PhD Circular Housing Asset Renovation and Management

Delft University of Technology is pleased to invite applicants to apply for a PhD position. This position is open until filled.

Since its foundation 110 years ago, the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment has built up a solid international reputation for training architects, urban planners and designers, as well as for its research portfolio and coaching of PhD candidates. With around 2600 students and 500 staff members, with around 230 FTEs devoted to academic positions, our faculty is one of the largest of Delft University of Technology and one of the most prestigious architecture and the built environment faculties globally. Traditionally, the faculty has prioritised high-quality training in design and research in the field of the built environment. Over 40 chairs cover a wide range of academic areas in design, process and technology, which together cover the entire field of the built environment. The faculty has a budget of around 38 million, of which approximately 7 million is sourced indirectly and from contracts with third parties.

The department of Management in the Built Environment (MBE) provides education and conducts scientific research about the management and development of supply and demand of real estate. It has about 80 employees and four core disciplines: Design & Construction Management, Housing, Real Estate Management and Urban Development Management. Approximately 80 students follow the international Mastertrack MBE each year.

The chair of Housing Management focusses on investment decisions made by actors on the housing market (households, housing associations, developers, investors, construction companies and municipalities) and the way in which they organise themselves to adapt housing to changing demand and societal challenges.

Creating a circular built environment is one of the main challenges of today. The housing sector plays an important role towards achieving circularity targets in the European Union by increasing resource efficiency. Social housing organisations across Europe can take a frontrunner role in implementing asset management approaches that prevents downcycling and enables the re-use of components and materials. Promising approaches are guidelines for circular procurement strategies in renovation and maintenance, and the realization of component and material exchange platforms. The PhD researcher will develop, implement and test circular asset management strategies, as part of the European funded project CHARM. The PhD candidate will work together with social housing organisations from the Netherlands, Belgium, France and the UK, industry partners and colleagues from TU Delft.

The researcher preferably has an MSc in Housing or Construction Management. Proven interest in the topic of the study through previously conducted research activities in the area of circularity in the built environment will be an advantage for the selection of the candidate. The candidate should have good communication and writing skills in English and ideally also in French.The PhD should like to work closely with social housing organisations and have a feel for project management.

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 are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit for more information.

For more information about this position, please contact Ad Straub (,+31 (0)6 28616426).

To apply, please send a motivation letter, CV, and preferably a portfolio by 8 January 2019 to Dr. Straub, When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number Bk2018/22.


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