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Full chair Integrated Project Delivery

University of Twente. Enschede (Niederlande), 28.10.2016

Full chair Integrated Project Delivery 1.0 fte


Location Enschede
Function types Professors, associate professors, assistant professors and lecturers
Scientific fields Natural Sciences, Engineering
Hours 38.0 hours per week
Education Doctorate
Job number 866420
About employer University of Twente (UT)

Job description

Construction projects are dynamic and complex projects with a wide variety of stakeholders and interests. Their unique character (no mass production) and realization and/or maintenance in complex environments (built environment of cities, networks of infrastructure) imposes various challenges. Moreover, the construction industry is characterized as a highly fragmented market. Regulation prohibits contractors and engineering agencies to develop long-term relationships with public clients. Changes in the financial systems and public procurement frequently create severe up- and downturns for the industry. These high financial and liability risks pushes the organization of work towards fragmented supply chains. Decision-making, project planning, and execution are cut in several phases and involve a great number of public and private stakeholders. Construction projects are transitory coalition organizations. Institutional and contractual frameworks create interfaces, inter-organizational barriers and sub-optimization. Within this fragmented structure, the success and failure of infrastructure management and projects depends heavily on integration, coordination and cooperation. New challenges for the industry require overcoming fragmentation in the infrastructure life cycle and the enhancement of the integration of the construction project delivery. The thrive of the group is to study, develop and teach new process approaches, methods and technologies to enhance Integration and Innovation for the infrastructure life cycle and integrated project delivery.

The group of Construction Management & Engineering (CME) is an international center of excellence developing new scientific insights and approaches while improving the performance of the construction industry. The group’s unique focus lies on innovative approaches for involving stakeholders within the complete value chain and integrating social and technical aspects in construction management (High Tech - Human Touch). We have developed strong links with the industry, develop new methods and technologies and publish in Engineering journals as well as Management journals. The core areas of expertise in the CME group are:

  • Engineering design methodologies (as systems engineering, design science and modular and platform based development of infrastructures and buildings),
  • ICT technologies (as BIM & data management)
  • Life Cycle Approaches for Infrastructure Asset Management,
  • Inter organizational boundary spanning (procurement, contracting, supply chain management).
  • Risk & Project management (risk management, project management, process management)
  • Specific effort and attention is given to integrate and create cross-overs.
Education and Research
The University of Twente is well known for its innovative approach to teaching, with student-driven learning and project-led education as the core pillars of its BSc- and MSc-programmes, The Civil Engineering programmes reflect the university’s multidisciplinary focus and its entrepreneurial character. In our BSc-programme, designed according to the Twente Educational Model, we train students to become T-shaped professionals with deep knowledge in the field of Civil Engineering and the ability to apply this knowledge in a meaningful way in the broader context and taking into account relevant aspects from different fields. Particular attention is paid to research, design and organisational skills such that students will discover their individual strengths. In the MSc-programmes students acquire state-of-the art knowledge and will further improve their learning capacity such that they are able to acquire new knowledge themselves and are able to create solutions for complex multidisciplinary problems. Within the BSc, MSc and PDEng programmes the chair will particularly carry responsibility for education in the field of project management, integrated project delivery, and risk management.

The chair is one of the core pillars of the civil engineering and construction management programmes (BSc, MSc and PDEng). While focussing on integrated project delivery the research effort of this chair is particularly amid at bridging the gap between planning, construction and asset management. Construction projects are dynamic and complex projects with a wide variety of stakeholders and interests. Understanding these processes and designing approaches to manage these interests form the thrive of this chair. The chair is expected to contribute to support systems for complex decision-making processes particularly for: project delivery, risk and technology development and life cycle approaches. Integration within the project, and integration of the project in the infrastructure network are seen as key in this respect.

The University of Twente and the Faculty of Engineering Technology have identified key prospect domains for education and research. The domains relevant for Civil Engineering and CME are: "SMART Cities" and "Maintenance". The chair will play a core role in the further development and anchoring of these themes in the educational programmes and research trajectories.

Next to the direct research connections within the cluster of Civil Engineering, related research prospects within the UT identified:

  • Within the Engineering Faculty and SBE: "maintenance" and "systems engineering"
  • Within BMS and IGS: "Design science" and Technology management and Supply
  • Overarching theme: "Smart cities" and Center for Risk Management, Safety and Security
The chair is and the group are embedded in the cluster Civil Engineering; one of the clusters within the Engineering faculty. The cluster of Civil Engineering also holds the Center for Transport Studies and the group of Water Engineering & Management.

Chair is responsible for his research group and is one of the six chairs of the group of Civil Engineering and Management


The candidate is an outstanding scientist, an excellent and experienced teacher in higher education and an inspiring leader of a multi-disciplinary team. We expect that the candidate has broad experience in guiding PhD-students, preferably on multi-disciplinary topics. The envisioned candidate for this chair has broad knowledge in construction engineering and management and holds a PhD relevant to this area.

The candidate has a track record in construction management research, is able to publish his/her work in international journal papers and conferences and has a close affinity with design and is able to operate at the crossroads of disciplines. The candidate is actively involved in the relevant academic networks, and has proven excellent acquisition skills regarding research funding. The candidate is an engaged scholar able to link science and industry.

The candidate has a personal and innovative view on, and experience in, teaching and learning at universities and has expertise with different forms of education in the field of construction management and engineering. The candidate can align this view with attractive and challenging education, is open to innovative educational approaches and is eager to continuously improve and professionalize his/her teaching. The candidate can play a leading and inspiring role in further developing and strengthening the civil engineering program within the faculty of Engineering Technology.

Applicants will be selected based on their potential to impact construction management research and education and their abilities to contribute to an international, multi-disciplinary research and education facility.

For more information, please contact prof. dr. G.P.M.R. Dewulf,, tel. +31-(0)53-4892581. Interested candidates can send their application, including a CV and a list of publications before December 12, 2016. Please use the application link below ’apply now’ and fill out the application form.

Conditions of employment

The University of Twente offers a full time position as professor, with the intention to grant tenure after three years. Salary, benefits and other employment conditions are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.


The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which drives change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university in the Netherlands; divided over six faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. The University of Twente has a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out pioneering research.

The Faculty of Engineering Technology (CTW) is one of the six faculties of the University of Twente. CTW 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: MIRA, CTIT, SBE and IGS.

Bewerbungsschluss: 12.12.2016