The chair of Infrastructuring Urban Futures researches past and present developments of urban processes and develops scientific methods, approaches and tools to sketch, simulate and analyse urban futures in a collaborative planning environment. It emphasises the relationship between urban development, infrastructures, services and people. It combines quantitative, spatial and qualitative methods, employs a multi-stakeholder perspective, and pays particular attention to socio-spatial inequalities and equity. You will conduct research activities in the context of the chair and will contribute to developing grant proposals and educational material.

You will conduct a literature review on infrastructure urbanism, in particular on the aspects of social and spatial equity as well as the role of (geo)-spatial data and tools concerning urban infrastructure planning and management. You will also support the development of EU and NWO proposals (e.g. reviewing the literature, collecting relevant information, proposal writing), initiate/conduct research related to the chair, preferably within an interdisciplinary setting, and support the development of educational materials on integrated just infrastructure planning and governance; e.g. course elements that bring together different perspectives of ITC’s expertise on urban infrastructures.


You have:

  • A background and curiosity about infrastructure urbanism, with a focus on social and spatial equity
  • A PhD degree in Geography, Urban Planning, Urban Studies, Urban Geographic Information Science, or related interdisciplinary studies
  • Proven interest in inter- and transdisciplinary work
  • Experience with qualitative, quantitative and spatial research methods
  • Proven skills in conducting literature reviews and curiosity about proposal writing
  • Excellent oral and written English language skills
  • Experience and interest in working in an international environment
  • A proactive and team-oriented work ethic
  • Good communication and collaboration skills


  • An inspiring multidisciplinary and challenging international and academic environment. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda
  • full-time position (40 hours per week) for 17 months or a part-time position (24 hours per week) for 28 months
  • Gross monthly salary between € 3,413.00 and € 4,670.00 (full-time, depending on experience and qualifications, job profile Researcher 4)
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%
  • Excellent support for research and facilities for professional and personal development
  • A solid pension scheme
  • A total of 41 holiday days in case of full-time employment
  • Costs for moving to Enschede may be reimbursed.
  • Envisioned start date: Summer 2023


For more information, you can contact Prof Dr Karin Pfeffer (e-mail: You are also invited to visit our homepage.

Please submit your application before 4 May 2023. Your application has to include:

  • A motivation letter, elaborating on your specific interest in and fit with the position and outlining your relevant skills and experience in relation to the position
  • A Curriculum Vitae that provides evidence of your expertise and profile
  • The names and contact details of two referees

Online Job interviews will likely be held in the second part of May 2023.

The University of Twente wants to be an organisation that optimally deploys diversity, talents, and capabilities in the labour market for now and in the future. In the framework of our diversity and inclusiveness policy, we strongly stimulate people with a (work) disability to apply for this position.

The University of Twente is committed to providing a working environment where everyone is valued, respected, and supported to progress. Our priority is to ensure that no one is disadvantaged based on their ethnicity, gender, culture, disability, LGBTQ+ identities, family and caring responsibilities, age, or religion. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria and shares these values to apply.


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