Professor of Design & Construction Management

Delft University of Technology - Faculty of Architecture & the Built Environment

Level: PhD degree
Working hours: 38 hours per week
Contract: 5 years with prospect of tenured position

Architecture & the Built Environment
Since its foundation 110 years ago, the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment has built up a solid international reputation for training architects, urban planners and designers, as well as for its research portfolio and coaching of PhD candidates. With around 2600 students and 500 staff members, with around 230 FTEs devoted to academic positions, our faculty is one of the largest of Delft University of Technology and one of the most prestigious architecture and the built environment faculties globally. Traditionally, the faculty has prioritised high-quality training in design and research in the field of the built environment. Over 40 chairs cover a wide range of academic areas in design, process and technology, which together cover the entire field of the built environment. The faculty has a budget of around €38 million, of which approximately €7 million is sourced indirectly and from contracts with third parties.

The Department of Management in the Built Environment (MBE) provides education and performs scientific research in the management of the built environment. MBE helps to meet the growing demand for building engineers with the necessary knowledge and skills relating to the management aspects of the initiation, development, and design of the built environment. The department has an annual MSc student intake of about 80.

The field of design and construction management embraces the management of building projects by different parties, from inception to delivery and, increasingly, aspects of operation. The work of the section focuses on the improvement of collaboration between parties and integration of processes across the entire supply chain, and in particular the consequences of new practice forms such as Circular Economy for the business models of individual actors. Application areas include adaptive re-use of buildings and integration of information and processes across the whole building life-cycle.

Job description
The primary task of the professor is to lead the DCM section towards the fulfilment of its scientific and educational goals, including planning work, finance, and staffing. The professor will ensure the quality and futher development of the DCM educational and research programmes and stimulate innovation in DCM education and research, addressing both soft aspects, e.g., team cooperation and management styles, and hard aspects, e.g., innovative ICT solutions for design and supply chain management. The chair holder will also raise research funds (e.g., H2020, INTERREG, and the NWO), initiate and lead international research projects, and disseminate research results through international scientific publications, the organisation of and participation in (inter)national conferences, and through academic and professional networks ensure knowledge valorisation. The chair holder will also perform management tasks for the department and faculty.
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The successful candidate must:

  • be internationally recognised as a principal researcher and leader of research projects, with a record of high-quality publications;
  • hold a doctorate obtained at an internationally recognised academic institution;
  • have a proven track record of contract and externally funded research, such as EU and national research grants;
  • have a broad research network, and be abreast of developments in the field in Europe and worldwide;
  • have very good verbal and writing skills in English;
  • have excellent didactic skills;
  • be a team worker with sound leadership and management capacities, capable of utilising and developing the competencies of the staff.

Conditions of employment
The 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. 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.
The TU Delft sets specific standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. The TU Delft offers training to improve English competency.
Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. If you have less than five years of experience and do not yet have your teaching certificate, we allow you up to three years to obtain this.

Information and application
For more information about this position, please contact DCM section leader John Heintz,
MBE department manager Jordi Kerkum can answer all questions regarding the application procedure, (phone: ….  To apply, please send a letter of application, including a CV, a list of publications, and a statement of research, teaching and leadership with a maximum of 5 pages. Please give the names and contact information of 5 people who may be contacted for a reference.  
To apply, please send a detailed CV along with a letter of application by 8 January 2018 to C. A. Moualed,
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number BK2017/H05.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.