Assistant Professor Urbanism and Urban Architecture

Research / Academic


In the Department of the Built Environment there is a position available for an Assistant Professor in the chair of Urbanism and Urban Architecture (UUA). The Department offers a comprehensive, research-oriented Master of Science (MSc.) degree program within the broad field of the Built Environment. Graduates go on to work in diverse professional areas, such as architecture, urban design and planning, building physics, installation techniques, construction, real estate management and building production.

The department is also a research institute comprising various laboratories and four research programs in which high-level research is conducted. The unit AUDE has its own research program Living Cities focused on the evolutionary development of the existing city and region, taking into account both its historical path dependencies as well as tomorrows societal challenges.

The Urbanism and Urban Architecture (UUA) chair group is in charge of education and carries out research on spatial design and planning of the city and the urban region. The focus lies on the sustainable (re-)development of the existing Western European cities, both concerning the higher levels of the urbanized network region as well as the lower levels of its urbanistic and architectonic composition.

The strategic research agenda of the chair focuses on three clusters: 1) healthy cities, active mobility and public space design; 2) smart city technology, participation and place making; 3) urban morphology, spatial biographies and contextual design. All three closely connected to the Smart City Program (SCP) initiated by our faculty to study the potential of data-analytics, persuasive technologies and social commons in improving the urban living environment and the quality of life in tomorrow's cities. This research program is closely connected to the chairs educational program, especially in the master through research driven seminars, design studios and graduations studios.

One of the focuses of the chair's research being in Healthy cities, it is actively participating in numerous related research networks, both within the TU/e (The Smart City Program theme on Smart Healthy Urban Space, the strategic research area Smart Health, Quantified Self) as well as (inter-) nationally (Platform Gezond Ontwerp, the Vitality Alliance). The candidate will have a major role in the expansion of our Smart Healthy City Research portfolio, and therefore the chair is looking for a candidate whose interest and track record in the field of teaching and research is related to the issues regarding Healthy Cities (connected with Smart Cities).


Within the Urbanism and Urban Architecture chair group, the Assistant Professor will contribute to both education and research. Time allocation is distributed evenly between these duties.


Within the Built Environment program, the Assistant Professor will be involved both in the education part of the Bachelor's major in Design as well as in the Master' track in Urban Design and Planning (UDP). Especially in the master track UDP, the interaction between research and design, between theory and practice is central, both on the level of the architectonic composition of the city, the city plan, and that of the region. The assistant professor will be responsible for conducting seminars, design studios and graduation studios in the bachelor and master, bridging research and design, as well as for two core master courses: Public Domain (on place making, public space design and the socio-political dimensions of the public domain) and Urban Planet (on the transnational exchange of practices and discourses on urban planning with a focus on how urbanization is shaped in the global south and north).


The candidate will play an important role in the research program, both in terms of acquisition, organization and the execution of research projects. The candidate will act as program manager of the Healthy Cities research portfolio and will perform this task in close collaboration with the chair holder. Research and design are seen as complementary knowledge-generating activities, which bring together spatial, sociological, socio-scientific and technical knowledge. The tension between empiricism, discourse and practice is examined critically. An international orientation goes without saying, as well as a broad interest in the disciplinary diversity of urban design and planning as well as urban architecture.


We are looking for a candidate who is preferably trained as an urban designer and planner, with a PhD on a relevant subject for this position.

The candidate is required to have:
  • a qualification in Urban Design or in one of the urban studies (geographer, urban sociologist, spatial economist or urban historian);

  • a PhD within a relevant field of study or awaiting the results;
  • conducted for several years academic research;
  • published the research in international journals and on conferences;
  • experience in the acquisition and organization of research projects and programs;
  • a broad orientation in urbanism and urban architecture and the various subfields, being well-informed about recent developments in this field at an international level;
  • relevant work experience in the practice of urban design and planning, whether as urban planner, policy adviser or publicist.

  • access to adequate networks in science and practice;
  • proven didactic qualities and the ability to pass on knowledge and skills to students;
  • using rigorous scientific approaches to problems of applied relevance;
  • is willing to work on education and research within a team.
    It is recommended when the candidate:

  • has relevant experience in the field of healthy cities, active mobility and public space design
  • has teaching experience giving courses in urban design aspects, discourses and practices

  • Salary Benefits:

    A challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious university

    We offer a temporary appointment for 5 days a week (1,0 fte) for five years in a 'development track' (tenure track). The development track can lead to a permanent appointment with the prospect of becoming associate professor. This track provides young and talented scientists with the opportunity to grow into an internationally acknowledged academic. Based upon performance indicators (appointment criteria) agreed on at the start of your appointment, and a positive advices of the appointment advisory committee, a decision will be made in the final year whether or not to offer you a permanent (tenured) position.

    We offer support to your professional and personal development. You will be enrolled into a program to acquire the University Teaching Qualification (BKO) within 3 years. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to participate in the training Academic Leadership for Assistant Professors.

    Gross monthly salaries are in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO NU). Salary is based on knowledge and experience and is at least € 3, 637 up to a max. of € 4,978 gross per month (salary scale 11) at a fulltime appointment; plus 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year allowance. Besides that the TU/e provides an attractive package of fringe benefits (including excellent work facilities, child care and excellent sport facilities).

    International candidates may be eligible to apply for the 30% facility (a tax free reimbursement of extraterritorial costs).
    Work Hours:

    38 hours per week


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