Professor in Urban Planning Aalborg University, Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Planning Denmark



At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Planning, Aalborg University a position as Professor in Urban Planning is open for appointment from 1.11.2018 or soon thereafter. The Department of Planning includes development and planning in a broad sense, from the social science aspects of development (technological, environmental, international and administrative aspects) to physical planning, sector planning, land management, and to technical subjects such as environmental management, energy planning, surveying and mapping. The department belongs to the Technical Faculty of IT and Design. You can read more about the Department here. This position is within an interdisciplinary research group consisting of urban and regional planning, land management, geoinformatics, and geography.




Aalborg University is currently seeking to expand its research team with a Professor in the field of urban planning, with a special focus on urbanisation processes and the development of smart, sustainable, and liveable cities.


A successful applicant should have strong research experience aligned to at least two of the following fields:

  • Urbanisation within a global sustainable development perspective

  • Intersections between land-use, housing, and transport planning

  • Urban agendas and urban policies, e.g. densification and green infrastructure

  • Urban infrastructure and mobility focused on public transportation, walking, and cycling


The department has traditionally played an important role in urban planning research nationally and internationally. With the described profile, the department wishes to strengthen and consolidate its position within the research field of urban planning.


As Professor, you will be expected to develop a strong research profile within the field of urban planning, including supporting young academics in their career development. Experience with supervision of PhD students is advantageous. With the responsibility to initiate, attract and lead externally funded research and innovation projects, you are required to be experienced in project development and project management. The geographic scope of your field of interest should include a European and global perspective, with knowledge of planning in at least one of the Nordic countries desirable.


As Professor, you will be expected to play a leading role in teaching and the development of curriculums for the M.Sc. programme in Urban Planning and Management. However, you may also be involved in teaching at other study programmes at Aalborg University.


Your main efforts will be to:

  • Strengthen the existing research environment in urban planning at the Department of Planning

  • Attract external funding to establish a research agenda with international impact and visibility

  • Supervise PhD students

  • Provide leadership for the master’s programme in Urban Planning and Management at the Department of Planning

  • Actively engage with internal and external research environments and beyond in order to strengthen Aalborg University’s position within the field of urban planning


We offer an innovative research environment within the field of urban planning with a strong Scandinavian and European outlook. The Department of Planning at Aalborg University has a strong tradition for critical urban research within the research areas of ‘sustainable urban planning’ and ‘power in planning’.


In addition, the department has two well-established international master’s programmes in Urban Planning and Management, and Land Management. All programmes at Aalborg University utilise a problem-based learning teaching philosophy, which, among other things, requires that at least half of the ECTS per semester are derived from group-based student projects. This model offers ample opportunities for developing strong ties between teaching, research, and planning practice.    


You may obtain further information from Associate Professor Kristian Olesen, +45 93562364,

Qualification requirements: 


The level of qualification shall correspond to the level of Professor. The appointment presupposes that the applicant can demonstrate original scientific production at a high international level as well as documented teaching qualifications. Appointment to the position requires that both research and teaching qualifications are at the requested level. The two qualifications will be given equal and principal priority in the overall assessment.


As a Professor, you will also be a proven project manager and excellent communicator. You will be self-motivated and creative, and perform well in a cooperative research environment. Fluency in English is essential. A degree of fluency in Danish or other Nordic languages is an advantage.


The application must contain the following:

  • A motivated text wherein the reasons for applying, qualifications in relation to the position, and intentions and visions for the position are stated.

  • A current curriculum vitae.

  • Copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and PhD). On request you could be asked for an official English translation.

  • Scientific qualifications. A complete list of publications must be attached with an indication of the works the applicant wishes to be considered. You may attach up to 10 publications.

  • Teaching qualifications described in the teaching portfolio.  If this is not enclosed the applicant must include an explanation for its absence.

  • Dissemination qualifications, including participation on committees or boards, participation in organisations and the like.

  • Additional qualifications in relation to the position.

  • References/recommendations.

  • Personal data.


The applications are only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.

We wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

An assessment committee will assess all candidates. 

For further information concerning the application procedure please contact Nickie Hermansen by mail or phone (+45) 9940 9680.


Information regarding guidelines, ministerial circular in force, teaching portfolio and procedures can be seen here.



Appointment and salary acc. to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of professional Associations (AC) on Academics in the State. Employment as Professor is in accordance with a classified position on scale 37. In addition, a pensionable increment will be given. 







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