Assistant Professor/ Tenure Track Robust Nonlinear Computational Methods for Large-Scale Structures

Delft University of Technology TU Delft



Job Description

Civil structures need to be safe and reliable. Meanwhile, loading of these structures is increasing, structures are ageing and suffer from environmental influences (weathering, but also instabilities in the underground). The adequate analysis of nonlinear damage and failure behaviour of civil engineering structures is therefore an important research field, requiring robust, efficient and reliable nonlinear finite element models to be applied at the large-scale structural level in a parametric setting. In this field you will focus on (i) robust constitutive models and advanced and fast nonlinear solution procedures for quasi-brittle failures, (ii) integrating them with multiscale validation testing and structural monitoring, and (iii) combining them with probabilistic analysis at the large-scale structural level.

Close cooperation with partners in knowledge institutions, other scientific partners and industry is important. The tenure track includes publishing in peer reviewed journal papers, acquiring funding for research (industry, EU and NWO) and contributing to courses on MSc and/or BSc level.


Job Requirements

We seek a colleague who has the ambition and dedication to pursue a career in academia. You have an outstanding scientific track record and are able to build and give a firm scientific boost to our knowledge and understanding of nonlinear finite element models in relation to large civil 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 or mechanical engineering, as well as a PhD and additional experience in a postdoctoral or industrial position.
    • 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 J.G. Rots,Professor, email:, tel: +31 (0)15 27 83799.

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_CiTG19.27.pdf by 1st of Oktober to When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number CiTG19.27.

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