Professor in Spatial Planning & Strategy: TU Delft

Published at: 3 June 2021

Professor in Spatial Planning & Strategy

Delft, 38 hours per week

Job description

The TU Delft is pleased to invite applications for a full professorship position in Spatial Planning & Strategy (SPS). The professor will be appointed at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, in the Department of Urbanism. This is a full-time appointment which includes a management component. The successful candidate will be expected to spend a comparable amount of time on education and research activities.

In this position, you will be leading the teaching and research programme of the SPS section, with around 20 staff, which aims to develop and share progressive academic and practical knowledge on the scope, implementation and performance of spatial planning via research, education and strong connections to practice. The core themes of the section comprise spatial planning governance, the mutual relation between design and planning, the role of spatial planning in transition to sustainability strategies, environmental and spatial justice, and international development planning. Core approaches of the section addressed in education and research include strategy formation, international comparison and regional design.

In this role you will contribute to deepening the understanding of theoretical perspectives on the nature, scope and effects of spatial planning. The focus of your work could be directed towards (i) international and European territorial governance and policy making, including their potential for advancing democracy building, sustainability and spatial justice, (ii) contemporary methods of spatial planning, spatial planning instruments, spatial planning systems and regional design (interpreted as the interaction between institutional and spatial design), or (iii) territorial evidence and spatial planning impact assessment.

Teaching and research in the department draws on knowledge and research from design, the social and physical sciences and engineering disciplines. This integrative ‘Delft approach’ is a fundamental characteristic of the Department of Urbanism. The new SPS professor should be willing to further strengthen our interdisciplinary environment.

Requirements

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate:

• A distinguished or very promising academic career trajectory in spatial planning, built on an academic education in planning, urbanism or another relevant subject.

• A doctoral degree and a strong academic record (in relation to their age and career path), including a sound publication and teaching record.

• Close familiarity with one or more of the core themes of the SPS section.

• The ability to collaborate across disciplines and areas of practice, such as urban design, landscape architecture, environmental sciences, spatial modelling, political sciences, urban sociology or others.

• In-depth experience of the research process (including acquisition) through major projects.

• Experience in PhD candidate supervision.

• Experience in teaching at Bachelor and Master level.

• An affinity with planning practice, either directly or through research or education. A willingness to develop a network of academics and practitioners and create visibility in professional and public debates.

• Leadership through managing change, team-building and collaborative working.

• Perceptive interpersonal skills: experience and willingness to work in a diverse, international environment with a variety of perspectives, and sensibility to respectful intercultural communication and co-operation.

• Strong spoken and written communication skills in English (and preferably Dutch as well), in particular, the ability to clearly communicate complex ideas to students and external partners.

• A willingness to learn Dutch (if applicable) within a reasonable timespan. 

Conditions of employment

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school. Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. We expect you to obtain a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) within three years if you have less than five years of teaching experience. This is provided by the TU Delft UTQ programme.

TU Delft sets high standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. The TU Delft offers training to improve English competency. If you do not speak Dutch, we offer courses to learn the Dutch language.

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 and aim to be as inclusive as possible (see our Code of Conduct). Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.

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.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment.

Department of Urbanism

The Department of Urbanism at the TU Delft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment encompasses and combines urban design, spatial planning, landscape architecture, environmental technology, urban studies and urban data science. It has a global reputation for excellence in research and education and is particularly well-known for the ‘Delft approach’ to urbanism, which brings together the creativity of design with academic research methods. This ‘integral’ urbanism enjoys high international esteem in professional practice, research and education.

The department enables staff and students to build knowledge on sustainable and fair ways to form and transform cities and regions. We direct our research to questions about the relationship between the qualities of urban and regional environments and the social, economic and environmental performance of societies and wellbeing of citizens. Our graduates learn to take an independent and active role in shaping urban development, but are also critical and reflective, demonstrating an awareness of both the potential and limitations of professional interventions. We explore critical questions of urbanism in the Netherlands and with partners in many other countries, but always with sensitivity to local conditions and cultures.

In a 2016 research assessment conducted under the Dutch Standard Evaluation Protocol, the department’s research programme was assessed as ‘world leading/excellent’ in ‘research quality’ and ‘social relevance’ and ‘very good’ in ‘viability’. The TU Delft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment is ranked second in the world in the QS World University rankings (2020).

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact prof. dr. Maarten van Ham, head of the Urbanism department, at m.vanham@tudelft.nl. For information about the application procedure, please contact drs. Annemieke Klein, deputy head of the Urbanism department, at a.f.klein@tudelft.nl. Or visit www.tudelft.nl/en/about-tu-delft/working-at-tu-delft for more information about us. 

Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply no later than July 11, 2021 via this link: https://www.tudelft.nl/over-tu-delft/werken-bij-tu-delft/vacatures/apply/?jobId=QEZFK026203F3VBQBLO6G68W9-3109&langCode=en_GB 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.

Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.

Professor in Spatial Planning & Strategy
Professor in Spatial Planning & Strategy