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Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) “High-tech sensing for turbulent and radiant heat exchange in urban environment”

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Job description

Are you thrilled by solving physics problems that so far have been a tough nut to crack and at the same time charmed by contributing to societal issues? Then join our research team to determine turbulent and radiant heat exchanges in urban environments through high-tech sensing. Your objective will be to advance remote sensing-based observational modelling of atmospheric urban boundary layer dynamics by combining a range of optical-thermal imaging scales (in time and in space) with ground observations to unravel all relevant urban radiative and turbulent energy exchange scales.

Your tasks will include, but not be limited to:

  • 4D-Modelling of ambient temperature by coupling remotely sensed surface temperatures to atmospheric heat transport in an urban environment, through;
  • Data assimilation,
  • Resistance networks,
  • Surface renewal techniques,
  • Large Eddy and Direct Numerical Simulations
  • Designing and executing experimental campaigns, including ground-based and airborne observations.

Your profile

  • You have a PhD in meteorology, hydrology, physics, physical geography, or related field
  • You have proven expertise, including post-doc experience, in a specialization related to boundary layer atmospherics and/or land-atmosphere interactions
  • You have ample experience with quantitative (satellite) earth observation analysis tools (e.g., optics and radiative transfer, time-series analysis, data assimilation, big data handling)
  • You have an excellent publication record in this field
  • You have good programming skills
  • You have an interest and preferably experience in lecturing and tutoring at an academic level.
  • You have an excellent command of English. Knowledge of, and/or willingness to learn Dutch is an advantage.

Our offer

We offer an inspiring and challenging international environment. You will work in a brand new building designed following the latest standards on an inviting, green campus within walking distance from the train station. In addition you will be offered:

  • Initial employment for a period of 18 months Tenure Trackposition, starting as Assistant Professor 2 or 1, according to proven expertise and skills) with the prospect of a permanent position towards full Professor.
  • Gross monthly salary between € 3,974.00 and € 6,181.00 depending on experience and qualifications (job profile Assistant Professor level 2 or 1).
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%
  • Excellent support for research
  • A solid pension scheme and health care benefits
  • Possibilities to save up holidays for sabbatical leave
  • Total of 41 holiday days in case of full-time employment
  • Professional and personal improvement programmes. See e.g. recognition and reward program.
  • A high degree of responsibility and independence, while collaborating with close colleagues, researchers and other university staff is strongly supported.

Information and application

This position is part of the HERITAGE (HEat Robustness In relation To AGEing cities) project which is a research programme aiming at detection, reduction and prevention of heat-stress occurring due to ageing of built environmental settings and buildings in Dutch cities, through socio-technical solutions. This programme is a 4TU initiative, connecting the four universities of technology in The Netherlands: Delft University of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology, University of Twente and Wageningen University and Research.

Additional information regarding the position can be obtained from W. Timmermans (e-mail: You are also invited to visit our homepage.

Please submit your application before 31 October 2022 (choose apply now below), including:

  • A motivation letter clearly stating how you meet the selection criteria and also outlining your research and teaching interests,
  • A detailed CV with references,
  • A two-page statement on your personal vision on research, education and capacity development in relation to the position and ITC, and how you envisage to contribute to the joint objectives of the 4TU programme.

Applications that do not include all three will not be considered.

About the department

Our mission is to build communities of water professionals, scientists and engineers with skills to contribute to a sustainable and resilient living environment using Earth Observations and Modelling of Water and Climate.

The world desperately needs people with these skills. Water-related challenges are everywhere. Some are caused by climate change, others by urbanization, infrastructure, land cover change, mining, discharge of polluted effluents, and sea level rise. They affect food security, biodiversity and health. Good water management starts with insight into the problem and access to accurate, (near-)real time information. This requires a scientific data infrastructure and research capacity. We engage with social actors including policymakers, entrepreneurs and citizens to co-create sustainable and innovative solutions for the monitoring and management of freshwater and marine resources using Earth Observation. We focus on physical, chemical and biological processes on land and in aquatic systems, river basins, soils and plants. To study these, we develop, use and teach quantitative use of Earth observation and physically based models, and unravel linkages between water and food, energy, health and ecosystem security and sustainability.

About the organization

The Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) provides international postgraduate education, research and project services in the field of geo-information science and earth observation. Our mission is capacity development, where we apply, share and facilitate the effective use of geo-information and earth observation knowledge and tools for tackling global wicked problems. Our purpose is to enable our many partners around the world to track and trace the impact – and the shifting causes and frontiers – of today’s global challenges. Our vision is of a world in which researchers, educators, and students collaborate across disciplinary and geographic divides with governmental and non-governmental organisations, institutes, businesses, and local populations to surmount today’s complex global challenges and to contribute to sustainable, fair, and digital societies.

Job details

Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) “High-tech sensing for turbulent and radiant heat exchange in urban environment”
Drienerlolaan 5 Enschede, Netherlands
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