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Head of Hydraulic Engineering Department

Research / Academic
Delft

The Department of Hydraulic Engineering (HE) aspires to educate tomorrow’s hydraulic engineers, stimulate the career development of academic scientists and carry out world-class research related to important societal themes such as climate change, energy transition and biodiversity loss.
The aim of this position is to provide strategic leadership to maintain the department’s internationally leading research and teaching position. Around 50% of this dual role will be dedicated to manage the daily operations of the HE Department.
The future head of department will define and realize the department’s ambitious strategy and vision and lead the department in all aspects. You will have overreaching responsibility for operations, safety, project portfolio management, staff and department budget and finances. In addition, you will chair the departmental management team and act as a member of the faculty management team, representing the department within the faculty and relevant external environments. You will network with leading water boards and groups, industry partners and international institutions.
Our ideal candidate is enthusiastic, professional and empowers everyone in the department to develop in their individual career path. You will play a leading role in establishing and maintaining a safe work environment, embracing and propelling the diversity and inclusion culture of the university.
In parallel to managing daily operations, another 50% of your time will be dedicated to the core work of the department. According to your unique expertise and vision, this will take shape in education, research, valorisation, or a combination thereof.
You will have a leading role in the research programme, bringing new expertise relative to the current expertise within the department, working together on the relevant topics and driving forward the research agenda. Regarding education, you will interact with and inspire students, teach courses at the BSc and MSc levels, and supervise thesis projects. Furthermore, we challenge you to find synergies and strengthen relationship with other groups within the faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences, across different faculties of TU Delft, and with relevant external research institutes and peer groups in the field.
You will be joining a department that is already globally acknowledged to be at the forefront of its field, with cutting-edge facilities and a staff of distinguished experts and promising young talents. The department is currently composed of five research groups comprising 68 permanent staff and 119 temporary staff with a strong culture of cooperation. In addition, there are around 100 practitioners/researchers actively involved in applied research and educational activities, while 100 PhD students and postdocs conduct their research projects in the department. 

Requirements:

You combine the people skills required to inspire students and academic staff with the curiosity of a researcher, the integrity and decisiveness of a leader and the flexibility and networking abilities of a valorisation expert. Furthermore, you have:

  • A PhD and you are currently at least at the Associate Professor level.
  • Extensive management experience and social leadership qualities.
  • Good planning and organisational skills.
  • A good international network related to the field.
  • An interest in education, valorisation and/or driving your own research agenda.
  • Fluency in Dutch and English.

Salary Benefits:

The role of Head of Department is limited to 4 years, and can be extended once at most. After serving as head of department you will integrate into the department as an associate or full professor.
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.
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.
For international applicants, TU Delft has the Coming to Delft Service. This service addresses the needs of new international employees and those of their partners and families. The Coming to Delft Service offers personalised assistance during the preparation of the relocation, finding housing and schools for children (if applicable). In addition, a Dual Career Programme for partners is offered. The Coming to Delft Service will do their best to help you settle in the Netherlands.

Work Hours:

32 - 40 hours per week

Address:

Mekelweg 2