TU Delft

Assistant Professor/Tenure Track Parametric Structural Design and Digital Fabrication

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Faculty Civil Engineering and Geosciences

The position is part of the department Materials, Mechanics, Management & Design (3MD). 3MD focuses on the design, mechanics, materials and management of civil infrastructures and buildings. A multi-scale research approach is followed, starting at micro-scale (materials level), to meso-scale (structures level) and to macro-scale (infrastructures/systems level). The department governs the entire life cycle from develop, design, build, maintain, operate to demolish or reuse, and has strong competences in modelling and design for both civil infrastructures as well as buildings.

Novel, advanced civil engineering materials offer solutions to current societal challenges regarding safety, durability and sustainability.The group Applied Mechanics focusses on computational analysis of these materials. Within Applied Mechanics a sub-group is working on Structural Design. Main focus of this group is to realize safe and reliable structures and infrastructures. This sub-group is deeply involved in education, providing four courses in the BSc Civil Engineering and eight courses in the MSc Civil Engineering.

The faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences (CEG) is committed to outstanding international research and education in the field of civil engineering, applied earth sciences, traffic and transport, water technology and delta technology. The research covers global social issues and is closely connected to education as well as the work of a wide range of knowledge institutions. CEG is convinced that Open Science helps to realise these goals and supports its scientists in integrating Open Science in their research practice. The Faculty of CEG comprises 28 research groups in the following seven departments: Materials Mechanics Management & Design, Engineering Structures, Geoscience and Engineering, Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Transport & Planning, Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management.

Functie omschrijving

Safety and reliability of structures and infrastructures is a basic societal need, being deeply influenced by a demand to reduce negative impact of structures and infrastructures on society. Societal challenges in this respect are climate change, risk aversity in society and an increasing pressure on use of space. New developments in structural design (e.g. parametric design, virtual/augmented reality, digitisation of the design and construction chain) together with further developments in existing technologies (BIM, FEM, digital prototyping) are expected to have major impact. We therefore have a vacancy for an assistant professor Parametric Structural Design and Digital Fabrication (1,0 fte). Focus of this position will be mainly on buildings and civil infrastructures, with special emphasis on structural design technologies in relation to all construction materials. For this position we are looking for a candidate with expertise in parametric structural design and engineering, computational engineering and/or digital fabrication, virtual/augmented reality and digitisation of the design and construction chain, to be translated both in research projects and inspiring education.

Functie eisen

For this position we seek a colleague holding a PhD and several years of postdoc experience in a relevant field with expertise in parametric structural design and engineering, computational engineering and/or digital fabrication. Our future colleague has a collaborative mentality who appreciates scientific and engineering challenges and who, through research, management skills, and teaching qualities, can inspire colleagues and students alike. You possess a good understanding of the higher education environment including diversity and inclusivity values. The candidate has an academic network within communities working on parametric design and engineering and digital manufacturing. We expect candidates to have experience in teaching and guiding MSc- and PhD-students, experience in modern teaching pedagogies and enjoying collaboration with close colleagues within the group as well as with adjacent disciplines. Furthermore, candidates publish in internationally recognized journals, can secure research grants and have Dutch and English proficiency skills or are willing to acquire Dutch skills within 2 years.


At the start of the tenure-track you will be appointed as Assistant Professor for the duration of six years. Section leader, department leader and you will agree upon expected performance and (soft) skills. You will receive a start-up package and 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.

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 and parttime employment is possible. 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.

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 do not yet have your teaching certificate, we allow you up to three years to obtain this.

Informeren en solliciteren

For information about this vacancy, you can contact Prof.dr.ir. L.J. Sluijs via e-mail L.J.Sluijs@tudelft.nl, tel +31 (0)15 27 82728.

For information about the selection procedure, please contact Anna Hoek, HR Advisor, email: A.C.M.Hoek@tudelft.nl.

To apply, please send a detailed CV, along with a short letter of motivation and personal research and teaching statement (max 3 pages), as well as contact information of two persons who can provide references, a publication list, an abstract of your MSc and PhD thesis and two selected publications, compiled into a single pdf file named lastname_firstname_CiTG20.33.pdf by 14th of June 2020 to recruitment-citg@tudelft.nl. When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number CiTG20.33.

Please note that applications will not be processed if all documents required are not compiled into a single pdf document.

TU Delft creates equal opportunities and encourages women to apply.


Acquisitie naar aanleiding van deze vacature wordt niet op prijs gesteld.

Uren per week: 36-40 uur per week

Salaris: € 3.637,- tot € 5.656,- per maand


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