Gluon Researcher Resilient Delta Initiative/SPRING

Gluon Researcher Resilient Delta Initiative/SPRING

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Are you an intellectually curious, emphatic team-player who wants to understand social resilience in deprived neighbourhoods? Do you have a knack for integration of knowledge while others to focus on specialist research outputs? You may be the world's second gluon researcher.

Job description

The gluon researcher is a new research profile, proposed by the methodology-theme of Resilient Delta Initiative (RDI) of the Convergence Alliance. Named after the gluon particle from Physics, the purpose of the gluon researcher is to bridge the coordination and integration-deficit in multidisciplinary knowledge consortia affiliated with RDI. By doing so, collaborative learning between fields of expertise is secured and accelerated, and interdisciplinary scientific advance in the domain of delta resilience pursued.

As one of the world's first gluon researchers, you will produce a new scientific deliverable called the convergence-report. The convergence report establishes notions across fields of expertise on health and well-being in deprived neighbourhoods in a shared language, that can be used as a holistic, interdisciplinary point of departure for follow-up research. To do so, you propose and implement methodological interventions that seek knowledge integration between fields of expertise in the SPRING-consortium. SPRING is a transdisciplinary consortium that combines knowledge of universities, municipality, inhabitants and more in Rotterdam South. You identify and assess the performance of these integration-methods with an expanding team of gluon researchers within Resilient Delta Initiative's Methodology Team, that includes a gluon colleague in the ReDesigning Deltas-consortium. Within the SPRING consortium itself, you will be responsible for delivering an iterative series of integration reports that culminate in convergence report. The substantiation and validation of the notions in the report takes place together with colleagues in SPRING.

As a gluon researcher, you will familiarize yourself with a large variety of fields of expertise regarding deprived neigbourhoods and actively experiment with methods for knowledge integration. Ideally, you have worked in the domain of social and health studies or urban studies. You feel comfortable in multidisciplinary and experimental environments and care for colleagues and their motives. But most of all, you are an intellectually curious, conceptually strong, independent thinker, who combines a capacity to listen with a tenacity to establish connections between people and their expertise.The position provides you with a great opportunity to satisfy your intellectual curiosity without narrowing your scope all too soon, and can be used to expand the gluon role to other knowledge consortia within RDI.    


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


  • MSc in Urbanism, and/or sociology, urban geography, or fields of expertise related to the domain of deprived neigbourhoods. A PhD is recommended but not required;
  • Emphatic, team-oriented, keen to collaborate; good listener;
  • Conceptually strong, intellectually curious, tenacious, pro-active;
  • Experience with and/or interest in inter- and transdisciplinarity (ITD) and spatial design processes;
  • Preferably has worked at the interface of academia with practice;
  • Excellent oral and writing (jargon-free) skills in English, understanding and speaking Dutch is an advantage.  

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 24 months.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The salary is min. €3.974,- to max. €5.439,- gross per month (salary scale 11; depending on the experience and education level of the candidate). Besides the salary you also receive an annual holiday payment of 8% and an end of year bonus payment of 8.3%.

The position has a fixed-term contract of 24 months.

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

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!


Faculty Architecture & the Built Environment

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.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment.

Department of Urbanism
The Department of Urbanism in the Faculty of Architecture conducts education and research in the fields of Urbanism, Landscape Architecture, and Geo-information. The department uses the Delft approach, an multidisciplinary and integrated approach that combines urban design, spatial planning, landscape architecture, environment technology, urban studies and geo-information. The department has a very good reputation worldwide in the field of research and education. Urbanism is best known for its 'unity of urbanism', which combines the creativity of design with scientific research methods. This combination is highly regarded in professional practice, research and education.


  • Research, development, innovation
  • Engineering
  • 19—24 hours per week
  • €3974—€5439 per month
  • University graduate
  • TUD02910


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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