Assistant Professor Environmental Planning (0.8-1.0 FTE)


Faculty of Spatial Sciences


University of Groningen

The Faculty of Spatial Sciences of the University of Groningen is looking for an Assistant Professor in the field of Environmental Planning.
The Faculty of Spatial Sciences consists of approximately 100 members of staff, 100 PhD students and around 1000 undergraduate students. We focus on high quality teaching and research in the fields of social and economic geography, demography, and spatial planning. With a single collective research theme of 'towards Wellbeing, Innovation and Spatial Transformation' (tWIST), it is our mission to produce research which is world-leading, distinctive, and policy-relevant. With two bachelor and eight master programmes, we provide a wide range of courses within the fields of geography and spatial sciences.

The Department of Spatial Planning and Environment of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences is looking for an Assistant Professor in the field of Environmental Planning.

The Department of Spatial Planning and Environment has 22 members of staff and 25 PhD candidates. The Department offers a vibrant academic environment with an international staff and extensive experience in working within international research projects. Its research is centered on institutional design for purposeful interventions within the human environment. The Department contributes to the bachelor programmes of Spatial Planning & Design and Human Geography & Planning, and the master programmes of Environment & Infrastructure Planning (EIP) and Socio-Spatial Planning (SSP). We continuously renew our research and educational programmes, for example by incorporating innovative digital developments. Our Centre for Advanced Studies in Urban Science and Design (CASUS) develops state of the art knowledge and digital skills, integrated in research and education.

Job description

As an Assistant Professor, you will contribute to teaching, research and management tasks. Your main teaching tasks will be in courses of the bachelor programme of Spatial Planning & Design, the master programme of Environmental & Infrastructure Planning, as well as in supervising master and/or bachelor theses.

We are looking for an Assistant Professor with an interest in environmental planning to strengthen our research and education in coping with several dominant sustainability challenges. Key examples of such challenges include climate change adaptation, environmental pollution and stress, and energy transition. The Assistant Professor will specifically target research and education focussed on the physical environment. Hence, expertise and skills are expected for analysing, researching and explaining physical environmental processes and impacts. Processes can include flows of matter, energy or pollution, while impacts can range from the deterioration of soil, water, air or health to phenomena such as flooding or climate change. Next to analysing the physical world, the Assistant Professor will explicitly engage with opportunities to prevent, mitigate and compensate impacts. In doing so, affinity with planning and policy making is crucial, as is engaging with related social sensitivities surrounding sustainability transformations. Notably, the Assistant Professor will actively play a role in connecting physical-technical knowledge of the environment to the institutional world of planning and policy making while pursuing sustainability transformations.

You will invest 60% of your time in teaching and management and 40% in research (including PhD supervision).


• has a PhD in the wider field of environmental planning, environmental studies, environmental geography, physical geography, land & water management, environmental engineering, civil engineering or a social science discipline with proven affinity with environmental issues, policies and planning
• has affinity with the translation of environmental issues intro policy and planning, environmental gouvernance and institutional frameworks
• has publications in international peer-reviewed academic journals
• will develop a research agenda consistent with the Faculty’s research focus and will supervise PhD students
• is in the possession of a University Teaching Qualification or is prepared to acquire this qualification within a reasonable timeframe
• has experience in teaching; awareness of and willingness to use the latest innovations in teaching techniques
• is willing to participate in appropriate Faculty committees and/or other management tasks
• is supportive to the team
• is fluent in English and has knowledge of or is willing to learn Dutch (to at least CEFR B2 level – for reading and listening).

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 24 months.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:
• a salary, depending on qualifications and work experience, with a minimum of € 3,637 (salary scale 11) to a maximum of € 5,656 (scale 12) gross per month for a full-time position
• on top of that income, you will receive an 8% holiday allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.3%
• an appointment for a period of 2 years with the prospect of a permanent position after a positive evaluation.

For more detailed information about working conditions and working for the University of Groningen, please check:

Starting date: 1 April 2020

Job Application

You may apply for this position until 2 February 2020 23:59h / before 3 February (Dutch local time) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

Applications should include:

1. letter of application
2. a curriculum vitae including publications or other research output clearly showing your expertise in relevant areas, experience in teaching and management
3. the names of two referees.

Only complete applications submitted by the deadline will be taken into consideration.

The selection interviews will take place on 14 February 2020.

The University of Groningen is an equal-opportunity employer that values diversity. It has adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists across all disciplines of the university. Therefore, female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.
Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code ( and the European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers from the European Commission.

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Prof. Jos Arts
+31 50 3633895

Prof. Chris Zuidema
+31 50 3633895

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 219642

Extra informatie kan worden verkregen via een van de volgende links:

Faculty of Spatial Sciences For more information on CASUS

Digital application form