Assistant Professor in Global Climate and Energy Governance

Assistant Professor in Global Climate and Energy Governance

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30 Jun 8 Jul Amsterdam

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Are you a researcher with a PhD related to climate change and energy governance? Do you like to share your knowledge and skills with our students? Are you interested in making impact? Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Job description

As an Assistant Professor, you will join the Environmental Policy Analysis department at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) of VU. The position offers a unique opportunity to be part of an international, vibrant and multidisciplinary institute at the forefront of teaching and research on sustainability.

You are expected to contribute to the department's research and teaching on climate and energy governance, as well as administrative tasks to support the department and the institute. We increasingly premier team-based science and novel collaborations and you are encouraged to collaborate with researchers and societal partners within and outside the IVM.

You will also be expected to develop a research line in the field of climate and energy governance, demonstrated by inter alia papers published in high-quality academic journals, acquiring research funding from external sources, and liaising with stakeholders outside academia. The position also involves teaching and coordinating courses in the department's teaching portfolio, including Environment and Resource Master programme, the Political Science master programme, and other related courses and programmes.

The successful candidate should also have affinity with and contribute to implementing the department's, the institute's and the VU's commitment to develop a culturally and socially diverse work environment. We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values therefore we particularly support women to apply for this position.

Your duties
  • developing a (largely externally funded) research programme in climate and energy governance, including supervision of PhD students
  • teaching master and bachelor students, including course coordination and thesis supervision, in courses that are part of the department's teaching portfolio
  • publishing articles and other forms of writing and presenting research in high quality journals
  • contributing to administrative tasks and responsibilities in the department and the institute
  • engaging in team work by seeking out collaborations with members of the department as well as other groups at the institute,
  • engaging with stakeholder from outside academia through research and/or teaching, striving for making a change towards a sustainable future
  • contributing to a pleasant, diverse, and safe work environment at the institute


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)


  • a PhD in Political Science or International Relations with an empirical focus on climate and/or energy governance
  • research interest and academic track record in climate change and energy governance
  • you have experience with and enjoy academic teaching
  • you have excellent methodological and communicative skills
  • you value teamwork and show academic leadership

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 6 years.

A challenging position in a socially involved organisation. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €3.821 (scale 11) and a maximum €5,230 (scale 11), 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. There is flexibility in the starting date.

We offer a tenure track position at the level of Assistant Professor, initially for the duration of six years. During the period, performance will be evaluated in terms of teaching, publication record, and acquisition of prestigious personal grants or equivalent project funding. After a successful evaluation permanent employment will be granted.

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)
  • child daycare facilities available on campus
  • good paid parental leave scheme
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • possibility to save holiday hours


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 around 6,000 students.

About the institute
Established in 1971, 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's research community works within four departments: Environmental Economics; Environmental Policy Analysis; Environmental Geography; and Water and Climate Risk. Since 2001 IVM is part of the Faculty of Science at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (


  • Professor
  • Natural sciences
  • 32—36 hours per week
  • €3821—€5230 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 11946


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

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