Assistant Professor Urban Design and Mobility - University of Groningen

Published at: 20 February 2018

Assistant Professor Urban Design and Mobility (1,0 fte)

The Department of Planning and Environment of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences at the University of Groningen (RUG) is looking for an Assistant Professor Urban Design and Mobility.

The Faculty of Spatial Sciences consists of 95 members of staff and around a thousand students. We focus on high quality teaching and research in the fields of cultural geography, demography, economic geography, and spatial planning. Our research theme 'towards Wellbeing, Innovation and Spatial Transformation' (tWIST). It is our mission to produce research which is world-leading, distinctive, and policy-relevant. With two Bachelor and eight Master programs, we provide a wide range of courses within the field. The Department of Planning and Environment contributes to the Bachelor programs of Spatial Planning & Design and Human Geography & Planning, and is responsible for the Master programs Environment & Infrastructure Planning and Socio-spatial Planning. The Department’s research is centered around institutional design for purposeful interventions within the human environment. We continuously renew our research and educational programs, for example by incorporating innovative digital developments. We further aim to develop and improve our Centre for Advanced Studies in Urban Science and Design (CASUS).

Job description
As Assistant Professor, you will contribute to teaching, research and co-ordination tasks. Your main teaching tasks will be in Bachelor and Master courses related to spatial, digital and institutional design, and in supervising Master and/or Bachelor theses. To strengthen our team, we are looking for a colleague with a keen interest in the relationship between urban planning, mobility issues and digital developments (e.g. traffic and mobility modelling, social media and virtual spaces), contributing to our research on spatial and institutional design. The Assistant Professor will invest 60% of his/her time in teaching and management, and 40% in research (including PhD supervision). As Department we have a strong desire to relate its research and educational programs to digital developments. This involves handling and combining various digital programs in support of sustainable urban development and traffic and infrastructure. New technologies are considered relevant to the extent to which these generate novel insights to complex spatial problems and further can support collaboration and civic engagement. We consider the digital era an opportunity for engaging further in sustainable urban development and traffic and transport modelling.

The Assistant Professor:
• Has a PhD in the wider field of spatial planning, mobility studies, urbanism, water management, landscape architecture, geography.
• Has an interest in, and has in depth knowledge about spatial design approaches and techniques, and it's meaning for institutional processes of planning and decision-making.
• Will develop and maintain design studio environment (atelier, laboratory, etc) for research and education purposes.
• Has experience in various teaching approaches; awareness of and willingness to use the latest innovations in teaching techniques.
• Is in the possession of a university teaching qualification or is prepared to acquire this qualification within a reasonable timeframe.
• Will take a responsibility in one or more Faculty committees related to the educational programs. • Has publications in international peer-reviewed academic journals in the field of spatial design, infrastructure planning and mobility policies.
• Will develops a research agenda which is in line with the Faculty and Department research focus and will supervise PhD students within this research focus.
• Contributes to profiling Departmental work on spatial design, development and innovation, and spatial planning and decision-making, also in collaboration with new and ongoing partnerships.
• Is fluent in English and Dutch or has the willingness to learn Dutch.

• Conceptually capacity
• Environmental orientation
• Presenting skills
• Result orientation

Conditions of employment
The University of Groningen offers a salary based on qualifications and experience between € 3,475 (scale 11 Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) and € 5,405 (scale 12) gross per month for a full-time position, plus 8% holiday allowance and an annual end-of-year bonus of 8.3%. For more detailed information about working conditions and working for the University of Groningen, please check: The post will be established for a fixed term period of two years. Towards the end of that period there will be a result- and development interview in order to decide whether the appointment may be made permanent. The University of Groningen is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive our full consideration. Nevertheless, as we are committed to building a diverse faculty, female applicants and international candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. Starting date: between 1 June and 1 September 2018 The interviews will be held between half April and half May 2018.

You may apply for this position until 31 March 23:59 h/ before 1 April 2018
Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

Applications should include:
1. A motivation letter
2. A curriculum vitae including publications or other research output clearly showing your expertise in relevant areas
3. Email and telephone contact information of at least two referees.
Only complete applications submitted by the deadline will be taken into consideration. Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

For information you can contact:
• Prof. Gert de Roo,
• Prof. Claudia Yamu,, +31 50 3633895 (please do not use for applications)