Professor of Spatial Planning and Strategy

Research / Academic

The TU Delft is pleased to invite applications for a full professorship position in Spatial Planning & Strategy (SPS). The professor will be appointed at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, in the Department of Urbanism. This is a full-time appointment with a management component. The successful candidate will be expected to spend a comparable amount of time on education and research activities.
The Department of Urbanism is one of the four departments at the TU Delft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. The Department of Urbanism considers urbanism as a planning and design-oriented activity focused on the (re)making of better urban environments. The Department of Urbanism is a world leading knowledge hub for innovative urban and landscape design and research which is strongly rooted in the Delft Approach to design. This approach is research based and explicitly inter- and transdisciplinary. The mission of the department is to advance, share and apply knowledge on how to adapt the built environment to societal and environmental changes and how to apply design, planning and engineering interventions to better satisfy human needs, and to achieve fairer, healthier, and more resilient urban landscapes.
The professor will lead the teaching and research programme of the SPS section, one of 6 sections at the department and consisting of around 20 staff. In research, the professor contributes to deepening the understanding of theoretical perspectives on the nature, scope, and effects of spatial planning. The focus could be directed towards (i) international and European territorial governance and policy making, including their potential for advancing democracy building, sustainability, and spatial justice, (ii) contemporary methods of spatial planning, spatial planning instruments, spatial planning systems and regional design (interpreted as the interaction between institutional and spatial design), or (iii) territorial evidence and spatial planning impact assessment. The new professor SPS should continue to build on and further strengthen the interdisciplinary environment at the Department and adopt the ‘Delft approach’.


The successful candidate has:

  • a distinguished or very promising academic career trajectory in spatial planning, built on an academic education (PhD) in planning, urbanism, or other relevant subjects.
  • a strong academic record (in relation to their age and career path), including a sound publication and teaching record (at all levels).
  • a close familiarity with one or more of the core themes of the SPS section.
  • the ability to collaborate across disciplines and areas of practice, such as urban design, landscape architecture, environmental sciences, spatial modelling, political sciences, urban sociology, or others.
  • in-depth experience with the research process (including acquisition) through major projects.
  • experience in PhD candidate supervision.
  • an affinity with the planning practice (either directly or through research or education) and demonstrates the willingness to develop a network of academics and practitioners and create visibility in professional and public debates.
  • experience or affinity with and understanding of design, the design process and design thinking.
  • leadership experience, through managing change, team-building and collaborative working.
  • perceptive interpersonal skills to be successful in a diverse, international environment with a variety of perspectives, and is sensible to respectful intercultural communication and cooperation.
  • strong verbal and written communication skills in English and the ability to clearly communicate complex ideas to students and external partners.
  • the willingness to learn Dutch (if applicable) within a reasonable timespan.

Salary Benefits:

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.
For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.
Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. We expect you to obtain a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) within three years if you have less than five years of teaching experience. This is provided by the TU Delft UTQ programme.
TU Delft sets high standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. The TU Delft offers training to improve English competency. If you do not speak Dutch, we offer courses to learn the Dutch language.

Work Hours:

32 - 40 hours per week


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