Assistant Professor Physical Oceanography & Sea Level – TU Delft

Job description

In April 2021, TU Delft launched an extensive Climate Action Programme, focusing not only on additional investments in research and education but also improving the sustainability of the TU Delft campus. For the next ten years TU Delft will allocate 22 million euro to set up and further shape this extensive programme. The TU Delft vision on Climate Action is deeply founded in preceding decades of university-wide climate action research. The goal of the Climate Action research programme is to build on current strengths and to identify the areas where there is a need to strengthen our capacities to keep up our (inter)national reputation as climate action university.

Physical Oceanography and Sea Level

Sea level rise is one of the main effects of climate change that the Netherlands faces. While coastal engineers and policymakers need accurate regional sea level projections, our physical understanding of how the circulation in deep oceans impacts sea level in shallow seas like the North Sea, and hence our ability to model this, is still limited.

The Assistant Professor in Physical Oceanography and Sea Level will address this issue by studying the connections between sea level change on ocean basin scales and coastal scales, as well as the underlying dynamical processes in the ocean driving them, for present-day and for future climates. Possible approaches include the development and application of high-resolution numerical models and sophisticated analyses of observations.

Within this topic, the successful candidate is given the opportunity to develop their own research line, complementing ongoing oceanography, sea level and climate research at Delft University of Technology. 

The key job responsibilities of a successful candidate for this Assistant Professorship include:

  • Research: Delivering high quality, internationally leading research related to Physical Oceanography and Sea Level. (Co-)supervising PhD and MSc students aimed at successful completion of their theses. Effectively disseminating research outcomes via internationally leading journals and conferences is an intrinsic part of the job.
  • Education: Contributing to the organization and teaching of relevant courses in the BSc and MSc programs of Civil Engineering and Applied Earth Sciences. This includes the opportunity to introduce new content and teaching methods matching the candidate’s expertise and interests in the renewed MSc programs (offered from September 2022). Preparing, supervising and assessing of BSc and MSc student projects.
  • Valorization: Initiating projects and obtaining funding for new research and/or education projects. We encourage proactive engagement with both private and government sectors, i.e. industry, business and community partners for societal impact.
  • Organization: Contributing to organizational / administrative activities and committees within the Department of Hydraulic Engineering and the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences.     


  • Holds a doctorate degree (PhD) in engineering or science in a relevant field, like Physical Oceanography, Climate Physics, Hydraulic Engineering, Environmental Fluid Dynamics, Applied Physics or Applied Mathematics
  • Has a track record that demonstrates their ability to independently perform and publish high quality research
  • Demonstrates a strong outline for setting up their own research area and building their own research group, while at the same time establishing strong collaborations with colleagues within the department, faculty and university
  • Possesses a good understanding of the higher education and academic environment, including diversity and inclusion values
  • Has the capacity to communicate and cooperate effectively with peers, students and stakeholders

Conditions of employment

A tenure-track position is offered for six years. In the fifth year we’ll decide if you will be offered a permanent faculty position, based on performance indicators agreed upon at the start of the appointment. We expect that you have the potential to grow towards an Associate Professor and/or Full Professor role in the future. If you currently are an Assistant Professor, we also accept your application for this role as an Associate Professor.

Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. We expect you to obtain a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) within three years if you have less than five years of teaching experience. This is provided by the TU Delft UTQ programme.

TU Delft sets high standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. The TU Delft offers training to improve English competency. If you do not speak Dutch, we offer courses to learn the Dutch language within three years.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (salary indication for assistant professor: € 3.807 – € 5.922). The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school

TU Delft (Delft University of Technology)

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context. At TU Delft we embrace diversity and aim to be as inclusive as possible (see our Code of Conduct). Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.

Challenge. Change. Impact! 

Faculty Civil Engineering and Geosciences

The Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences (CEG) is committed to outstanding international research and education in the field of civil engineering, applied earth sciences, traffic and transport, water technology, and delta technology. Our research feeds into our educational programmes and covers societal challenges such as climate change, energy transition, resource depletion, urbanisation and the availability of clean water, conducted  in close cooperation with a wide range of research institutions. CEG is convinced that Open Science helps to achieve our goals and supports its scientists in integrating Open Science in their research practice. The Faculty of CEG comprises 28 research groups in the following seven departments: Materials Mechanics Management & Design, Engineering Structures, Geoscience and Engineering, Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Transport & Planning, Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences.

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Dr. C.A. (Caroline) Katsman, e-mail:, Dr. R. (Riccardo) E. M. Riva, e-mail: or Prof.dr. A.P. (Pier) Siebesma, e-mail:

Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 31 January 2022 via the application button and upload your motivation and CV.

  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • A pre-Employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.

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