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Assistant Professor in Planning for People, Land and Urban Systems

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning and Geo-Information Management (PGM) of the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente is responsible for developing the decision, planning and policy capacity of people, organizations and systems that are involved in the field of geo-information management for multi-level governance of urban regions, primarily for and in countries that are technologically and/or economically less developed. Planning for urban systems, organization and people increasingly involves taking into account climate change. New analysis and support tools are needed to guide policy and planning in urban environments that face large climate impacts, differences of impacts across social groups and uncertainty in the decision processes towards more sustainable urban development and adaptation.


Job specification

  • You contribute to educational activities including development, preparation and execution of courses and education modules related to the field of expertise, development of new educational products (e.g. e-learning), evaluation of educational activities, and supervision of MSc students. The specific focus is on developing tools and methods for comprehensive spatial planning for urban regions in the developing world using GIS and/or remote sensing, with a focus on the interactions between people, land and urban systems.
  • You contribute to the acquisition and execution of project services.
  • You contribute to the work of international academic partnership networks, as well as to general administrative duties as may be required by the Department.
  • You support the Professor in the development, acquisition and execution of research, including research planning and implementation, acquisition of external and internal research funds, coordination and supervision of PhD candidates, and dissemination of findings via academic papers and other publications.


Your Profile

  • PhD, in English, on urban planning, urban management, geography, geo-information science or a similar topic, preferable focused on the design, implementation and evaluation of quantitative planning tools and methods
  • Didactic skills and experience in teaching at academic level, including supervision of thesis candidates
  • Project proposal and project management skills
  • Preferably experience in developing countries
  • Communication skills in cooperating and negotiating with external partners
  • Affinity with a multi-cultural, post-graduate education environment
  • Willingness and ability to undertake international travel
  • Proven research and practical experience in the field of urban planning and management, GIS and/or remote sensing, preferably including software programming skills and with expertise in a participatory decision-making environment, as shown by peer reviewed publications and/or participation in relevant international networks.


Our offer

We offer an inspiring and challenging international environment. The successful candidate will be employed for a period of three years, with a possible extension up to a maximum of six years. Salary and conditions will be in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) of the Dutch Universities. Gross monthly salary depends on experience and qualifications and ranges from € 2476,- to € 4551,- exclusive of allowances in accordance with job profile Assistant Professor level 2 (UD2), under the University System in Job Classification (UJC).


Additional information about this position can be obtained from Prof.Dr. M.F.A.M. (Martin) van Maarseveen, Professor Management of Urban-Regional Dynamics (phone +31 53 4874 394) or Dr. R.V. Sliuzas (phone +31 53 4874 236).


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The Organisation

The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which drives change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university in the Netherlands; divided over six faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. The University of Twente has a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out pioneering research.


The Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente provides international postgraduate education, research and project services in the field of geo-information science and earth observation using remote sensing and GIS. The aim of ITC's activities is the international exchange of knowledge, focusing on capacity building and institutional development in developing countries and emerging economies.

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