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Graduate Assistant in Global Urbanism - Institute of Geography and Sustainability (IGD), Lausanne University

 

The Institute of Geography and Sustainability (IGD) seeks to fill the position of  Graduate Assistant in Global Urbanism for a maximum period of 5 years. The position is part of the research team M3 (Materialities | Multiplicities | Metropolis), led by Professor Martin Müller

Graduate Assistant in Global Urbanism

 

Introduction

The University of Lausanne is a higher teaching and research institution composed of seven faculties where approximately 14,300 students and nearly 3,900 collaborators, professors, and researchers work and study.

Ideally situated along the lake of Geneva, near Lausanne's city center, its campus brings together over 120 nationalities.

 

Presentation

The Institute of Geography and Sustainability (IGD) seeks to fill the position of Graduate Assistant in Global Urbanism, for a maximum period of 5 years. The position is part of the research team M3 (Materialities | Multiplicities | Metropolis), led by Professor Martin Müller.

The Institute of Geography and Sustainability (IGD) is an interdisciplinary community of about 100 academics that work on space, place and the environment. With 15 professors and close to 40 PhD students, the department offers a vibrant, stimulating environment for cutting-edge research. It hosts regular lecture series and distinguished guest researchers from around the world. The post is located in the research group Urban Studies, the largest of the institute’s six groups.

 

Job information

Starting date : 01.09.2018

  • Contract length : 1 year, renewable 2 x 2 years, maximum 5 years
  • Activity rate : 80%
  • Workplace : Lausanne, Institute of Geography and Sustainability, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

 

Your responsibilities

The successful candidate will develop independent research leading to a PhD in the broad field of global urbanism. She or he will enjoy considerable freedom in defining the topic of the thesis. It should, however, relate to one or more of the following themes:

- retheorising cities from the Global East

- improvising cities (e.g. in response to unpredictable events)

- governing cities through (mega-)projects

The candidate will devote at least 50% of working time to her/his PhD research, with the remaining time reserved for supporting teaching and research in the team as a graduate assistant.

Your qualifications

The successful candidate is expected to

- have earned a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in a field relevant to the post

- demonstrate an interest in social theory as applied to cities

- demonstrate expertise in qualitative methods and fieldwork

- show an ambition to develop an international research profile- have excellent command of English

The following are considered assets:

- fieldwork experience in post-socialist countries

- command of French or a clear plan to acquire it

- experience with writing and publishing in English

 

What the position offers you

- M3 (Materialities | Multiplicities | Metropolis) is a diverse research group that aims to produce ground-breaking, critical thought that makes a difference. We have a global outlook, placing an emphasis on international publications. Our strength lies in bringing together current social theory with international fieldwork. Our working language is English.

- We offer a stimulating work environment and esprit de corps, with dedicated support for developing an academic career. Members of our research group become part of international networks and benefit from opportunities to attend conferences and workshops around the world.

- We offer an excellent remuneration package and additional funds for fieldwork and conferences.

 

Contact for further information

Professor Martin Müller (martin.muller@unil.ch)

Additional information

- Professor Martin Müller: www.martin-muller.net

- Research team M3: http://igd.unil.ch/martin.muller/en/M3/

- Research group Urban Studies: http://unil.ch/igd/home/menuguid/english/research/urban-studies.html

 

Your application

Deadline : 14.01.2018

Only applications through the Unil website will be taken into account.

- letter of motivation

- full CV

- names and e-mail addresses of two academic referees

- scans of university degrees and course transcripts/marks

- one piece of research (e.g. Master’s thesis, research paper, publication etc.)

- a short (2-3 pages) proposal for doctoral research

 

Additional information

UNIL is committed to promoting gender equality and strongly encourages applications from female candidates.

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Post-doctoral offer : PUBLICATION OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL DATA IN THE LINKED OPEN DATA

Research unit:

UMR 7324 CITERES-Laboratoire Archéologie et Territoires (LAT), University of Tours, CNRS.

In collaboration with:

  • EA 6300 Laboratoire d’Informatique (LI), University of Tours.
  • Intelligence des Patrimoines, UMR 7323 CESR, University of Tours, CNRS.

Location: Tours (France)

Duration: 12 months (2018-2019)

Remuneration: 2200€ / month (net pay)

Objectives

The aim of this international one year long post-doctoral project is to generalize the LAT’s archaeological data publication in the Linked Open Data (LOD), as a proof of concept for the French archeological community. This interdisciplinary project is conducted in collaboration with the computer science laboratory (LI) and the center for the Renaissance study (CESR) of the University of Tours, which leads the Intelligence des Patrimoines (I-Pat) program of the Centre-Val-de-Loire Region. This project achievements are intended to feed the I-Pat's digital platform. More generally, this post-doctorate project should contribute to the emergence of the "Heritage" domain in the Linked Open Data cloud.

In the archaeological community, it is noted that a significant amount of data remains difficult to access and run the risk of being lost. It is not fundamentally different from the other disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Besides, an originality of the archaeological practice is that it does not allow for the renewal of the experiment once the excavation has been carried out, and thus, the excavation archives value is increased, and archaeologists have even more responsibility when managing their data. The conservation of this mass of scientific data, by making it accessible, is fundamental for the knowledge of the heritages that these archives document, and for the memory of the discipline itself. Archeological data publication and sharing will inevitably be digital.

The program of urban archaeology initiated in Tours in 1970 is emblematic, as it offers a homogeneous documentation, the structure of which was preserved during the information system digitizing. The aim is to open it to the LOD. Published data in the LOD is characterized by a five-star rating (Five stars Linked Open Data), set up by Berners-Lee in 2010 to assess the quality of a data set in terms of accessibility and usability on the semantic web level. This scale goes from accessibility (online), structuring, the use of non-proprietary and standard formats, to data interlinking (interoperability). Today, CITERES-LAT has several databases, each at a different stage of development towards interoperability, depending on when they were designed. Our goal is not to homogenize them, but to make them interact, with each other and with others, so that they can be queried together without altering their initial users' habits.

The first step in this process is to align the content of these databases with shared and standardized vocabularies (PACTOLS, multilingual thesaurus set ISO 25964-1:2011). The next step is to move to a higher level of abstraction in order to allow cross-examination of systems with different granularity of entities and descriptors. To match the used data structures and terminology, we use CIDOC-CRM (ISO 21127:2006), which is the domain ontology for heritage data, developed by the ICS-FORTH team in Heraklion with which a collaboration is being undertaken. Then, based on the expertise of Béatrice Markhoff (LI), in collaboration with the University of Bozen-Bolzano (Italy), the choice we made is to set up a software architecture, composed of several bricks, for a dynamic interrogation of the existing information systems via the ontology (CIDOC CRM). We do not transform, extract and load our legacy data into data warehouses (triplestores).

The work already carried out has demonstrated the feasibility of this architecture based on the exhibition of the ArSol system (Archives du Sol http://arsol.univ-tours.fr/ and http://citeres.univ-tours.fr/spip.php?article505). This first proof of concept forms the basis for this project, the objective of which is of course to make all our information systems interoperable by this means, but also to demonstrate interoperability to the archaeological community by showing how several systems of different formats, structures and granularities can be cross-examined from an ontological level.

Contribution of the theme to national and international outreach, partnerships and scientific networks

This project will make it possible to extend the scope of the already carried out experiments, by bringing them up to national and European infrastructure levels, in place or in the process of being set up, and by creating archaeological data sources in the Linked Open Data cloud.

The ambition is to demonstrate that the web exhibition of structured and interpreted information makes it possible to envisage their use and reuse by opening up new research perspectives. Beyond that, the challenge is to link scientific publications with data, by exploring the new perspectives offered by ontological inferences.

The post-doctoral fellow will contribute to the regional research by participating in the heterogeneous data platform currently being built by Program Intelligence des patrimoines (I-Pat). He or she will benefit from the inclusion in the national network of the consortium Mémoire des Archéologues et des Sites Archéologiques (MASA) of the TGIR Huma-Num, led by X. Rodier (CITERES-LAT) for the MSH Val de Loire from 2017 to 2020. In addition, his or her achievements will contribute to two European projects: ARIADNE, Advanced Research Infrastructure for Archaeological Dataset Networking in Europe (7th FP7), by supplying its portal (http://portal.ariadne-infrastructure.eu/) with the published data, and PARTHENOS, Pooling Activities, Resources and Tools for Heritage E-research Networking, Optimization and Synergies (H2020), to which the MASA consortium contributes via the TGIR Huma-Num.

Finally, this project is also part of the COST Saving European Archaeology from the Digital Dark Age project, SEADDA, submitted to the European Union in September 2017.

Supervision

The post-doctoral researcher will be welcomed in CITERES-LAT at the MSH Val de Loire where he or she will have an office and a computer equipped with the necessary softwares. He or she will work in collaboration with the members of the laboratory who develop, manage and publish information systems: Philippe Husi (IR CNRS, HDR), Olivier Marlet (IE CNRS), Xavier Rodier (IR CNRS, HDR). He or she will benefit from the work carried out using the ArSol information system in collaboration with Béatrice Markhoff (MCF HDR) from LI, for the publication of ArSol in the Linked Open Data. Finally, he or she will ensure that these works are in line with the digital platform for Intelligence des Patrimoine,s coordinated by Perrine Thuringer (IR I-Pat).

Applications must be sent to xavier.rodier@univ-tours.fr before midnight on 1st January 2018, by e-mail with attached files.

The files must include

  • A cover letter
  • A curriculum vitae with a list of publications
  • An extended abstract of the PhD thesis

 

Please contact Xavier Rodier for further information.

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Doctoral position (PhD student) in Geography and Spatial Planning - University of Luxembourg

The University of Luxembourg invites applications for its Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE)

Doctoral candidate (PhD student) in Geography and Spatial Planning

Ref: F3-130010

14 months fixed-term contract, renewable up to 48 months, full-time (40h/week) Student & employee status

Interested candidates are invited to send their complete application exclusively through the on-line application system of the UL (http://recruitment.uni.lu/), until 30th November 2017.

Area: one of the research fields mentioned below , suc h as

  • Human geography, i.e. with regard to conceptions of space and territory Urban studies, preferably theoreticalor empiricalexplorations
  • Urban and metropolitan governance, i.e. conceptions of power
  • The science-policy interface in geography and planning
  • Port cities, logistics and urban planning
  • Land use planning, housing and sustainable spatialdevelopment

For further information, please contact:Prof. Dr. Markus Hesse, Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning: Tel. +352/466644-9627

Your Role

Prepare a doctoral thesis in Geography (see the possible research fields above) Assist the professor in his teaching activities, one to three hours per week.

Your Profile

Master or Diploma in Geography or Spatial Planning/Urban Planning; Master or Diploma in Political Science, History or other Humanities/Social Sciences linked to geographical issues
Strong interest in urban development, policy and planning
Interest in interdisciplinary work and a reflective methodology

Excellent command of written and spoken English. (Additional knowledge of either French or German is an advantage)

We offer

Opportunity to participate in the development of a newly created university An exciting internationalenvironment
A competitive salary
Well-equipped research facilities

Further Information

Applications must include the following:

  • CV and copies of diploma
  • Motivation Letter
  • Support letter from at least one recent scientific advisor/professor
  • A PhD proposal(2,000 - 2,500 words excluding bibliography) using the following format:
  1. Introduction and literature review
  2. Research objectives and expected contribution to the field
  3. Innovation/originality
  4. Methodology(includingintendeddatasettobeusedifempiricalanalysis)
  5. Work plan and expected timetable
  6. Bibliography

The University offers highly competitive salaries and is an equal opportunity employer . 

For more details see the attachment.

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Ph.D. position in Economic Geography, University of Zurich

The Department of Geography at the University of Zurich is advertising a

Ph.D. position in Economic Geography

Closing date: 6 November 2017

The successful applicant will be part of the Economic Geography research group and join a dynamic, internationally oriented research team. We are looking for candidates who are interested in alternative economic geographies widely understood (e.g. social finance, sharing economy, diverse economies, solidarity economy).

Your main tasks include designing and realizing your own Ph.D. project, contributing to our teaching program and participating in our regular research-related activities.

Applicants should have ambitions to be recognized internationally (publications, conferences). They are expected to hold an excellent master’s degree in human geography or any other relevant social science discipline and be proficient in English. We offer a stimulating and exciting work environment that provides plenty of opportunities to develop an academic career. Members of our research group profit from international contacts and opportunities to attend conferences and workshops.

Starting date is 01 January 2018 or as agreed upon.

The position is for three years with possibilities for extension. The salary is commensurate with the regulations of the Swiss National Science Foundation (47’040 - 50’040 Swiss francs p.a.).

Funding for project-related fieldwork is available. If you are interested, please send a letter of application, your curriculum vitae, copies of relevant diplomas, two names of possible referees, a writing sample (20 pages max., e.g. chapter of the master thesis), and a short outline of potential dissertation ideas (1 page max.) in a single pdf file by e-mail to Bettina Schädle (bettina.schaedle@geo.uzh.ch).

Applications can be submitted in either German or English. Please direct informal inquiries to Christian Berndt (christian.berndt@geo.uzh.ch).

Closing date: 6 November 2017

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Funded PhD studentship opportunity for research on Indian and South African smart cities

Smart Cities: ‘Provincializing’ the global urban age in India and South Africa

Two PhD studentship opportunity for research on Indian and South African smart cities funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation in a project supervised by Ayona Datta (King’s College, London) and Ola Söderström. One PhD will be based at King’s and the other in Neuchâtel.

To start: 1st January 2018

Closing Date: Friday 29th September 2017

Award

2 fully funded Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) 3-year PhD studentship

Project

The Department of Geography at King’s College, London, and the Institute of Geography at Neuchâtel University (Switzerland) offer two PhD scholarships for the research project “Smart Cities: ‘Provincializing’ the global urban age in India and South Africa”, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (1st January 2018- 31st December 2020). The research aims to analyse how smart city visions are reshaping cities in India and South Africa (see summary below). One PhD scholarship based at King’s College will be on Indian and another based at the University of Neuchâtel on South African smart cities.

Scholarship based at King’s College

Applications are invited to join King’s College London to work on the case of Indian smart cities. The aim of this research is to investigate how the global discourse around smart cities has been ‘provincialized’ in India. It will analyse globally circulating urban development visions around ICT and data-driven urbanism, their ‘mutations’ in different urban contexts and their ‘hacking’ by ordinary citizens. It seeks to provide detailed genealogies of smart cities through in-depth empirical and comparative case studies on Indian smart cities. The project is interdisciplinary and internationally comparative in nature and will suit a highly motivated and enthusiastic graduate with background in human geography, planning, urban sociology, architecture, anthropology and other cognate disciplines. The student will be expected to build on their existing experience, develop their potential and acquire new skills in the area of postcolonial urban futures.

The studentship will be based in the Urban Futures research domain in the Department of Geography, Strand Campus, King’s College London. Research in the Department engages with global grand challenges and pressing environmental, urban and social issues such as climate change, disasters, smart cities, risk regulation, water, and human migration. We undertake field research in over 70 countries located in all five continents and our research findings contribute to public debates and policy development on global, national and local scales.

Supervisor

Dr Ayona Datta (ayona.datta@kcl.ac.uk)

Entry requirements

The applicant should have (or be expected to obtain) a Master’s degree in human geography (or cognate subject) with a 2:1 or 1st class honours in a subject relevant to the proposed project. Skills in qualitative methodologies as well as (possibly) in quantitative methodologies (esp. webscraping, data bases) are necessary. Prior knowledge of or experience with research on India is desireable.

We expect the applicant to be scientifically ambitious, to have a strong interest in interdisciplinary research and to be autonomous in their work. We also expect them to present the results of the research in international conferences and jointly authored publications with the project team.

Award type and eligibility

A 3-year full-time PhD studentship funded by SNSF, with a full stipend including funding for tuition fees (at ‘home rates’ only) and conference attendance.  If the candidate is ineligible for the home rate, then they will be expected to cover the difference in fees.

How to apply

Applicants must please send

(1) a CV (including degree classification for any prior degrees) of no more than 3 pages;

(2) a supporting statement of between 1 and 2 pages setting out how your skills, experience, attributes and interests equip you for this PhD; and

(3) a short covering letter including contact details for two academic referees;

by email to sga-research@kcl.ac.uk no later than 5pm on 29th September. Please include “Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) 3-year PhD studentship” in the subject line.

Please note there is no need to include a Research Proposal in your application as the project has already been set.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

You are welcome to email Dr Ayona Datta (primary supervisor) for more information regarding the project and studentship.

Closing Date: Friday 29th September 2017

Interviews: TBC - October 2017. You will be asked to provide samples of writing if you are shortlisted for interview.

Further Information

About the Urban Futures research domain

About the Department of Geography at King’s College London

Research degrees at the Department of Geography

About the Supervisor

Scholarship based at the University of Neuchâtel

Applications are invited to join the University of Neuchâtel to work on the case of South African smart cities. The aim of this research is to investigate how the global discourse around smart cities has been ‘provincialized’ in South Africa. It will analyse globally circulating urban development visions around ICT and data-driven urbanism, their ‘mutations’ in different urban contexts and their ‘hacking’ by ordinary citizens. It seeks to provide detailed genealogies of smart cities through in-depth empirical and comparative case studies on Indian smart cities. The project is interdisciplinary and internationally comparative in nature and will suit a highly motivated and enthusiastic graduate with background in human geography, planning, urban sociology, architecture, anthropology and other cognate disciplines. The student will be expected to build on their existing experience, develop their potential and acquire new skills in the area of postcolonial urban futures.

The studentship will be based in the Institute of Geography, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Research in the Institute investigates major contemporary challenges such as urban development, securitization, climate change and international migrations. Our research contributes to public debate in Switzerland on these major challenges.

Supervisor

Ola Söderström (ola.soderstrom@unine.ch)

Entry requirements

The applicant should have (or be expected to obtain) a Master’s degree in human geography, or cognate disciplines in the social sciences. Skills in qualitative methodologies as well as (possibly) in quantitative methodologies (esp. webscraping, data bases) are necessary. Prior knowledge of or experience with research on South Africa is desireable.

We expect the applicant to be scientifically ambitious, to have a strong interest in interdisciplinary research and to be autonomous in their work. We also expect them to present the results of the research in international conferences and jointly authored publications with the project team.

Award type and eligibility

A 3-year full-time PhD studentship funded by SNSF, with a full stipend including funding for fieldwork expenses and conference attendance.

How to apply

Applicants must please send:

(1) a CV (including degree classification for any prior degrees) of no more than 3 pages;

(2) a supporting statement of between 1 and 2 pages setting out how your skills, experience, attributes and interests equip you for this PhD; and

(3) a short covering letter including contact details for two academic referees;

by email to secretariat.geographie@unine.ch no later than 5pm on 29th September. Please include “Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) 3-year PhD studentship” in the subject line.

Please note there is no need to include a Research Proposal in your application as the project has already been set.

You are welcome to email Prof. Ola Söderström (primary supervisor) for more information regarding the project and studentship.

References must be received by the deadline for the applicant to be eligible.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Closing Date: Friday 29th September 2017

Interviews: TBC - October 2017. You will be asked to provide samples of writing if you are shortlisted for interview.

Further Information

About the Department of Geography at the University of Neuchâtel

About the Swiss Doctoral Programme in Western Switzerland

About the Supervisor

 

Research Summary: Smart Cities: ’Provincializing’ the global urban age in India and South Africa

The aim of this research is to investigate how the global discourse around smart cities has been ‘provincialized’ in India and South Africa. Smart cities as an ‘efficient’ solution to the challenges of urban planning and governance has gained traction since 2000 because of the deep involvement of global IT companies, the support of funding programmes from EU, the UK Department for International Development, USAid and the interest of national governments and urban municipalities. As a consequence, retrofitted smart city ‘packages’ or fully-fledged smart ‘city in a box’ are increasingly making their way into national agendas in the Global South. In this context, the question we ask is: How are smart city visions reshaping cities in India and South Africa?

Through a comparative study of smart cities in India and South Africa, this research will analyse globally circulating urban development visions around ICT and data-driven urbanism, their ‘mutations’ in different urban contexts and their ‘hacking’ by urban social movements. It seeks to provide detailed genealogies of smart cities through in-depth empirical and comparative case studies in particular national contexts. In doing so, it will bridge the gaps in current scholarship on smart cities which either take a techno-managerial approach advocating ubiquitous and efficient use of data or a social-critical approach based on a one-size fits all narrative ‘that inhibit making sense of and refashioning the smart city agenda’ (Kitchin 2015a). Conceptually, this project will move beyond mere critiques of smart city ‘toolkits’ to develop the notion of ‘Smart Urbanism’ (SU) (Luque-Ayala and Marvin 2015a) as a field located at the intersection of postcolonial urbanism, digital citizenships and visions of urban futures. Empirically it seeks to establish the contested nature of the ‘actually existing smart city’ (Shelton et al. 2014) through an investigation on how smart cities affects the agendas and initiatives of municipalities as well as the resistances and counter-initiatives of urban social movements.

In this project, we take ‘provincialization’ (Chakrabarty 2000) as an analytical tool to direct research on how alternative knowledges about the smart city are produced from the margins of cities, neighbourhoods and populations deeply rooted in historic social inequalities. This will form the basis of developing a new empirical and theoretical research agenda around ‘smart urbanism’ that captures the local historical, political and alternative forms of data-driven urbanism from the grassroots. In order to test the hypothesis, the project suggests that the following insights - which closely follow those suggested by Kitchin (2015) in order to overcome present shortcomings in current scholarship on the smart city - are required:

1) How visions of urban development in India and South Africa are being shaped by the logics and practices of the ICT-driven city;

2) How these visions gain social and political credence, restructure local and national policy initiatives and unfold over time in existing cities;

3) Genealogies of urban development within local planning and governance initiatives which uphold the refashioning of existing cities into smart cities;

4) Ways that these visions are contested and disrupted at the scale of local citizens and civil society.

The project puts forward that a combination of political economy and ethnographically driven methods are the best way to provide these insights. It is organised in two phases. The first phase will involve a systematic survey of retrofitted smart cities in India and South Africa aiming to produce a comparative analysis of the emergence and development of smart city initiatives in those two contexts. In the second phase, the project will focus on three cities in each country with differing smart city strategies and public debates. The aim will be a comparative ’thick description’ of grassroots movements and initiatives that hack into and disrupt the top-down visions of smart cities and claim rights to a range of urban spaces. The first phase will involve mixed-methods of web-based research, mapping, visual and textual document analysis; while the second phase will involve detailed documentary search, semi-structured interviews, ethnography and observations, in addition to the previous methods. The results will contribute to knowledge on urban development and policymaking around smart cities and on the opportunities and risks of smart urbanism in cities of the Global South.

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Tenure track Assistant Professor in development practice, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Introduction

The University of Lausanne is a higher teaching and research institution composed of seven faculties where approximately 14,300 students and nearly 3,800 collaborators, professors, and researchers work and study. Ideally situated along the lake of Geneva, near Lausanne's city center, its campus brings together over 120 nationalities.

 

Presentation

The Faculty of Geosciences and the Environment (FGSE) of the University of Lausanne invites applications for a Assistant professor (tenure track) at 60-80% in development practice to be housed in the Institute of Geography and Sustainability (IGD).

We are looking for a researcher in the social sciences with a focus in international development and the environment. In order to complement the IGD’s existing expertise and our needs in terms of teaching, we seek a candidate with a foot in the applied domain, for instance through employment, collaboration or consulting with development agencies. The 20-40% of time left open should permit the candidate to continue or develop his or her extra-university activities in this domain.

 

Information

Appointment will be at the Assistant Professor level (tenure track), with Associate Professor status achieved within 5-6 years. However, exceptionally, we will consider outstanding candidates for direct appointment to the Associate Professor level, notably if this corresponds with our gender equity objectives. The FGSE’s strategy regarding gender equity, specifically with respect to the recruitment of professors, is described in point 2.2 of the FGSE’s Plan of action in favor of the equality of chances between women and men 2017-2020. Candidates are expressly invited to consult this document at the following website:

www.unil.ch/gse/home/menuinst/administration/commissions/egalite.html.

Expected start date in position : August 1st, 2018 (or to be agreed upon)

Contract length : 6 years, tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor expected after 5-6 years

Activity rate : 60 % to 80 %

Workplace : University of Lausanne, quartier Mouline, Geopolis building

 

Your responsibilities

The successful candidate will join the research group “Development, societies, environments” within the IGD. The position requires an interest in teaching as well as the ability to supervise masters and doctoral students. The successful candidate will teach in human geography at the Bachelor level. He or she will contribute to the Masters in Geography, specialisation “Development and environment”, by teaching courses on the conception and evaluationof projects and introduction to international development practice.

 

Your qualifications

The successful candidate should have specific expertise in one (or several) of the topical areas covered by the IGD or the other institutes of the FGSE, for instance: disaster risk reduction, urban ecology, agroecology/agroeconomy, water resources management, biodiversity conservation, or heritage protection. The candidates must demonstrate a capacity to undertake quality research, to obtain competitive research funding, and to publish in peer-reviewed international research journals in the field of development.

A good command of both French and English language is preferable. If French is not the native language, teaching ability in French has to be acquired within two years of the appointment. The University provides language courses

 

Job Description

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What the position offers you

The Faculty of Geosciences and Environment (FGSE) of the University of Lausanne is a young and dynamic faculty, launched in 2003 offering state-of-the-art equipment, incentives for projects and excellent working conditions. It consists of three research institutes (Earth Science, Geography and Sustainability, and Earth Surface Dynamics) and a School to manage teaching and training across these research domains. The FGSE specifically promotes interdisciplinary research and teaching, within and between the social and natural sciences.

The Institute of Geography and Sustainability (IGD) unites geographers (human and physical), economists, and environmental philosophers. The approximately ninety employees of the Institute participate in one or more research groups: Development, societies, and environment; Urban studies; Environmental humanities; Cultures and natures of tourism; Water resources and geoheritage; and Geographic information science.

 

Contact for further information

Other useful information is available on the websites of the Faculty (www.unil.ch/gse) and the Institute of Geography and Sustainability (www.unil.ch/igd).

Further information: Contact the Chair of the selection committee for this position, Michel Jaboyedoff, Vice-Dean of the FGSE, and Professor in the Institute of Earth Sciences (michel.jaboyedoff@unil.ch).

 

Your application

Deadline: September 30th, 2017

Only applications in Word of PDF through this website https://career012.successfactors.eu/career?_s.crb=eeV3jvj959Sp%252fz3RMs97BBsVQFg%253d will be taken into account and should indeed include:

  • a letter explaining the reasons for applying
  • a full Curriculum Vitae, including previous employment and university training, the date of the doctoral thesis with its title, a list of publications and conference presentations, a list of classes taught, and a list of student research supervised a list of research projects and applied projects or consultancies in which the candidate has participated, mentioning the role, the duration, and the funding amount.
  • a research statement, describing the research the candidate intends to develop and its articulation with his or her extra-university activities in development (max. 4 pages)
  • a teaching statement, describing the candidate’s intentions for teaching and his or her potential contribution to our teaching programs (max. 2 pages)
  • PDFs of the five most significant publications
  • the names and contact information of five referees

 

Additional information

The University of Lausanne seeks to promote an equitable representation of men and women among its staff and strongly encourages applications from women

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PhD position in urban geography and complex sciences - University of Lausanne

Career Opportunities: Graduate Assistant in urban geography and complex sciences (10722)

Deadline June 24th

The University of Lausanne is a higher teaching and research institution composed of seven faculties where approximately 14,300 students and nearly 3,800 collaborators, professors, and researchers work and study. Ideally situated along the lake of Geneva, near Lausanne's city center, its campus brings together over 120 nationalities.

Presentation

To complete the team, the Institute of Geography and Sustainability is looking for a Graduate assistant  in urban geography and complex sciences.

Job information

Expected start date in position : 01.09.2017/ to be agreed

Contract length : 1 year, renewable 2 x 2 years, maximum 5 years

Activity rate : 80%

Workplace : Lausanne, Institute of Geography and Sustainability, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Your responsibilities

In your activities, you will have to :

The candidate will contribute to teaching in urban geography as well as in strategies of cities within globalization.

At least 50 per cent of working time will be devoted to research towards the completion of a doctoral dissertation.
At least 50 per cent of working time will be devoted to teaching and to participating in other projects within the Urban Studies research group. 

Your qualifications

In order to complete our team, we are looking for someone with the following skills : 

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in “Urban geography” or “Spatial analysis” or “Regional and urban economy” or “Urban sociology”
  • Strong interest in the approach of urban systems through evolutionary city theory and evolutionary economic geography: multi-level and multidimensional conceptualization as well as autonomous creation.
  • Interest in comparative analysis: statistical capabilities, network analysis, design and organization of massive geo-localized relational databases.
  • The PhD projetct should be in the fiels of geography of urban systems and networks.

What the position offers you

We offer a nice working place in a multicultural, diversified and dynamic academic environment, opportunities for professional training.

Possibilities of continuous training, a lot of activities and other benefits to discover.


Contact for further information

For additional information, please contact prof. Céline Rozenblat (celine.rozenblat@unil.ch).

Your application

Deadline for application : 24.06.2017

Please, send your full application in Word or PDF.

! Only applications through this website will be taken into account. !

  • a letter of motivation
  • a full CV
  • the names and email addresses of two persons who can provide a reference
  • a copy of university degrees and grades
  • the electronic file of a piece of research work (Master’s thesis, scientific paper or publication, etc.)
  • a note of intention concerning the doctoral dissertation.

We thank you for your understanding.

Additional information

Seeking to promote an equitable representation of men and women among its staff, the University encourages applications from women.

=> Link to the announce on the WEB

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4 full scholarships - PhD Programme in Urban Planning, Design and Policy (UPDP) - Politecnico di Milano

The PhD Programme in Urban Planning, Design and Policy (UPDP) at Politecnico di Milano grants 4 full scholarships for the coming year.

Applicants are requested to submit a research proposal with reference to topics of their interest.
We encourage proposals covering topics such as:
• Multi-scalar regional urbanization processes
• Advances and challenges in contemporary planning practice dealing with urban transitions towards sustainability
• Spatial and social segregation and their effects on urban populations
• Tools for the evaluation and management of urban projects
• Novel Approaches for the Co-Design of Urban Services towards the Sharing Society

The PhD Programme in Urban Planning, Design and Policy welcomes both foreign and Italian students.
English is the official language of the programme.

Further details and additional information on UPDP teaching activities and the PhD Board are available at:

http://www.dastu.polimi.it/index.php?id=1146

Applicants must fill in the online application form and attach the required documents by May 26th 2017, 2 pm (Italian time zone).

Please read carefully the call for applications:
http://www.dottorato.polimi.it/en/looking-for-a-phd/call-for-positions-and-scholarships/calls/33rd-cycle-phdcall-20172018/

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PhD student position in political ecology of forest transitions (R4D project on Vietnam)

The Institute of Geography and Sustainability invites applications for the position of PhD student position in political ecology of forest transitions (R4D project on Vietnam)

> Website

Starting date: 01.09.2017 (or agreed upon date)

Duration : 1 year. This contract can be renewed for 2 additional years. Pending funding, possible extension to fourth year. Maximal duration 4 years
Workload: 100%
 

Workplace: Lausanne, Switzerland, UNIL Dorigny campus (with fieldwork in central Vietnam)

Your responsibilities

This PhD is part of an r4d project entitled “Assessing the ‘nature’ of a ‘forest transition’ in Vietnam: ecosystem services and social-ecological resilience in locally managed forest landscapes”, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
The candidate would co-lead (with Professor Kull) the social science research work package of this project (involving research planning and coordination with Vietnam-based researchers) and prepare a PhD thesis on aspects of forest change in central Vietnam (deforestation/reforestation; acacia
plantations) related to livelihoods, governance, and community aspirations.

Your qualifications

Required profile:
- Master’s degree in human geography or allied fields.
- Excellent reading, writing, and communication skills in English.
- Interest and experience in the social dimensions of environmental change or natural resource
management issues in developing countries.

Highly desirable traits:
- Training in methodologies relevant to livelihoods, governance, or other social aspects of
environmental management.
- Experience in field research, exposure to theoretical debates, cross-cultural team experience,
independence and initiative.
- Qualitative and quantitative data management and analysis.
- Vietnamese language skills, or demonstrated aptitude to learn.
- French language skills.

Your application

  • Please send your full application in Word or PDF with :
  • A detailed motivation letter
  • Names of 2 references with phone and email (e.g. Masters thesis supervisor)
  • CV
  • Copy of University transcripts / diplomas
  • Writing sample(s) (e.g. Masters thesis, publications)

Only applications through the Unil website will be taken into account.
https://www.unil.ch/central/fr/home/menuinst/organisation/emplois.html

For additional information, please contact the future supervisor, Prof. Christian Kull
(http://christiankull.net; christian.kull@unil.ch).

Deadline for applications : 20.05.2017

Jobs: 2 postdoc and 1 PhD position urban studies, Brussels

Three positions: 2 postdoc and 1 PhD level at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel(s)

The deadline for all three positions is the 1st of May.

All positions should start 1st of October or even earlier

1) Postdoc coordinator and researcher Brussels Graduate School of Urban Studies: http://urbanstudies.brussels/news-event/vacancy-postdoc-coordinator-and-researcher-brussels-graduate-school-urban-studies

2) Postdoc coordinator and lecturer Master in Urban Studies: http://urbanstudies.brussels/news-event/vacancy-postdoc-coordinator-and-lecturer-master-urban-studies

3) PhD / teaching assistant human geography and urban studies: http://www.cosmopolis.be/news-event/vacancy-phd-60-teaching-assistant-40-position



 

Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Architecture, University of Hong Kong

Applications are invited for a tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Architecture to commence from August 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter, on a three-year fixed-term basis, with the possibility of renewal and consideration for tenure before the expiry of a second three-year fixed-term contract.

Closes April 10, 2017.

The Faculty is seeking energetic and productive candidates to strengthen its capacity to engage in teaching and research related to the Urban Silk-Road, the historical and/or contemporary extension of Chinese cultural, architectural, trading and city-building influences across the Eurasia continent. This is part of a coordinated hire across four HKU Faculties (Architecture, Arts, Education and Social Sciences) to extend the University's urban China research and teaching capacity, with a specific emphasis on the urban Silk-Road.

Applicants should hold a Ph.D. degree in a built environment or related discipline and should have teaching and research experience in any one of the following subjects: architectural history, urban history, economic geography, urban planning, environmental planning, urban studies, sustainable regions and cities, landscape and ecology, transport and infrastructure. Those from the specialism within the above Built Environment disciplines are invited to apply. They should also have a track record of research, publications in prominent journals, teaching, and obtaining research grants.  They should be able to demonstrate that their research engages not only with one or more countries in the Silk Road region but with the emerging phenomenon of the Belt and Road (aka One Belt One Road) as a policy, economic, cultural and urban phenomenon. This might include publishing papers on the Belt and Road, being funded by or having strong links with a Belt and Road agency and so on.

Preference will be given to the candidates who can demonstrate that they have already achieved a degree of international reputation through their academic publications and other outputs and networking in one or more HKUrbanLab (the research arm of the Faculty) specialist fields (http://www.arch.hku.hk/about/hkurbanlab-intro/). This might mean, for example, researching the interface between urban planning and infrastructure development; the financial, economic, institutional, cultural and policy environment of infrastructure development; the impact of urban infrastructure on natural environments; hydrological and other ecological determinants of past, present and future settlement patterns and prospects in Belt and Road countries; big data approaches for monitoring and modeling urban and regional-scale social, economic or environmental impacts of Belt and Road infrastructure and cities; and so on.

As well as specialized elective teaching, the appointee will be expected to teach one course in at least one other HKU Faculty and to contribute to cross-disciplinary teaching across the five departments/divisions of the Faculty (Architecture, Architectural Conservation, Real Estate and Construction, Landscape, Urban Planning and Design). He/She will join one of the 12 research groups comprising the HKUrbanLab.

A globally competitive remuneration package commensurate with the appointee's qualifications and experience will be offered.  At current rates, salaries tax does not exceed 15% of gross income.  The appointment will attract a contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totalling up to 15% of basic salary, as well as leave, and medical benefits.  Housing benefits will be provided as applicable.

Applicants should send a completed application form together with an up-to-date C.V. to foaapp@hku.hk. They should also arrange for submission, to the same email address, three reference letters from the senior academics who are familiar with their academic and research background, skills and experience.  Please indicate clearly the reference number in the subject of the e-mail. Application forms (341/1111) can be downloaded at http://www.hku.hk/apptunit/form-ext.doc. Further particulars can be obtained at http://jobs.hku.hk/. Closes April 10, 2017.

The University thanks applicants for their interest, but advises that only candidates shortlisted for interviews will be notified of the application result.

PhD Prototyping Residential Subdivisions in the Faculty of Architecture and Arts of Hasselt University (Belgium)

The Faculty of Architecture and Arts of Hasselt University seeks a (m/f) PhD student Prototyping Residential Subdivisions

Background
http://www.fac-ark.be/capacity-building/

Job content
Developing smart and sustainable transformation pathways requires technical and conceptual innovation. The project CAPA.CITY starts from the hypothesis that these innovations can only be implemented in a durable way if they are supported by a process of capacity building. The main objective of CAPA.CITY is therefor to develop a theoretical and operational framework that can help the building of the, so-called, collective capabilities that are necessary to create smart and robust urban ecosystems. Collective capabilities refer to the ability of a collective – consisting of citizens, businesses, NGO’s and institutes- to meet a set of predefined objectives. The point of departure is that building these capabilities is a process of joint learning. For this reason, CAPA.CITY proposes to experiment with location-based experiential learning methods to trigger this process. Given that joint learning is context-dependent, CAPA.CITY proposes to work within one urban context, namely the retrofitting of existing residential subdivisions. CAPA.CITY will initiate capacity building processes in 6 residential subdivisions located in Belgium, Denmark and France. And will explore 3 location-based experiential learning methods, namely telling, envisioning and making.
This position will focus on the potential of ‘making’, interpreted as the prototyping of 1to1 scale interventions in residential subdivisions. It will depart from the work of, and collaborate with, http://www.openstructures.net/.
The PhD position is financed by http://jpi-urbaneurope.eu/news/15-ensuf-projects-approved and is a collaboration between Hasselt University (Be), Intrastructures (Be), Roskilde University (Dk), GivRum (Dk), Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Marseille (F), In Vivo (F).

Profile
Master degree in (interior) architecture or design (or equivalent)
Being able to function in international networks.
You are in possession of the necessary research and design capabilities.
You are cooperative and can work well in teams. Your networking skills allow you to easily cooperate on a project with professionals as well as with individuals.
You are fluent in written and oral communication (English)
You are willing to take up teaching assignments to a limited extent.
You are able to work independently, you are result driven and can organize and plan extremely well.

Offer
You will be appointed and paid as PhD student.
Position of 2 times 2 years with biennial evaluation.
Selection procedure
Preselection based on CV. Interview with the selected candidates.
Interviews planned for the week of 26.02.2017 (changes possible)

Application
You can only apply online up to and including 23 February 2017.

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POSITION OF PROFESSOR-RESEARCHER - URBAN STUDIES - GOVERNANCE AND URBAN SUSTAINABILITY - INRS - Montréal


POSITION OF PROFESSOR-RESEARCHER

URBAN STUDIES - GOVERNANCE AND URBAN SUSTAINABILITY
INRS - Montréal

DEADLINE:  27 january 2017


http://www.inrs.ca/sites/default/files/inrs/Emplois/ap-16-06-UCS-F-long-etudes-urbaines.pdf


The announce is in French but non-french speakers are encouraged to apply.
People are supposed to learn French in a delay of few years

Application to send to: concours@ucs.inrs.ca
 

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Position Opening - Full Professor Economic Geography, University of Groningen

Deadline for submission : December 15, 2016

Starting date: as soon as possible

The interviews will be held in the weeks of December 12 and December 19 2016.

The Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks a fulltime, tenure-track faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor with teaching and research interests in any field of applied economics related to Russian-area themes. The successful candidate will conduct research and teach undergraduate and graduate courses (current teaching load is two courses per year), and serve as an advisor to graduate and undergraduate students. Specifically, we seek an applied economist with the quantitative and empirical skills needed to contribute to the Department's core missions, who also has interest in pursuing research topics that add to the University's capacity for Russian-area studies. Expertise can be in any suitable field of economics, including but not limited to agricultural, development, energy, environmental, health, international, and resource economics. Applicants with existing Russian-area research are preferred, but we will also consider promising candidates with plans to initiate research on Russian-area themes in the near future.

To assure full consideration, applications must be received by December 15, 2016. Candidates should apply to position 88412-FA using the Jobs-at-UW portal https://jobs.wisc.edu/, or by clicking below. Please upload an application letter describing research and teaching interests, a CV, graduate transcripts, and one to three writing samples. Contact information for three references will be requested at the time of application. Please contact Prof. Daniel Phaneuf at dphaneuf@wisc.edu with position-related questions.

Organisation

The vacancy is positioned within the Faculty of Spatial Sciences at the University of Groningen (RUG). The Faculty focuses on high quality teaching and research in the fields of economic geography, spatial planning, cultural geography, and demography. The Urban and Regional Studies Institute (URSI) is the Faculty’s research institute, and tWIST (towards Well-being, Innovation and Spatial Transformation) the Faculty’s research agenda. The Faculty consists of 95 members of staff and around 900 students. The chair is located in the Department of Economic Geography, one of the four Departments in the Faculty of Spatial Sciences.

Focus

Research in the Department of Economic Geography covers many areas in the field, but has a specific focus on the analysis of regional labour markets, migration, entrepreneurship and housing and real estate. The research consists mainly of work in which hypotheses are formulated based on theory followed by empirical testing using sophisticated econometric methods leading to publications in ISI rated top journals in the field and high quality dissertations. The research is at the forefront internationally, and has an important and substantial impact in the field of economic geography. In addition to this international orientation, the research of the group is strongly related to policy at the international, national, regional and local level also within the region of the Northern Netherlands. The group believes it has a special responsibility for the cultural, social, economic and above all spatial development of its own region. The group is responsible for coordinating and teaching the master Economic Geography and the master Real Estate Studies. The members of the group also contribute to the research master Regional Studies and to other masters and courses in the two bachelor programmes of the Faculty.

Job description

With regard to research, the Professor in Economic Geography:

Has a strong international reputation and network demonstrated by publications in top journals in the field, editorial positions in journals and scientific networks has developed a high quality, clear and original line of research within the field of Economic Geography has a proven track record for the supervision of PhD students will be responsible for developing and implementing a reputable research programme that fits in the faculty wide research programme Towards Well-being, Innovation and Spatial Transformation (tWIST) he or she must function well within the Faculty and make a significant contribution to the implementation and coherence of the research programme and the organizational tasks of the Faculty must maintain international contacts and participate in joint ventures, demonstrated among other things by joint publications, PhD projects and working visits has obtained externally funded research projects and will actively invest in obtaining externally funded research projects together with other staff members.

With regard to lecturing, the Professor in Economic Geography: will teach courses for students in the two masters of the Department in Economic Geography, the research master and in the newly established master track Economic Geography 'Regional competitiveness and trade' in cooperation with the Faculty of Economics possesses the vision and drive for the future development of the bachelor and master programmes in the Department of Economic Geography and will be able to attract new master and PhD students and postdoc researchers leading to a further increase of the international position and reputation of the department and the faculty integrates research into teaching will take part in mentoring and evaluating bachelor and master students is in possession of University Teaching Qualification required in the Netherlands, or is willing to pursue this.

With regard to managerial, administrative and other tasks, the Professor in Economic Geography:  will take responsibility in Faculty committees represents the Faculty and Department at various events excellent candidates are also expected to take a leading role in the development and management of the faculty wide research programme Towards Well-being, Innovation and Spatial Transformation (tWIST), to stimulate cross-departmental research cooperation and to contribute to further strengthen the international outlook and reputation of the faculty in research and teaching, like e.g. the new envisaged University campus in Yantai, China.

Overall the Professor in Economic Geography: will devote 40% of his/her time to research, 60% to education and management.

Competences

  • Vision
  • Inclusive leadership
  • Persuasiveness
  • Entrepreneurship.

Qualifications

A PhD in Economic Geography, Human Geography, Regional Economics, or any other field which relates to Economic Geography a strong international reputation and network demonstrated by publications in top journals in the field, editorial positions in journals and active participation in scientific networks extensive knowledge of the academic debate on regional and urban-rural spatial development and a strong drive to contribute to international and path-breaking new research in this field extensive knowledge of regional and urban-rural spatial developments in different parts of the world, its best practices and innovative cases, as well as its policy issues an extensive international network in the field of Economic Geography, clear ideas and an outspoken vision on academic teaching experience with a variety of lecturing approaches and awareness of/willingness to implement the latest innovations in lecturing, the ability to build connections to and maintain contacts with students and staff within in the faculty, but also in other scientific and policy networks a strong drive to share ideas with, to give energy to and to invest in colleagues, students and PhD’s.

Conditions of employment

We appreciate your interest in employment with the University of Groningen. The salary is dependent on experience and will be based on the salary scale for a Full Professor at Dutch universities and in accordance with the collective agreement regulating employment conditions at Dutch universities. Favourable tax agreements may apply to non-Dutch applicants.

Starting date: as soon as possible

The interviews will be held in week 50 and 51.

How to apply

You may apply for this position until 1 December 12.00 pm / before 2 December 2016 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

Applicants should submit:

1. A full curriculum vitae including a complete list of publications (file 1)

2. A letter of motivation (file 2)

3. A 3-5 page statement of research accomplishments and future research goals (file 3)

4. A list of five selected ‘best papers’ (preferably including copies) (file 4).

Additional information

We kindly invite you to acquire additional information regarding the position by getting in touch with Prof. Jouke van Dijk, Chair of the Department of Economic Geography.

Phone: +31 50 3633897 or +31 6 10982523, email: jouke.van.dijk@rug.nl

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Information

For information you can contact:

Ms. A.M.A. Bouwmeester, Human Resource Advisor (for information about the conditions of employment), a.m.a.bouwmeester@rug.nl

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Position Opening – Assistant Professor, Agricultural & Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Title: Assistant Professor

Section: US Fulltime academic (permanent tenure track)

Location: Madison, Wisconsin, United States

JEL Classification: F, I, O, Q

Keywords: applied economics, Russian area studies

Deadline : Applications must be received by December 15, 2016

The Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks a fulltime, tenure-track faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor with teaching and research interests in any field of applied economics related to Russian-area themes. The successful candidate will conduct research and teach undergraduate and graduate courses (current teaching load is two courses per year), and serve as an advisor to graduate and undergraduate students. Specifically, we seek an applied economist with the quantitative and empirical skills needed to contribute to the Department's core missions, who also has interest in pursuing research topics that add to the University's capacity for Russian-area studies. Expertise can be in any suitable field of economics, including but not limited to agricultural, development, energy, environmental, health, international, and resource economics. Applicants with existing Russian-area research are preferred, but we will also consider promising candidates with plans to initiate research on Russian-area themes in the near future.

To assure full consideration, applications must be received by December 15, 2016.

Candidates should apply to position 88412-FA using the Jobs-at-UW portal https://jobs.wisc.edu/ 

Please upload an application letter describing research and teaching interests, a CV, graduate transcripts, and one to three writing samples.
Contact information for three references will be requested at the time of application.

Please contact Prof. Daniel Phaneuf at dphaneuf@wisc.edu with position-related questions.

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Graduate Assistant in in Regional and Urban Geography

The Institute of Geography and Sustainability invites applications for the position of Graduate Assistant in Regional and Urban Geography

Date of appointment: 01.01.2017

Contract period: 31.12.2017, 1 year, renewable for 2 x 2 years. Maximum total duration is 5 years.

Activity rate: 80%

Work place: Lausanne, Institute of Geography and Sustainability, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Référence: offre n°3983 / Annonce du: 18.10.2016

Job Description

The recruited person will contribute to the research group(s) ‘Urban Studies’ and/or ‘Development,
societies, environments’ through teaching assistance and PhD research.
At least 50% of the working time will be dedicated to own doctoral research.
50% of the working time will be dedicated to teaching assistance at the Bachelor and Master’s levels in
regional and urban geography.

Expected Profil

Master (or equivalent) in Human Geography or a related social science field
- Capacity for empirical research (qualitative/quantitative); preferably in a transition economy country.
- Great interest in conducting a PhD thesis work on urban struggles and urban social movements
- Motivation to assist teaching at the Bachelor and Master’s levels
- Organisational skills
- Fluency in French and English; knowledge of a Slavic language would be welcome

Application form

Please send an electronic application to Mrs Christelle Monnet (christelle.monnet@unil.ch) containing the

following items:
- A letter of motivation
- A full CV
- Details of two people who have agreed to supply references for the candidate (address, telephone
number, email)
- A copy of university degrees and grades
- An electronic version of the Master’s thesis and scientific publications, if any
- A PhD proposal of 3–4 pages (knowing that the proposal will be further developed after the
recruitment)
For additional information, please contact Dr. Christophe Mager (christophe.mager@unil.ch).

Remarks
Seeking to promote an equitable representation of men and women among its staff, the University
encourages applications from women.

Deadline for Application
11.11.2016

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Graduate Assistant in urban geography and complex sciences

The Institute of Geography and Sustainability invites applications for the position of Graduate Assistant in urban geography and complex sciences

Date of appointment: 01.02.2017

Contract period: 31.01.2018, 1 year, renewable for 2 x 2 years. Maximum total duration is 5 years.

Activity rate: 80%

Work place: Lausanne, Institute of Geography and Sustainability, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Référence: offre n°3995 / Annonce du: 17.10.2016

Job Description :
The candidate will contribute in teaching in survey statistics and in the analysis, visualisation and simulation of geographical networks.
At least 50 per cent of working time will be devoted to research towards the completion of a doctoral dissertation.
At most 50 per cent of working time will be devoted to teach and to particpate to projects of the research group «geographic information science».

Expected Profil
- Master’s degree (or equivalent) in geography or spatial analysis or economy or mathematics/computer sciences applied to social sciences.
- Strong interest for present issues in complexity sciences with competences in multi-agent modelling, network analysis, social networks and management. Capacity to conceptualize models based on existing theories, from multi-level elaborations. Autonomy in the creative process.
- PhD Project in the fields of urban systems in Geography and complex systems

Application form
Please send an electronic application to Mrs Christelle Monnet (christelle.monnet@unil.ch) containing the
following items:
- a letter of motivation
- a full CV
- the names and email addresses of two persons as reference persons
- a copy of university degrees and grades
- the electronic file of a piece of research work (Master’s thesis, scientific paper or publication, etc.)
- a note of intention concerning the doctoral dissertation

For additional information, please contact prof. Céline Rozenblat (celine.rozenblat@unil.ch)

Remarks
Seeking to promote an equitable representation of men and women among its staff, the University
encourages applications from women.

Deadline for Application
30.11.2016

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Assistant/associate professor in Geography at The Pennsylvania State University

The Department of Geography at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant or associate professor rank. We seek an established scholar whose research and teaching contributes to the area of Environment and Society as a subfield of Geography.

Areas of investigation could include water resources, sustainability, health, urbanization, social justice, globalization, global environmental change, planning, or governance.

A Ph.D. in Geography or a related field is expected at the time of appointment. It is expected that applicants in related fields will demonstrate how their work will fit within a diverse Geography department. Excellence in teaching, research, and service is expected, as is the development of an extramurally funded research program. 

Applicants should upload the following materials to the web link listed below:

1) a letter describing how they would contribute to the Department’s research and teaching program

2) a complete curriculum vitae

3) a maximum of five reprints; and 4) the names and addresses (including e-mail) of three references. All materials must be submitted electronically.

 

Review of applications will begin October 14, 2016, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

To apply: https://psu.jobs/job/66474

Applications from women and under-represented groups are encouraged. Questions about the position should be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Brian King, Department of Geography, The Pennsylvania State University, 302 Walker Building, University Park, PA 16802; Phone: (814) 865-2612; E-mail: king@psu.edu.

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Assistant Prof. position at CU-Boulder: urban geographer of cities in the Global South

Deadline : August 15, 2017.

The Department of Geography and the International Affairs Program at the University of Colorado Boulder invite applications for a tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor level in Human Geography. A Ph.D. in Geography or related field is required by the time of appointment. The appointment begins August 2017.


We seek an urban geographer of cities in the Global South. Applicants should have a strong record of conducting field research and engaging with theoretical debates in Geography.  Priority will be given to candidates whose teaching interests include geographies of food or water and whose research addresses social or environmental justice, broadly construed. The position will be jointly rostered in Geography and International Affairs, with teaching split evenly between the two.  Because the position requires substantial interdisciplinary undergraduate teaching in International Affairs, the successful candidate must have demonstrable strength and interest in teaching courses with an international focus.


All requirements for the PhD must be completed by August 15, 2017.  Applications are accepted electronically

athttps://cu.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?job=06678 

posting number 006678, and should include an application letter, a curriculum vitae, up to three relevant reprints of publications, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and 1-2 page statements of research and teaching plans. Candidates must also provide the names and e-mail addresses of three professional references. Review of applications will begin on October 20 2016 and continue until the position is filled.
The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at hr-ada@colorado.edu.

See http://geography.colorado.edu and http://www.colorado.edu/iafs for more information about the Geography Department and International Affairs Program at CU.

For further information and informal inquiries, please contact the chair of the search committee, Professor Jennifer Fluri (jennifer.fluri@colorado.edu).

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Two Post-Doctoral positions in Urban/Economic Geography at Guangzhou Institute of Geography

Two Post-Doctoral positions in Urban/Economic Geography co-supervised by Prof. George C.S. LIN and Prof. Hong-ou ZHANG at Guangzhou Institute of Geography

Topic: Industry and urban agglomeration in the Pearl River Delta (and Southeast Asia)

Guangzhou Institute of Geography, Guangdong Academy of Sciences

Guangzhou Institute of Geography (GIG) at Guangdong Academy of Sciences was founded in1958 and is one of south China’s leading research institutions. As one of the leading comprehensive geography research centers in south China, in recent years, it has very successfully competed for external research funding, and has hired a number of international scholars. The Institute has 160 staff based in Guangzhou, one of the most economically advanced mega-cities in China, and hosts to a vibrant and rapidly growing modern society and culture with a great array of trade and commerce, art and culinary scene etc.

Job description

The postdoctoral position is part of the research project “Industry and urban agglomeration in the Pearl River Delta (PRD)”, a five-year innovation collaboration among researchers from Guangzhou Institute of Geography, the Faculty of Social Sciences at Hong Kong University and the School of Geography and Planning at Sun Yat-Sen University. The project is funded by the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Foundation of Guangdong Academy of Sciences with Professor George C.S. LIN and Professor Hong-ou Zhang as project co-leader. The project is granted with 10 million RMB (1.5 million US dollar), aiming to study the mechanisms that boost the transformation and upgrading of urban agglomeration of the PRD. The research issues covers: (1) the assessment system of world-class urban agglomerations and its application to the PRD, (2) the development trends of world-class urban agglomerations, and the future path for the development of PRD, (3) the restructuring and innovation of industry in metropolitan areas, (4) theories on spatial governance and its application to the PRD, (5) Chinese OFDI in South-east Asian countries.

For further information on the research project, please contact Dr. Qitao WU wuqitao@gdas.ac.cn.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Guangzhou Institute of Geography is seeking two motivated and highly-skilled postdoctoral fellows to work in the Regional and Urban Research Group co-supervised by Prof. George C.S. LIN and Prof. Hong-ou ZHANG.

The post-doctoral fellow will be expected to carry out research that contributes to the fulfillment of the project’s overall research objectives. However, the fellow will also conduct independent research and will be free to develop his or her own theoretical ideas, and choose the methods that he or she finds most appropriate.

The successful candidates will be offered a competitive package, with an initial appointment of 2 years, extension subject to mutual consents and availability of funds.

Qualifications

Required:Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent degree in urban/economic geography or related fields. Applicants who have yet to complete their PhDs are welcome to apply but should demonstrate that they will receive their PhD degree before they start to work at GIG.

Preferred: Applicants with a track record of research publications whose PhD dissertation in the subject of urban/economic geography, focusing on one of the issues of spatial governance, urban agglomeration, the restructuring and innovation of industry, economic and social development in South-east Asia, Chinese OFDI in South-east Asian countries will be highly welcome. The eligible candidates would also be highly-skillful in use of GIS analysis and have good communication skills of English.

About the Postdoctoral Supervisors

Principal Supervisor: Prof. George C.S. LIN,Chair Professor of Geography and Associate Dean of Social Sciences, Hong Kong University and Distinguished Visiting Professor of the Guangzhou Institute of Geography, Guangdong Academy of Sciences, is one of the Top 50 most cited economic geographers over the past half-century ranked by age-weighted Scopus H-index (ranked No. 26) and one of the Top 1% Scholars ranked according to ISI’s Essential Science Indicators. His research interests include China's urban development and urbanization, land use and land management, the growth of urbanism, rural industrialization and regional development in the Pearl River Delta. More information about Prof. George C.S. LIN:

(http://geog.hku.hk/People/Full_time_Academic_Staff/Teaching_Staff/GCSLin.html)

Co-Supervisor:Prof. Hong-ou Zhang, Chair Professor and Director of the Guangzhou Institute of Geography. His research interests include urban development strategy in the PRD, land use and land management, industry upgrade in the PRD, South-east Asian Geography. Prof. Zhang has hosted national and provincial research projects more than 60. He currently hosts a project from National Natural Foundation of China (NSFC) and two provincial research projects. He has published 106 journal articles and 3 books.

How to Apply

Application Deadline: application ends until competent candidates are found

Your application must contain:

·       1) CV, including contact information.

·       2)Research statement describing experience, research plan, goals and reasons for the interest in this position.

·       3)A copy of your Ph.D. diploma (or a document describing when you will finish your Ph.D.).

·       4)Two letters of recommendation, including one from the PhD dissertation supervisor.

·       5)The representative works or papers by the candidates, the dissertation abstract should be added to the mail attachment.

 

Location:Guangzhou, China

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular (Two-years renewable)

First day of employment: By consultations

Number of Posts: Two

 

Applications must be submitted by email to (till competent candidates are found):

Dr. Qitao WU

Guangzhou Institute of Geography

No.100 Xianliezhong Road., Guangzhou, P.R. China

Zip code: 510070

Tel: +86-20-37656972

Fax: +86-20-87685895

Email: wuqitao@gdas.ac.cn

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Post-Doctoral Fellowship : Mobility & Political Authority in Africa’s Emerging Urban

Under the auspices of the South African Research Chair for Mobility & the Politics of Difference, the African Centre for Migration & Society at Wits University seeks applications for a 1-2 year post-doctoral fellowship. This position is a response to unprecedented levels of urbanisation and mobility across the African continent. Driven by conflict, ambition, and respatialising economies, such movements are generating novel and theoretically challenging socio-political formations. We welcome applicants from across the social sciences interested in how human movements are transforming modes of social engagement, authority, and political representation in sub-Saharan cities.

Starting during the first half of 2017, the successful applicant will join an interdisciplinary team of scholars aiming to reshape global social theory and academic conversations on mobility, cities and political authority and ethics. Such work is intended to open new scholarly frontiers and while informing and enhancing sub-Saharan Africa’s visibility in both academic and policy debates. With a home base in Johannesburg, scholars will be encouraged to develop and participate in projects across the region.


Applications are due 1 December 2017.


For more information, contact
Loren B Landau: loren@migration.org.za

Research Fellow and Senior Research Fellow positions at RMIT University

The Centre for Urban Research (CUR) at RMIT University seeks inspired and collaborative urban research applicants for the RMIT Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellowships and Senior Research Fellowships scheme.  The fellowships are for four years duration and are expected to focus on major global research problems with high potential for impact on policy and practice.

The Centre for Urban Research was established in 2012 and draws together RMIT’s leading researchers in multidisciplinary urban studies, including urban geography.  As a thriving research group CUR has established a strong reputation via publications and award of fellowships and grants and is actively involved in major theoretical and policy debates about urban problems within Australia and globally. Many of the Centre's programs have urban geography dimensions.


The CUR is located at RMIT’s city campus in the core of Melbourne, a city which enjoys a reputation as the world’s ‘most liveable’. The Centre enjoys strong collaborative links with colleagues at other local institutions and is internationally networked including via the RMIT Europe office and the Cities Programme of the UN Global Compact.  The CUR is also closely linked to the Sustainability and Urban Planning teaching program within the School of Global Urban and Social Studies at RMIT.

RMIT VC Fellowships will be awarded across the University’s Enabling Capability Platforms, including 'Urban Futures'. To enquire about applying for a fellowship within CUR please contact Centre Director Jago Dodson in the first instance via email jago.dodson@rmit.edu.au, and include your academic CV.

Note that CUR does not allocate fellowships directly but provides recommendations to RMIT’s central recruitment process. Applications for the scheme are highly competitive.

All information about the positions is available via the following links:
RMIT Vice Chancellors Senior Research and Research Fellowships

Applications close 28 August, 2016 at 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time

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Assistant professor position specialized in the analysis of models of urbanization and urban power restructuring in the Global South

The Geneva School of Social Sciences (G3S) is considering the opening of an assistant professor position specialized in the analysis of models of urbanization and urban power restructuring in the Global South. Eager to reach gender balance within its staff, G3S wants to check that there is a significant number of young women liable to be interested in this position. Young women with a significant number of academic publications in the field mentionned above are invited to send to G3S (address below) a CV, list of publications and letter of interest.

Deadline : August 28th.

Address
Mrs Follmi
Daniele.Follmi@unige.ch
Dean's assistant
Geneva School of Social Sciences
UniMail
Bd du Pont d’Arve 10
1211 Geneva 4
Switzerland

4 Assistant/Associate Professorships (Tenure Track) at Utrecht University

The deadline is June, 1, 2016

Location : Utrecht
Function types . Professors, associate professors, assistant professors and lecturers
Scientific fields : Human Geography, Spatial Planning, International Development Studies
Hours : 36.0 - 40.0 hours per week
Salary : € 2920 - € 4654
Education : Doctorate
Job number: 824861
Translations : en nl
About employer : Utrecht University
Short link: www.academictransfer.com/33954
Apply for this job within 15 days

Job description

The Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning has developed the challenging research programme ‘Urban Futures: Transitions towards Economic and Social Sustainable Cities’. In this programme faculty members from different sub disciplines of human geography and planning work closely together on two main research themes: ‘Economic Urban Transitions’ and ‘Social Urban Transitions’. Within this programme several interrelated topics are studied: urban economic resilience, networks and flows in and between urban regions, healthy urban living, urban inequalities and diversities, transnational mobilities, and smart urban governance. The Department is also responsible for one undergraduate programme in Human Geography and Spatial Planning and for a number of graduate programmes in urban and economic geography, spatial planning, international development studies, and GIS.

Our ambition is to further develop the two integrative research themes with a focus on the issues and topics mentioned. From an education perspective, the Department wants to strengthen faculty expertise in: urban and regional economic development and policy, geography of urban social issues, transnational mobility and urban life, land and real estate development, and GIS, all subjects in the context of the global North and South. This will be achieved by appointing four excellent assistant professors who are able to contribute to these ambitions from their respective specializations in urban and economic geography, international development studies, spatial planning and related disciplines.


Requirements

We are looking for colleagues who show leadership and who initiate, both independently and in collaboration with other researchers and external partners, new research projects within the ‘Urban Futures’ research programme, thereby enriching the current research agenda. Next to research duties, the assistant professor will have teaching tasks in BSc- and MSc-programme and will be involved in PhD-supervision. We envisage positions with 0.5 fte research and 0.5 fte teaching for the next four years of appointment.
We seek highly motivated candidates who hold a PhD in Human Geography, Spatial Planning or a related discipline. If you

  • have experience in conducting scientific research leading to high-quality publications
  • have extensive experience in qualitative and/or quantitative methods of research and/or GIS
  • have a good (international) research network
  • see added value in collaborating within interdisciplinary research projects
  • are able to acquire research funding in competition, preferably with a proven track record
  • are enthusiastic about – and have experience in – teaching and supervising students from undergraduate to PhD levels
  • are willing and confident to teach subjects beyond your niche of expertise
  • have a Basic Teaching Certificate (BKO) or similar teaching qualification, or are willing to acquire such a qualification as soon as possible are proficient in both written and spoken English have the willingness to learn Dutch (passive proficiency required, in case- of a non-Dutch speaking candidates)
  • are a team player, looking forward to contributing to, and collaborating with different disciplinary groups within and outside our department

we encourage you to apply and are looking forward to meeting you.

Candidates with a background in Human Geography, International Development Studies and/or Spatial Planning have our preference, however candidates with a different disciplinary background and with an interest in Human Geography and Spatial Planning are also invited to respond.


Conditions of employment

Employment conditions are based on the Collective Labour Agreement of the Dutch Universities. We offer a fulltime position that starts with an initial period of two years, with an intended extension of either another two years or a conversion to a permanent position, subject to performance. The gross monthly salary is based on experience and qualifications, and ranges from a minimum of € 2,920 to a maximum of € 4.654,- on a fulltime basis (as of January 2016). The salary is supplemented by a holiday allowance of 8% per year and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.
We offer a pension scheme, collective insurance schemes and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). Facilities for sports and childcare are available on our campus, which is only 15 minutes away from the historical city centre of Utrecht. For more information visit Working at Utrecht University.

Employer

Utrecht University is a research-intensive university that values excellence in teaching as well as in research. Its clear research profile is centred on four strategic themes: Sustainability, Life Sciences, Dynamics of Youth, and Institutions for Open Societies. Utrecht University plays a prominent role in our society and contributes to finding the answers to topical and future societal issues.
The Faculty of Geosciences offers education and research concerning the geosphere, biosphere, atmosphere and anthroposphere. With a population of 2,600 students (BSc and MSc) and 600 faculty and staff, the Faculty is a vibrant and ambitious organisation. The Faculty is organised in four Departments: Innovation, Environmental and Energy Sciences; Earth Sciences; Physical Geography; and Human Geography and Spatial Planning.
Additional information

More information can be obtained from prof. Martin Dijst, email: m.j.dijst@uu.nl

Deadline

You can apply for this job until 01-06-2016 by using the online application form.

Postdoctoral fellows in the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)

The United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) has several openings for postdoctoral fellows, including a position in its “Governance for Sustainable Development” project.

The application deadline for the JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship programme is 29 February 2016.

The selected fellow will work at the forefront of applied research relevant to Governance for Sustainable Development. One focus of the project is governance related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This includes implementation mechanisms and governance of the SDGs at national or regional levels, comparison of implementation, science–policy interface, interlinkages between the SDGs and other international agreements, and follow up and review of the SDGs. In terms of issues, our primary focus is on Goal 12 and its linkage with other relevant goals, but not limited to it.

Required qualifications:
- PhD degree (no ABDs) from a range of disciplines including but not limited to political science, sociology, economics, legal and other social sciences, and civil engineering (socio-economic modelling)
- Demonstrated research skills in similar areas
- Ability to design and implement research involving fieldwork
- Fluency in English is essential and a working knowledge of other languages is desirable

Jointly organized by UNU and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), the JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship programme provides promising, highly qualified, young researchers with the opportunity to conduct advanced research relevant to the main thematic focus areas of UNU-IAS. The application deadline for the JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship programme is 29 February 2016.

For more information on the JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship programme, please visit our website: http://ias.unu.edu/en/about/fellowships/jsps-unu-fellowship-programme.html#overview.

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Four Senior Research Fellows (SRF) positions The Sussex Sustainability Research Programme (SSRP)

The Sussex Sustainability Research Programme (SSRP) www.sussex.ac.uk/ssrp is now advertising for FOUR Senior Research Fellows (SRF) positions, to be placed in each of the 4 schools primarily involved in SSRP.

The priority research themes of SSRP can be found at the SSRP web page and the job description can be seen at
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/aboutus/jobs/580

Interested candidates are encouraged to make an informal enquiry to the interim director, Dr Jörn Scharlemann, j.scharlemann@sussex.ac.uk.

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Post-Doc position - Complex socioeconomic systems - Valdivia, Chili

The Ecoinformatics Lab at Universidad Austral de Chile is looking for a Postdoctoral Fellow with expertise in the study of complex socioeconomic systems.

The selected applicant is expected to carry out research developing complex network analyses to represent social activity patterns across urban areas using primarily mobile phone communication data. Experience with Cellular Phone Networks data (CDR), Urban Scaling Theory, Network Theory, Nonlinear Dynamics of Social Systems, Big Data, Information Theory and/or Urban Economics is desirable. The candidate should possess good programming and statistical skills with proved modeling experience. Opportunities to participate in the ecological or social aspects of the project are also possible and particularly encouraged.

The position will be based at the Universidad Austral de Chile in Valdivia, Chile. (https://goo.gl/maps/t2m5yphrkUp) Active collaborations include INRIA Chile (www.inria.cl) and Dr. Pablo A. Marquet at the P. Universidad Católica de Chile (http://biologia.uc.cl/es/cuerpo-academico/profesor/45). Additional partners are Telefónica Chile I+D (http://www.tidchile.cl) and the Smart Cities Unit at the Transportation Ministry of Chile (http://www.ciudadesinteligentes.gob.cl).

This position is initially for two years but it is renewable depending on performance and funding.

Applicants should submit:
· CV
· Certificate of Doctoral Degree
· One page Cover Letter describing motivation
· Two references able to provide letters of recommendation by researchers with extensive knowledge of the applicant

Recommendation letters and additional documentation should be sent directly to Dr. Horacio Samaniego (horacio@ecoinformatica.cl)

More info: horacio@ecoinformatica.cl

 

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30 tenure-track positions at all ranks in Geography, Hydrology, Urban Planning, Regional Development - School of Geography and Planning at the Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China

School of Geography and Planning at the Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China has recently become International School of Geography, as part of a new internationalization initiative of the Ministry of Education and State Foreign Expert Bureau. The School invites applications for 30 tenure-track positions at all ranks in Geography, Hydrology, Urban Planning, Regional Development, and other related areas. The starting date can be anytime before the end of 2017, but preference will be given to those who can start immediately.

A Ph.D. in Geography or related disciplines is required by the start of employment. The successful applicants will demonstrate a strong record of publishing in prominent outlets.  The ability to conduct interdisciplinary research is desirable. Those applying for senior positions are expected to show records of externally funded research.

Salaries will be highly competitive and comparable to those offered by international programs.
Non-Chinese nationals are strongly encouraged to apply. Those with administrative experience will be considered for leadership roles of the School.

Applications should include :
- a cover letter
- a curriculum vitae
- evidence of teaching effectiveness
- statements of research and teaching plans
- names and e-mail addresses of three referees.

All application materials should be emailed to Miss Siran Wu at :
wusiran3@mail.sysu.edu.cn  or isgp@mail.sysu.edu.cn
isgp@mail.sysu.edu.cn  isgp@mail.sysu.edu.cn.

Evaluation of applications will be carried out on a quarterly basis and continue until the positions are filled.

The School has 1,700 students and 123 faculty staff. It is ranked 119th in the 2015 QS Ranking among all geography programs worldwide. For more information please visit the School's website at http://gp.sysu.edu.cn/.

Associate Professor in Human Geography - SVT-1247 - NTNU (Norway)

The Department of Geography of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim is announcing a :
permanent position as Associate Professor in Human Geography specializing in Urban and Regional Development (code 1011).

Application deadline: 28 November 2015.

Currently, the Department employs 9 Professors, 10 Associate Professors and 12 PhD candidates. The Department has defined four strategic areas: Climate, vulnerability, adaptation and mitigation; Environment, resources, management; Mobility, transnationalism and inequality; and Innovation in industry and society.

The available position relates to one or both of the following strategic areas at the Department: Mobility, transnationalism and inequality, and/or Innovation in industry and society. In addition, the position is seen in relation to one of NTNU’s four strategic research areas, namely Sustainability including the topic Sustainable urban development.

Obligations
The Associate Professor will have specific responsibility for research and teaching within urban and regional development. In addition, the Associate Professor will be responsible for teaching courses in basic geographical theory and methods. He or she will be required to participate in teaching activities in accordance with the relevant curriculum and to take part in further developing the teaching program. The Associate Professor will participate in work connected with student exams without special remuneration. He or she will also be expected to supervise master’s students, research fellows and doctoral candidates in his/her discipline and must participate in administrative work.

The Associate Professor will take an active part in developing the Department’s research activities. He or she will also have the right and obligation to carry out research within his/her professional field and to be jointly responsible for academic matters together with other academic staff in the Department. The Associate Professor will be obliged to follow the regulations that concerns changes and developments within the discipline and/or the organizational changes concerning activities at NTNU.

Qualifications

The Associate Professor must demonstrate research competence within Human Geography related to urban and regional development, with a specific focus on the urban dimensions of such development. Topics of relevance are sustainable urban and regional development, issues concerning inequality in an urban or regional context, and innovation in an urban or regional context. Specific competence within a quantitative methodological/GIS approach is preferred.

The successful applicant must document comprehensive professional qualifications within major areas of the field. The successful applicant must document scientific competence (PhD) in one or several parts of the professional field, with particular weight on the areas where he or she has had a specific responsibility to initiate and lead research and development work. Applicants with documented ability to publish in recognized international scientific journals will be prioritized. In the evaluation process, scientific work from the past five years will be given particular weight.

Any person employed without university pedagogic competence and without documented equivalent qualifications will be required to attend and complete a course in university pedagogics within two years. NTNU offers such courses.
In addition, pedagogical qualifications will be evaluated. The evaluation will be based on documented pedagogical material, pedagogical education, presentational skills in the applicant’s scientific work and experience in supervising PhD or master’s candidates, teaching and pedagogical background of other types. Total quality will be evaluated. The best qualified candidates will be invited to deliver a trial lecture and attend an interview at the Department.

For further information see:
http://www.ntnu.edu/vacancies/pedagogical-qualifications
Personal skills and motivation to contribute to a good working environment will be ascribed high importance.

Payment and working conditions
The Associate Professor, code 1011, is paid according to salary level 57 to level 77 in the national salary scheme, gross NOK 483 400 -
711 500 annually. Two percent of gross salary is deducted for the State Pension Scheme.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. The employee is expected to accept possible changes in work tasks. Primary residency in Trondheim is a prerequisite. The total obligation to work shall be divided into research within the field, teaching and administration. The division between these fields of work obligation will vary, but approximately equal time should be devoted to research and teaching. Employees in academic positions who are not already fluent in a Scandinavian language must within three years obtain knowledge of Norwegian or another Scandinavian language at an equivalent standard to Level 3 in the Norwegian for Foreigners courses provided at the Department of Language and Literature, NTNU. The University provides such courses.

Application
Applicants must within the application deadline submit the following documents through the application website www.jobbnorge.no:
- Application
- CV and authorized documentation of certificates and study records
- Academic work (normally 5-10 such submissions)
- A description of all academic work that the applicant considers most significant and that he/she wishes the evaluation committee to pay particular attention to.
- A list of all publications with bibliographical references.
Joint work will be evaluated. If it is difficult to identify the contributions from individuals in a joint piece of work, applicants must enclose a short descriptive summary of what he/she contributed to the work.

It is a major political objective to achieve a balance of age and gender in the national labor force and to recruit people with an immigrant background. Immigrants are encouraged to apply for the position. Information about applicants may be open to public inspection according to the Freedom of Information Act.

Further information about the position is available by contacting Head of Department Karoline Daugstad,
phone +47 73 59 16 58 or email
karoline.daugstad@svt.ntnu.no

An application including attachments must be sent electronically through: www.jobbnorge.no
Attachments may also be sent to: NTNU, Faculty of Social Sciences and Technology Management, NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway.

Please mark the application SVT-1247.

Application deadline: 28 November 2015.

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Two PROF. Positions at The Ohio State University - Urban Geography

Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2015.

 

Position #1

Department:
City and Regional Planning Section, Knowlton School of Architecture.

Position:
Risk and Resilience in Urban and Urbanizing Regions.

Rank:
Assistant Professor, though exceptionally well‐qualified candidates may be considered for an appointment at the Associate Professor level.

Description:
The City and Regional Planning (http://knowlton.osu.edu/programs/city‐and‐regional‐planning) Section of the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University (OSU) is seeking applicants for a faculty appointment in Risk and Resilience in Urban and Urbanizing Regions. This is a full‐time, tenure track appointment, to begin in the fall semester 2016. The position involves research, teaching, and service responsibilities.  Salary and teaching load are competitive with other major research institutions.

City and regional planning occurs within dynamic and uncertain contexts. Cities and regions face continuing and unpredictable challenges, including natural disasters, public health crises, and social inequities. These challenges are best met via resilient cities and regions with the capacity to survive, adapt, and flourish in  the face of turbulent change. Ideally, such cities and regions are not only able to recover from disasters but also address on‐going stresses such as infrastructure decay, urban violence, and food or water shortages.

Resilient cities and regions are able to remain healthy, vibrant, and diverse by planning effectively, learning from experience, maintaining spare capacity where necessary, rebounding rapidly from shocks, limiting the impacts of failure, turning tragedy into opportunity, and rebuilding to become stronger than before.

Within this general area of risk management and resilience in urban and urbanizing regions, we are particularly interested in the following, which could be studied from a US or international perspective:
o Hazard planning and mitigation        
o Social justice
o Public health                                     
o Planning under stress and uncertainty
o Climate change mitigation and adaptation

The successful candidate will have an orientation in applied research and be well‐grounded in the theory and practice of urban and regional planning. Applicants should have the background necessary to teach undergraduate through graduate level planning courses ‐‐ studios as well as seminars and lectures. Applicants with a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in planning or a related field in hand are preferred. Applicants with other research‐oriented terminal degrees may be considered if they can demonstrate significant knowledge of planning. The preferred rank is at the assistant professor level, although especially well‐qualified candidates may be considered for an appointment at the associate professor level.

This position is partially funded by Ohio State's Discovery Themes Initiative (discovery.osu.edu), a significant faculty hiring investment in key thematic areas in which the university can build on its culture of academic collaboration to make a global impact. The appointee will be among the first wave of hires in a multi‐year trans‐disciplinary initiative that seeks to attract established and emerging scholars to the University. Thus, the successful candidate will be able to communicate and work with students from other disciplinary backgrounds including architecture, landscape architecture, science, engineering, the social sciences and the humanities. He or she will join a highly collaborative interdisciplinary community of scholars in the Sustainable and Resilient Economy (SRE) program including faculty from Social and Behavioral Sciences, Humanities, Environmental Sciences, Business, Engineering and Public Affairs.

The SRE program seeks to advance sustainability science by developing a more holistic understanding of sustainable and resilient production and consumption systems, human‐environment interactions, and innovations in sustainable technologies and governance. We especially encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds who have interest and experience working in an interdisciplinary environment.

Qualifications:
Preferred qualifications include the potential for effective research, strong training in theory and research methods, university teaching experience, as well as a commitment to mentoring members of underrepresented groups. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to participate in collaborative teams and interdisciplinary research on sustainability and resilience topics. Desired qualifications include a demonstrated interest and ability to collaborate with interdisciplinary teams including scholars from the natural and social sciences, engineering, and the humanities.

Application Instructions:
Applicants should email the following application materials to the Risk and Resilience Faculty
Search, c/o Doug Sershen (sershen.2@osu.edu ), scanned in the following order into a single PDF:
(1) a cover letter summarizing the applicant’s qualifications, how their research contributes specifically to the topics identified in this add and courses they would be interested in teaching.
(2) curriculum vitae,
(3) names and addresses (including email and phone numbers) of three academic/professional references,
(4) at most 3 research papers or publications.
The application file should be named: RISK_ CANDIDATE’S LAST NAME_FIRST NAME.
Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2015. Members of the search committee will be attending the ACSP conference in Houston and can arrange to meet with potential applicants.Questions may be sent to Associate Professor Gulsah Akar, City and Regional Planning Section at akar.3@osu.edu.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion:
The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We are responsive to dual‐career families and strongly promote work‐life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. We are an NSF ADVANCE Institution and a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC).

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Qualified women, minorities, Vietnam‐era veterans, disabled veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

 

Position #2

Department:
City and Regional Planning (CRP) Section, Knowlton School of Architecture, and the Department of Civil,Environmental and Geodetic Engineering (CEGE).

Position:
Smart Urban Systems: Policy, Planning, Design, and Operations

Rank: Assistant Professor, though exceptionally well‐qualified candidates may be considered for an appointment at the Associate Professor level.

Description:
The City & Regional Planning (CRP)Section (knowlton.osu.edu/programs/city‐and‐regional‐planning ) in the Knowlton School of Architecture, and the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering (CEGE) (ceg.osu.edu ), both in the College of Engineering (engineering.osu.edu) at The Ohio State University (OSU), are seeking applicants for a faculty appointment in Smart Urban Systems, particularly focused on the use of big data in governing, planning, designing, managing and operating urban areas. The full‐time, tenure track appointment is expected to begin in the fall semester of 2016. The position involves research, teaching, and service responsibilities. Salary and teaching load are commensurate with other major research institutions. The position will be filled jointly between Knowlton’s CRP Section and the Department of CEGE. The majority of the affiliation and the tenure initiating unit will be in the Knowlton School’s CRP Section.

With the advent of data gathering and communication technologies, urban areas have at their disposal vast arrays of datasets relating to the interactions that take place among end‐users (e.g., individuals, households, firms), built systems, utilities, natural environment, and public institutions. Exploiting these big datasets can improve (a) the understanding of the complex and evolving interactions underlying cities, (b) the utilities and services that cities offer, and (c) the mitigation of any negative impacts on the natural and built environments. To affect such improvements, the position is focused on advancing and applying the interdisciplinary field of data analytics encompassing spatio‐temporal modeling and computational methods to address policy‐making, planning, and urban system engineering topics relating to sustainability, energy efficiency, mobility and accessibility, public health, and safety with special attention given to the economic, environmental, and social dynamics that embody urban systems.

The successful candidate is expected to have a solid foundation in the theory and practice of urban planning and urban systems, develop an active research program, effectively teach undergraduate and graduate level courses of interest to both the CRP Section and the Department of CEGE, and be involved in service within the university and in appropriate professional communities. In addition, the successful candidate is expected to be able to communicate and work with students from other disciplinary backgrounds including architecture, landscape architecture, science, engineering, social sciences, and humanities. Qualified candidates who have interest and experience working in an interdisciplinary environment are especially encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to interact and collaborate with members of multi‐disciplinary centers and initiatives at The Ohio State University, including the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis, the Center for
Resilience, the Office of Energy and Environment, the Center for Automotive Research, the Battelle Center for Science and Technology Policy, and the campus‐wide interdisciplinary initiative expanding faculty expertise in data analytics. An earned doctoral degree (or equivalent) in planning, urban economic analysis, urban geography, operations research, engineering, or a closely related field is required prior to the expected start date of August 2016. Applicants with other research‐oriented terminal degrees may be considered if they demonstrate substantial knowledge in planning and urban systems pertinent to the position. The preferred rank is at the assistant professor level, although especially well‐qualified candidates may be considered for an appointment at the associate professor level.

This position is partially funded by OSU’s Discovery Themes Initiative (discovery.osu.edu), a significant faculty hiring investment in key thematic areas in which the university can build on its culture of academic collaboration to make a global impact. The successful candidate will be part of a highly collaborative trans‐disciplinary community of scholars and external partners dedicated to develop innovative solutions through data analytics, decision science, and public and private collaborations. The appointee will be among the first wave of hires in a multi‐year trans‐disciplinary initiative that seeks to attract established and emerging scholars to OSU.

Qualifications:
Important qualifications include strong training in theory and research methods, potential for effective research,university teaching experience or potential, and commitment to mentoring undergraduate and graduate students including members of underrepresented groups.

Application Instructions:
Applicants should email the following application materials to Smart Urban Systems Faculty Search, c/o Doug Sershen (sershen.2@osu.edu), in a single PDF file that includes the following items in the specified order:
(1) cover letter summarizing the applicant’s qualifications,
(2) curriculum vitae,
(3) statements of research and teaching interests describing how these interests contribute specifically to the
topics identified in the above description,
(4) names, affiliations, and contact information (including e‐mail addresses) of three references, and
(5) up to three research papers, published, under review, or in preparation for possible publication in peerreviewed
journals (dissertation chapters are also acceptable if written in a self‐contained manner).
The application file should be named: SMART_URBAN_SYSTEMS_CANDIDATE’S LAST NAME_FIRST NAME.

Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2015. Some members of the search committee will be attending the ACSP conference in Houston and can arrange for informal informational meetings with potential
applicants.

Questions may be sent to Associate Professor Gulsah Akar, City and Regional Planning Section at akar.3@osu.edu.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion:
The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment,encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. OSU is responsive to dual career families and strongly promote work‐life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. OSU is an NSF ADVANCE Institution and a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC).

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Qualified women, minorities, Vietnam‐era veterans, disabled veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The Ohio State University, a land‐grant university, is ranked 19th among US universities in total research expenditures and is third in industry‐funded research expenditures, with nearly half of this research conducted in the College of Engineering. OSU is located in Columbus, which is the 15th largest city in the country with a metropolitan population of 1.8 million. Columbus offers a high quality of life, with affordable housing in vibrant neighborhoods, quality public schools, and economic prosperity. It is a city that celebrates diversity and is consistently rated as one of the best places to live in the country for African‐Americans, members of the LGBT community, and families.

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