Asst. Professor of Earth Observation of the Atmosphere

Department/faculty: Faculty Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Level: Doctorate
Working hours: 36-40 hours weekly
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Salary: 3546 - 5513 euros monthly (full-time basis)

Faculty Civil Engineering and Geosciences

The Faculty of Civil Engineering and 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.

The Department of Geoscience and Remote Sensing (GRS) seeks to advance the understanding of dynamic processes on Earth and of human interaction with the Earth, with a focus on geodesy and atmospheric sciences. The approach is based on the development of observation technology as well as the modelling of processes. Our ambition is to create an interdisciplinary research environment in which scientific staff and students explore, learn, and teach. GRS (with about 110 staff members of which 25 faculty staff) conducts a research programme in the disciplines of geodesy and remote sensing, natural geophysics, and climate and atmospheric sciences. It focuses on the interrelation between new observational techniques and applications in engineering and geosciences, including the development of ground-based, airborne, and space-borne methods and models. The department has an internationally leading role in research related to 2D and 3D surveying, satellite remote sensing, natural hazards, geodynamics and climate studies.

Delft University of Technology (TUD) and the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) collaborate on several aspects related to weather, climatology and seismology. Specifically for this vacancy, the co-operation on satellite observations of the chemical composition of the atmosphere for air pollution and climate change research is relevant. Initiatives will often be taken in close collaboration with KNMI and other national and international institutes, agencies and companies working in the field of remote sensing of the atmospheric composition.


Job description

The position focuses on air quality and its relation to climate change, using new high spatial resolution satellite remote sensing capabilities. The candidate will initiate innovative satellite remote sensing retrieval techniques using new satellite instrumentation like TROPOMI, as well as exploiting the data for research in the air quality and climate domain. The candidate will also work on innovative concepts for new satellite sensors, together with KNMI and related entities.

You will combine classic as well as new retrieval techniques, for example based on machine learning, to exploit the data from current and future satellite instruments. High spatial resolution, high accuracy data products under challenging retrieval conditions, are considered key developments for the future. For the developed of new instrumentation, the focus is on miniaturized spectrometers for small satellites and high-altitude airplanes.

You will work in close collaboration with the full Professor and Associate Professor who are leading this initiative. Both also work at KNMI and are Principal Investigators of the Dutch-initiated OMI and TROPOMI satellite projects, respectively.

You will initiate and manage innovative research projects, attract research funding, and supervise PhD candidates and post-docs. You will contribute to the Bachelor and Master programmes and take an active part in the organisation and management of the Department and Faculty.


The applicant has a doctoral degree in one of the following areas: Atmospheric chemistry, atmospheric physics, meteorology, remote sensing or a closely related discipline. He/she is able to conduct research according to international standards, as demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed, international journals and a PhD thesis. Additional experience in neighbouring disciplines is an asset.

The applicant has a natural ability to inspire students from the undergraduate to the post-graduate level, and preferably some prior teaching experience.

The applicant should be able to work in a team environment and possess good organisational and communication skills. He/she 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 leaders and you will agree upon expected performance and (soft) skills. You will receive 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. 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 have less than five years of experience and 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 position, please contact Prof. Pieternel Levelt, e-mail: or Pepijn Veefkind, e-mail: You can also look at our website (

To apply, please send a letter of application along with a curriculum vitae and a personal research and teaching statement (max. 3 pages), as well as a list of publications, link to or electronic copies of three key publications, and the names of at least three references mentioning your relation to them. Please e-mail all your application information in one single PDF entitled Lastname_ CITG18-29.pdf by 30 September 2018 to

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.


Faculty Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Working hours
36-40 hours weekly
3546 - 5513 euros monthly (full-time basis)

Closing date
Sept. 30, 2018
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