Director of Reactor Institute Delft

Ref: 4155

Delft University of Technology

Delft, the Netherlands

Role Managed by:

Mario Adamo

Research Associate

t: +31 2 02 40 43 78


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: competitive

Closing Date: 02/09/2019

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Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), founded in 1842, is the oldest and largest university of technology in the Netherlands and a global top 100 research-intensive university. TU Delft contributes to solving global challenges by educating new generations of socially responsible engineers and expanding the frontiers of the engineering sciences. The University aims for a balance between pursuing world-class academic excellence, providing high-quality education and developing expert solutions for societal challenges. TU Delft has embraced and acts according to their shared values: diversity, integrity, respect, engagement, courage, and trust.  

Reactor Institute Delft (RID) together with the Department of Radiation, Science & Technology (RST) has been the Dutch knowledge center for radiation-related research and education for over 60 years. Since 2005, RID and RST exist as two separate organisational entities within the Faculty of Applied Sciences. Within this structure, scientific research and academic education are concentrated in the RST Department, whereas RID operates a unique research reactor (the Hoger Onderwijs Reactor (HOR)), irradiation facilities and radiation-based research instruments. RID is also responsible for the nuclear and radiation safety under the Nuclear Energy Act (Kern Energie Wet), operations, infrastructure and services related to the reactor. Furthermore, within RID, NCSV (National Center for Radiation Safety) educates workers in the radiation domain or in occupation that may touch radiation issues (e.g. police, fire departments, etc.), thereby serving ca 1000 students annually in occupational education. Continued programmatic coordination and close and integrated operation are ensured through the close working collaboration between the Head of the RST Department and the Director of RID. Together, RST and RID consist of 200 staff members (including ca 50 Ph.D. students) and a total annual budget of 20M€ including grants and valorisation. 

RID accommodates residents and visiting scientists and other users from a variety of (scientific) disciplines. It contributes to the education of students, professionals (people working with radiation) and scientists, and serves as an independent source of information for society on radiation – and nuclear-related issues. RID is active in the field of neutron, positron, reactor and radiochemistry science. A large part of the research within the reactor, the irradiation facilities and the radiation-based research instruments focuses on medical applications, such as the production of medical isotopes and the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. In addition, the RID instruments and facilities are used for the development of new solar cells and batteries and to develop the nuclear reactors of the future.

Delft University of Technology is now looking to appoint a new Director of the Reactor Institute Delft. The Director will be responsible for the management of the Institute, the operation of the reactor under the Nuclear Energy Act and the efficient use of the Institute’s assets. The Director is accountable for the license-related matters to the University Board, for the organisational matters to the dean of the faculty of Applied Sciences. The appointee will have the direct responsibility for the safe operation of the reactor and for the relations with national and international bodies (ANVS, the Authority for Nuclear Safety and Radiation protection (licensing and independent supervisor) and the IAEA, International Atomic Energy Agency). The Director will lead the research on RID related instruments and measuring methods, raises external funding and will work intensively with RST on programmatic cohesion and coordination of the scientific and supporting activities. The Director will strengthen collaboration on different levels within TU Delft as well as with national and international partners in academia, research institutes and reactor facilities, industry and the government. The appointee will direct and support the further innovative development of the research facilities to meet the changing demands of science and in line with international standards. He/she will take initiatives to raise financial support for such developments. He/she will also be responsible for external contacts of RID and represent the Institute’s interests within TU Delft, with Dutch governmental and funding organisations, international scientific organisations, and the European Commission framework.

An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Perrett Laver to assist the Selection Committee. Perrett Laver may be contacted for informal enquiries and questions on +31 20 2404 378 or by emailing Applications can be uploaded at, quoting reference 4155. The closing date for applications is 9 am CET on Monday 2nd September 2019.

Applications will be considered by the Advisory Committee in September. Perrett Laver will conduct preliminary discussion with longlisted candidates and the Selection Committee will then meet to decide on a shortlist of candidates. Dates for formal interviews will be confirmed in due course.

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