Assistant Professor in Geography of the Digital Transition (0.8 - 1.0 FTE)

Assistant Professor in Geography of the Digital Transition (0.8 - 1.0 FTE)

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17 May 5 Jun Utrecht

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Would you like to develop original and policy-relevant research to shape a geographical perspective on the digital transition? Then read further and apply.

Job description

The Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning at Utrecht University is looking for an Assistant Professor to strengthen research and teaching around the topic Geography of the Digital Transition. Digital technologies are transforming our cities and regions in many ways, creating both opportunities (e.g. working from home) and threats (e.g. global digital divides). Digital innovations reshape the way we live and physically and socially interact. The evidence so far points to spatially uneven implications of the digital transition, with some people and places being able to reap the benefits of this transition and others lagging behind. Likewise, digital innovations open new opportunities (e.g., improved access to urban services or regional career opportunities) for some population segments, while also potentially excluding other groups.
Examples of research topics include the local participation in digital platforms, the impact of artificial intelligence on local jobs and companies, the potential benefits and risks of digital technologies on people’s mobility, health and social inclusion in urban vs non-urban areas, the impact of working from home on the organisation and design of cities and their services, the spatial impact on socio-economic inequalities within and between regions and people, and the place-specific interplay between the digital and green transition.

As an Assistant Professor in Geography of the Digital Transition you will develop original and policy-relevant research to shape a geographical perspective on the digital transition. In addition, you will also be involved in teaching in our educational programmes. You will be working in inter-disciplinary teams.


Utrecht University


We believe in a balance between individual and collective achievements. That’s why we assess both on individual and team performance, We stimulate inclusive academic leadership at all levels.

We are looking for a colleague who meets the following criteria:

  • You hold a PhD in Geography or related relevant disciplines;
  • You have teaching and research experience in topics related to this general theme; 
  • You have an open and collaborative attitude and are able to work comfortably at the intersection between economic and urban geography;
  • You have strong quantitative methodological skills;
  • You have expertise in working with large datasets and/or data collection via surveys;
  • You have experience in publishing as a ( lead)  author in international peer-reviewed journals;
  • You know how to acquire external research funding (in any role);
  • You have  inter-disciplinary research skills;
  • You are able to work both independently and in a team;
  • You have a  University Teaching Qualification or are willing to acquire one within two years;
  • You are proficient in English ( level C1) and willing to acquire Dutch language skills. We believe that understanding and speaking Dutch makes it easier to connect with colleagues. Therefore we offer free language courses.

Conditions of employment

We offer a position (0.8 - 1.0 FTE) for a period of 18 months in an international working environment with the prospect of permanent employment. Upon good performance, according to the faculty’s performance indicators, the position will become permanent after 18 months.

You will receive guidance for your teaching and research tasks and training and support regarding the acquisition of external funds. We will support you in developing your academic career.  The Faculty of Geosciences has a professional career and promotion policy. In addition, you will have access to all equipment in our state of the art laboratory infrastructure.

The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience  - ranges between €3,974 and €5,439 (scale 11 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year.

We encourage you to grow and support work life balance. That’s why Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave, sports and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here.


Sharing science, shaping tomorrow. A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major strategic themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Pathways to Sustainability. You can watch the Utrecht University Campus Tour to get an impression of our university.

Utrecht University's Faculty of Geosciences studies the Earth: from the Earth's core to its surface, including man's spatial and material utilisation of the Earth - always with a focus on sustainability and innovation. With 3,400 students (BSc and MSc) and 720 staff, the faculty is a strong and challenging organisation. The Faculty of Geosciences is organised in four Departments: Earth Sciences, Human Geography & Spatial Planning, Physical Geography, and Sustainable Development.

The Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning has its focus on the enhancement of long-term economic developments of cities, how to cope with social inequalities, and how to accelerate sustainability transitions of cities and infrastructures. Research on these topics takes place within our research programme “Urban Futures: Transitions Towards Economic and Social Sustainability for Cities”.

Our research programme is the basis for our two year Research Master's programme Human Geography, the two-year Geographical Information Management and Applications Programme, and the one-year Master's programmes in Spatial Planning, Human Geography and International Development Studies. The Department also runs a large and highly appreciated Bachelor's programme and is part of the Netherlands Graduate School of Urban and Regional Research for PhD candidates. Unique characteristic of the department are the attention for innovations within teaching methods and its strong involvement in the transdisciplinary sustainability research theme. 


  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Behaviour and society
  • 28—40 hours per week
  • €3974—€5439 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 1209999



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