Assistant Professor/ Tenure Track Mechanics of Nano-Structured Civil Engineering Materials

Delft University of Technology TU Delft



Job Description

Within the civil engineering domain, nano-technology is creating new possibilities with respect to development of new construction materials and structures. Goal of these materials is to reduce use of raw materials or use of bio-materials, and to meet increasing societal demands with respect to form and function, while leading to safe and sustainable structures. To contribute to these developments, new numerical multi-scale modelling research techniques have to be developed. You wil focus on (i) modelling and simulation of nanostructure of construction materials, (ii) molecular dynamics and mechanics simulations approached, (iii) contribute to multiscale model development for construction materials, (iv) nanotechnology and nanomaterials for energy efficient construction, (v) nano-assembly and "bottom-up" design of constrction materials, (vi) nanomodification of construction materials, including functional films and coatings, and (vii) nano-bio-mechanics.

Close cooperation with partners in knowledge institutions and industry is important. The tenure track includes publishing in peer reviewed journal papers, acquiring funding for research (industry, EU and NWO).

Teaching and supervising researchers and students will be part of your duties. You are expected to actively contribute to the education portfolio of the section, department and faculty at all academic levels (BSc, MSc and PhD). Together with colleagues you will develop new approaches to engineering education using the state of the art facilities present at TU Delft.


Job Requirements

We seek a colleague who has the ambition and dedication to pursue a career in academia, both in research and education. You have an outstanding scientific track record and are able to build and give a firm scientific boost to our knowledge and understanding of nano-technology in relation to new construction materials and structures. You can, through your research, management skills and teaching qualities, inspire co-workers and students alike. Our future colleague is expected to establish a strong, externally funded research programme and is committed to excel in teaching at undergraduate (Dutch or English) as well as graduate level (English). 


    • You hold a master degree in civil engineering or materials science;
    • You have experience in numerical multi-scale modelling of civil engineering materials;
    • You should be able to work in a team, like to work in a cooperative and amicable environment and possess good organisational and communication skills. 
    • You must be proficient in spoken and written English. International applicants are encouraged to acquire knowledge of Dutch.


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 L.J. Sluys,Professor, email:, tel: +31 (0)15 27 82728.

To apply, please send a detailed CV, along with a short letter of motivation and personal research and teaching statement (max 3 pages), as well as contact information of two persons who can provide references, a publication list, an abstract of your MSc and PhD thesis and two selected publications, compiled into a single pdf file named lastname_firstname_CiTG19.29.pdf by 1st of Oktober to When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number CiTG19.29.

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. 

In your application, please refer to