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(Associate) Professor Transitions to Sustainable Mobility (1.0fte)

IntroductionWith mobility responsible for around 25% of the total CO2 emission—and the only sector with increasing emissions—the challenge for a transition to …

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
de Rondom, Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
Opleidingsniveau:
Postdoctoraal

Functieomschrijving

Introduction

With mobility responsible for around 25% of the total CO2 emission—and the only sector with increasing emissions—the challenge for a transition to sustainable mobility is more pressing than ever. Smart, sustainable mobility is one of the key research areas at TU/e with a strong focus on technical innovations for fuels, cars, trucks, and data. The rapid advancements in these areas create an urgent need to also analyse and evaluate the social consequences of the envisioned future sustainable mobility systems. Key issues are how such innovations are implemented and embedded in daily routines to fulfil the technical promises of smart mobility for real-life needs and how these innovations contribute to the grand social challenge of the transition to sustainable mobility systems.

To strengthen its position in this research area, Eindhoven University of Technology is creating a new, full-time (associate) professor position. The candidate will develop his or her own research agenda on transitions to sustainable mobility, based on the following research questions:
  1. How can we understand the complex, long-term dynamics of the current mobility system, with its individual car and fossil-fuel dependence?
  2. What are the (socio-technical) opportunities and barriers to innovation of current mobility systems towards multi-modality, shared mobility, mobility-as-a-service, and active mobility, and why is that so? How can we open up lock-ins in the current mobility system to enable a mobility transition towards sustainability while avoiding undesirable new lock-ins?
  3. What could be learned from past changes in mobility systems for the design of new mobility systems, and how could such knowledge be used in current debates on developing sustainable mobility systems at local, national, and global levels?
These questions ask for dynamic interaction and dialogue between historical and long-term perspectives as well as present and future-oriented studies. These two transition approaches are crucial for an understanding of the mobility transition towards sustainability. More specifically, understanding mobility transition requires an analysis of social and technical change, involving issues ranging from path dependencies to pockets of persistence.

Institutional setting

The position is embedded in the Technology, Innovation & Society (TIS) group, which engages in research on the social and economic embedding of innovation. Technological innovations offer many opportunities to address key social challenges in areas like mobility, sustainable energy, globalization, and Europeanization. Change goes beyond mere development of such innovative technologies like cleaner cars and renewable energy technologies. Change also requires a transformation of existing socio-technical systems. This includes shifts in firm strategies, consumer behaviour, social practices, institutions, and regulations. The transition processes to a more sustainable future, in particular, cannot be studied in isolation: these require a broader, systems-oriented perspective. We understand the relationship between society and innovation as a mutually shaping process. Technologies intertwine with radical transformations in work, travel, communication, and private life.

Our group has a strong track record in studying transitions across the technical-social divide. Socio-technical perspectives are crucial in exploring, defining, and designing technology and policy interventions in the field of sustainable mobility transitions. The socio-technical dynamics of mobility systems involve path dependencies, technological momentum, pockets of persistence, as well as innovative niches and opportunities for change; analysis of these dynamics is crucial for designing the most appropriate policies and interventions for the present and future. In addition to energy transition research, our group is currently developing mobility transition research as a second broad application area with various research programs on mobility systems (automobility, pedestrianism to urban cycling) and spatial scales (local, national, European, global). We apply long-term (historic) as well as current and future perspectives.

The TIS group is one of the founding groups of the sustainability transitions field and globally recognized for its theoretical and empirical contributions. The group is part of the School of Innovation Sciences, which is one of the two schools that comprises the Department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences (IEIS). This department forms the heart of the university's commitment to the social sciences and humanities in preparing future engineers for the challenges of tomorrow.

Tasks

The tasks of the (associate) professor will include the following:
  • Conduct high-level research and initiate new research lines in sustainable and smart mobility (ranging from automobility, pedestrianism, public transit, and cycling);
  • Use and synthesize both Science Technology Studies (STS) and long-term transitions approaches;
  • Engage in collaborations, within the TU/e (e.g. with technical departments in the smart mobility research area), as well as with external partners;
  • Initiate and write research proposals, and acquire external research funding from academic agencies, governmental bodies, and industry;
  • Supervise PhDs in the area of transition dynamics and long-term historical analysis;
  • Contribute to TIS teaching activities in a broad sense (Bachelor program, Master program, and university-wide USE learning lines);
  • Contribute to the management and leadership of the TIS group, the department of IEIS and the university as a whole.

  • Functie-eisen

    The candidate is a high-potential, who at minimum meets the TU/e criteria for associate professor, or should be expected to reach such criteria within a year after appointment.



    The candidate has:

  • a PhD degree in a relevant discipline;
  • a track record in research on sustainable mobility, reflected by a publication list of high quality and quantity;
  • a strong international academic profile;
  • proven affinity with or knowledge of history, STS, and sustainable transition;
  • proven experience of successful supervision of PhD candidates;
  • proven ability in independently acquiring externally funded research projects;
  • proven track record in teaching, shown by ample experience in teaching and good evaluations of these teaching efforts;
  • experience in designing and developing new courses;
  • excellent interpersonal and communitive skills.

  • Arbeidsvoorwaarden

    We offer:
  • a challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious university;
  • a gross monthly salary in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement of the Dutch Universities (CAO NU), depending on experience and knowledge;
  • a yearly holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary;
  • a yearly end year allowance of 8.3% of the yearly salary;
  • a broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, savings schemes and excellent sports facilities).
  • Additionele informatie

    More information on this position, as well as information about the group and department, can be obtained from prof. Floor Alkemade (f.alkemade[at}tue.nl).

    Information about terms of employment can be obtained from: Kim van Puijenbroek, HR Advisor, Department of IE&IS (pz.ieis[at]tue.nl). Further information about Eindhoven University of Technology can be found at www.tue.nl.

    Application

    Your application must contain the following documents (all in English):
  • A letter of interest;
  • A teaching statement and a research statement;
  • An extensive curriculum vitae including publication list and teaching evaluations (if any);
  • Three names with email addresses of people that are willing to act as references.
  • If you are interested, we invite you to apply before April 8, 2019. Please use the apply button on this website and do not send us applications by e-mail. Note that a maximum of 5 documents can be uploaded, so if you have more than 5 documents you will have to combine them.