Assistant Professor in Natural Hazard Risk Modelling

Job description

The Department of Earth Systems Analysis of the Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation at the University of Twente is looking for an Earth scientist with experience in the assessment of risk of natural hazards to infrastructure and population. The Department of Earth Systems Analysis combines Earth science knowledge with spatial modelling and advanced remote sensing to understand Earth processes in space and time. Our education and research contribute to the sustainable use of energy and Earth resources and help reduce disaster risk and the impact of natural hazards on society.

We are seeking an enthusiastic colleague to complement our existing strengths in natural hazards (Earth structure and dynamics, Hydro-meteorological hazard assessment, Time-variant multi-hazard risks, Climate and disaster resilience, Post disaster damage & recovery assessment). Your tasks will focuses on how to quantity risk of interacting natural hazards for improved disaster risk reduction planning, in a context of changing multi-hazards, exposure and vulnerability, mostly in data scarce environment. You will contribute to the development of methods and tools (Spatial Decision Support System) to quantify multi-hazard risk for gradual changes (e.g. due to climate change), abrupt changes (e.g. after major disasters) and planned changes (risk reduction alternatives). An important component of the work will be to actively participate in project acquisition and execution of externally funded projects related to multi-hazard risk assessment in developing countries.

You also have to:

  • Contribute to the educational programme(s) offered by the department
  • Develop own research in the field of multi-hazard risk modelling, and supervise MSc and PhD students
  • Contribute to the development of the SDSS in terms of architecture, functional specifications, testing, documentation, training and implementing in international projects

Your profile

You have:

  • A completed PhD on research related to risk assessment, or about to complete your PhD in the next months.
  • Experience and interest in international projects dealing with the assessment of risk to natural hazards
  • Programming skills and experience with modifying and linking other software tools for hazard and risk assessment.
  • An aptitude for teaching, including lecturing and tutoring at an academic level
  • An affinity with a multi-cultural, post-graduate education environment
  • A willingness to undertake international travel to less developed countries
  • An excellent command of English. Knowledge of, or willingness to learn Dutch, is an advantage.
  • Programming skills the development of software products or components, and experience with the software components mentioned above.


Additional information regarding the position can be obtained from Dr. Cees van Westen (e-mail: ). You are also invited to visit our homepage.

Please submit your application before 25 January 2020 (choose “Apply Now” below). Your application has to include (i) a motivation letter clearly stating how you meet the selection criteria and also outlining your research and teaching interests, (ii) a detailed CV with references and (iii) a two-page statement on your vision on research, education and capacity development in relation to ITC, and the position. Applications that do not include all three will not be considered.

A public guest lecture to the ITC-staff can be part of the selection. Because of our diversity values, we do particularly support women and candidates from our target countries and alumni to apply.

Our offer

We offer an inspiring and challenging international environment. You will be initially employed for two years. Extension of the employment after this period is a possibility.

  • Gross monthly salary between € 3545,- and € 4852,- depending on experience and qualifications (job profile Assistant Professor level 2).
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%
  • Excellent support for research and facilities for professional and personal development
  • A solid pension scheme
  • Possibilities to save up holidays for sabbatical leave
  • Minimum of 41 holiday days in case of full-time employment

The organization

The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company.

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.

The Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente provides international postgraduate education, research and project services in the field of geo-information science and earth observation using remote sensing and GIS. The aim of ITC's activities is the international exchange of knowledge, focusing on capacity building and institutional development in developing countries and emerging economies.

posted: 03 December 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.