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Assistant Professor in Architectural Design for Public Buildings and Healthy Living Environments

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

Are you interested in exploring the next generation of public buildings with the help of data-driven design processes?

Job description

The Group of Public Building (lead by Professor Nathalie de Vries) is inviting applications for an Assistant Professor position in Architectural Design within the Department of Architecture. This position is funded by the Sector Plan Design Engineering Science (OIW) and investigates adaptive strategies that can help rethink the relationship between architecture and the urban environment as well as redefine the concept of livable environments through a data-based approach.

The Group of Public Building explores the role of the public in the built environment, studying past, present and future building types, as well as their relationship with socio-economic developments, sustainable construction principles and climate change. The Group adopts a methodological approach called ‘Multiplicity in Design’ to comprehend the multi layered and faceted design strategies that are needed to conceive future-proof buildings and environments.

As an Assistant Professor in Architectural Design, you will join the activities of the Group and will contribute to its teaching and research agenda. You will develop theoretical foundations and operative strategies with a focus on research by design and the application of data-driven design tools. In this position time will be equally divided between education (the teaching of Design Studios and seminars) and research (within the context of Healthy Living Environments and Smart Urbanization in Europe). You are expected to have knowledge of contemporary building methods and the shift towards a circular society as well as of the world of practice, partially based on experiences previously acquired in professional design settings.


To apply for this assistant professor position, you must have:

  • A Ph.D. degree in Architecture.
  • Previous teaching experience in a transdisciplinary setting.
  • A clear research agenda, which can be demonstrated through academic publications or significant professional work.
  • Familiarity with research by design strategies.
  • First hand experience with visualization of data research and spatial data analysis; as well as drawing with software programs like Rhino, Revit, and/or Grasshopper.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with others (students, faculty, and staff) to create a supportive learning environment as well as organizational skills.
  • Ideally, at least 3 years of working experience in an architecture office.
  • Affinity with the above mentioned themes and research goals.

Conditions of employment

This position is offered as an Academic Career Track position. During the Academic Career Track, we expect you to grow towards an Associate Professor position within a maximum of eight years, for which a position will be available. With other Academic Career Track colleagues, you will participate in the Academic Career Track Development programme, where you are offered ample opportunities to develop yourself in the areas of Education, Research, Societal Impact & Innovation, and Leadership & Organisation. You will regularly discuss your development and results with senior staff based on a personalized development and performance criteria agreed upon at the start of your Academic Career Track. You will start with a temporary contract that will be converted to a permanent contract no later than 12 -18 months after a positive evaluation, based on continuous confidence in your development potential and fit in the organisation.

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 as part of the Academic Career Track Development 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 (based on scale 11: € 4.332,00 - € 5.929,00). The position is open for 32 hours per week. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged and you can work partly from home.

For international applicants, TU Delft has the Coming to Delft Service. This service addresses the needs of new international employees and those of their partners and families. The Coming to Delft Service offers personalised assistance during the preparation of the relocation, finding housing and schools for children (if applicable). In addition, a Dual Career Programme for partners is offered. The Coming to Delft Service will do their best to help you settle in the Netherlands.

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 as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

Challenge. Change. Impact!

Faculty Architecture & the Built Environment

The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment has a leading role in education and research worldwide. The driving force behind the faculty’s success is its robust research profile combined with the energy and creativity of its student body and academic community. It is buzzing with energy from early in the morning until late at night, with four thousand people studying, working, designing, conducting research and acquiring and disseminating knowledge. Our faculty has a strong focus on 'design-oriented research’, which has given it a top position in world rankings.

Staff and students are working to improve the built environment with the help of a broad set of disciplines, including architectural design, urban planning, building technology, social sciences, process management, and geo-information science. The faculty works closely with other faculties, universities, private parties, and the public sector, and has an extensive network in the Netherlands as well as internationally.

To go to the website of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment please visit:

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Prof. Nathalie de Vries, via

For more information about the application procedure, please contact Caro Coemans, via

The position will remain open until January 7, 2024 (local Dutch time + 2 hrs). You must apply via the application form on our website. Applications via e-mail will not be processed.

Application procedure

If you want to apply for this position, please submit a motivation letter, a detailed CV, contact details of three references, and (on maximum 2 page A4) 1 research and 2 education (MSc level) proposals that include a summary of your area of interest, current goals, and future plans. Proposals should take into consideration some of the following objectives outlined by the OIW Sectorplan:

  • Multi-functional use of spaces and buildings allowing for different urbanization strategies.
  • Digitalization of design and construction of buildings.
  • Use of Open Data in the design and management of buildings.
  • Adaptation of the quality of the living environment to future use through creative (re)design).
  • Design of environments and spaces that stimulate healthy living styles.

Please note:

  • 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.

Please do not contact us for unsolicited services.

Location: Delft - Netherlands
Salary: €4,332 to €5,929
£3,767.96 to £5,157.02 converted salary*
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th December 2023
Closes: 7th January 2024
Job Ref: TUD04689
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