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We are looking for an Assistant or Associate Professor (AP) in Spatial Planning. The AP will contribute to the scientific exploration and evaluation of spatial processes and the role of spatial interventions in the form of plans and policies. She or he will be teaching both in the Bachelor's and Master's study programmes Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning. Specifically, the AP will coordinate and teach the interdisciplinary planning atelier for MSc students, and contribute to other courses about concepts and approaches in spatial planning. The AP will supervise BSc and MSc theses and contribute to other teaching related activities. The AP is expected to have a research profile capable of attracting PhD students and external funding, as well as to further improve the (international) profile of the Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning Group.
Wageningen University & Research
We expect the candidate to:
- be a responsible, organizationally-sensitive team player
- be willing to take part in general tasks and activities of the chair group
- have a demonstrated ability to acquire research funding
- show a publication record that is in line with the number of active research years
- have strong didactic skills and with experience in course development
- have a demonstrated affinity with environmental sciences
- actively participate in (inter)national academic and professional networks
- have excellent communicative and writing skills
- hold a PhD in spatial planning or a related discipline
Conditions of employment
A (38 hours per week) Tenure Track position in which you will be given the chance to build up your own research line. Training and coaching are provided and interdisciplinary (international) cooperation is stimulated. Performance is evaluated every three years, and a positive evaluation will result in a permanent position after 6 years. Salary depends on knowledge and experience. Maximum salary amounts to € 4.852,- a month (gross) (scale 11) based on a full-time employment for an assistant professor, and € 5978,- a month (scale 13) for an associate professor.
Wageningen University & Research
The Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning group at WUR studies how deliberate modifications to landscape features or processes contribute to the quality of life. The societal challenges addressed by the group include climate adaptation, transitions in the countryside, and urban developments. Many of these challenges are manifested within landscapes, which are broadly understood as complex socio-ecological systems that require comprehensive planning and design solutions. We devise such solutions through evidence-based design and responsive planning approaches, validated in practice. This entails that designing, as a research method, is applied and evaluated based on scientific criteria. Similarly, responsive planning approaches are used to understand and stimulate the socio-economic performance of landscapes, and to mitigate negative environmental consequences of land use. The research topics identified by the group as timely and challenging include climate adaptation of metropolitan deltas, rural revitalization, the energy transition, landscape quality, and rural-urban migration. Moreover, the group has a specific focus on metropolitan landscapes, in which cities are situated in a matrix of densely populated and intersected agricultural and (semi-)natural areas.
We are embedded in the department of Environmental Sciences of Wageningen University. The department provides fundamental research and academic education on our living environment: nature, landscape, water, climate, and land use, which the Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning group taps into for providing practical, nature-based solutions for urgent societal challenges.