University Professor in the employment relationship corresponding to remuneration group W3 in Urban Mobility and Urban Labs in International Contexts within the Institute of Urban and Regional Planning
Technische Universität Berlin
Technische Universität Berlin – Faculty VI Planning Building Environment – is currently advertising a
University Professor – in the employment relationship corresponding to remuneration group W3
in Urban Mobility and Urban Labs in International Contexts within the Institute of Urban and Regional Planning. The position is offered as a joint professorship (Jülich model) with the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy.
Faculty VI Reference number: VI-642/23 (starting at 01/10/24 / permanent / closing date for applications 08/12/23)
The position includes heading or co-heading the “Mobility and International Cooperation” research unit at the Wuppertal Institute (Berlin). The research unit develops implementation-oriented concepts that bring local demand, technical expertise, and policy advice together with financing concepts. At the Institute of Urban and Regional Planning the postholder will undertake reduced teaching duties of 2 course hours per week in “Urban Mobility and Urban Labs in International Contexts”. A connection to the Climate Change Center (CCC) Berlin-Brandenburg is planned.
Research and teaching should examine the interactions between individual sustainable mobility measures in the broader context of urban and mobility planning on a number of different planning levels, focusing on the three areas of compact, multifunctional urban planning, the prioritizing of local public transport and non-motorized transport as well as the decarbonization of propulsion technologies in the context of comparative, international case studies. Application-based real lab concepts for sustainable cities are to be developed and researched, with particular attention to cities in the Global South. The main area of focus is innovative solutions for urban mobility. Based on a close cooperation with political, business, and social actors in an urban context, both socio-technical interactions between participants and decision processes in the urban environment and the role of different political and control approaches are to be analyzed. The goal of research and teaching for the professorship is to gain a better understanding of urban sustainability transitions. The transdisciplinary research perspective on the design of sustainability transitions adopted in this process builds on and links sectoral research.
The “Urban and Regional Planning” and “Urban Design” master’s programs are taught in English, while the language of instruction for the “Urban and Regional Planning” bachelor’s program is German.
Further responsibilities include leading and managing the chair and its staff; supporting the advancement of junior scholars, women, and diversity; knowledge and technology transfer; initiatives to promote internationalization; gender and diversity competence, and sustainability-oriented action; as well as committee work.
Candidates are expected to fulfill the appointment requirements pursuant to Section 100 of the Berlin Higher Education Act. These include: a degree in urban planning, geography, sociology or a comparable discipline related to planning and spatial sciences; a particular aptitude for academic work, generally demonstrated by a doctorate; additional academic achievements; as well as an aptitude for teaching, documented in a teaching portfolio (for further details, please see the TUB website
Applicants are expected to demonstrate knowledge and experience in the following areas:
Developing transition pathways for the decarbonization of cities, in particular as this relates to urban mobility, taking account of different planning levels
Analyzing success factors of specific concepts for low-carbon urban mobility solutions and transferring these to other contexts
Analyzing political and institutional processes in urban labs
Organizing and conducting dialog between different interest groups to establish coalitions for implementing selected measures
Urban development working with international organizations and within the context of sister-city relationships
The following are additionally required for (co-)heading the “Mobility and International Cooperation” research unit at the Wuppertal Institute (Berlin):
Proven ability in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research
Experience in acquiring, running and heading international cooperation projects (third-party funded projects)
Skills in managing a department
Involvement in and management of national and international research networks
Applicants are expected to be able to teach in German and English (see the current version of the TU Berlin Academic Senate’s resolution regarding language policy
https://www.tu.berlin/go209656/). In addition to the duties contained in Section 99 BerlHG, the successful candidate is further expected to assume responsibility for heading and managing an academic chair and its staff as well as for the advancement of junior scholars and women, and to demonstrate gender and diversity competences and an active commitment to knowledge and technology transfer as well as science communication.
Technische Universität Berlin and the Wuppertal Institute are seeking to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching and actively encourage applications from suitably qualified female candidates. Preference will be given to applicants with severe disabilities fulfilling the requirements of the position. TU Berlin values the diversity of its members and is committed to equality of opportunity. We are a certified family-friendly university and our Dual Career Service can assist you and your family with your move to Berlin.
TU Berlin aims to improve the fairness of its appointment procedures and has developed a template to take account of academic age in appointment procedures as part of a pilot project. The template is to be used regularly in the procedures from the beginning of 2023. The form (Excel file) is available for download here: https://www.tu.berlin/go209647/.
Applications in English quoting the reference provided above should be submitted preferably by email as a single PDF file by 08.12.2023 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications should include the following documents: CV, certificates, research and teaching concept, teaching portfolio, list of third-party funded projects, and a publications list citing what you believe to be your five most important publications. Electronic documents submitted using cloud services such as WeTransfer or Dropbox cannot be accepted. Written applications (including a digital version on a USB storage device) should be sent to Technische Universität Berlin – Die Präsidentin – Dekanin der Fakultät VI, Planen Bauen Umwelt, Straße des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin.
For reasons of cost, applications cannot be returned. Please only submit copies of documents.
If you require further information about how to apply, please send an email to email@example.com. Questions relating to the requirements of the position should be sent to the same email address; they will then be forwarded to the chair of the appointment committee.
The position is also advertised online at: https://www.personalabteilung.tu-berlin.de/menue/jobs/.