PhD Position in Sustainable investment in Real Estate

We offer an exceptional opportunity for a fully-funded Ph.D. position (0.8 – 1.0 FTE) to pioneer a game-changing approach to sustainable investment decision-making in commercial real estate. 


Job description

The modern real estate investment landscape is at a turning point, as sustainability metrics and evolving regulations becomes more important. Nevertheless, current assessment methods often remain elementary, focusing on straightforward environmental and economic metrics. Your research will fill the critical gap between traditional assessment and new needs by creating an innovative game-theoretic framework for multi-actor and multi-criteria evaluation of sustainability measures in commercial real estate investments.

Research Objectives

  • Critically assess existing sustainability measures in real estate investment.
  • Design a game-theoretic model to evaluate multi-stakeholder impacts and criteria in investment decisions.
  • Quantify the real-world influence of various investment scenarios on stakeholders.
  • Contribute to policy design for incentivizing sustainable multi-stakeholder investments.

Your research will result in a robust game-theoretic tool that will contribute to the future of sustainable investment in commercial real estate.



  • A Master’s graduate (or soon-to-be) in Real Estate Management, Economics, Business Administration, Mathematics, Engineering, or a related field.
  • Exceptional proficiency in English; Dutch language skills would be advantageous due to our Dutch case studies.
  • A highly motivated individual committed to academic excellence and keen on acquiring a Ph.D. degree.
  • Exceptional analytical and problem-solving skills, bolstered by excellent academic writing and communication abilities.
  • Self-driven with a capacity to work in an interdisciplinary team environment.
  • An innate sense of curiosity and a critical mindset

Doing a PhD at TU Delft requires English proficiency at a certain level to ensure that the candidate is able to communicate and interact well, participate in English-taught Doctoral Education courses, and write scientific articles and a final thesis. For more details please check the Graduate Schools Admission Requirements.


Conditions of employment

Doctoral candidates will be offered a 4-year period of employment in principle, but in the form of 2 employment contracts. An initial 1,5 year contract with an official go/no go progress assessment within 15 months. Followed by an additional contract for the remaining 2,5 years assuming everything goes well and performance requirements are met.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2770 per month in the first year to € 3539 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants, TU Delft has the Coming to Delft Service. This service provides information for new international employees to help you prepare the relocation and to settle in the Netherlands. The Coming to Delft Service offers a Dual Career Programme for partners and they organise events to expand your (social) network.


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 as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

Challenge. Change. Impact!


Faculty Architecture & the Built Environment

The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment has a leading role in education and research worldwide. The driving force behind the faculty’s success is its robust research profile combined with the energy and creativity of its student body and academic community. It is buzzing with energy from early in the morning until late at night, with four thousand people studying, working, designing, conducting research and acquiring and disseminating knowledge. Our faculty has a strong focus on ‘design-oriented research’, which has given it a top position in world rankings.

Staff and students are working to improve the built environment with the help of a broad set of disciplines, including architectural design, urban planning, building technology, social sciences, process management, and geo-information science. The faculty works closely with other faculties, universities, private parties, and the public sector, and has an extensive network in the Netherlands as well as internationally.

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Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Michael Peeters on For information about the application procedure, please contact Julia Kreuwel, HR advisor, via


Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply no later than 10 November 2023 via the application button and upload your motivation and CV.

  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • A pre-Employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • Please do not contact us for unsolicited services.