Professor of Heritage & Technology (Part-time)

Department/faculty: Architecture & the Built Environment
Level: PhD degree
Working hours: 24 hours per week
Contract: 5 years
Salary: €5334 to €7766 per month gross
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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 provides education and performs scientific research in the field of building technology related to building design. It positions itself as an important player in the integration of design and engineering. The main core areas of interest are façade design, structural design, climate design and computational design with an important focus on sustainability.

The section Heritage and Architecture focuses on the design projects of the built heritage and is responsible for research and education in restoration and transformation of existing cultural heritage, from conservation techniques to interventions in architecture and its surroundings. In all design projects in an existing context, the past plays a more or less important role.
The section has three interrelated chairs, each with its own specific area of expertise: Heritage and Technology, Heritage and Design, and Heritage and Cultural Value.

Job description

The Professor of the Chair of Heritage and Technology (H&T) will focus primarily on the analysis, diagnosis, technical (re)design of, and interventions in existing buildings and structures. Its domain will be the consolidation, conservation, maintenance and revitalisation of existing structures, incorporating knowledge of building history and the built heritage, material sciences, structural mechanics and building physics.
The chairholder will develop and convey knowledge, theory, methodology, process and practice of technical interventions in heritage structures. In its work, the Chair needs to face an international challenge: students, Dutch and non-Dutch alike, will be educated for an international practice, and research is undertaken with an international dimension; the Chair needs to take this into consideration.
The chairholder of H&T is expected to advance the area of building technology in relation to heritage, responding to urgent issues in science and society (design for sustainability, for circularity, conservation and maintenance), and to demands from international heritage institutions.


Applicants should have the following qualifications:
• academic education in a relevant area;
• experience in research, demonstrable by a doctoral degree, a research track record and publications;
• outstanding teaching abilities;
• demonstrable affinity with themes for research and education in the field of heritage and architecture;
• active position in practice and demonstrable expertise in the field of built heritage and building technology;
• strong network of contacts in the world of built heritage and building technology;
• demonstrable capability to acquire funding for research projects;
• strong abilities in leadership and management;
• cooperative attitude and good social skills, team player;
• good skills in spoken and written communication, in English and (if necessary) willingness to learn Dutch.

For this position, the TU Delft is searching for a candidate who will combine, in equal balance, a scientific background with knowledge and excellent experience from practice. Within the domain of built heritage the candidate has a background in academic technical research, combined with additional expertise and broad experience in (technical) design or consultancy in practice, and/or a background in technical design or consultancy practice combined with profound additional expertise in (academic) technical research.

The candidate can be an engineer, a technical designer or technical consultant with experience in conservation, refurbishment and transformation of built heritage. The candidate can also be a historical surveyor or heritage academic with broad technical knowledge and practical experience in design-related processes.
The candidate must contribute to research and education by connecting academic knowledge and attitude with practical experience in a design-related field of work. Essential is a broad and cross-disciplinary knowledge of building history, heritage conservation and adaptive reuse design, building technology and sustainability.

Conditions of employment

The 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.
The TU Delft sets specific standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. The 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 Nathalie Bast, HR Advisor, phone: +31 (0)15-2789202, e-mail: To apply, please send a letter of application, including a CV, a list of publications and a statement of research, teaching and leadership (maximum of 8 pages total). Please e-mail your application by 15 September 2017 to
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number BK2017-H02.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.


Architecture & the Built Environment
PhD degree
Working hours
5 years
€5334 to €7766 per month gross

Closing date
Sept. 15, 2017
Vacancy nr.


For more information about this job, please contact Nathalie Bast, HR Advisor.

T +31 (0)15-2789202

For more information about the application procedure, please contact Nathalie Bast/HR.