Assistant Professor Transdisciplinary approaches in geosciences for sustainable solutions

Assistant Professor Transdisciplinary approaches in geosciences for sustainable solutions

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17 Aug 7 Oct Enschede

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Job description

Geosciences play a vital role in addressing sophisticated environmental and societal challenges and are integral to transdisciplinary approaches for achieving sustainable living environments and enhancing the resilience of our society. We are committed to solving wicked global problems and addressing key sustainable development goals, in particular, Climate Action; Affordable and Clean Energy; Sustainable Cities and Communities by developing solutions for disaster resilience, sustainable mining, and energy transition. This has been translated in a series of recent initiatives, such as the Centre for Disaster Resilience (CDR) and the UT Climate Centre. In this framework, we are seeking a new member of the team to join us as Assistant Professor in Transdisciplinary Approaches in Geosciences for Sustainable Solutions.

You will develop innovative tools and approaches, and a transdisciplinary research direction within the ambitions of the Faculty, University of Twente, and the Netherlands sector of Earth and Environmental Sciences. You will also work on establishing and maintaining positive partnerships with partners in the geoscience field. This will involve working with policymakers, industry, academic institutions, NGOs, and other relevant organizations to promote sustainable practices in geosciences by using/applying citizen science, co-creation and co-production of knowledge methodologies with innovative and effective technologies (e.g. The DISC: Design and Interactive Space for Co-creating). You will build capacity in the geoscience community to promote sustainable practices and shape a generation of responsible and aware geoscientists. This may involve developing courses, training programs, workshops, and other educational initiatives in collaboration with our E-Learning Specialists and promoting the adoption of sustainable geoscience practices within the geoscience community, working with partners to develop and implement policies, guidelines, and standard processes. You will also supervise PhD candidates and MSc students including a PhD researcher directly linked to their position, and you will publish their results in scientific journals and open data platforms and cultivate a transdisciplinary approach with students in our educational programs.


University of Twente (UT)


  • A PhD degree in a relevant field of Geosciences with an interest in one or more of the areas listed above
  • Knowledge and outputs in the field area relative to career opportunity
  • Commitment to principles of Open Science and FAIR data, and principles of equity, diversity and inclusion
  • An interest in education and willingness to develop high-quality educational materials
  • Experience in supervising and mentoring students
  • Thrive in a multicultural academic environment and enjoy working in interdisciplinary and international contexts
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • A team-oriented mentality and enjoy collaborating to produce high-quality research outputs

Conditions of employment

  • An inspiring multidisciplinary, international and academic environment. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda
  • Position for initially one year (full-time), after which your position can become permanent, subject to a successful evaluation
  • Gross monthly salary between € 4,332.- and € 4,786.- (depending on experience and qualifications, job profile Assistant Professor, level 2). This is the maximum start salary with growth opportunities
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%
  • Excellent support for professional and personal development
  • A solid pension scheme
  • A total of 41 holiday days in case of full-time employment
  • Costs for moving to Enschede may be reimbursed


The Centre for Disaster Resilience (CDR), within the Faculty for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), focuses on a synergetic and common effort to increase well-being and global sustainable growth by significantly decreasing disaster risk. Please see the following links: CDR and ITC.

The CDR is committed to providing a working environment where everyone is valued, respected and supported to progress. Our priority is to ensure that no one is disadvantaged based on their ethnicity, gender, culture, disability, LGBTIQA+ identities, family and caring responsibilities, age, or religion. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria and shares the CDR’s values to apply.

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning and Geo-Information Management (PGM) carries out multi-disciplinary scientific research, education and capacity development activities that are passionate about developing, applying and analysing geo-information, Earth observation and spatiotemporal analytical tools in spatial planning, land administration and governance processes.

The department of Applied Earth Sciences (AES) combines Earth science knowledge with geospatial modelling and sophisticated earth observation, to increase our understanding of Earth systems and their interaction with society in space and time. We combine insights on hazards with information on exposure and vulnerability, to model and supervise risk to human societies, and inform actions to reduce risk and increase resilience in long-term planning, for early warning and disaster response, and in the context of post-disaster recovery and reconstruction.


  • Professor
  • Behaviour and society
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • €4332—€4786 per month
  • University graduate
  • 1383


University of Twente (UT)

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