiple stakeholders;
  • a confirmed record of accomplishment in leadership and effective management needed for an internationally operating research and (mainly) occupational education organisation;
  • a broad and relevant international network (both in academia and in industry and government
  • institutions), with an ability to stimulate the funding portfolio and strengthen the external, national and international position of RID;
  • adequate capabilities to effectuate the final responsibility for the safe operation of the reactor and for the relations with national and international licensing bodies;
  • an excellent command of English and (willingness to learn to speak) Dutch. In addition, the Director will be expected to:
  • provide long-term leadership to the RID and a vision on how to create further opportunities for increased usage of the reactor both internally and externally;
  • enhance a positive and strong safety culture;
  • have excellent communications skills necessary to represent the RID and its interests in public, industrial, governmental and relevant scientific organisations on a national and
  • international level; • have a capacity for strategic thinking;
  • be a team player with a collaborative style focused on connecting people;
  • have a strong motivation to contribute significantly to meet the challenges associated with nuclear science;
  • have an understanding of the culture of the Dutch nuclear community.


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. 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.

Additional information

An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Perrett Laver to assist the Selection Committee. Perrett Laver may be contacted for informal enquiries and questions on +31 20 2404 378 or by mailing mario.adamo@perrettlaver.com.

Applications will be considered by the Advisory Committee in September. Perrett Laver will conduct preliminary discussion with longlisted candidates and the Selection Committee will then meet to decide on a shortlist of candidates. Dates for formal interviews will be confirmed in due course.