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PhD Researcher Water4Change - Space and Ecology

We are looking for a driven, motivated and outstanding PhD researcher interested in sustainability transitions and resilience in general and in the …

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Julianalaan, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 40 uur
Salarisindicatie:
€ 2325 - € 2972 per maand
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

Functieomschrijving

We are looking for a driven, motivated and outstanding PhD researcher interested in sustainability transitions and resilience in general and in the relationship between urban water systems, urban design and ecology in particular with a passion in linking scientific understanding and insights to spatial and ecological design, planning and practice.

Delta Urbanism Interdisciplinary Research Group, part of TU Delft Department of Urbanism, is seeking to expand its team with a new driven, motivated and outstanding PhD researcher interested in sustainability transitions and resilience in general and in urban water systems, urban design and ecology in particular with a passion in linking scientific understanding and insights to spatial and ecological design, planning and practice. The doctoral researcher will be part of the Water4Change research project and as thus connected to an international research consortium on fit-for-purpose water sensitive design for fast growing liveable cities in India. As part of the Delta Urbanism team, the researcher will also engage in other activities in the field of research and education.

The Water4Change project

The Water4Change research programme addresses the complex challenges to urban water systems faced by fast-growing cities in India. India is a country which is rapidly growing into urban agglomerations showing infrastructure deficits and adaptation gaps in relation to current and future climatic, societal and economic change. The programme embraces water as a basic necessity for life that is both an agent and catalyst of positive transformative changes that are needed to pro-actively deal with and respond to these challenges. To facilitate long-term sustainability and resilience of urban water systems, the programme will co-create and mainstream an integrative, fit-for-purpose and adaptive water sensitive design framework in close collaboration with stakeholders in three Indian cities. The framework will be developed by synergistically connecting four realms – governance, built and natural environment, technology and infrastructure design and societal behaviours – for the delivery of transformative change. The project is co-funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and the Indian Government Department of Science and Technology (DST) under the Cooperation India – the Netherlands programme.

The focal aim of this doctoral research position is to develop a conceptual and methodological framework for the implementation of a spatial-ecological water sensitive planning and design in cities. Shifting to and maintaining water sensitive urban systems places multiple new demands on spatial and ecological planning and design. It requires to proactively adapt to and cope with multiple uncertainties and shocks in the short- and long-term, to take interrelations and dynamics across the full water cycle as well as other socio-economic and ecological conditions into account, and to ensure inclusive and innovative spatial plans. Next to developing a novel framework for spatial-ecological water sensitive planning and design in the Indian case study cities, your research will develop an integrated process-based design methodology for the mainstreaming of water sensitive, climate responsive, and nature based urban design and land-use planning. Your research will respond to relevant research gaps in sustainability transitions, resilience and adaptive design literatures, addressing the following research questions: What is the potential (limiting and/or enabling) role of the built and natural environment towards planning and design for water sensitive cities? How can an integrated process-based design methodology be applied as an operational framework to support water security and ecosystem health in Indian cities?

The main objectives of the PhD research position are:

  • Developing a conceptual and methodological framework for planning and design of water sensitive, climate responsive and nature based urban environments
  • Analysing the influence of the built and natural environment (land-use/land-cover patterns) in sustaining water security and ecosystem health in Indian cities in the short- and long-term
  • Conducting field research and workshops in India and collaborating with other PhD researchers from India
  • Publishing research findings in scientific journals, presenting the project at international conferences, cross-fertilizing the results with local and international scholars and practitioners

     

     

Functie-eisen

The successful applicant will have an excellent academic track record, a completed M.Sc., M.A. or equivalent university degree, and demonstrated capacity for interdisciplinary science research. We encourage candidates with a multi-disciplinary background in Architecture, Urband Planning and Design, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Design and Water Management to apply.

An affinity with sustainability transitions, the concepts of urban water systems, landscape urbanism, nature-based solutions and transdisciplinary research are highly desirable. Ideally, the candidate has first-hand experiences with theories of urban design and land-use planning, landscape ecology, water management and/or adaptive design.

The project requires frequent traveling to Indian case study cities. The candidate should be proficient in English (both writing and speaking) on a C1 CEFR level (or equivalent), and willing to collaborate and travel internationally.

Conditions

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. Coming to Delft Service organizes diverse events for new international employees and their accompanying partners, like Partner Career Workshops and Dutch Culture Workshops. Located on campus are the International Children’s Centre and an international primary school which are subject to availability as well as several bilingual schools in the nearby surrounding. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, disciplinerelated and research skills. Please visit www.tudelft.nl/phd for more information.

Additional information

For information about this vacancy, you can contact Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin, Assistant Professor Urban Design, email: t.bacchin@tudelft.nl, tel: +31152781298.

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