Assistant Professor in Hydraulics of Urban Water Systems

Delft University of Technology TU Delft



Job Description

The Department of Water Management is actively looking for an ambitious and enthusiastic (Tenure-Track) Assistant Professor in the field of hydraulics of urban water systems to contribute to our research, education and other activities, starting at the beginning of 2020. 

The key job responsibilities of the successful candidate include:

• Research: Delivering high quality, internationally leading research in the field of hydraulics, fluid mechanics and/or computational fluid dynamics (CFD) applied to urban water systems. The fundamentals of pressurised and free-surface flow hydraulics are essential, especially related to sediment transport, flow of non-Newtonian fluids and hydraulic transients that form the basis of innovative solutions in urban drainage and water supply networks. Candidates with expertise and experience in related numerical modelling and/or experimental work with associated measurement methods will be considered. The potential research areas include but are not limited to: sediment accumulation / erosion and multi-phase flow in innovative urban drainage infrastructure; optimal heat and mass flow in joint urban conduits, pipeline condition assessment using hydraulic transients. Co-supervising PhD and MSc students and bringing them to a successful completion and disseminating research outcomes effectively via internationally leading journals and conferences is integral part of the job.

• Education: Organizing, initiating and contributing to the development and delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses (the latter in our MSc‐track Water Management). Supervising BSc and MSc students, preparing and assessing student projects, assignments and exam papers and sharing the workload in the group. 

• Valorization: Initiating projects and obtaining funding for new research and/or education projects. We encourage proactive engagement with both government and private sectors, i.e. industry, business and community partners to deliver the impact.

• Organization: Contributing to organizational / administrative activities and committees within the Department of Water Management and the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences.               


Job Requirements

The successful candidate: (i) holds a PhD or equivalent degree in civil or mechanical engineering, applied mathematics/physics or a related field of science / engineering; (ii) has proven ability to deliver high quality research as evidenced in the publications record; (iii) possess a good understanding of the higher education environment including diversity and inclusivity values; (iv) has the capacity to communicate effectively with peers, students and stakeholders.  

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Terms 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 leader and you will agree upon expected performance and (soft) skills. You will receive a start-up package and 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 and parttime employment is possible. 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 do not yet have your teaching certificate, we allow you up to three years to obtain this.    


Inform and Apply

For information about this vacancy, you can contact Zoran Kapalan,Professor Urban Water Infrastructure, email:, tel: +31 (0)15 2788578.

To apply, please send a detailed CV, along with a short letter summarising your key achievements to date and why you think you fit well into the position advertised, as well as contact information of two persons who can provide references, all compiled into a single pdf file named lastname_firstname_CiTG19.28.pdf. Please email this document to by 13th of October. When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number CiTG19.28. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide more detailed research and teaching statements upon selection. 

If your MSc diploma and transcript are not in Dutch, English, French or German and you will be the selected candidate, the TU Delft will ask you to deliver a certified translation in case you will be appointed. 

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