Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Steel Structures

Department/faculty: Faculty Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Level: Doctorate
Working hours: 38.0 hours weekly
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Salary: 3545 - 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 Engineering Structures provides education and conducts research in the area of civil infrastructure and buildings. The department’s approach is based on science/fundamentals (mechanics and material science), deepened by engineering (concrete, steel, composite, timber, road and railway structures) and broadened by design (integral design, construction design, zero- material design and design-build). The department provides the basic education in the BSc civil engineering programme, three MSc programmes (Structural Engineering, Building Engineering, and Construction Management and Engineering), and PhD education.

The Steel and Composite Structures chair is part of the Structural and Building Engineering section. This Chair supports and stimulates developments in the built environment, which have a direct impact on the needs and demands of society. The major goals are to improve economy, safety, serviceability and durability of steel and composite structures. The Chair contributes to this overall goal by achieving progress in a number of defined areas, such as the application of new materials, structural behavior under service and ultimate/extreme conditions and assessment of methods for existing structures in order to prolong their service life. The Steel and Composite Chair is responsible for content, organisation and delivery of education in both the BSc and MSc programmes  

Job description

At the faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences we are looking for a talented PhD graduate in the field of Steel Structures. The Steel and Composite Structures group focuses on advanced and innovative and experimental modelling techniques for the analysis and design of steel structures, steel-concrete composite structures and structures made of fibre reinforced polymers. Experimental and computational methods for conventional, hybrid and high-performance materials and structures are part of the research domain. Particular emphasis is placed on the sustainable, safe and environmentally-friendly structural design and analysis of steel and composite structures. For us, key topics are fatigue, monitoring and life time prediction of steel and steel-concrete composite structures.

We welcome applicants who are eager to initiate new and innovative research programmes and to translate this research into a balanced Bachelor’s and an advanced Master’s programme. Acquisition of external funding is an important part of the position. Finally, you are a valued team member of the research group as a whole and will be encouraged to take a role in activities at departmental level.


Our ideal candidate brings the following to the position:

• a scientific background in steel and composite engineering and a PhD-degree in a relevant field; 

• demonstrable experience with experimental (laboratory or in-situ testing) and theoretical research linked to fatigue assessment of existing and new steel and composite structures used in buildings, bridges and energy infrastructure;

• the ability to initiate new and innovative research programmes and acquire funding and practical experience with this gained during previous employment in a company and/or consultancy; 

• practical experience with design verification of relevant structures is an advantage;

• a good publication track record in internationally and nationally recognised journals;

• affinity for and experience with teaching and development of academic education (at the BSc and MSc levels);

• good social and communication skills and a collaborative attitude in the team.

• proficiency in written and spoken English is required; knowledge of Dutch is appreciated but not required at the start of the position.   

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 by the fifth year, 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

To apply, please send a letter of application along with a curriculum vitae or resume 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 with them.

Please e-mail all your application information in one single PDF entitled Lastname_ CITG18-39.pdf by 15 September 2018 to Recruitment-CiTG@tudelft.nl.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.


Faculty Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Working hours
38.0 hours weekly
3545 - 5513 euros monthly (full-time basis)

Closing date
Sept. 15, 2018
Vacancy nr.


For more information about this job, please contact :

T Recruitment-citg
E Recruitment-CiTG@tudelft.nl