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Assistant/Associate Professor (Tenure Track) Governing Resilience of the RURBAN Metropolis

The Department of Governance and Technology for Sustainable Development (CSTM), University of Twente (UT) and the 4TU.Federation strategic program on ‘Designing Systems for Informed Resilience Engineering’ (DeSIRE), the Netherlands, invite applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate Professor position in Governing Resilience of integrated RURBAN areas. Modern societies are confronted with a growing number of shocks leading to large-scale disruptions, ranging from extreme weather events to societal unrest. Rapid urbanization worldwide leads to the emergence of conglomerations and ‘networks’ of large and small cities, urbanized and rural regions—beyond the (mega) city. In those conglomerations, decentralized learning and constant adaptation among various actors foster resilience and technology for sustainable development. Urban and regional transformations add a spatial technological dimension (in delta’s, regions, towns, villages, agglomerations) to the transdisciplinary and cross-sectoral study of public governance for resilience. Such an approach would link innovative, systemic, and technology-driven resilience assessments and strategies (e.g. ‘smart regions’, ‘intelligent villages’, ‘digital delta’s’, computational ‘big data policy centers’) to behavioral and institutional perspectives on civic engagement, communal participation and common pool resource management.

The tenure track position is embedded within the Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS) and will be part of the BMS Resilience Research Program. The latter unites researchers from various social sciences with a shared focus on technology and computational methods to explore how individuals, organizations, communities, cities and regions withstand, cope, learn, adapt and continue developing in the face of gradual stress, abrupt shocks or disruptive innovation. The BMS Resilience Research Program does so by treating modern technology both as a research tool (VR; Data analytics, new statistics, (remote) sensing, GIS, agent-based modeling, gaming and visualization; the BMS Tech4people Lab), as well as the context of and vehicle for newly emerging societal challenges and opportunities for design, engineering and policy action in producing resilient solutions in the light of the UN Sustainable Development goals. Moreover, CSTM offers an opportunity to collaborate with Ministries and international partners (in Europe, USA, Asia) in the domain of flood risk management and resilient coastal cities.

The new Assistant/Associate Professor will also be part of the 4TU.Federation strategic research program on resilience of social-technical-environmental systems ‘Designing Systems for Informed Resilience Engineering’ (DeSIRE). The DeSIRE strategic research program of the 4 technical universities of the Netherlands opens 16 new tenure track positions at 13 faculties across the 4TU. The new Tenure Trackers will conduct excellent research of societal value and set-up and contribute to inspiring educational programs on resilience governance. You will be working in a team of top scientists and will have the opportunity to engage with our broad network of partners in policy and practice on concrete resilience challenges.

Job description

As a young scholar who aspires to become an academic leader in your field, you have an opportunity to establish an independent research line in the emerging area of Governing Resilience. Your key job responsibilities include:

  • Research: develop a ‘Resilience Governance’ research line within the Department, Faculty and University, resulting in high quality journal publications and national and international scholarly visibility. (Co-)supervise PhD students towards a successful completion and disseminate research outcomes at internationally leading conferences.
  • Education: undertake research-led teaching at different levels, contribute to existing courses (e.g. MSc Environmental and Energy Management, BSc Management, Society and Technology, and MSc Public Administration) and develop new courses. Supervise BSc and MSc students.
  • Valorization: attract research funding individually and collaboratively to underpin high quality research and the potential for an impact beyond academia. Proactive engagement with governmental organizations and private sector is encouraged. UT provides support with preparing VENI/VIDI/VICI and ERC proposals.
  • Organization: Contribute to organizational / administrative activities and committees within the CSTM Department and the BMS Faculty. You will form collaborations with other members of the DeSIRE program where building resilience is a long-term objective. 

Your Profile

You are highly motivated and qualified academic who has an ambition to develop an internationally acknowledged and recognized research group on resilience governance. Ideally, you share an interest in technology and local self-governance, as well as governance assessment models and sustainable urban-rural development challenges. Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to: climate resilient cities, spatial planning, integrated area development, European/regional/local governance.

  • You hold a PhD degree in Public Administration, Political Science or a related discipline within social or sustainability sciences;
  • You preferably have international research experience;
  • You have experience as a post-doctoral researcher (for Assistant Professor level) / you have several years of experience working as an Assistant Professor (for Associate Professor level);
  • You are have a strong interest in driving a research agenda that contributes solutions to Sustainable Development Goals;
  • You deliver high quality research as proven by your publication record in peer-review journals;
  • Experience with computational methods – including GIS, data analytics, complexity science, text mining, social media analysis and others – in applications to governance and (comparative) policy assessments is an advantage;
  • You have a passion for teaching at BSc and MSc levels, have experience in delivering academic courses and/or course programs;
  • You have good mentoring skills to (co-)supervise BSc, MSc and PhD projects;
  • Experience in acquiring grants will strengthen your application;
  • You have good communication and presentation skills, and an excellent command of English.

Our Offer

We offer talented academics a clear and attractive career path. You will be appointed on the tenure track for a maximum of 5 years. After the successful completion of this track you will continue in a permanent position, with the prospect of becoming an Associate/Full Professor. During your career at UT, you will have the opportunity to develop into an internationally acknowledged and recognized academic. An employment at the UT entitles you to:

  • Salary in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities;
  • Generous social security package, including minimum of 29 holidays per year; a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary; a year-end bonus of 8.3%; a solid pension scheme and possibilities to save up for a sabbatical leave;
  • Professional and personal improvement programs, including mentoring;
  • UT offers an attractive benefits package, including a reduced rate for health insurance and access to sports facilities at work. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. There is a childcare located in the middle of the UT’s green campus and there is an international primary school in town.
  • Being part of the strategic DeSIRE capacity building program, offers a unique opportunity to develop your research line within the network of academic scholars and practitioners focused on resilience, an opportunity to organize events and initialize projects that have an impact.

 Information and application:

For more information please contact Prof.dr Rene Torenvlied r.torenvlied@utwente.nl , Prof.dr Michiel Heldeweg m.a.heldeweg@utwente.nl or  Prof.dr. T.Filatova, t.filatova@utwente.nl . Please send your application package to Ms Barbera van Dalm b.vandalm-grobben@utwente.nl before June 20th 2019. Your application should include (1) a motivation letter clearly stating how you meet the selection criteria and also outlining your research and teaching interests, (2) a detailed CV with the full publications list, (3) a two-page statement with your personal vision on research and teaching, and (4) names and contact information of 3 references. The interview session will take place on July 2nd . Reviews of applications will continue until the position is filled.