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Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in The Spatial Transformation of Food Systems

We are looking for an Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) with experience in utilising spatial information science to assess the transformational and adaptive …

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Drienerlolaan, Enschede, Overijssel
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
40 - 40 uur
€ 3746 - € 5826 per maand


We are looking for an Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) with experience in utilising spatial information science to assess the transformational and adaptive capacity of people and systems for sustainable and resilient food provision.

You will develop high-quality research and educational methods to addresses the challenge of modelling, measuring and monitoring the resilience of food systems in a spatially explicit manner. You will use remote sensing data and geographic information science approaches to address this challenge within the context of a sustainable environment and food security. You will develop and use methods that assess food system resilience and sustainability under shocks (climate, economic, epidemics etc). The geographic focus will cover both developing countries and the European Union, especially in the context of the Green Deal and policies related to food systems and biodiversity.

You are excited to work in an international team with project activities around the world. You combine a drive for scientific quality and rigour with making a difference in global environmental issues. You enjoy collaborating to develop high-quality research outputs that demonstrate the societal impact of spatial science. You embrace Open Science. You have a passion for education and can teach topics such as the theory and practice of agent-based modelling for natural resource management and building resilience in food systems. You are a dedicated supervisor for MSc students and PhD candidates.

This position is embedded in the ‘Designing Systems for Informed Resilience Engineering’ (DeSIRE) program, an extensive capacity building program, set-up by the 4TU Centre Resilience Engineering [www.4tu.nl/resilience/en]. Within this program 16 new tenure track positions have been created at 13 faculties across the four technical universities of the Netherlands. This visionary 4TU umbrella program on resilience aims to conduct excellent research of societal value and set-up and supply to educational programs in the emerging field of Resilience Engineering. You will be working in a team of top scientists within 4TU, benefiting from the opportunity to work on concrete resilience challenges within our broad network of partners in policy and practice. We foster interdisciplinary collaboration between the 16 tenure trackers, associated scientific staff and public and private partners. All will be actively involved in the scientific, educational and valorisation activities of the DeSIRE program and the 4TU-Centre Resilience Engineering. It offers prospective applicants excellent opportunities to extend their networks with academic and societal partners.

For more information about DeSIRE, including all 16 Tenure Track positions, see: www.academictransfer.com/nl/employer/4TU/resilience-engineering-desire.


  • You possess a PhD in fields like: Geography, Agriculture, Ecology, Resilience Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Geo-informatics, Computer Science or Data Science
  • Expertise in spatial analysis, geo-information, remote sensing, simulation modelling and agent-based modelling.
  • You have proven scientific creativity combined with a publishing record of acknowledged quality and a strong interest in developing innovative solutions for the measurement, monitoring and modelling of resilience in food systems in developing countries.
  • An aptitude for teaching at Master or Bachelor levels and supervising PhD candidates in English
  • Experience in undertaking international project work and enthusiasm to work in all regions that ITC is active
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Enthusiasm to work in a range of international and interdisciplinary contexts
  • An excellent command of English. Knowledge of, or willingness to learn Dutch is an advantage

With the Head of Department, you will agree upon expected performance and personal development targets. You will receive formal feedback on performance and skills during annual assessment meetings and evaluations. If evaluated positively at the end of the tenure track, you will be appointed in a permanent position. You will be based in the Natural Resources Department (NRS) of ITC. You will form collaborations with other members of the DeSIRE programme and other research units where building resilience is a long-term objective.


We offer an inspiring and challenging international environment. You will be initially employed for a period of seven years (Tenure Track position, starting as Assistant Professor 2 or 1), according to proven expertise and skills.

  • Gross monthly salary between € 3,746,- and € 5,826,- depending on experience and qualifications (job profile Assistant Professor level 2 or 1)
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%
  • Excellent support for research and facilities for professional and personal development
  • A solid pension scheme
  • Possibilities to save up holidays for sabbatical leave
    Minimum of 41 holiday days in case of full-time employment
    Professional and personal improvement programmes, including mentoring
  • A high degree of responsibility and independence, while collaborating with close colleagues, researchers and other university staff is strongly supported

During your career, you will have the opportunity to develop into an internationally acknowledged and recognized academic. We offer a structured career and personal development program designed to offer individual academics as much support as possible. Specific information about ITC’s Tenure Track policy you can find on https://www.itc.nl/about-itc/career-at-itc/vacancies/.