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Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is looking for an assistant professor in the department of Built Environment
Urbanism and Urban Architecture (0,8 fte)
In the Department of the Built Environment there is a position available for an Assistant Professor in the chair of Urbanism and Urban Architecture (UUA). The Department offers a comprehensive, research-oriented Master of Science (MSc.) degree program within the broad field of the Built Environment. Graduates go on to work in diverse professional areas, such as architecture, urban design and planning, building physics, installation techniques, construction, real estate management and building production.
The department is also a research institute comprising various laboratories and four research programs in which high-level research is conducted. The unit AUDE has its own research program Living Cities focused on the evolutionary development of the existing city and region, taking into account both its historical path dependencies as well as tomorrows societal challenges.
The Urbanism and Urban Architecture (UUA) chair group is in charge of education and carries out research on spatial design and planning of the city and the urban region. The focus lies on the sustainable (re-)development of the existing Western European cities, both concerning the higher levels of the urbanized network region as well as the lower levels of its urbanistic and architectonic composition. This is set against the background of current paradigm- and system shifts in our modern economy, society and culture focusing on how these global transitions can enhance and strengthen local identity and vitality in terms of Quality of Life and Quality of Place. Contextual spatial design and planning - evolutionary urbanism and urban architecture - explicitly correlated with questions of governance, policy and financing.
The Urbanism and Urban Architecture (UUA) Chair is part of the Architectural Urban Design and Engineering (AUDE) unit. This unit covers all the education and research activities in the domain of spatial design within the department.
Within this spatial panorama, the Urbanism and Urban Architecture (UUA) chair concentrates on scales ranging from building typology and the building block, the construction and design of the public domain, the design and planning of the city, to the ordering and design of the urban network region. The strategic research agenda of the chair focuses on three clusters: 1) healthy cities, active mobility and public space design; 2) smart city technology, participation and place making; 3) urban morphology, spatial biographies and contextual design. All three closely connected to the Smart City Program (SCP) initiated by our faculty to study the potential of data-analytics, persuasive technologies and social commons in improving the urban living environment and the quality of life in tomorrow's cities.
The chair is actively participating in the TU/e Smart Cities Program (SCP). The SCP is a university wide collaboration across different departments aiming at multi-disciplinary research in the field of Smart Cities development. The candidate will have a major role in the expansion of the Smart City Program, and therefore the chair is looking for a candidate whose interest and track record in the field of research is related to the issues on Smart Cities. On the potential of innovative ICT technology, to reshape both our physical and virtual living environment, resulting in new paradigms on urban planning and design. Based on Smart City Technologies combining real and virtual world concepts and strategies that redefine in a systemic way our urban living environment, but also the way planning and design processes facilitate new interactive ways of co-creation, co-ownership and sense of community. Key focus will be on new ways of place making and public space design, bridged towards related topics on healthy cities, active mobility, innovative urban economies and social inclusivity. Over the years the chair has built both a network and portfolio in these fields the candidate is expected to expand on.
The chair of UUA is within the unit AUDE complemented by three other chairs, responsible for wider fields of education and research more specifically concerned with architecture, both in terms of style, typology as well as architectural detailing and construction. These activities are organized in the chair of Architectural Design and Engineering (ADE) and the chair of Rational Architecture (RA). The contemplative element behind the entirety is taken care of by the Architectural History and Theory (AHT) chair, which gives greater depth to the technical, architectonic and urban development domains through history and theory.
Within the Urbanism and Urban Architecture chair group, the Assistant Professor will contribute to both education and research. Time allocation is distributed evenly between these duties.
Within the Built Environment program, the Assistant Professor will both be involved in the education part of the Bachelor's major in Design as well as in the Master' track in Urban Design and Planning (UDP). Especially in the master track UDP, the interaction between research and design, between theory and practice is central, both on the level of the architectonic composition of the city, the city plan, and that of the region.
The Assistant Professor will play an important role in the research program, both in terms of acquisition, of organization and of the execution of research projects. The candidate will act as program manager in the Smart Cities Program on the theme Smart urban space: Healthy environments. The Assistant Professor will perform this task in close collaboration with the chair holder who acts as the thought leader responsible for the theme Smart urban space. The research is focused on the academic and professional redefinition of the discipline of urban design and planning, exploring this through both spatial as well as social sciences, focusing on qualitative research. Research and design are seen as complementary knowledge-generating activities, which bring together spatial, sociological, socio-scientific and technical knowledge. The tension between empiricism, discourse and practice is examined critically. An international orientation goes without saying, as well as a broad interest in the disciplinary diversity of urban design and planning as well as urban architecture.
It is important to note explicitly that if the candidate Assistant Professor proves eligible, he or she may advance further in due course. In this position they will provide support to the Professor within the chair group when it comes to research, education, valorization and management of the whole group.
We are looking for a candidate who is preferably trained as an urban designer and planner, with a PhD on a relevant subject for this position, with at least 2 years of relevant experience as a postdoc.
The candidate is required to have: