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Professor of Spatial Planning and Strategy

Delft University of Technology

The TU Delft is pleased to invite applications for a full professorship position in Spatial Planning & Strategy (SPS). The professor will be appointed at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, in the Department of Urbanism. This is a full-time appointment with a management component. The successful candidate will be expected to spend a comparable amount of time on education and research activities.

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is the oldest and largest university of technology in the Netherlands and a global top 100 research-intensive university. TU Delft contributes to solving global challenges by educating new generations of socially responsible engineers and expanding the frontiers of the engineering sciences. The University aims for a balance between pursuing world-class academic excellence, providing high-quality education and developing expert solutions for societal challenges. TU Delft has embraced and acts according to their shared values: diversity, integrity, respect, engagement, courage, and trust. 

The Department of Urbanism is one of the four departments at the TU Delft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. The Department of Urbanism considers urbanism as a planning and design-oriented activity focused on the (re)making of better urban environments. The Department of Urbanism is a world leading knowledge hub for innovative urban and landscape design and research which is strongly rooted in the Delft Approach to design. This approach is research based and explicitly inter- and transdisciplinary. The mission of the department is to advance, share and apply knowledge on how to adapt the built environment to societal and environmental changes and how to apply design, planning and engineering interventions to better satisfy human needs, and to achieve fairer, healthier, and more resilient urban landscapes.

Key Responsibilities and Characteristics

The professor will lead the teaching and research programme of the SPS section, one of 6 sections at the department and consisting of around 20 staff. In research, the professor contributes to deepening the understanding of theoretical perspectives on the nature, scope, and effects of spatial planning. The focus could be directed towards (i) international and European territorial governance and policy making, including their potential for advancing democracy building, sustainability, and spatial justice, (ii) contemporary methods of spatial planning, spatial planning instruments, spatial planning systems and regional design (interpreted as the interaction between institutional and spatial design), or (iii) territorial evidence and spatial planning impact assessment. The new professor SPS should continue to build on and further strengthen the interdisciplinary environment at the Department and adopt the ‘Delft approach’.

The successful candidate has:

  • a distinguished or very promising academic career trajectory in spatial planning, built on an academic education (PhD) in planning, urbanism, or other relevant subjects;
  • a strong academic record (in relation to their age and career path), including a sound publication and teaching record (at all levels);
  • a close familiarity with one or more of the core themes of the SPS section;
  • the ability to collaborate across disciplines and areas of practice, such as urban design, landscape architecture, environmental sciences, spatial modelling, political sciences, urban sociology, or others;
  • in-depth experience with the research process (including acquisition) through major projects;
  • experience in PhD candidate supervision;
  • an affinity with the planning practice (either directly or through research or education) and demonstrates the willingness to develop a network of academics and practitioners and create visibility in professional and public debates;
  • experience or affinity with and understanding of design, the design process and design thinking;
  • leadership experience, through managing change, team-building and collaborative working;
  • perceptive interpersonal skills to be successful in a diverse, international environment with a variety of perspectives, and is sensible to respectful intercultural communication and cooperation;
  • strong verbal and written communication skills in English and the ability to clearly communicate complex ideas to students and external partners;
  • the willingness to learn Dutch (if applicable) within a reasonable timespan.

Appointment Process and How To Apply

An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Perrett Laver to support the University in identifying the widest possible field of qualified candidates and assisting in the assessment of candidates against the requirements for the role. Queries can be directed to Jess Winfield via Jess.Winfield@perrettlaver.com or +31 (0)20 2404375.

Applications should consist of a complete curriculum vitae (including publication list), and a letter stating your motivation for and vision on the position. These documents can be uploaded at https://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies quoting reference 5842. The closing date for applications is 9am CEST on Monday 15th August 2022.

Applications will be considered by the selection committee by the end of August and shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview on Wednesday 27th September 2022. Selection of and negotiations with the preferred candidate and final campus visits will take place thereafter.

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Location: Delft - Netherlands
Salary: Competitive
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 30th June 2022
Closes: 15th August 2022
Job Ref: 5842
   
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