Assistant professor in Fluid-Structure Interaction with applications in offshore and coastal engineering (tenure track)
Delft University of Technology, Faculty Civil Engineering and Geosciences

Assistant professor in Fluid-Structure Interaction with applications in offshore and coastal engineering (tenure track)


Department/faculty: Faculty Civil Engineering and Geosciences 


Working hours: 36-40 hours weekly 

Contract: Tenure 

Salary: 3637 - 5656 euros monthly (full-time basis)


Faculty Civil Engineering and Geosciences


The Department of Hydraulic Engineering is mainly concerned with major surface waters such as rivers, estuaries and seas. The focus is on understanding, designing and implementing human interventions in the natural environment for the discharge of water, for protection against water for transport over water and for building in water. Within the department, the Offshore Engineering section provides mechanics-based understanding, tools and solutions to offshore engineering challenges. The focus of the research is placed on the integral modelling and design of offshore structures under various loads such as wind, waves, currents and ice. Besides Offshore Engineering, the department consists of the following research groups: Coastal Engineering; Rivers, Ports, Waterways and Dredging Engineering; Environmental Fluid Mechanics, and Hydraulic Structures and Flood Risk. 

The Offshore Engineering research goup conducts applied and fundamental research of value to the offshore engineering community and society as a whole. Alongside the research activities, the group is strongly involved in education within the Offshore and Dredging Engineering interfaculty curriculum. Both the research and education are carried out in close cooperation with the energy-oriented companies focused on offshore engineering developments.

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.

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Job description


The TU Delft is a world leader in the field of hydraulic engineering. We are looking for an enthusiastic Assistant Professor who would like to become our new colleague in the research group Offshore Engineering.  


As assistant professor you will conduct high quality, internationally leading research in the field of fluid-structure interaction. A thorough fundamental knowledge of the dynamic interaction between the water motion and the structural response is indispensable to assess and optimize the functionality of offshore and coastal structures and create opportunities for nature-inclusive design, such as wind turbine foundations, floating artificial islands, structures for wave and current energy conversion, nature-friendly and oxygen-in-water enriching solutions for tidal energy, etc. Your research line will include a further strengthening of the fundament knowledge and its application to the Offshore and Coastal areas. Knoweldge of CFD methods and application of those to coupled problems of fluid-structure interaction is required. Strongly desirable is knowledge of existing and developing technologies in the field of renewable ofshore energy. The tenure track includes publishing in peer reviewed journal papers, acquiring funding for research (industry, EU and the National Science Foundation) and contributing to BSc and MSc courses. You will also (co-) supervise PhD and MSc students. A small portion of the positions’ responsibilities is devoted to management activities such as participation in department and faculty committees.




We seek a colleague who has the dedication to pursue a career in academia. You hold a PhD or equivalent degree in civil engineering or related area. You have a scientific track record and has proven ability to deliver high quality research as evidenced by your publications record. You aim to establish your own research line and build up your own research group. You possess a good understanding of the higher education environment including inclusiveness and the importance of diversity. You can, through your research, personality and teaching qualities, inspire co-workers and students alike.




    • You like to work in a team, like to work in a cooperative and amicable environment and possess good organisational and communication skills.


    • You must be proficient in spoken and written English. International applicants are encouraged to acquire knowledge of Dutch.    



Conditions of employment


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. 


Information and application


For more information about this vacancy, you can contact Professor Andrei Metrikine, head of the reseach group, via or +31 15 27 84749. 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_CiTG19.34.pdf to When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number CiTG19.34.

If your MSc diploma and transcript are not in Dutch, English, French or German and you will be the selected candidate, the TU Delft will ask you to deliver a certified translation in case you will be appointed.

TU Delft creates equal opportunities and encourages women to apply.

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