Post-doc Researcher Position: Smart Urban Governance

We are hiring a postdoc researcher for a newly acquired project that is funded by the JPI Urban Europe/ERA-NET Cofund Smart Cities and Communities program.

We are looking for a PhD with a background in geography, sociology, urban planning, public administration, or another relevant discipline.


Post-doc Researcher: Smart Urban Governance  (Advanced decision support for Smart Governance)

Location:             Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), The Netherlands

Group:                 Urban Renewal and Housing research group

Duration:            Three years, full-time

Start:                    1 March or 1 April 2016

Details of the Position

This is a full-time, three-year post-doc position (with an initial contract for one year) within the international Urban Renewal and Housing research group led by Professor Maarten van Ham. The post-doctoral researcher will work under the supervision of Dr. Reinout Kleinhans in the three-year JPI Urban Europe ENSCC Project ‘Smartgov’ which seeks to strengthen contemporary urban governance by creating digital tools for decision support and two-way communication between citizens, governments and other stakeholders in (smart) cities. This project is a partnership between the TU Delft and academic and industry partners from Austria, Spain and Cyprus. The post-doc will conduct research into the nature of and requirements for contemporary urban governance of smart cities, with a focus on how various actors in ‘smart cities’ co-operate in decision-making processes and how co-creation and co-production between citizens and professionals affect the outcomes. The post-doc will conduct literature reviews and semi-structured interviews, design evaluation approaches for the monitoring of digital tools that will be developed and piloted in several European cities, co-ordinate the evaluation data collection by project partners in their countries, and analyse interview transcripts. The researcher will (co-)author project working reports as well as research papers for peer-reviewed citation indexed journals, present papers at international conferences, and lead seminars to disseminate research findings. The post-doctoral researcher will also assist in day-to-day project management.

The postdoc will be based in the Urban Renewal and Housing research group, led by Prof. Maarten van Ham, at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of TU Delft.

The Urban Renewal and Housing research group investigates neighbourhoods and cities as changing social sites and as sites of governance and civic action, including effects of neighbourhoods on residents and how residents affect neighbourhood stratification. The research programme focuses on three strongly interrelated broad themes: 1) neighbourhood effects; 2) neighbourhoods as sites of governance and civic action; 3) neighbourhood change and stratification. The staff of this research group has backgrounds in demography, sociology, geography and economics.

Job Requirements

The candidate holds a PhD in geography, sociology, urban planning, public administration, or another relevant discipline. Solid theoretical expertise in the fields of participatory planning, urban governance and active citizenship is required. Candidates have strong qualitative research skills and proven experience with in-depth interviews and transcript analysis (NVivo/Atlas.ti), and preferably experience with quantitative research. Candidates preferably have a strong track record of international, peer-reviewed publications. An excellent command of English is required. A sufficient command of Dutch is an asset. Excellent project management and communication skills are regarded as assets.

Terms of Employment (see also

TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.


To apply, please e-mail the following by 1 February 2016 to Mrs. C. A. Moualed, : application letter, a detailed academic CV including publication list and research grants, an overview of study results, and at least two contacts for academic references.

Candidates who are invited for a second interview will be required to write a two-page document outlining their plan to tackle the work within the context of the JPI Urban Europe ENSCC project. When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number BK2016-01.

For more information about this position, please contact R. J. Kleinhans, e-mail:; phone: +31 (0)6–28616387.