Vacancy: Assistant Professor Spatio-temporal Statistics (fulltime)

The Department of Earth Observation Science (EOS) of the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente in Enschede, the Netherlands, has a vacant two-year full-time position.

Job description

You initiate, carry out and participate in education, research and consulting activities on spatial statistics. Research will focus on spatio-temporal statistics, Bayesian methods and sampling for images and ITC’s research focus on sustainable development goals. It includes issues of spatial and spatio-temporal data quality, statistical learning and big data. You have experience in open source software development. You are able to discuss and find solutions for information acquisition problems emerging within ITC’s research and consulting projects. You will teach, assist and supervise MSc and PhD students, contribute to the development of educational modules and new online learning packages at various levels of education and actively participate in joint educational programmes with ITC’s partner institutes abroad. You may share responsibility in the management of the department. You participate actively in national and international professional societies.

Your profile


  • possess a PhD in the field of statistics, geo-informatics, computer science or robotics or its equivalent with relevance to spatial information acquisition problems.
  • have experience with developing methods for efficient mapping of images and sustainable development goals is a prerequisite.
  • have demonstrated scientific creativity combined with a publishing record of acknowledged quality and a strong interest in developing cost effective solutions relevant to the large variety of problems.
  • have strong computing skills to implement novel spatio-temporal models in R, Python, OpenBUGS, or INLA.
  • have (preferably) proven didactic skills and experience in teaching (University Teacher Qualification certificate ‘BKO’ or equivalent)
  • have affinity with a multi-cultural, post-graduate education environment, and experience in international consulting and advising services.
  • have an excellent command of English. UT sets specific standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. UT offers training to improve English competency.
  • are willing to undertake international travel.
  • A record of ability to seek external funding and/or grants is an added advantage.

Information and application

Additional information about this position can be obtained from Prof. dr. ir. A. Stein (, phone: +31 53 4874 552). You are also invited to visit our homepage.

Please submit your application before 1 April, 2018 (choose “apply here” below). Your application has to include (i) a motivation letter and (ii) a detailed CV with three referees.

Our offer

We offer an inspiring and challenging international environment. You will be employed for a period of two years. Prolongation of the contract after this period is a possibility.

  • Gross monthly salary between € 3475.- and € 4757.- depending on experience and qualifications (job profile Assistant Professor level 2).
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.
  • Excellent support for research and facilities for professional and personal development.
  • A solid pension scheme.
  • Possibilities to save up holidays for sabbatical leave.
  • Minimum of 29 holiday days in case of full-time employment.

The organization

The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.

The Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente provides international postgraduate education, research and project services in the field of geo-information science and earth observation using remote sensing and GIS. The aim of ITC's activities is the international exchange of knowledge, focusing on capacity building and institutional development in developing countries and emerging economies.

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