Assistant professor in regional-scale computing of transport processes by free-surface waves and flows (tenure track)
Delft University of Technology, Faculty Civil Engineering and Geosciences

Assistant professor in regional-scale computing of transport processes by free-surface waves and flows (tenure track)


Department/faculty: Faculty Civil Engineering and Geosciences 

Level: Doctorate 

Working hours: 36-40 hours weekly 

Contract: Tenure 

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


Faculty Civil Engineering and Geosciences


The position is located within the department Hydraulic Engineering. The Department of Hydraulic Engineering aims at a thorough understanding of the behavior of rivers, estuaries, coasts, seas, and interventions in these systems. The focus is on understanding, engineering, designing, and managing human interventions in the natural environment for purposes such as: flood safety, navigation, and construction in water. 

The assistant professor will be working in the Environmental Fluid Mechanics (EFM) research group. The group is concerned with the fundamental fluid mechanical aspects of transport processes in rivers, estuaries and coastal zones. We specialise in wave dynamics, physical oceanography, shallow environmental flows and turbulence, fine and cohesive sediments, experimental and numerical fluid mechanics. This has positioned the group as a major international player in, among other fields, ocean wave research and flow modelling. 

The main research themes of the EFM group are estuaries, coasts and seas. All of these regions are affected by waves, and the prediction of waves and understanding their impact across scales on coastal flows, sediment dynamics and vegetation are of crucial importance to our section. Key components of our research are numerical modelling using wave models such as SWAN ans SWASH, and analysis of field data.

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


Do you have expertise in surface waves, both theoretical and numerical, and are you willing to take a leading role in developing our world renowned model SWAN and contribute to SWASH? The Environmental Fluid Mechanics Research Group is seeking an assistant professor to become part of our diverse, multi-disciplinary group. 


The focus of your research is on numerical modelling of waves and flows and their impact on coastal environments. You will initiate and execute innovative research in the field of regional-scale computing of transport processes by waves and currents in hydraulic and civil engineering. The focus is on the description of waves interacting with regional-scale flows and their associated transport. Given the regional scale a spectral description of the waves is required. Applications can concern wave generation and evolution in the presence of stratification, wave-and flow related transport of pollutants such as oil and plastics, regional storm impacts and coastal safety in view of climate change, water quality and ecological impacts. The research will result in academic publications, such as scientific journal papers and high-level conference proceedings. The candidate initiates new research and is able to acquire funding for these projects through cooperation with the private sector, government and / or EU or Dutch national (STW or NWO) projects and grants. Besides this you will (co-) supervise PhD and MSc students and will contribute to education on both the BSc and MSc level.




We seek a colleague who has the dedication to pursue a career in academia. You hold a PhD degree in Civil Engineering, Applied Physics, or Applied Mathematics. You are capable of delivering high quality research as evidenced by your publication record. You enjoy setting up your own research area and building your own research group, while at the same time establishing strong collaborations with other members of our section on multi-disciplinary research. Our future colleague has experience within the academic environment and is aware of the importance of inclusiveness and diversity. You are able to cooperate effectively with peers, students, and stakeholders. 




    • 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 information about this vacancy, you can contact Prof Julie Pietrzak (Head of the EFM Research Group) or Prof Ad Reniers, part of the EFM research group, via or 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_CiTG19.36.pdf by 1st of September to When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number CiTG19.36.

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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