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Professor in Social Urban Transitions (1.0 FTE)

Utrecht University's Faculty of Geosciences is looking for a Professor in Social Urban Transitions (1.0 FTE). Are you interested? Then please read the full profile and apply.

6 maanden geleden


Domplein, Utrecht, Utrecht
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 40 uur
€ 5582 - € 8127 per maand


Following the development and implementation of a new Urban Futures Research Programme at the Department of Human Geography and Planning, Utrecht University is now looking to appoint a Chair in Social Urban Transitions.

A Chair is a full-time appointment including a management component. The appointee will be expected to spend 50% of time on research activities and 50% on teaching, however, this percentage is dependent on responsibilities and management tasks.

The Chair in Social Urban Transitions
will develop innovative research and education with respect to the emerging scientific research in the areas of inequality, diversity and international migration. Cities are inherently unequal as well as diverse and urban research at Utrecht identifies the relation between various forms of urban inequalities and urban diversities as a major challenge. Increasing diversity and inequality are closely related to international migration and the integration of immigrants in the global north as well as the global south. The integration process is not only complicated by changes in the host society, but also the increasing importance of the phenomenon of transnationalism which has implications for the links between place of residence and ideas of local and national belonging.

The Chair will investigate cities as crossroads of multiple forms of flows, crucial to the understanding of how social, cultural and economic processes are connected to other parts in the world. At the level of individuals, cities and neighbourhoods are investigated as sites of interactions between a ‘fixed’ population and people on the move both transnationally and trans-locally. Both a quantitative as well as qualitative approach can be applied.


The appointee requires the following qualifications:

  • PhD in a relevant field;
  • outstanding problem- and theory-guided research achievements demonstrated by an excellent publication record and evidence of research outputs which are consistently recognized as internationally excellent, with some outputs identified as world-leading;
  • Iiternational visibility and reputation, and an international network;
  • an inspiring research vision, linking to the Urban Futures Research Programme and the expected developments in this field;
  • content-related and management qualities required to be a research leader in the field of human geography and to engage in multidisciplinary research projects;
  • proven ability to successfully recruit and supervise to completion PhD students and postdocs;
  • proven experience in successfully obtaining (inter)national research grants;
  • didactic qualities in order to be able to provide, develop and organise high-quality educations, and a clear vision on scientific education; experience with developing innovative teaching methods for the design and delivery of education;
  • teaching leadership and management skills required to organise, to provide and to develop teaching programmes that enable students to achieve their potential;
  • excellent, social, organisational and management skills in teaching and research: a team player, bringing out the best in other people;
  • interest in societal challenges related to sustainable development, and the ambition to engage in interactions related to these topics; strong and proven ability to communicate with the non-academic world.

Utrecht University employs a system of quality assessment for teaching and research, with consequences for career development. This system implies that, in addition to having a PhD in a relevant field of research, an eligible candidate also possesses appropriate senior level academic teaching and research qualifications; the Faculty may use an assessment as an instrument in the selection procedure.

Utrecht University specifically encourages female and foreign candidates to apply.


The gross monthly salary will be dependent on previous qualifications and experience and ranges between €5,582 and €8,127 (salary scale H2 CAO NU as of Feb 2019) gross per month for a full-time employment. The primary salary is supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers an excellent pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, collective insurance schemes and flexible employment conditions.

Facilities for sports and child care are available on the main campus, which is located only 15 minutes away from the historical city center of Utrecht.

The University’s International Service Desk will provide support to new international faculty members with an onboarding process, as well as provide career services for their spouse.

Utrecht University specifically encourages female and foreign candidates to apply.

More information is available at: working at Utrecht University.

Additionele informatie

Additional information can be downloaded from at www.perrettlaver.com/candidates, quoting reference number 3823 (Chair in Urban Living and Mobilities) or 3824 (Chair in Social Urban Transitions). Perrett Laver may be contacted for informal enquiries and questions on Thomas.Modder@perrettlaver.com or +31 20 2404 379.