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Job: Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in Spatial Planning

9 December 2016 , Deadline for applications. Envisioned starting date 1 October 2017.

Work at Cosmopolis! We have a vacancy for an assistant professor position in spatial planning. The selected candidate will be hired in the rank of assistant professor for an initial appointment of five years, with eligibility for tenure in the rank of associate professor at the end of this initial period.

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The selected candidate will contribute to teaching in urban design and spatial planning at Master and Bachelor level, in Dutch and English programmes. Teaching is situated in the domain of spatial planning including theory and practice of planning, planning and society, land use planning and growth management and research papers in urban design and spatial planning. The teaching assignment includes teaching evening and weekend courses. The selected candidate will also be partner in new curricula development in collaboration with existing programmes.

She/he will take up a leading position in the activities of the research group Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research, and will develop new research initiatives within that framework. Research in the Cosmopolis group is broadly focused on urban social, economic and cultural change in the context of globalisation, urbanisation and rescaling. The selected candidate is expected to develop the spatial planning track in Cosmopolis. Cosmopolis is particularly concerned with these issues in the Brussels metropolitan area and comparable contexts around the globe. The Cosmopolis research agenda combines fundamental research with consultancy and policy oriented research.

The selected candidate will be encouraged to interact with other research groups within and outside the department and the university, in the framework of existing collaboration agreements such as the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies, the Brussels Studies Institute, or in the context of new collaboration initiatives. In addition, an international positioning of the research is expected, via international publications and participation in international research projects and/or networks. She/he is expected to initiate and lead research projects and to supervise MSc and PhD projects in the field of spatial planning within the Department of Geography. The selected candidate will also participate in management activities of the department and faculty and will take part in consultancy activities and science popularization.

Job requirements:

As a formal minimum requirement, applicants must hold a PhD awarded on the basis of an original thesis. This PhD is situated in a field relevant for spatial planning, such as (but not exclusively) geography, engineering, urban design and spatial planning, architecture, transport, … Substantial international postdoctoral experience is preferred. 

The applicants should have excellent teaching skills and should be able to motivate students. The applicants should have a strong research record in spatial planning, as demonstrated by scientific publications in that domain, and is expected to be involved in international networks. She/he has the capacity to define new research strategies and provide innovative leadership. Experience in planning practice, and/or research and consultancy for public authorities is highly valued.

Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. Every first appointment is dependent upon the successful delivery of a teaching session. The position requires proof of language skills in English and Dutch.

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