Assistant professor data based approach to health and liveable cities: long-term perspectives

Updated: 6 months ago
Deadline: 02 Apr 2023

An interesting chance to join the Group History of Architecture and Urban Planning as an assistant professor to explore the concept of public health data for designing liveable cities?

The Group of History of Architecture and Urban Planning is inviting applications for one assistant professor position in the Department of Architecture on data-based approaches to health and the design liveable cities and landscapes, notably at the edge of sea and land with a long-term perspective. This position is funded by the Sector Plan Design Engineering Science, and explores adaptive strategies that can help rethink the relationship between architecture and the urban environment as well as redefine the concept of liveable environments through a data based approach.

The UD will develop theoretical foundations and design methodologies for the analysis of long-term health-related data, acknowledging questions of social equity and civic participation – the so-called right to the city while building upon data driven research and digital humanities approaches. Building upon data driven research and digital humanities approaches, the UD will use space-based visualization to provide insight into the complex themes of urban spaces and health. The UD will use these visualizations of long-term development to help generate new scenarios and narratives for healthy buildings and spaces and provide the foundation for living labs and research by design approaches. The UD will also test the findings in educational settings to develop more sustainable and socially just spaces and will participate in the education of the HAUP group.

You will contribute to the research and educational agenda by implementing pedagogic models that could further enhance their focus on Duurzame en slimme verstedelijking (Sustainable and Smart Urbanization) and Gezonde leefomgeving (Healthy Living Environments). They will also be asked to contribute to the teaching programmes of the History Group for 40 percent of their time.

If you want to apply for this position, please submit a motivation letter, a detailed CV, contact details of three references, 1 research and 2 education (MSc level) proposals that include a summary of your area of interest, current goals, and future plans (max. 2 page A4). Proposals should take into consideration some of the following objectives outlined by the OIW Sectorplan:

  • Ruimtelijke scenario’s voor verstedelijking, multifunctioneel ruimtegebruik en de integratie van infrastructuursystemen.
 (Spatial scenarios, multi-functional use of space).
  • Digitalisering van ontwerp, bouw en beheer van gebouwen en omgeving (Digitalization of design, construction, and management of buildings).
  • Gebruik van Open Data in ontwerp en beheer van gebouwen en omgeving (Use of Open Data in the design and management of buildings).
  • Aanpassing van de kwaliteit van de leefomgeving aan het gebruik van de toekomst door middel van creatief (her¬)ontwerp (Adapting the quality of the living environment to the use of the future through creative (re)design).
  • In ruimtelijk ontwerp inbedden van actieve beweging (lopen, fietsen) als vanzelf- sprekende wijze van verplaatsen (Embedding active movement (walking, cycling) in spatial design as a natural way of moving).     
  • To apply for this assistant professor position you must have:

    • A PhD degree in Architecture, Urban Planning, Architectural History; Urban or Planning History.
    • Previous teaching experience in transdisciplinary setting.
    • A clear research agenda, which can be demonstrated through academic publications or significant professional work.
    • An affinity with visualisation/mapping/digital humanities methods and inter- and transdisciplinary research are highly desirable.
    • First-hand experience working with GIS, data collection, data visualization, and systematic spatial analysis.
    • Ability to work collaboratively with others (students, faculty, and staff) to create a supportive learning environment. 

    A tenure-track position is offered for six years. In the fifth year we’ll decide if you will be offered a permanent faculty position, based on performance indicators agreed upon at the start of the appointment. We expect that you have the potential to grow towards an Associate Professor and/or Full Professor role in the future.

    Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. We expect you to obtain a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) within three years if you have less than five years of teaching experience. This is provided by the TU Delft UTQ programme.
    TU Delft sets high standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. The TU Delft offers training to improve English competency. If you do not speak Dutch, we offer courses to learn the Dutch language within three years.

    Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

    For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice  to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.

    Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

    At TU Delft we embrace diversity as one of our core values  and we actively engage  to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

    Challenge. Change. Impact!

    The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment has a leading role in education and research worldwide. The driving force behind the faculty’s success is its robust research profile combined with the energy and creativity of its student body and academic community. It is buzzing with energy from early in the morning until late at night, with four thousand people studying, working, designing, conducting research and acquiring and disseminating knowledge. Our faculty has a strong focus on 'design-oriented research’, which has given it a top position in world rankings.

    Staff and students are working to improve the built environment with the help of a broad set of disciplines, including architectural design, urban planning, building technology, social sciences, process management, and geo-information science. The faculty works closely with other faculties, universities, private parties, and the public sector, and has an extensive network in the Netherlands as well as internationally.

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    For more information about this vacancy, please contact C.M. (Carola) Hein,
    e-mail: .

    For more information about the selection procedure, please contact C. (Caro) Coemans,
    e-mail: .

    The position will remain open until April 2, 2023 (local Dutch time + 2 hrs). You must apply via the "Apply now" button. Applications via e-mail will not be processed. 

    If you want to apply for this position, please submit:

    • A letter of motivation.
    • A detailed curriculum vitae.
    • Contact details of three references.
    • 1 research and 2 education (MSc level) proposals that include a summary of your area of interest, current goals, and future plans (max. 2 page A4);
    • Proof of experience with teaching Master students. 

    Please note:

    • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
    • A pre-Employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
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