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

Ref: 4124

University of Twente

Enschede, the Netherlands

Role Managed by:

Emi Saliasi

Senior Research Associate

t: +31 (0) 2 02 40 43 73


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: competitive

Closing Date: 17/05/2019

Formal Interview Date: 1st and 10th of July 2019

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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.


Person specification

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.


Terms of employment

The University of Twente offers an inspiring and challenging international and academic environment. The position offered is on a fulltime basis for a period of four years, with the possibility of one extension. The maximum monthly salary will be €9.812 on the basis of full-time work, with a further supplement of maximum 15 percent. Additionally, the University of Twente offers an attractive package of secondary employment benefits. The salary and benefits are based on the collective labour agreement for Dutch universities and the Dutch law: WNT.


How to apply

An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Perrett Laver, whose representatives will assist the selection panel to identify the widest possible field of candidates and to assist in the assessment of candidates against the requirements of the role. Applications should consist of a cover letter, and a full curriculum vitae.

Perrett Laver may be contacted for informal enquiries and questions about the post on +31 (0)20 240 4373 or Applications can be uploaded at, quoting reference number 4124. The deadline for applications for this position is 09:00 am (CET) on Thursday 17th of May 2019.

Applications will be considered by the selection committee on the 27th of May 2019. Perrett Laver will conduct preliminary in-depth discussions with longlisted candidates in the first week of June and the selection committee will then meet to decide on a shortlist of candidates on the 17th of June. These shortlist candidates will subsequently be invited for formal interviews for the position. This will take place on the 1st and 10th of July 2019.  Selection of and negotiations with the preferred candidate will take place thereafter.

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