Tenure Track: Assistant Professor Flood Resilience (4TU DeSIRE)

Research / Academic


As a new staff member you will focus on methods to quantify flood risk and resilience and to incorporate resilience in designs for flood risk reduction in cities and urban regions, including both grey and green (nature-based) interventions. This will require knowledge from risk & reliability, hydraulic infrastructure and physical aspects such as hydraulics and / or geotechnics. Approaches will be developed to assess the contribution of interventions to resilience and risk reduction and to design and optimize strategies to reduce risks and improve resilience. Past cases including hurricanes (e.g. Houston after Harvey, New Orleans after Katrina), winter storm surge (e.g. France after Xynthia, the Netherlands), and monsoon flooding and tsunamis in Asia will be analyzed to identify critical factors for lack of resilience. New approaches to incorporate resilience will be applied in a “research by design” approach to program case studies, including Rotterdam in the Netherlands and Houston after hurricane Harvey.

Your responsibilities include:

  • Education: instructing, developing and organizing courses in the Hydraulic Engineering curriculum in the above field (typically you will be responsible for one three month course and help with others); and in collaboration with adjacent disciplines, such as multidisciplinary graduation studios ( resilience lab), summer schools in the field of resilience; supervising BSc, MSc and PhD students in close co-operation with relevant organizations.
  • Research: conducting and initiating research in the field of flood resilience. Research should cover both fundamental aspects and applications. The research portfolio will be developed in collaboration with colleagues both within the section and elsewhere.
  • Valorization: We are expecting that you acquire funding for these projects through collaboration with the private sector, government and / or EU or Dutch national projects and research grants.
  • Organization: A small portion of the positions’ responsibilities are committed to management activities in the department or faculty, e.g. participation in department and faculty committees.

You will be participate in the 4TU resilience engineering program (see below). Within TU Delft you – positioned on the hydraulic engineering department - will closely work with colleagues in the department and faculty, the delta urbanism group at architecture, and experts in policy analysis and disaster management at TPM and other experts in the 4TU network. Moreover, you will develop a strong national and international network in the field.


  • You have a MSc and PhD degrees in a relevant area such as civil engineering or a strongly related field;
  • You are an experienced researcher and can demonstrate this through publications in scientific journals;
  • You have worked on applied projects in a field for government and/or private sector and have demonstrated to be able to acquire funding for your research.
  • You have experience in academic education and / or course programs for engineering professionals.
  • You have followed education training or you are willing to do so.
  • You are a teamplayer who can generate enthusiasm among students, colleagues and end users.
  • You have good international network in the field of flood resilience, e.g. with partners in the private sector, government, and/or academia.

Salary Benefits:

At the start of the tenure-track you will be appointed as Assistant Professor for the duration of six years. Section leader, department leaders and you will agree upon expected performance and development of skills. You will receive formal feedback on performance and skills during annual assessment meetings and the mid-term evaluation. If the performance and skills are evaluated positively at the end of the tenure track, you will be appointed in a permanent Assistant Professor position.

  • Starting salary between €3.545,- to 4.852,- gross per month based on your experience;
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • A solid pension scheme;
  • Possibilities to save up holidays for sabbatical leave;
  • Minimum of 29 holidays in case of full-time employment;
  • Professional and personal improvement programs, including mentoring;
  • A high degree of responsibility and independence, while collaborating with close colleagues, researchers and other university staff is strongly supported;
  • Discount of health insurance, sport memberships;
  • 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.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, nation origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status.

TU Delft sets specific standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. 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.

Work Hours:

38 hours per week


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