Assistant professor Environmental Geography and International Development Studies
University of Amsterdam Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Assistant professor Environmental Geography and International Development Studies



Publication date               27 May 2019

Closing date       19 June 2019

Level of education           PhD

Hours    32 hours per week

Salary indication               €3.637 to €4.978 gross per month, based on 38 hours per week

Vacancy number              19-338


Are you driven when it comes to conducting research and practicing teaching? Do you specialise in the field of Environmental Geography and/or Sustainable Development Studies? Do you have a global approach, including the Global South? Effective immediately, we are seeking an assistant professor for this specialisation.


Within the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, the Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies offers a range of Bachelor’s and Master's degree programmes and is an important contributor to the interdisciplinary bachelor program Future Planet Studies, while its research is carried out at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR). As an assistant professor, you will be part of the Programme Group Governance and Inclusive Development.

Job description


You will teach 0,6 fte of your contract. Your teaching will contribute to the Master program in Human Geography (track Environmental Geography) and to the interdisciplinary bachelor program Future Planet Studies. Your teaching includes environmental (geography) courses, GIS courses and thesis supervision, as well as involvement in committees. Topics include environmental governance theories and instruments; climate change, water and biodiversity related issues and challenges; geographical differentiation, contestation and inequality.


You are expected to collaborate with colleagues on papers on leaving fossil fuels underground, circular economy, climate proofing, adaptation and/or multi-level collaboration on environmental governance. You are stimulated to further develop research on your own, related to the broad field of Environment Geography and International Development Studies.



You have:


    a completed doctoral thesis in human geography, environmental studies, or a related field in the social sciences;

    knowledge of the state-of-the-art in environmental studies in relation to Human Geography and/or to International Development Studies; both mainstream and more critical approaches;

    knowledge of, experience with, and an interest in advanced social-scientific research methods, including Geographical Information Systems and preferably quantitatve methods;

    proven capability to teach and motivate students at both undergraduate and graduate level;

    a promising scientific publication record;

    demonstrated ability or potential to acquire research funding from external sources (e.g. Netherlands’ Organization for Scientific Research, European Research Council, or other national and international funding agencies);

    ability to catch up quickly in terms of how teaching is organized and practiced at the UvA.


You are:


    a team player as expressed in collaborative work;

    fluent in English and Dutch, or should be willing to acquire good active and passive knowledge of the Dutch language within two years;

    in possession of the Basic Teaching Qualification (Dutch BKO or foreign equivalent) or willing to obtain this certificate within two years;

    committed to the research agenda of the GID program group.


What can we offer you?


A challenging work environment with a variety of duties and ample scope for individual initiative and development within an inspiring organisation. The social and behavioural sciences play a leading role in addressing the major societal challenges faced by the world, the Netherlands and Amsterdam, now and in the future.


To work at the University of Amsterdam is to work in a discerning, independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterised by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society.

Further Information


Do you have any questions or do you require additional information? Please contact:


    Dr Hebe Verrest, program director BASGPL, MSc HG and MSc URP


Would you like to learn more about working at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)? Visit our website.



The position concerns a temporary appointment of 32 hours per week for two years. Within this period the size of the appointment will be adapted upward to 38 hours per week (from 0.24 fte research to 0.40 fte research) depending on the availability of additional regular research funding. If the candidate satisfies the general expectations of an assistant professor the positions will become tenured (barring unforeseen organisational or financial developments within the department).

Salary depends on past education and relevant work experience, with a minimum salary of €3,637 and a maximum salary of €4.978 gross per month based on a full-time appointment for a 38-hour working week (in keeping with scale 11, as per the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities). We additionally offer an extensive package of secondary employee benefits, including a generous holiday scheme and year-end bonus. Because we value your continued personal development and professionalisation, we also offer excellent opportunities for study and development.    

Job application


The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.


Does this profile sound like you? If so, we are eager to receive your CV and covering letter.


You can apply online by clicking on the link below.    


The deadline for applications is 19 June 2019. Interviews will take place on 27 June (1st round) and on 3 July (2nd round). #LI-DNP    


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