Professor and Chair of Land Use Planning (LUP), Wageningen University & Research

Wageningen (Gemeenten), Gelderland (NL)
07 Dec 2018
End of advertisement period
06 Jan 2019
Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities, Architecture
Contract Type
Full Time

Professor and Chair of Land Use Planning (LUP), Wageningen University & Research

We are looking for
Wageningen University is lookinig for an innovative and dynamic scholar to lead the Land Use Planning Chair Group (0.8 - 1.0 fte) at Wageningen University & Research.

The Land Use Planning Chair Group (LUP) develops knowledge and expertise, and teaches on spatial planning and accompanying legislative and financial instruments that contribute to deliberate modifications of landscape features. The Chair Group has a specific focus on landscapes, in which cities are situated in a matrix of densely populated and intersected agricultural and (semi-)natural areas.

The new chair holder of LUP is expected to further advance an innovative research and education programme at Wageningen University, acquire research funding and teach and supervise students and PhD candidates. LUP closely collaborates in research and education with the Chair Group Landscape Architecture; together they form the Group of Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning (LSP). They take advantage of synergism between both fields and operate as one administrative group.

The LUP chair holder will develop an innovative and internationally relevant research programme, drawing on the expertise of the current team. The chair holder will ensure the group continues to grow into a supportive working environment for young and established academics. The successful applicant will also further strengthen the Chair Group’s profile in national and international networks, as well as effectively and constructively manage the Group’s internal processes.

We ask
The successful candidate:

  • Has profound knowledge of spatial planning, with a focus on landscape dynamics and receptive to both the social and natural sciences perspective;
  • Has a proven scientific track record in spatial planning, with a vision for future research and education, and shows the capacity to produce work of recognised international quality;
  • Enjoys managing professionals and demonstrates an inspiring, collegial, and unifying leadership style characterized by the passion to develop people, to build teams, and to create synergy;
  • Possesses a proven capacity of acquiring, leading and managing externally-funded research projects;
  • Is an inspiring teacher and supervisor, with proven ability to develop courses at Bachelor, Master, and PhD level, and with an interest and capacity to innovate teaching methods;
  • Holds a PhD degree in Spatial Planning or a related discipline;
  • Has affinity with transdisciplinary research and works on policy-relevant issues.

We offer 
You will be working for an inspiring international organisation with a large number of interdisciplinary projects all over the world. A strong commitment to teaching and fundamental research, combined with innovative applied research, creates a rich learning environment. Our students – the innovators of tomorrow – also benefit from first-class research and educational facilities.

The scientific quality of Wageningen University is affirmed by the prominent position we occupy in international rankings and citation indexes. Dutch students have been voting Wageningen University & Research as the best university in the Netherlands for fourteen years in a row.

We offer you a challenging position as full professor and Chair of Land Use Planning. Besides a competitive salary, we offer a number of additional benefits, such as an end-of-year extra month’s salary, a holiday allowance and a pension plan with the Dutch pension fund for government and education.

Coming from abroad
Wageningen is a centre for research and entrepreneurship. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees. It is a historic university town of about 36,000 residents in the central Netherlands. The academic community hails from more than 100 countries, giving the town a lively, international feel.

Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, by which 30% of their salary is exempt from tax.

Our highly qualified team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family. A specialized staffing agency will help your partner to find a job.

The Wageningen University & Research's International Community page ( contains practical information about what we do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. 

Equal opportunities employer 
We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

More information
Further information about the position can be obtained from Professor Dr Martin Herold, Chair of the Appointment Advisory Committee (Email: Tel: +31 317481276). More detailed information on the profile and the LUP Chair is available upon request (via  

You are invited to send your complete application to Dr Esther Roquas, Please include an application letter with curriculum vitae and a separate list of publications. The deadline for applications is 21 January 2019.

The Appointment Advisory Committee will interview selected candidates for this position on 20 March 2019. The Committee will thereafter invite short-listed candidates for a second day of interviews and a trial lecture on 18 April 2019. 

We are
Wageningen University & Research 
Delivering a substantial contribution to the quality of life. That's our focus – each and every day. Within our domain of good and safe food & food production, food security and a healthy living environment, we search for answers to issues affecting society – such as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy. Of course, we don’t do this alone. Every day, 5500 people work on ‘the quality of life’, turning ideas into reality, on a global scale.

Could you be one of these people? We give you the space you need.

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