Assistant Professor of Sustainability Modelling for Large-Scale Transitions (Tenure Track)

Assistant Professor of Sustainability Modelling for Large-Scale Transitions (Tenure Track)

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4 May 2 Jun Nijmegen

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Job description

The Department of Environmental Science is looking for an enthusiastic Assistant Professor of Sustainability Modelling for Large-Scale Transitions ( tenure track).

The Department of Environmental Science has a long and successful tradition in developing computer models that describe socioecological interactions with a strong focus on the environmental dimension. You will be expected to enrich our research with a focus on developing and applying new indicator systems to evaluate the possible contribution of large-scale societal transitions to a sustainable world. We welcome applications from creative candidates with innovative research ideas and the ambition to develop an independent research line in modelling and assessing various aspects of environmental sustainability.

More specifically, you will be expected to contribute to the development and implementation of environmental performance indicators in large-scale environmental models. Furthermore you will play an active role in our educational programmes, particularly by participation in and the development of BSc and MSc courses in modelling, circularity, and sustainability, and supervision of undergraduate and graduate students in their thesis research projects. You will also obtain external research funding and reach out to both internal (i.e., within the institute) and external partners to initiate and further develop research and teaching in sustainability modelling, embedded within the group's broader research agenda.

Scientific challenges to realise large-scale sustainability include the development of indicators and locating principles to evaluate whether large-scale societal transitions, such as moving towards a circular economy, can be considered sustainable in the long term. Modelling can help to assess these challenges. An accurate description of the environmental, economic and social processes involved in moving towards a sustainable economy can reveal patterns and principles to be used to measure environmental sustainability and develop appropriate sustainability indicators. There are a variety of methods available to address global environmental sustainability challenges taking into account nation-wide and region-specific interactions and needs. These include, but are not limited to, material flow analysis, input-output models, and integrated assessment models.


Radboud University


You are a highly motivated scientist (PhD) with proven knowledge and expertise in the field of sustainability modelling. More specifically, we expect from you:
  • A PhD degree and a strong publication record in the interdisciplinary field of sustainability modelling and assessment.
  • At least two years of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Experience in developing and teaching courses as well as supervising individual students.
  • Experience in acquiring project funding.
  • Strong communication skills and proven affinity with collaborative projects bringing together researchers from different disciplines.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 6 years.

  • Employment: 0.8 - 1.0 FTE.
  • A maximum gross monthly salary of € 5,127 based on a 38-hour working week (salary scale 11).
  • The exact salary depends on the candidate's qualifications and amount of relevant professional experience.
  • In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • Duration of the contract: at the start of your tenure track you will be employed as an Assistant Professor level 2 (salary scale 11) for a six year period. Following a positive evaluation based on the criteria you will be appointed as an Assistant Professor level 1 (salary scale 12) on the basis of a permanent contract. Further information on a tenure track at the Faculty of Science can be found here.
  • The intended start date is 1 October 2021.
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment  and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Have a look at our excellent employment conditions. They include a good work-life balance (among other things because of the excellent leave arrangements), opportunities for development and a great pension scheme.


Radboud University

We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 22,000 students and 5,000 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!


Faculty of Science

Environmental Science
The Environment Science (ES) group, part of the Institute for Water and Wetland Research (IWWR), aims to understand and predict the impact of anthropogenic pressures on ecosystems and humans from the local to the global scale. We employ a combination of research methods including process-based as well as statistical models. The results of our research may support decisions towards a more sustainable society and are being used by governments, agencies, industry and consultancies. Our research is centred on four themes:
• Emissions, fate and effects of chemical substances.
• Environmental footprints of products, technologies and services.
• Impacts of anthropogenic pressures on biodiversity.
• Sustainability transitions in industries.

Faculty of Science
The Faculty of Science is a complete, student-oriented science faculty where research and education are closely related. The faculty aims to be an academic community with an international character, where staff members from different backgrounds can combine their talents with the common goal of being a leading faculty of science in Europe.


  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor; Research, development, innovation; Education
  • Natural sciences
  • max. €5127 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 1150934



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