Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Appointment of Dean of the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente

Application deadline: 17 May 2019, 9.00 AM

Founded in 1961, the University of Twente is a young and entrepreneurial University of Technology that nurtures the leaders of tomorrow through creative and innovative education and sits at the forefront of global technological and social research, which it uniquely combines through its “High Tech, Human Touch” approach.

ITC is Twente’s world-leading Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation. where science and society are inextricably linked: ITC aims to strengthen academic and societal capacity by carrying out impact-oriented and methodology-alert research and providing the most effective education. Driven by the ambition to tackle complex research problems and grand societal challenges, scientists within the Faculty are exceptionally equipped in addressing important questions pertaining to climate change, population growth, urbanization and related claims for sufficient and secure food, water, energy, health, land and housing. ITC’s core competency in capacity building and the quality of its researchers and academics are recognized both nationally and internationally. ITC envisions spatial solutions to play an increasingly important role in meeting many of mankind’s complex challenges.

Job description

ITC is now looking to appoint a new Dean with a vision for spatial solutions and the ability to translate it into a strategy to shape the Faculty of the Future. In particular, the Dean will show resourcefulness in diversifying ITC’s funding resources, by going beyond the traditional focus on the global South and including the European landscape of research and institutional cooperation. Together with the Faculty Board, and in consultation with the executive board of the university, the new Dean will manage the faculty and safeguard the quality of education, research and capacity building.

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The Dean will be a bridge-builder who will successfully position the Faculty within and outside the university and actively seek opportunities for joint impact-driven initiatives with other faculties and within regional, national and international networks.

The new dean:

  • is a visible and recognised academic leader on the level of full professor in a relevant field for ITC;
  • has a vision related to ITC's mission and the future profile of the faculty and its disciplines;
  • is an advocate of community building across the scientific staff, the support staff and the students;
  • is intrinsically motivated to connect with other UT faculties and institutes to co-create and make an impact;
  • has affinity and active experience with ITC’s mission within developing countries;
  • makes a difference in a faculty on the brink of big changes and is willing and capable to make such changes happen with innovative and inspirational approaches;
  • encourages talent development within the faculty and/or as part of university-wide initiatives;
  • has proven leadership skills in several roles within an academic organization, and significant experience in administration and change management;
  • is known for an entrepreneurial and ground-breaking spirit. Given the current composition of the Faculty Board, applications from female candidates are actively encouraged.

More information: https://www.utwente.nl/en/organization/careers/!/44611/appointment-of-dean-of-the-faculty-of-geo-information-science-and-earth-observation-itc

Monday 6 May 2019