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Junior Assistant Professor Digitalization of Infrastructure

The group of Construction Management & Engineering (CME) of the Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) investigates and addresses fragmentation in the infrastructure sector. To this end, we study, develop, and teach new process approaches, methods, and technologies that improve integration and innovation for project delivery in the construction industry. While doing this successfully, our group expands and therefore invites motivated and hardworking applicants to apply for the junior Assistant Professor position in Digitalization of Infrastructure.

Job description

Digitalization in the built environment makes significant progress throughout the past decade. While showcasing how Virtual Design and Construction improves development of large infrastructure assets and facilities, digitalization of as-built models of urban space in geographical information systems becomes increasingly relevant. Digitalization research gradually moves from being centered at facility design and engineering only, towards covering life cycle management of both building and infrastructure asset systems. 

This ‘BIM, GIS and life cycle asset management’ integration theme is highly visible in one of the dynamic research units of CM&E; the ZoARG | ReDUCE ( 

This group focuses on digitalization of, smaller and more commonplace, buried infrastructure networks. ZoARG | ReDUCE focuses on Reduction of Damage to Utilities and Careful Excavation, and aims to map, model and visualize buried infrastructure to support efficient excavation, improve safety and increase reliability of utility construction and maintenance.

We seek for people that contribute to the ongoing research, teaching, and valorization activities of ZoARG | ReDUCE. You chip in to ongoing research on BIM and GIS implementation, mapping, (parametric) utility data modelling, 3D/4D visualization and digital risk management. Your additional qualities bring in expertise about one of the following topics: as-built modelling of infrastructure through remote sensing (e.g. LiDAR, photogrammetry, ground-penetrating radar), IoT applications for network monitoring, and automated approaches to excavation/trenchless technologies.

ZoARG conducts scientific research in an industry-based context. You, therefore, are interested in both bringing scientific-technological contributions, as well as in crafting and building impact for society through prototype development and real-life implementation studies. Besides being explorative and research-minded, you can conveniently transfer your knowledge and experience to future B.Sc., and M.Sc. students, following the Twente Educational Model.

If you dear to open up the boundaries in BIM, GIS and infrastructure asset management, apply now!

Your profile

  • You hold a Ph.D. in construction management, geo-information, computer science, or maintenance engineering
  • Your research expertise lies in the fields of building information modelling, geo-informatics, remote sensing, or IoT.
  • You have an affinity with the management of public infrastructure, and utilities in specific.
  • You have a passion for teaching and for developing education that cultivates student learning.
  • You hold a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) for Dutch Universities, a similar qualification, or are willing to obtain this.
  • Your communication skills in English are excellent.
  • You are able to speak or willing to learn Dutch.


Should you have any queries, please reach out to Léon Olde Scholtenhuis by email ( or phone (+31 534896857). Please upload your application, including your CV and a motivation letter which includes your view on research and education via the ‘Apply now’ button.

The application deadline is 9 December 2019. The week following this deadline, we will inform selected candidates for a first round of Skype interviews.

Our offer

You will be appointed for two years, with the prospect of a permanent position after a positive evaluation. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda.

We offer you:

  •       An international work environment, with colleagues from many different countries from all over the world.
  •       Excellent research facilities.
  •       A highly motivated international student community.
  •       A gross salary between € 3.255,00 and € 5.656,00 per month, depending on experience and qualifications.
  •       A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.
  •       A solid pension scheme.
  •       A minimum of 29 holidays in case of full-time employment.
  •       Possibilities to save up holidays for sabbatical leave.
  •       Professional and personal development programs.
  •       A family-friendly institution.

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 Engineering Technology (ET)
is one of the five faculties of the University of Twente. ET combines Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. Our faculty has approximately 1800 bachelor and master students, 400 employees and 150 PhD candidates. The departments of the faculty cooperatively conduct the educational programmes and participate in interdisciplinary research projects, programmes and the research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centra and Digital Society Institute.

Junior Assistant Professor Digitalization of Infrastructure
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