Professor of Structural Design & Mechanics

Department/faculty: Faculty Architecture & the Built Environment
Level: Doctorate
Working hours: 32-40 hours weekly
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Salary: 5334 - 7766 euros monthly (full-time basis)

Faculty Architecture & the Built Environment

Since its foundation 110 years ago, the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment has built up a solid international reputation for training architects, urban planners and designers, as well as for its research portfolio and coaching of PhD candidates. With around 2600 students and 500 staff members, with around 230 FTEs devoted to academic positions, our faculty is one of the largest of Delft University of Technology and one of the most prestigious architecture and the built environment faculties globally. Traditionally, the faculty has prioritised high-quality training in design and research in the field of the built environment. Over 40 chairs cover a wide range of academic areas in design, process and technology, which together cover the entire field of the built environment. The faculty has a budget of around €38 million, of which approximately €7 million is sourced indirectly and from contracts with third parties.

The Department of Architectural Engineering + Technology (AE+T) provides education and performs scientific research in the field of building technology related to building design and built heritage. It positions itself as an important player in the integration of design and engineering of the existing built environment. The main core areas of interest are façade design, structural design, climate design and computational design. In addition, one section of AE+T specialises on values, design and technology of built heritage. All groups have an important focus on sustainability and innovation.


Job description

The Chair of Structural Design & Mechanics (SDM), within the department of Architectural Engineering + Technology, covers a key domain which focuses on design of load-bearing structures and the required basic structural mechanics. The Chair of SDM is expected to contribute both to the Faculty’s Bachelor (BSc) curriculum and the departments Master (MSc) programmes. In the BSc programme the Chair plays an essential role in the education of structural design and structural mechanics within the technological education program.

The Chair participates in the AE+T MSc programmes of Building Technology, Architectural Engineering and Heritage & Architecture. Within Building Technology, Structural Design is one of the main specialisms. The Professor of SDM is expected to deliver high-quality graduates within the MSc programme.

The Professor of SDM is envisioned to become internationally excellent in the area of structural design and structural mechanics. In order to achieve this, innovative research projects are mandatory, for which external funding needs to be acquired from various sources, national and international. By means of external funding, new staff and PhDs can be appointed to carry out the research and to produce scientific output, such as peer-reviewed books and journal papers.

An important factor in the Professorship’s excellence is the valorisation in the market of research and education through, for instance, publications, external presentations, cooperative research projects and other forms of exposure. The Professor of SDM is expected to play a leading role in this, for which a wide and solid network is desired and new alliances need to be established.


The general task of the Professor of SDM is to develop and bring across knowledge, theory, methodology, process and practice of structural design and structural mechanics:

  • Principles of structural mechanics.

  • Methods of structural design.

  • Material technology.

  • Design integration.

For this professor’s position TU Delft searches a candidate who excels in scientific attitude and knowledge or experience from practice. The following qualifications are expected from the Professor of Structural Design & Mechanics:

  • academic education in structural engineering, building engineering, building technology, architecture or any other relevant subject;

  • experience in research, demonstrable by a doctoral degree, and a research track record and publications;

  • outstanding teaching abilities;

  • demonstrable expertise in the field of structural design;

  • demonstrable capability to acquire funding for projects;

  • strong abilities in leadership and management;

  • cooperative attitude and good social skills;

  • good skills in spoken and written communication, in English and (if necessary) willingness to learn Dutch within a reasonable timespan.

The professor of Structural Design & Mechanics will appointed 0,8 to 1,0 fte, for a period of initially five years, with the intention of a fixed contract afterwards, under the condition of proven success in education, research, valorisation, management and leadership.

Conditions of employment

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 information about this vacancy, you can contact Professor Andy van den Dobbelsteen, department Architectural Engineering + Technology, e-mail:, tel: +31 (0)15 2783563

For information about the selection procedure or for the full profile, please contact Mrs Nathalie Bast, HR Advisor, email: .

To apply, please send a letter of application, including a CV, a list of publications and a statement of research, teaching and leadership with a maximum of 10 pages. Please e-mail your application by 1 September 2018 to Nathalie Bast, .
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number BK2018/H01.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.


Faculty Architecture & the Built Environment
Working hours
32-40 hours weekly
5334 - 7766 euros monthly (full-time basis)

Closing date
Sept. 1, 2018
Vacancy nr.


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