Post-doc in The Department of Human Geography

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 15 Jul 2022

Competition number 55.2022.ZGSE.WNZKS of June 15, 2022

Department: Department of Human Geography, Institute of Geography and Regional Development
Position: Post-doc
Type of position: research
Research area / discipline: social and economic geography and spatial management
Vacancies/positions: 1
Deadline for submitting documents: July 15, 2022
The expected date of the results: July-August 2022
Estimated job starting date: July-August 2022
Type of contract: full time, employment contract
Estimated period of employment: July-August 2022 – January 2025
Renumeration (around per mounth): 7296 PLN–7864 PLN, gross

Long-term nature of suburbanization around large cities in Poland (

One of the most spectacular socio-economic phenomena is the suburbanization occurring nowadays in the surroundings of large cities in Poland and in other countries in Central and Eastern Europe. The changes occurring in suburban zones are the subject of scientific research, deliberations of planners and local authorities, and media reports. Suburbanization in this project is understood as a stage of urban development and occurs when suburban areas grow at the expense of the city center, resulting from urban sprawl. One of the aims of the project is to draw attention to the question that in fact suburbanization processes in Poland are nothing new. The development of suburbs is a phenomenon typical for each development stage of large cities, so the origins of this process should be sought much earlier than in the 1890s, in the industrial era, or even in the Middle Ages.

The main objective of the project is to identify the suburbanization processes around large cities in Poland from the early 19th century to the late 1980s. The aforementioned period is identified as a preliminary stage for suburbanization processes occurring nowadays, initiated with the political and socio-economic transformation after 1989. It was assumed that contemporary transformations occurring around large Polish cities have entered the area of suburban zones that differ in the original structure of the settlement network and in the degree of advancement of suburbanization processes in earlier periods. The temporal scope of the project was divided into five periods, covering the years: [1] 1800-1841, [2] 1842-1880, [3] 1880-1918, [4] 1918-1945, [5] 1945-1989. The periods defined in such way are intended to correspond to the advancement of urbanization processes and to the successive milestones in the development of transport, which are the main driving force for socio-economic change.

At this point, one could ask what new contributions this project makes. In scientific terms, it provides a better understanding of the long-term nature and spatial effects of suburbanization in the surroundings of large cities, as well as the essence of this process. This is so important, because looking at the spontaneity, dynamics and scale of transformations occurring today in suburban zones, one cannot help thinking that this process is out of control. However, we intend to consider to what extent the suburbanization processes occurring nowadays are similar to the transformations that the suburban zones were already subjected to earlier (before 1989), and at the same time, whether the understanding of these processes and their effects may constitute a remedy for the spatial development of the suburbs today, including the reduction of the spatial chaos in the suburban zone.

One of the outcomes of the project is to be a website (, which will contain the most important information about the project, the results of the research, and provide a platform for exchange for people working on the issues of suburbanization and suburban zones. A series of popular science webinars is also planned, during which the results of research conducted during the project will be presented. It also seems that our research will serve as a starting point for further studies on the development of suburban zones, for example by applying for a project with an international research team that will focus on the phenomenon of suburbanization and its spatial effects historically throughout Central and Eastern Europe.


  • In the research area:
    – analysis of planning documents
    – conceptual works
    – field research
    – spatial analysis
    – geostatistical analysis (GIS)
    – morphological analysis
    – statistic data analysis
  • In the organisational area:
    – preparation of scientific publications
    – presentation of project results at scientific conferences
    – participation in research team meetings
  • The candidate is required to:

  • Doctoral degree in architecture and urban planning.
  • Education in the spatial of urban planning.
  • Minimum one publication in a journal of international importance (from the JCR list).
  •  The application for the call should include:

  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Personal questionnaire of the person applying for employment (download Personal data form ).
  • A photocopy of the diploma certifying the academic degree of habilitated doctor.
  • Written declaration that in case of employment of a candidate, the University of Wrocław will be his or her primary place of work (download Workplace statemen t).
  • Declaration as to the discipline in which the candidate will conduct research, and in the case of people conducting research in more than one discipline: the percentage of their involvement in each of these disciplines (download Scientific discipline declaration ).
  • Self-presentation containing the characteristics of the scientific and teaching experiences as well as the description of other achievements. Self-presentation clearly indicating how the candidate meets the call requirements, referring separately to the criterion of scientific activity, the criterion of international cooperation and the criterion of organizational activity.
  • List of scientific publications of the candidate for a period not exceeding 10 years with the number of citations (without self-citations).
  • Electronic versions of the two most important publications that the candidate considers representative of his or her scientific achievements, or an explanation of the lack of them, assuming that the Chairman of the Recruitment Committee may expect all or selected scientific publications or other documents to be submitted.
  • Submitted CV should include the following note: “I consent, within the meaning of Articles 4 and 7 of RODO, i.e. Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation) (Official Journal of the EU L of 4.05.2016, pp. 1-88), to the processing of my personal data by the University of Wrocław, pl. Uniwersytecki 1, 50-137 Wrocław, for the purpose of recruitment for employment at the University of Wrocław. I am aware that the consent given may be withdrawn at any time in a manner appropriate to its giving.”

    Documents should be sent only in electronic form to the following address:  with the heading„post-doc.55.2022.ZGSE.WNZKS”.

    Additional information can be obtained from the PI: Robert Szmytkie (e-mail address: )

    Additional information:

  • The University of Wrocław reserves the right to contact only selected candidates.
  • Selected candidates may be required to undergo an interview by means of electronic communication allowing audio and video transmission.
  • The University of Wrocław reserves the right to close the competition without selecting a candidate.
  • The University of Wrocław reserves the right to cancel the competition.
  • The University of Wrocław does not provide housing.
  • Information clause for people participating in the recruitment process:

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