Professor Position: Urban Water Infrastructure, TU Delft University

TU Delft University
Study in:Netherlands
Deadline: 1 Nov 2017

Professor Position of Urban Water Infrastructure

Department/faculty: Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Level: PhD degree
Working hours: 38 hours per week
Contract: Tenured
Salary: €5334 to €7766 per month gross

Civil Engineering and Geosciences

The Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences of Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) provides leading international research and education, with innovation and sustainability as central themes. Research and education are closely interwoven and address societal challenges. The Faculty consists of the departments of Transport and Planning, Structural Engineering, Geoscience and Engineering, Water Management, Hydraulic Engineering, and Geoscience and Remote Sensing.


The Department of Water Management focuses on quantitative and qualitative aspects of fresh and salt/brackish water systems and related user functions such as building, drinking water, wastewater, and agriculture. The department also contributes to societal needs with respect to water management, water-related economic aspects, land use management, and optimisation questions with respect to water use and control.


The research of the Sanitary Engineering section focuses on user functions such as drinking water extraction, storage, purification and distribution, wastewater collection, transport, treatment, discharge, resource recovery from (waste)water, industry water, and urban water management and drainage.

Professor Position: Job description

The potential for visionary urban water infrastructure research is huge and the worldwide interest very high. Future urban water infrastructure demands call for innovative, climate-resilient distribution, drainage, and heat systems; increased flexibility of assets; clever, predictive sensor and control technology; understanding urban hydrology; understanding material aging and soil processes; advanced protection of human and environmental health; and energy- and resource-efficient water systems that are embedded in a circular economy. Alongside the prevailing obsolete infrastructure in Western countries, the majority of the world population is still deprived of adequate urban water infrastructure services. Sustainable and cost-efficient innovations brought forward by research in the envisaged field may contribute to leapfrogging conventional developments. Therefore, the TU Delft is giving the new professor the opportunity to build on an excellent research group (offering 2 FTE vacant positions), playing a world-leading role in urban water infrastructure research and education. The key responsibilities include research, education, services, valorisation, and management – as further elaborated on our website.


The successful candidate has the following qualifications:
• A PhD in Civil Engineering or a closely related field
• Experience in several application fields and/or scientific disciplinary fields of urban water infrastructure as implemented in the setting of industrialised societies
• A drive to innovate through research
• The capacity to communicate effectively with peers, students and stakeholders in the application field
• An excellent track record in scientific publications, acquisition and management of externally funded research projects, and a clear view on required future developments, aiming at a high degree of sustainability in the application field
• Excellent teaching qualities
• Fluency in English and the willingness to learn Dutch within three years.

Conditions of employment

The TU Delft offers an attractive, customisable compensation and benefits package, including 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 day care, before- and after-school care 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.
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, we allow you up to three years to obtain this.

Information and application

For more information about this position, please contact J.B. van Lier, phone: +31 (0)15-2784732, e-mail:
or check: To apply, please send a letter of application together with a Curriculum Vitae that explicitly states your educational record, recent major achievements, list of publications, a vision on research and education, and the names of three persons who could be contacted for a reference. Please e-mail your application by 1 October 2017 to M. Jonker,
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number CITG17-19.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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