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Assistant Professor of Institutional Rurban Sustainability Studies M/V

Job description

The Department of Technology, Policy and Society (TPS), section of Governance and Technology for Sustainability (CSTM) at the University of Twente (UT) is seeking an assistant professor who is able to expand our knowledge and expertise in the sustainability of rurban systems, especially with regard to the role of institutions (such as laws, regulations, policies, networks and boundary organizations).

The Challenge

The increasing interrelatedness of urban and rural areas (urban sprawl) leads to ‘rurban squeeze’, and potentially to inertia, rivalries and inequity. The sustainability impacts of these developments are in need of further study. Hence we seek a new colleague to study the role of institutions (systems of rules that structure social organization) in rurban systems, with a focus upon how to reach out for sustainable and resilient rurban systems. The domain of production and consumption should be of interest to you, as well as the ambition to reach out for a bio- circular economy. All this should offer perspective upon more effective governance systems and contribute to ‘Rurban Innovations’, a strategic research and teaching focus of the TPS department on which it envisions to offer intelligence to society.

Your profile

  • A PhD degree in one of the mentioned disciplinary or other relevant fields;
  • A creative and entrepreneurial researcher with experience in qualitative and quantitative methods, as well as interventionist approaches with societal engagement;
  • Experience in relevant research and design in the sustainability and resilience domain;
  • A strong publication and presentation record in peer-reviewed international journals, book chapters and outreach activities;
  • Experience in teaching at an internationally accredited university;
  • Excellent communication and networking skills and a proven talent to collaborate in interdisciplinary settings;
  • Proficient in English (C2 level);
  • In possession of a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ), or willingness to acquire it.

We expect that you will move to the Netherlands, to the region where the university is located or to a region from which a daily commute is feasible.

Are you up for the challenge to improve the world with your research as well as teaching? Then apply now!

Our offer

We offer a fulltime position for four years with prospects for a permanent position. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda. The starting salary, depending on your experience, ranges between €3.746 to €5.826 gross per month (in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). In addition, the UT offers additional attractive employment conditions (8% holiday allowance, 8.3% end-of-year bonus, solid pension scheme, sabbatical leave, professional and personal development programs, etc.). As for the international applicants, they are likely to qualify for a low 30% tax regime.

Information and application

We encourage you to discuss ideas about this position with dr. K.R.D. Lulofs, e-mail: k.r.d.lulofs@utwente.nl. Please submit your application before June 21st, 2021, and include:

  • A cover letter of at most 1.5 page A4, including a brief emphasizing your specific interest, qualifications and motivation to apply for this position; 
  • A full Curriculum Vitae, including the title of your dissertation and contact information for at least two academic references; 
  • A publication list.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our university. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

About the department

At CSTM, we focus on assessing and optimizing governance, emphasizing sustainable development, environmental quality and resilience, social inclusiveness, and (technological) innovation. CSTM roots back to 1988 and consists of a multidisciplinary team with expertise in Policy studies & transition; Law & regulation, and Geographic economics. CSTM scholars practice research that is evidenced based, theoretically grounded, applied, interdisciplinary and multi-methodological. Across the past decades, CSTM has focused upon the policy domains of water, energy, climate change and responsible production and consumption.

While continuing to do so, CSTM’s attention will, in the coming years include the nexus challenge, the occurring tension between societal claims upon water, energy, food and land, within relevant socio ecological systems and the rurban challenge: the increasing urban populations and urban sprawl that influences rural areas, comes with nexus tensions, can lead to inequities and calls for spatio-social sustainability analysis and design (wherein bio-circular economy, energy and water are integrated).

About the organization

The Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS) aims to play a pivotal role in understanding, co-engineering and evaluating innovation in society. Innovation is driven by advances in technology. By means of 'social engineering', we are here to integrate these advances in society. As a people-first tech university, we align these advances with the needs and behaviour of humans. We ensure proper public and private management as well as robust, inclusive and fair organisational structures. The faculty of BMS does this by developing, transferring and applying high-quality knowledge of Psychology, Business Administration, Public Administration, Communication Science, Philosophy, Educational Science, and Health Sciences. Our research and education in these disciplines is challenge-based. The BMS research programmes are directly linked to our research institutes: Mesa+ Institute for Nanotechnology, the TechMed Centre and the Digital Society Institute.
As an employer, the BMS Faculty offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With our Faculty, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customizable conditions.

University of Twente (UT)

University of Twente (UT) has entered the new decade with an ambitious, new vision, mission and strategy. As ‘the ultimate people-first university of technology' we are rapidly expanding on our High Tech Human Touch philosophy and the unique role it affords us in society. Everything we do is aimed at maximum impact on people, society and connections through the sustainable utilisation of science and technology. We want to contribute to the development of a fair, digital and sustainable society through our open, inclusive and entrepreneurial attitude. This attitude permeates everything we do and is present in every one of UT's departments and faculties. Building on our rich legacy in merging technical and social sciences, we focus on five distinguishing research domains: Improving healthcare by personalised technologies; Creating intelligent manufacturing systems; Shaping our world with smart materials; Engineering our digital society; and Engineering for a resilient world.

As an employer, University of Twente offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With us, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customisable conditions.

Assistant Professor of Institutional Rurban Sustainability Studies M/V
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