Assistant Professor in Climate Finance & Climate-Resilient Economies



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The section Economics of Technology and Innovation (ETI) is looking for ambitious economists who are willing to work on and develop an academic career path in a vibrant academic community at TU Delft as a world leading engineering university. The specific academic position is a part of the University-wide strategic Climate Action Program aimed at addressing economic and finance aspects of climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Job description

ETI offers a position for economists in the broad area of climate finance at the level of Assistant and/or Associate professor (Tenure Track). The successful candidate is expected to perform research and contribute to a research team in economics applied to climate change mitigation (e.g. green economy transition) or/and climate change adaptation (e.g. preventing losses and damages by means of investments in climate sensitive assets). ETI particularly welcomes applications from candidates in the fields of climate economics and finance with a focus on networks/ infrastructure, as well as on quantifying cross-sectoral cascading effects and spillovers, or on systemic risks in finance and economics. 

We are looking for an Assistant/Associate Professor who is interested in using quantitative (data-driven or/and model-based) approaches to understand how climate finance shapes the evolution of economies. Climate-sensitive investments could either strengthen or undermine our economies, and various methods – like econometrics, machine-learning, general or partial equilibrium modelling, network analysis and others – could help revealing the consequences. Consequently, climate finance instruments should be designed to efficiently and effectively contribute to achieving resilience to climate change across different countries, regions and sectors. 

This position will be part of the Climate Finance for Resilient Infrastructure Flagship, funded under the Governance Theme of the Climate Action Programme (CAP) of TU Delft, see For the next ten years TU Delft will allocate 22 million EUR to set up and shape this extensive program that offers excellent opportunities to advance the state of the art, and growth of your international network. 


We are looking for ambitious academic economists that are expected to:

  • Perform and publish research in high quality academic journals;
  • Contribute to a research team in the field of economics with an application to Climate economics and Finance with a quantitative focus;
  • Contribute the CAP Flagship on Climate Finance for Resilient Infrastructure, and the overall CAP program;
  • Strive to acquire externally funded research projects;
  • Teach Master and Bachelor courses on economics and contribute to the development of education in the context of the CAP;
  • Supervise BSc-, MSc- and PhD students

The candidate should have:

  • A PhD degree in Economics, Finance or related fields;
  • Research track record demonstrated by publications in international academic journals (required for Associate Professorship applicants, favourable for Tenure Track position applicants);
  • Demonstrated experience with academic teaching in economics or finance;
  • Demonstrated experience with quantitative economic methods;
  • Affinity with environmental/climate economics is an advantage;
  • Demonstrated involvement in acquiring externally funded research projects (required for Associate Professorship applicants; favourable for Tenure Track position applicants);
  • Willingness to work in teams and in a multidisciplinary environment, with engineers and scholars in social sciences and humanities;
  • Highly proficient in spoken and written English.

Conditions of employment

A tenure-track position is offered for six years. In the fifth year we’ll decide if you will be offered a permanent faculty position, based on performance indicators agreed upon at the start of the appointment. We expect that you have the potential to grow towards an Associate Professor and/or Full Professor role in the future. If you currently are an Assistant Professor, we also accept your application for this role as an Associate Professor.

Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. We expect you to obtain a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) within three years if you have less than five years of teaching experience. This is provided by the TU Delft UTQ programme.
TU Delft sets high standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. The TU Delft offers training to improve English competency. If you do not speak Dutch, we offer courses to learn the Dutch language within three years.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (salary indication for assistant professor: € 3.974 - € 6.181). The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.
For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.

TU Delft (Delft University of Technology)

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context. At TU Delft we embrace diversity and aim to be as inclusive as possible (see our Code of Conduct). Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.

Challenge. Change. Impact! 

Faculty Technology, Policy and Management

With its excellent education and research at the intersection of technology, society and policy, the Faculty of TPM makes an important contribution to solving complex technical-social issues, such as energy transition, mobility, digitalisation, water management and (cyber) security.
We combine insights from the engineering sciences, the social and the humanities. We develop robust models and designs, are internationally oriented and have an extensive network with knowledge institutions, companies, social organisations and governments.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management.

The ETI section is part of the department of Values, Technology and Innovation (VTI) at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management (TPM) at TU Delft. The Department of Values, Technology and Innovation is unique in hosting economists, social scientists, philosophers and risk scholars. It studies how to develop and diffuse responsible innovation that reflects held social and moral values. The department plays a leading role nationally and internationally in research in management of responsible innovation, responsible risk management and design for values.

ETI plays an increasingly important role in research on economics and management of technology and innovation worldwide. The research of ETI covers a broad spectrum ranging from investigating economics of innovation processes in organisations to technology development in socio-technical systems, as well as empirical analysis on innovation performances at the macro-level. These research themes are funded through e.g. the Dutch Research Council (NWO), the European Framework Programs such as H2020 as well as private and public funders. ETI also participates with the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Frugal Innovations aimed at technology and innovation development in low- and middle-income economies. The teaching activities of ETI are in the bachelor program and the three master programs of the TPM faculty as well as in other engineering programs at Delft University of Technology.

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact: prof. dr. Cees van Beers (, regarding research and education in the hosting section ETI), prof. dr. Tatiana Filatova (, regarding the Climate Action Program), prof. dr. Tina Comes (, regarding the Flagship CAP Flagship on Climate Finance for Resilient Infrastructure).

Application procedure

Please submit your application online no later than January 6th, 2023. You can only apply via the application button 'Apply now'; applications sent to one of the mentioned email addresses will not be processed. 

To apply, please submit the following:

  • An application/motivation letter (max. 2 pages)
  • A complete curriculum vitae, including a list of publications
  • A research and teaching statement with a maximum of 1 page each
  • Name and contact details of three references who may be approached at a later stage of the procedure

First interviews are planned in January, 2023

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Delft , Netherlands