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Assistant/Associate Professor in Urban Studies

If you are interested in researching and teaching about the interactions between people and their social and built environments (including design), please check out this position.

3 maanden geleden


Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
32 - 40 uur
€ 5190 - € 6317 per maand


The successful candidate will join the Urban Studies group at the department of Urbanism in the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. The group studies the interactions between people and their social and built environments, and the effects of urban design on their behaviour. In the context of growing spatial inequalities of urban regions, Urban Studies focusses on better understanding the patterns, causes and consequences, and remedies regarding these growing inequalities in an interdisciplinary and international setting. We investigate both the effects of spatial inequalities on the behaviour, well-being, and interactions of (individual) people, and how people influence the socio-spatial structures and the built environment around them. This academic post is an exciting opportunity to co-develop and contribute to the teaching and research program in Urban Studies. The expected balance between teaching-research-management is 40%-40%-20%. The candidate is expected to set up independent research within the research programme of Urban Studies and to establish links with urban design and urban planning, including through teaching in cooperation with other groups in the Department. The candidate is also expected to supervise PhD students, and publish research in high-impact peer reviewed journals. The successful candidate will actively seek to acquire funding (from national and European Research Councils, Horizon 2020, or comparable) for research projects and lead and carry out collaborative projects with colleagues. The candidates will contribute to the faculty teaching programme (particularly courses in the Urbanism department), develop their own teaching materials, supervise students on all levels of university education, and acquire a University Teaching Qualification (if needed) within an agreed period. For the overall balance in the group, we especially welcome applications from female academics and academics from minority groups.


The successful candidate for this position has:

- A strong interest in better understanding the interactions between people, the (built) environment and urban design in the context of growing spatial inequalities at various spatial scales.
- The ability to collaborate with urban designers and to jointly come up with creative (design) solutions to combat the negative effects of inequality from a social science perspective.
- A PhD in the social or spatial sciences, for example geography, (urban) sociology, urban design, spatial planning, environmental psychology or another relevant spatially aware discipline.
- Postdoctoral research experience.
- A strong international profile, evidenced by international work experience and professional network.
- A track record as researcher within the theme of Urban Studies, evidenced by a strong list of internationally peer-reviewed publications and contributions to books.
- Experience with teaching within the theme of Urban Studies (preferably with a connection to urban design or urban and regional planning) and University Teaching Qualifications (or the ambition to acquire them within a short period of time).
- Experience in supervising (design)students and the ability to motivate students, including through online channels.
- Preferably experience in the management of research projects, grant proposal writing, event organisation and the supervision of PhD students.
- Preferably experience with analysing large longitudinal (big) datasets using advanced statistical techniques.
- A demonstrated proficiency in the written and spoken use of the English language as well as the willingness to learn Dutch, and good presentation and communication skills.

TU Delft creates equal opportunities and encourages in particular women to apply.


Depending on the career stage of the successful candidate, a six-year tenure track can apply. Based on performance indicators agreed upon at the start of the appointment, a decision will be made by the fifth year on whether to offer a permanent faculty position. The 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 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

TU Delft sets specific standards for the English competency of teaching staff. Candidates who do not speak Dutch are expected to have Dutch language skills within three years. The TU Delft offers training to learn Dutch or/and improve English competency. Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. If you have less than five years of experience and do not yet have your teaching certificate, we allow you up to three years to obtain this.

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Professor Machiel van Dorst, Head of the Urban Studies section, email: m.j.vandorst@tudelft.nl.

For information about the selection procedure, please contact Caro Coemans, HR Advisor, email: HR-BK@tudelft.nl.