Assistant Professor/ Tenure Track Robust nonlinear computational methods for large-scale structures
Delft University of Technology, Faculty Civil Engineering and Geosciences

Assistant Professor/ Tenure Track Robust nonlinear computational methods for large-scale structures


Department/faculty: Faculty Civil Engineering and Geosciences 

Level: Doctorate 

Working hours: 36-40 hours weekly 

Contract: Tenure Track 

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


Faculty Civil Engineering and Geosciences


The faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences ( 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.     

The position is located within the department Mechanics, Management & Design ( 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), to meso-scale (structures) and to macro-scale (infrastructures/systems). The department governs the entire life cycle from develop, design, build, maintain, operate to demolish or reuse. The department 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 focuses on the computational analysis of multiscale failure processes in materials and structures. The analysis of failure processes involves many length scales and co-existing mechanical, chemical and physical processes. It is a great challenge to bridge the length scales through multiscale computational modelling and to couple the different processes through multi-physics computational modelling, which are core elements of this research programme. For this purpose, accurate, robust and well-founded models are developed for temporal and spatial discretisation, and algorithms are constructed for the efficient, accurate and robust solution of the ensuing non-linear algebraic equations. In recent research, there is a focus on the computational design of novel civil engineering materials such as polymers, ceramics, randomly fibre-reinforced materials and composite laminates through virtual materials testing. Furthermore, advanced nonlinear multiscale modelling techniques, and extreme computational mechanics problems (e.g. long-term variable amplitude fatigue loading, seismic impact and blast loading) are investigated.


Job description


Civil structures need to be safe and reliable. Meanwhile, loading of these structures is increasing, structures are ageing and suffer from environmental influences (weathering, but also instabilities in the underground). The adequate analysis of nonlinear damage and failure behaviour of civil engineering structures is therefore an important research field, requiring robust, efficient and reliable nonlinear finite element models to be applied at the large-scale structural level in a parametric setting. In this field you will focus on (i) robust constitutive models and advanced and fast nonlinear solution procedures for quasi-brittle failures, (ii) integrating them with multiscale validation testing and structural monitoring, and (iii) combining them with probabilistic analysis at the large-scale structural level.

Close cooperation with partners in knowledge institutions, other scientific partners and industry is important. The tenure track includes publishing in peer reviewed journal papers, acquiring funding for research (industry, EU and NWO) and contributing to courses on MSc and/or BSc level.




We seek a colleague who has the ambition and dedication to pursue a career in academia. You have an outstanding scientific track record and are able to build and give a firm scientific boost to our knowledge and understanding of nonlinear finite element models in relation to large civil structures. You can, through your research, management skills and teaching qualities, inspire co-workers and students alike. Our future colleague is expected to establish a strong, externally funded research programme and is committed to excel in teaching at undergraduate (Dutch or English) as well as graduate level (English). 


    • You hold a master degree in civil or mechanical engineering, as well as a PhD and additional experience in a postdoctoral or industrial position.


    • You should be able 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 J.G. Rots,Professor, email:, tel: +31 (0)15 27 83799.




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_CiTG19.27.pdf by 1st of Oktober to When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number CiTG19.27.

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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