Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering

University of Twente


Job description

We have a vacancy for an assistant professor working in the field of civil engineering, data and ICT, who is specialised in experimental fluid & sediment dynamics. The successful candidate is well informed on state-of-the-art instruments for observing  fluid and sediment dynamics, as well as on available methods to process the data that comes available in large experimental programmes. In particular, we welcome candidates with a vision on how to advance sensoring and/or incorporate recent developments in data analytics in experimental fluid and sediment dynamics.
We invite both fluvial and coastal processes specialists to apply, where we expect the successful candidate to have an interest in, and develop a network in either rivers or in both fields. Given the current composition of the group, having a fluvial processes background already is a plus. Networking skills are of importance because rather than owning our own experimental facilities, our strategy is to collaborate with external parties to perform experiments in facilities most suited for the specific purpose of our studies. In addition, the assistant professor is capable, and willing to, keep close contacts with consultants, knowledge institutes and water authorities (both national and international) to be able to connect scientific developments and practical application.
Within the civil engineering department, the successful candidate is expected to look for collaboration with colleagues in (mostly field) data-acquisition and data processing in the fields of river and coastal engineering, but also to have a broader look towards the fields of transport and construction. In addition, we expect collaboration with the modelling specialists in the marine and fluvial domain.

Teaching: The new assistant professor will take his/her part in the teaching tasks of our group. This could include for instance BSc-course on Measurements in Fluid Dynamics, and (parts of) the MSc-courses in River Dynamics or Data and ICT in civil engineering. Also, this assistant professor will supervise BSc- and MSc-final projects. The total teaching load will be about 50%. If the candidate is not yet formally qualified for teaching at universities, we offer a program to obtain this qualification within 2 years (University Teaching Qualification, UTQ).
Research: We look for an independent researcher who is able to identify the academic questions in practical applications related to ICT, data, fluid & sediment dynamics and, vice versa, to translate academic research results into engineering practice. He/she is expected to publish research results in high quality, international, peer-reviewed journals. In addition, he/she is expected to attract external funding (national science foundation, EU, government and industry) for junior researchers  (PDEng, PhD and PD positions), of whom he/she will become the daily supervisor.

Your profile
  • PhD in Experimental Fluid & Sediment Dynamics, or closely related discipline.
  • Experience in setting up and organizing experimental research
  • Experience in data processing of large data sets
  • State-of-the art overview of data-acquisition methods and data-analysis techniques
  • Strong publication record
  • Track record in attracting external research funding
  • Good teaching skills, willingness to take the UTQ
  • Good coaching skills (BSc, MSc and PhD students)
  • Team player
  • Good communication skills (in English and preferably also in Dutch, or willingness to learn Dutch).


You are welcome to contact Prof dr. Kathelijne Wijnberg, chair holder of Coastal systems and Nature Based Engineering (phone: +31 (0)53 489 4701, email: or Prof dr. Suzanne J.M.H. Hulscher, chair holder of Water Engineering & Management, Marine and Fluvial Systems (phone: +31 (0)53-4894256 or by email

Please upload your application, including motivation letter, CV and full publication list and the names and contact details of two references via the ‘Apply now’ button.

The application deadline is February 2, 2020. Since only three documents can be uploaded per application, please combine documents if needed.

Our offer

You will be appointed for two years, with the prospect of a permanent position after a positive evaluation. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda.
We offer you:
  • An international work environment, with colleagues from many different countries from all over the world.
  • Excellent research facilities.
  • A gross salary between EUR 3.255 and EUR 5.656  per month, depending on experience and qualifications.
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.
  • A solid pension scheme.
  • A minimum of 29 holidays in case of fulltime employment.
  • Possibilities to save up holidays for sabbatical leave.
  • Professional and personal development programs.
  • A family friendly institution.

The organization

The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.

The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET)
is one of the five faculties of the University of Twente. ET combines Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. Our faculty has approximately 1800 bachelor and master students, 400 employees and 150 PhD candidates. The departments of the faculty cooperatively conduct the educational programmes and participate in interdisciplinary research projects, programmes and the research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centra and Digital Society Institute.

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