Postdoc: Transformations of European Agriculture

Postdoc: Transformations of European Agriculture

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21 Mar 4 Apr Amsterdam

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Do you want to contribute to a sustainability transformation in European Agriculture? Do you like spatial data and modelling? Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Job description

The postdoc position is partly financed by the Swiss Science Foundation project SIPATH ( What is Sustainable Intensification? Operationalizing Sustainable Agricultural Intensification Pathways in Europe) in which we work with different institutes on exploring the different pathways in which European agriculture might develop. In this context, we look for an ambitious postdoc that will learn from areas where transformative development has taken place to understand the conditions and constraints of upscaling such transformations to larger regions. To achieve this, the postdoc is expected to develop novel methods, potentially combining spatial analysis, actor-network mapping and (agent-based) modelling. The analysis should address regional to continental scale. Strong collaboration within the project and within the department is expected.

Your duties
  • conduct excellent research and publish in scientific papers
  • contribute to teaching, in particular by supervising Msc and Bsc student theses
  • contribute to project activities and deliverables
  • collaborate with colleagues in developping new research ideas and writing project proposals


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)


  • PhD degree in environmental science, geography or a related field. Candidates having a quantitative social sciences background are also welcome to apply
  • proven experience with spatial and quantitative analysis
  • knowledge of European landscapes an agricultural systems
  • good writing and communication skills
  • ability to start the position the latest by July 1st 2023

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 2 years.

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €3,557 (scale 10)a nd a maximum €4,670 (scale 10), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE.

The initial employment contract will affect a period of 2 years and might be prolonged with another year.
Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment,
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus,
  • solid pension scheme (ABP),
  • contribution to commuting expenses


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor - from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 30,000 students. We employ over 5,500 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam's Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

The Faculty of Science
The Faculty of Science inspires researchers and students to find sustainable solutions for complex societal issues. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to medicines and from molecules to the moon: our teaching and research programmes cover the full spectrum of the natural sciences. We share knowledge and experience with leading research institutes and industries, both here in the Netherlands and abroad.

Working at the Faculty of Science means working with students, PhD candidates and researchers, all with a clear focus on their field and a broad view of the world. We employ more than 1,250 staff members, and we are home to more than 11,000 students.

About the department
IVM is a leading environmental research institute that is internationally recognized for its high quality research output in a range of environmental disciplines, as well as for its interdisciplinary work. The mission of the institute is to contribute to sustainable development and care for the environment through scientific research and teaching. IVM aims to do excellent problem-oriented research that is useful to a wide range of stakeholders in the Netherlands and internationally. A unique strength of our research is to understand sustainability problems in their social and economic context. IVM research community works within four departments: Environmental Economics; Environmental Policy Analysis; Environmental Geography; and Water and Climate Risk. IVM is part of the Faculty of Science at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam ( This position is based within the Environmental Geography department. The Environmental Geography department conducts interdisciplinary research on the spatial aspects of environmental and social challenges and the solutions sustainable land use can provide to these..


  • Postdoc
  • 30.4—38 hours per week
  • €2960—€4670 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 15073


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

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