Assistant Professorship History of Architecture and Urban Planning (Tenure Track)

December 1, 2019
Arts & Humanities, History, Architecture
Delft University of Technology
Delft, Germany
3637 - 4978 euros monthly (full-time basis) EUR

Faculty Architecture & the Built Environment

Since its foundation 110 years ago, the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment has built up a solid international reputation for training architects, urban planners and designers, as well as for its research portfolio and coaching of PhD candidates. With around 2600 students and 500 staff members, with around 230 FTEs devoted to academic positions, our faculty is one of the largest of Delft University of Technology and one of the most prestigious architecture and the built environment faculties globally. Traditionally, the faculty has prioritised high-quality training in design and research in the field of the built environment. Over 40 chairs cover a wide range of academic areas in design, process and technology, which together cover the entire field of the built environment. The faculty has a budget of around € 38 million, of which approximately € 7 million is sourced indirectly and from contracts with third parties.

The department of Architecture provides education and conducts research at an internationally competitive level of excellence in the fields of architecture and architectural design. Education and research are closely interconnected by the perspective of social relevance.

The Chair History of Architecture and Urban Planning explores the long-term development of the built environment. Research and teaching of the faculty covers a broad range of theoretical and methodological approaches, temporal and geographical specializations.

Knowledge of the past, and the spaces it has created, is an important prerequisite for designing the future. The Design & History research programme explores a wide range of knowledge and instruments relating to the origins, restoration, conservation, revitalisation and transformation of built heritage.

Job description

The Chair of History of Architecture and Urban Planning in the Department of Architecture is part of the section History and Complex Projects and holds a key role in the faculty-wide interdisciplinary Design & History research program.

The aim of this position is to complement and build upon the expertise of the current members of the team, notably in Dutch and European architectural and urban history, and to participate in (collective) research bids, funded projects and in writing academic publications. This will require close collaboration with scholars in the Department of Architecture and/or the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, as well as with experts in different domains outside the university.

The new faculty member should take a leading role in the development of a research project, and will work across national and continental borders, with acknowledgement of the importance of networks and flows of architecture and their impact on built and urban form. The quality of research will be competitive at the level of European research programmes.

The Assistant Professor will teach classes in the foundational courses in the bachelor (Dutch or English) on the long-term development of architectural and urban form (Grondslagen/Foundations I, II, III) and give focused lectures on specialized topics (in English) in the masters and in the PhD program according to his/her individual research interests.

Our new colleague will also be expected to supervise master students and PhD candidates and, (in due course) take on course coordination and course development or other administrative tasks.


Applicants must have a background in architectural and/or urban history, a PhD degree in an appropriate discipline, and an international profile with an active international network of scientific contacts, preferably based on experience as a postdoctoral researcher.

Some teaching experience is desirable, and commitment to research excellence, evidenced through academic publications, is essential. Good communication skills, as well as being a team player and a relationship builder, are important for success. Excellent written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of Dutch is welcome, but not required at the start of the position.

Conditions of employment

A tenure-track position is offered for six years. Based on performance indicators agreed upon at the start of the appointment, a decision will be made by the fifth year whether to offer you a permanent faculty position. During the tenure track, you will have the opportunity to develop into an internationally acknowledged and recognised academic. We offer a structured career and personal development programme designed to offer you as much support as possible. For more information about the tenure track and the personal development programme, please visit

The TU Delft sets specific standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. The TU Delft offers training to improve English competency. Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. If you have less than five years of experience and do not yet have your teaching certificate, you get the chance to obtain this within three years.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice can support with advice for you and your accompanying partner about your individual settling needs in the Netherlands. Once arrived you can be supported with individual consults and diverse workshops. Located on campus are the International Children's Centre and an international primary school which are subject to availability as well as several bilingual schools in the nearby surrounding. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Information and application

For information about this vacancy, you can contact Carola Hein, Professor, email:, tel: +31 641141071. For information about the selection procedure, please contact Mrs Nathalie Bast, HR Advisor, email:

Your application should contain:

  • a letter of application;
  • a detailed CV including a list of peer-reviewed and other publications, a summary of your teaching experience, information in support of your organisational skills, together demonstrating your knowledge and experience in the field of architectural and urban history;
  • a short research statement (maximum 1 A4) with the vision of the candidate on future research directions;
  • a short teaching statement (maximum 1 A4) with topics and objectives;
  • names of three references, with contact information.

Please send your application by December 1, 2019 at the latest by email to and refer to vacancy no BK2019/25 in the subject line of your email.

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