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We are recruiting an Assistant Professor to strengthen and extend our research and education activities in the field of spatial planning & strategy. The successful candidate will join a department with a high global reputation and work in a team of highly committed and successful academics in spatial planning. Our work focuses on spatial development and governance-oriented research, and the development of the theoretical foundations of spatial planning. The work has strong ties with urban design, landscape architecture and environmental technology/3D geo-information.

The aim of the new position is to extend our teaching and research. The candidate will be expected to teach bachelor and master courses (BSc Bouwkunde, MSc track Urbanism, European Master in Urbanism and (in due time) take on course coordination and course development tasks. The candidate will also be expected to play an active role in research bids and funded projects, supervising PhD candidates and writing academic publications. This will require close collaboration with scholars in the department of Urbanism and/or the faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, as well as with experts in different domains outside the university.

The expected start date is 1 January 2019, or as soon as possible.

A tenure track position is intended to lead to a permanent appointment with the prospect of becoming an associate professor. It offers talented academics a clear and attractive career path. During the tenure track, you will have the opportunity to develop into an internationally acknowledged and recognised academic. We offer a structured career and personal development programme designed to offer individual academics as much support as possible. For more information about the tenure track and the personal development programme, please visit


 The candidate should:

  • hold a PhD degree in spatial planning or related fields;
  • have ample knowledge in spatial planning and strategy;
  • the ability to work with digital technology is an advantage;
  • have excellent academic skills, as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications;
  • have strong (proven) didactic skills and teaching experience in BSc and MSc education;
  • preferably have experience in PhD supervision and writing research proposals;
  • have an affinity for or interest in (teaching/research) coordination tasks and for E-learning.


A tenure-track position is offered for six years. Based on performance indicators agreed upon at the start of the appointment, a decision will be made by the fifth year on whether to offer you a permanent faculty position. Inspiring, excellent education and research is our central aim. If you have less than five years of teaching experience and do not yet have your teaching certificate, we allow you up to three years to obtain this. TU Delft sets specific standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. Candidates who do not speak Dutch are expected to have Dutch language skills within three years. The TU Delft offers training to learn Dutch or/and improve English competency.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.


Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognised level. Education, research and design are strongly oriented towards applicability. TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools.


Faculty Architecture & the Built Environment

Since its foundation 110 years ago, the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment has built up a solid international reputation for training architects, urban planners and designers, as well as for its research portfolio and coaching of PhD candidates. With around 2600 students and 500 staff members, with around 230 FTEs devoted to academic positions, our faculty is one of the largest of Delft University of Technology and one of the most prestigious architecture and the built environment faculties globally. Traditionally, the faculty has prioritised high-quality training in design and research in the field of the built environment. Over 40 chairs cover a wide range of academic areas in design, process and technology, which together cover the entire field of the built environment. The Department of Urbanism in the Faculty of Architecture at Delft University of Technology was established in 1948 and since then has contributed to academic knowledge of the urban environment and design and planning interventions.

The TU Delft Spatial Planning & Strategy section aims to develop and share progressive scientific knowledge on the performance of spatial planning via its research, its education and its connections to practice. Urban societies all over the world face major challenges with respect to sustainable growth and transformation. They are in need of knowledge, tools and professionals for co-creating spatial policies, spatial strategies and spatial interventions which focus on (more) resilient, just and healthy cities and regions. As a core value, the SP&S section – being part of one of the world leading institutes in design and engineering – adheres to an integrated way of thinking and working, considering ‘place, people and policy’ simultaneously and in their reciprocal relations. Core themes for the SP&S section include: environmental and spatial justice; planning tools, systems and cultures; and international urbanisation & development planning.


For more information about this position, please contact Dr Remon Rooij (education or Dr Dominic Stead (research;

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