Assistant Professor in geotechnical engineering for natural hazard risk management

Research / Academic

The Department of Earth Systems Analysis of the faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation at the University of Twente is looking for an Earth scientist with experience in the characterisation and monitoring of subsurface processes and/or structure. The Department of Earth Systems Analysis combines Earth science knowledge with spatial modelling and advanced remote sensing to understand Earth processes in space and time. Our education and research contribute to the sustainable use of energy and Earth resources and help reduce disaster risk and the impact of natural hazards on society. Our aim is to build capacity and strengthen institutional development of both professional and academic organizations as well as individuals. We work specifically in countries that are economically and/or technologically less developed.

We are looking for a talented new colleague to help expand our current strengths in the field of natural hazards (earthquakes, landslides and hydro-meteorological hazards).

You have relevant experience to develop course offerings and research in geo-engineering with a special focus on quantitative analysis for integrated multi-geohazards studies. Knowledge in geospatial sciences and/or numerical modelling is considered important, particularly addressing the spatial and temporal components.

We particularly encourage applicants with research interests related to one or more of the following topics to apply: geotechnical engineering, ground and slope stability, rock and soil mechanics, geophysics, geology, and engineering geology.

You also would have to:

  • Contribute to the educational programme(s) offered by the department
  • Develop own research in the field of geotechnical engineering for natural hazards risk management, and supervise MSc and PhD students
  • Attract external research and project funding and contribute to projects in the department.


  • A PhD in Earth Sciences (preferably in geotechnical engineering, engineering geology, geophysics, or geology), physics (with affinity to Earth sciences)
  • Experience in studying natural hazard processes and/or involved structures, including risk management
  • An aptitude for teaching, including lecturing and tutoring at an academic level
  • An affinity with a multi-cultural, post-graduate education environment
  • A willingness to undertake international travel to less developed countries and a willingness to contribute to international projects
  • You have an excellent command of English. Knowledge of, or willingness to learn Dutch, is an advantage.

Knowledge on one, or more, of the following topics would be a bonus:

  • Rock and soil mechanics
  • Site investigations
  • Structural or civil engineering
  • Working in data poor environments and/or development countries context

You must have a PhD at the time of employment, and show a demonstrated record or strong promise of research productivity. You are expected to build a vigorous, externally funded research program, mentor MSc and PhD graduate students, and teach graduate courses in your specialization.


Additional information regarding the position can be obtained from Prof. Dr. Mark van der Meijde (e-mail: You are also invited to visit our homepage.

Please submit your application before 1 September 2020 (choose “apply now” below). Your application has to include (i) a motivation letter clearly stating how you meet the selection criteria and also outlining your research and teaching interests, (ii) a detailed CV with references and (iii) a two-page statement on your vision on research, education and capacity development in relation to ITC, and the position. Applications that do not include all three will not be considered.

A public guest lecture to the ITC-staff can be part of the selection. Because of our diversity values, we particularly encourage women and candidates from our target countries to apply.

Salary Benefits:

We offer an inspiring and challenging international environment. You will be initially employed for two years. Extension of the employment after this period is a possibility.

  • Gross monthly salary between € 3,746.- and € 5,127.- (depending on experience and qualifications, job profile Assistant Professor level 2).
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%
  • Excellent support for research and facilities for professional and personal development.
  • A solid pension scheme
  • Minimum of 41 holiday days in case of fulltime employment
  • Possibilities to save up holidays for sabbatical leave
  • Professional and personal improvement programmes.
Work Hours:

38 hours per week


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