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Assistant Professor Complexity Science for Sustainable Development

The Department of Governance and Technology for Sustainable Development (CSTM), University of Twente (UT), the Netherlands, invite applications for an Assistant Professor position in Complexity Science for Sustainable Development. The Assistant Professor will be 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, communities, cities or regions withstand, cope, adapt and continue developing in the face of gradual stress, abrupt shocks or disruptive innovations. The BMS Resilience Research Program does so by using computational methods – data analytics, agent-based modeling, gaming and visualization (see also BMS Tech4people Lab) – as research tools in developing solutions towards the UN Sustainable Development goals. An ideal candidate will share an emphasis on computational methods and sustainable urban-regional development challenges. The new Assistant Professor could also connect to 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 faculty positions at 13 faculties across the 4TU. As Assistant Professor you will have an opportunity to engage with top scientists within 4TU.Federation and the broad network of DeSIRE partners in policy and practice, with whom you could collaborate on concrete resilience challenges. Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to: energy, behavioral and governance aspects of climate mitigation, food security and droughts, natural hazards, climate change adaptation, urbanization and regional development. 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.

Job description

Your key job responsibilities include:

  • Research: collaborate within the Department, Faculty and University on developing a ‘Complexity Science for Sustainable Development’ research line, 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 teaching at different levels, contribute to existing programs and help developing them further (e.g. MSc course Multi Agent Systems; MSc Environmental and Energy Management, BSc Management, Society and Technology program and MSc Public Administration programs). 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 and ERC proposals.
  • Organization: Contribute to organizational / administrative activities and committees within the CSTM Department and the BMS Faculty.

Your Profile

  • You are a highly motivated and qualified academic who has an ambition to combine cutting edge research and innovative teaching in the rapidly evolving area of complex adaptive systems.
  • You hold a PhD degree in environmental economics, environmental sciences, statistics or computer sciences
  • You preferably have international research experience and experience as a post-doctoral researcher;
  • You have a track record in either agent-based modelling/multi-agent systems, machine learning, network science or other complex systems methods;
  • 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 in applications to climate adaptation / mitigation, urban / regional resilience, or spatial modelling is an advantage;
  • You preferably have teaching experience;
  • 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 young, talented academics an attractive career opportunity. You will be appointed as an Assistant Professor for 4 years, with a possibility of a permanent contract. By starting your career at UT, you receive an opportunity to develop as 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.
  • An engagement in 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. T.Filatova, . Please upload your application via before May 5th 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. Reviews of applications will start in April 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.