PhD in the LDE PortCityFutures

PhD in the LDE PortCityFutures

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8 Oct 1 Dec Delft

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Under the auspices of the Chair of History of Architecture and Urban Planning in the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of Delft University of Technology, the Leiden Delft Erasmus (LDE) Research Program PortCityFutures, offers a PhD position focused on developing a socio-spatial and GIS-based methodology to assess and compare the quality of spatial, social and cultural relationships (maritime mindsets) in port city regions around the North Sea.

The PhD candidate will focus on the spatial component of the port city region analysis and use deep mapping as an approach to connect the expertise of scholars in the LDE consortium (anthropology, geography, history, business). He/she will collaborate with a postdoc in Leiden and a PhD student at Erasmus University as well as with the faculty members involved in the PortCityFutures research program. Socio-spatial mapping will serve both as an analytical tool and a foundation for design and policy making. Our project uses the Rotterdam The Hague area as point of departure for a thorough comparative investigation of port city regions around the North Sea. In the longer term, we wish to then expand our methodology to the Mediterranean and other areas.


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


The candidate will have a degree (MSc or equivalent) in a spatial science (urbanism, planning, architecture, geography, historical geography, urban history, planning history, architectural history) with advanced knowledge of GIS. The candidate will ideally have a good grasp on languages spoken around the North Sea or a demonstrated capacity to quickly lean languages (notably: English, French, Dutch, German).

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: Temporary, 4 years.

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.

Coming to Delft Service organizes diverse events for new international employees and their accompanying partners, like Partner Career Workshops and Dutch Culture Workshops. Located on campus are the International Children’s Centre and an international primary school which are subject to availability as well as several bilingual schools in the nearby surrounding.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, disciplinerelated and research skills. Please visit for more information.


Technische Universiteit Delft

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

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 faculty has a budget of around €38 million, of which approximately €7 million is sourced indirectly and from contracts with third parties.

The department of Architecture provides education and conducts research at an internationally competitive level of excellence in the fields of architecture and architectural design. Education and research are closely interconnected by the perspective of social relevance.

The Chair History of Architecture and Urban Planning explores the long-term development of the built environment. Research and teaching of the faculty covers a broad range of theoretical and methodological approaches, temporal and geographical specializations.

Knowledge of the past, and the spaces it has created, is an important prerequisite for designing the future. The LDE PortCityFutures research program aims at interdisciplinary research and the integration of spatial, social and soft values of port city regions, as defined by economic developments, public-private interaction (governance) and spatial relations. More information on: .


  • PhD
  • Engineering
  • 36—40 hours per week
  • max. €2325 per month
  • University graduate
  • BK2019/26


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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