Assistant Professor Coastal Subsidence
Delft University of Technology, , Netherlands
Apply before: 6 February 2023

Do you want to contribute with your knowledge about land deformation and morphodynamics to further strengthen TU Delft’s ambition as climate action university?

-Job description Land subsidence is a key process that directly impacts long-term coastal planning as well as the use of the subsurface in coastal areas, e.g., for freshwater extraction. Coastal subsidence is also important for local and regional sea-level rise projections. Subsidence can have multiple causes, of both natural and anthropogenic origin. Available evidence of changes in the land surface originates from geological and morphodynamics studies as well as geodetic and remote sensing measurements, altogether spanning very different spatial and temporal resolutions.

The Assistant Professor in Coastal Subsidence will contribute to a better understanding and quantification of the dominant physical processes along the Dutch coast and other low-lying regions worldwide, while approaching the problem from an interdisciplinary perspective that might encompass remote sensing, modelling of sub-surface processes and coastal geomorphodynamics.

Within this topic you will be given the opportunity to develop your own research line, complementing ongoing geophysical, sea level and morphodynamic research at Delft University of Technology.

The key job responsibilities for this Assistant Professorship include:

-Research: Delivering high quality, internationally leading research. (Co-)supervising PhD and MSc students aimed at successful completion of their theses. Effectively disseminating research outcomes via internationally leading journals and conferences. -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. Preparing, supervising and assessing of BSc and MSc student projects. -Valorisation: Initiating projects and obtaining funding for new research and/or education projects. Creating societal impact by disseminating research results outside academia, by reaching out to companies, public organisations and the general public. -Organization: Contributing to organizational / administrative activities and committees within the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences.

Requirements The successful candidate: -Holds a doctorate degree (PhD) in engineering or (earth) science in a relevant field, like Solid Earth Geophysics, Coastal Geomorphology, Hydraulic Engineering, Geodesy, 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. -Ability to develop and maintain a national/international network of scientists and representatives of organizations related to the research activities. -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.

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Of interest for:
  • Marine Working Group
  • Coastal Working Group
  • Geodynamics Focus Research Group
  • Coastal Vulnerability Initiative
  • Continental Margin Initiative