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Assistant or Associate Professor Resource
Engineering (Tenure Track)

Faculty/department: Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Level: PhD degree
Maximum employment: 38 hours per week (1 FTE)
Duration of contract: Tenure Track
Salary scale: 3400 to 5735 per month gross

Civil Engineering and Geosciences

The Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences of Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) provides leading international research and education, with innovation and sustainability as central themes. Research and education are closely interwoven and address societal challenges. The Faculty consists of the departments of Transport and Planning, Structural Engineering, Geoscience and Engineering, Water Management, Hydraulic Engineering, and Geoscience and Remote Sensing.

The position is within the Department of Geoscience and Engineering which performs top-level education and research aimed at finding answers to questions related to current and future use of the Earth's natural resources and its subsurface space.

The Department of Geoscience and Engineering executes a programme for inventive exploration, exploitation and use of the Earth's resources and subsurface space. It employs approximately 120 staff members and 85 PhD candidates and teaches some 250 undergraduate students. It has an internationally leading role in research on petroleum engineering, applied geophysics and petrophysics, applied geology and geo-engineering. The Department strives for close cooperation between the disciplines.

The Department of Geoscience and Engineering has a vibrant and intensive teaching program structured in a three years BSc followed by a two years MSc, both fully in English. Blended forms of teaching, inclusive of digital environment and e-learning, are of strategic importance in the ambition of the University. The BSc program Applied Earth Sciences is the same for all students, has a strong quantitative component integrated with more discipline-specific courses. A research project and a Field Exploration Project course form the highlights of the last BSc year. The MSc program Applied Earth Sciences is of 2 year duration and is subdivided into five tracks: Resource Engineering (2 options are offered, namely an international European Mining Course (EMC), in partnership with Aalto University and RWTH Aachen, and an in-house program entitled Geo-Resource Engineering), Applied Geophysics (which forms part of an international program with RWTH Aachen and ETH Zurich), Petroleum Engineering and Geosciences, Geo-engineering (which also forms part of the Civil Engineering program), and Geoscience and Remote Sensing (which is taught under the responsibility of the Department of Geoscience and Remote Sensing).

The section of Resource Engineering is strongly focused on the development of integrated, non-destructive on-line automated material characterisation and its application to high confidence resource evaluation. Geostatistics, Resource Modelling and extraction process optimization are key disciplines for the modern mining industry to characterize resources and maximize resource extraction efficiency.

The Section of Resource Engineering invites applications and nominations for a faculty position in Applied Geostatistics, Resource Modelling and Process Optimisation in Mineral Extraction at the Assistant (tenure-track) or Associate (tenured) level.

Job description

To strengthen the research and teaching capability of the Department in the domain of geostatistics, resource modelling and extraction process optimisation and the combination and integration of automated on-line sensor data (including remote sensing, geophysics/petrophysics), we are looking for a candidate with profound know-how and expertise at the interface between applied geology, geostatistics, geometallurgy and non-destructive material characterisation. Applications are invited from experts within the fields of economic geology, mineral resource evaluation, geostatistics, mining engineering and/or exploration remote sensing or applied geophysics. Ideally the successful candidate would have some relevant practical experience within the global mining industry.

In close collaboration with other staff members of the Department, the successful applicant will be required to teach courses at the undergraduate and Master level. In addition, the successful candidate would be expected to develop and initiate Bachelor and Master thesis projects and to give parts of courses in the defined domain. He/she will be expected to develop high-level research programmes suitable for external funding to attract high-calibre PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers.

The ideal candidate will have a strong drive to innovate the way teaching is performed. In particular, he/she will develop blended forms of teaching inclusive of e-learning and interactive classes.

A Tenure Track, a process leading up to a permanent appointment with the prospect of becoming an Associate or full Professor, offers young, talented academics a clear and attractive career path. During the Tenure Track, you will have the opportunity to develop into an internationally acknowledged and recognised academic. We offer a structured career and personal development programme designed to offer individual academics as much support as possible. For more information about the Tenure Track and the personal development programme, please visit


  • Applicants must have a PhD from a reputable university. Practical experience in the global mining industry is preferred but not required.
  • Evidence of teaching excellence and a passion for teaching and didactic innovation are highly desired.
  • TU Delft strives to increase the number of women on its staff; women are therefore especially encouraged to apply.

Conditions of employment

A tenure-track position is offered for six years. Based on performance indicators agreed upon at the start of the appointment, a decision will be made by the fifth year whether to offer you a permanent faculty position.

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 Dr. Mike Buxton, e-mail:

To apply, please send a letter of application along with a curriculum vitae or resume and a personal research and teaching statement (max. 3 pages), as well as a list of publications, link to or electronic copies of three key publications, and the names of at least three references and mention your relation with them. Please e-mail all your application information by 31 January 2017 to Drs. Dian Verbunt, When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number CITG16-29.

posted: 23 August 2016     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.