Job opening: Assistant Professor

The Department of Imaging Physics at TU Delft invites applications for an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) faculty position. Successful candidates are expected to establish an independent research line in an emerging area of imaging physics that adds synergistically to our current research portfolio.

We are especifically interested in candidates that want to setup up a program in photonics and/or optical instrumentation targeting extreme light conditions. This can include, for instance, very low light or low signal-to-noise levels, or spatial confinement and application in metamaterial based instruments, or the use of coherence in for example interferometric approaches. While the relevance of this research is expected to be broad we see particular potential for impact in the fields of space optics and optics at low photon levels and foresee excellent opportunities for a strong connection with the Netherlands Institute for Space Research (SRON).

Job description

Research in the department is aimed at developing novel instrumentation and methodology to push existing boundaries in imaging science and sensing. Also, we advance the fundamental understanding of waves and particles, their interaction with molecules and materials, and the analysis of the signals generated during interaction. Our work has clear societal impact in the areas of life sciences, healthcare, and industry. We are eager to further expand in areas of fundamental as well as applied imaging that would complement and strengthen our research efforts.

We offer starting faculty a competitive start-up package. A Tenure Track offers young, talented academics a clear and attractive career path leading up to a permanent appointment with the prospect of becoming an Associate or full Professor. 

During the Tenure Track, you will have the opportunity to develop into an internationally acknowledged and recognized scientist. We offer a structured career and personal development program designed to offer individual academics as much support as possible. Parental leave and partner career advice are part of this support system. For more information about the Tenure Track and the personal development program, please visit our website.


We seek principal investigators with an outstanding scientific track record, researchers with a creative and collaborative mentality who appreciate scientific and engineering challenges in imaging physics and who, through their research, management skills, and teaching qualities can inspire co-workers and students alike. Successful candidates are expected to establish a strong, externally funded research program and to be committed to excellence in teaching at undergraduate (Dutch or English) as well as graduate level (English). Candidates are expected to be competitive in attracting personal (amongst others ERC funded) grants. Applicants should hold a PhD with several years of additional experience in a postdoctoral or industrial position. Dutch language skills are not required. We especially welcome applications from female scientists.

Conditions of employment

The salary for an Assistant Professor is between € 3637 - 4978 per month gross depending on experience. Terms of employment and length of contract vary also according to experience. The TU Delft offers a customizable 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. 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 the position contact Prof.dr. Bernd Rieger, phone: +31 (0)15-2788574, e-mail:

Interested persons should submit a CV, a research plan, list of publications, and the names and e-mail addresses of at least three potential references along with a letter of application to Annelies van Beek, email: referring to vacancy: Assistant Professor.

This vacancy will remain open until we have found the right candidate.