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Post-doctoral Researcher in Adaptive Urban Transformation

The research will take place in the context of the interdisciplinary Sustainable Deltas project with South China University of Technology and University of Sheffield, entitled: Adaptive Urban Transformation - Territorial governance, spatial strategy and urban landscape ...

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Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
30 uur
€ 4084 per maand


The research will take place in the context of the interdisciplinary Sustainable Deltas project with South China University of Technology and University of Sheffield, entitled: Adaptive Urban Transformation - Territorial governance, spatial strategy and urban landscape dynamics in the Pearl River Delta. The overall aim of the research is to develop an integrative and multiscale design and planning approach for adaptive urban transformation in fast-urbanising deltas. It uses the Pearl River Delta as a case study. The post-doc researcher’s main task is to identify options for adaptive urban transformation based on an assessment of the dynamics of change and transformational cycles of the natural and urban landscape. Main research questions include: What dynamics of change and transformational cycles at the building, district, and urban landscape level offer opportunities for implementing adaptation measures? What (regional) design principles may increase adaptive capacity and mitigate flood risk in the urban landscape at multiple scales? The researcher will employ innovative GIS-based explorative mapping methods and operations to explain the relation between local and larger-scale dynamics in the past and present. Furthermore, adaptive principles are identified that ensure water safety and inclusive socio-ecological design. The researcher provides input into the overall project regarding theoretical backgrounds, mapping, and overview of planning strategies and design principles. The expected start date is 1 February 2018, or as soon as possible.


Applicants should have the following qualifications:
• PhD in a relevant area of technology
• Proven experience in relevant fields (e.g. landscape architecture, urban planning, GIS applications in planning and design, mapping)
• Willingness and affinity for work in multi‐disciplinary teams in an internationally oriented environment
• Ability to write and contribute to scientific publications and reports
• Ability to participate in workshops and conferences
• Excellent communication skills in English (written and spoken) and preferably also in Chinese (but not obligatory)


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.

For more information about this position, please contact Steffen Nijhuis, phone: +31 (0)6-21254126, e-mail: S.Nijhuis@tudelft.nl. To apply, please send the following documents: a detailed CV, academic publication list, portfolio with relevant projects, contact details of two references, and a letter of application.

Please e-mail your application by 22 December 2017 to Mrs. Caro Coemans, HR-BK@tudelft.nl. When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number BK2017-12.

Additional information

Steffen Nijhuis
+31 (0)6-21254126

Technische Universiteit Delft


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognised level. Education, research and design are strongly oriented towards applicability. TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools. Architecture The Department of Urbanism in the Faculty of Architecture at Delft University of Technology was established in 1948 and since then has contributed to academic knowledge of the urban environment and design and planning interventions. The Urbanism research group’s core task is to mobilise its multidisciplinary knowledge, skills, and reputation towards the creation of more sustainable living environments. The priority is to contribute solutions to the urgent challenges of urbanisation in the context of climate change.

Landscape Architecture at the TU Delft focuses on knowledge acquisition, strategy development, and design exploration of landscape compositions and systems in the built environment. Through fundamental research and practical applications, scholars in landscape architecture explore the potential of spatial, temporal, and material dimensions of the landscape – including ecological, social, and technical aspects – advancing future-oriented action and thinking on the development of urban landscapes at multiple scale levels.