Assistant Professor of Distributed Systems, Design & Simulation

Assistant Professor of Distributed Systems, Design & Simulation

Faculty/department Technology, Policy and Management
Level PhD degree
Maximum employment 38 hours per week (1 FTE)
Duration of contract Tenure track
Salary scale €3,427 to €5,330 per month gross

Technology, Policy and Management
The Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management (TPM) develops robust models and designs, to solve the complex challenges of today’s networked society. TPM combines insights from the engineering sciences with insights from the humanities and the social sciences.

The Systems Engineering group within TBM focuses on the design of large-scale, distributed systems that enable and support participation in networked society. The Systems Engineering group is seeking to fill an open tenure-track position in the design of such large-scale, distributed systems, in particular with respect to understanding the dynamics of self-organisation and emergence (

Job description
We are seeking a candidate with a strong background in computer science, artificial intelligence, distributed simulation, or a related field, intrigued by interdisciplinary research in large-scale, socio-technical systems.

Examples of large-scale, distributed, socio-technical systems designed and studied within the Systems Engineering group include distributed energy markets, supply-demand networks, international food chain management, crisis management, health systems, and systems designed to support citizen participation. This position extends our current research portfolio to focus on the design of dynamic, multi-agent systems – design, development, simulation, and application in practice.

Could you strengthen our international, interdisciplinary, leading-edge research group? Do you have the background, drive, and commitment to explore the design space for participation, to analyse, design, and orchestrate coordination of self-management and emergence, to study dynamics of participatory system behaviour, to explore changing roles and their implications, and to work together with experts from many different fields?

A Tenure Track, a process that leads to a permanent appointment as an Assistant Professor at the TU Delft, offers 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 should have the following qualifications:
• a strong background in (multi-agent) system design, simulation, and development;
• a PhD in Computer Science, Multi-Agent Systems, Artificial Intelligence or a related field; • excellent scientific credentials;
• strong appreciation for, experience with, and ability to work in an academic, interdisciplinary environment with both social scientists and computer scientists;
• demonstrated didactic qualities and experience in interdisciplinary educational programmes; • experience in attracting external funding;
• a strong (international) network within academic, industrial, and national and international governmental organisations.

Conditions of employment
A Tenure Track, a process that leads to a permanent appointment as an Assistant Professor at the TU Delft, offers talented academics a clear and attractive career path. 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 or to apply, please contact Prof.dr. F.M. Brazier, phone: +31 (0)15-2787529, email: To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV, list of publications and references along with a letter of application by 23 April 2017 to Prof. Brazier, When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number ATTBM17.008.

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