Assistant/Associate professor in atmospheric variability and the carbon cycle

Assistant/Associate professor in atmospheric variability and the carbon cycle

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20 Feb 31 Mar Amsterdam

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If you would like to help us strengthen the research and teaching capacity on climate and sustainability of the Department of Earth Sciences and the Institute for Environmental Sciences then please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Job description

We seek an earth- or atmospheric scientist who studies contemporary climate change from an atmospheric perspective and studies the changing occurrence of climate extremes like floods, droughts or heatwaves and their impact on terrestrial processes such as carbon assimilation or wildfires via Earth system models (ideally EC-Earth), data assimilation techniques, or big data analyses. The ideal candidate combines theoretical expertise with various atmospheric measurements datasets (for example from new satellite missions for monitoring atmospheric dynamics, atmospheric composition, and land surface properties) and assesses impacts and risks for society and/or ecosystems. The candidate is expected to connect on-going research lines between the department of Water and Climate Risk (part of the Institute for Environmental Studies, IVM) and the department of Earth Sciences.

Your duties
  • conduct research on the impact of the changing atmospheric composition and dynamics on land surface processes and extremes.
  • teach courses in atmospheric processes and dynamics and (big)data use on BSc. and MSc. level
  • supervision of Masters and Bachelors theses
  • work together with the department's staff of both Earth Sciences and Water and Climate Risk in the acquisition of external funds
  • (co-) publish scientific papers


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)


  • PhD in Earth / Environmental Sciences with a demonstrable expertise in atmospheric research with a strong publication record
  • experience in academic teaching (or willingness to acquire it)
  • strong willingness to work in an interdisciplinary environment and connect research between different departments
  • excellent communication skills
  • our BSc programs are taught in Dutch. Therefore, Dutch proficiency, or willingness to learn Dutch, is a requirement

As a university, we strive for equal opportunities for all, recognising that diversity takes many forms. We believe that diversity in all its complexity is invaluable for the quality of our teaching, research and service. We are always looking for talent with diverse backgrounds and experiences. This also means that we are committed to creating an inclusive community so that we can use diversity as an asset.

We realise that each individual brings a unique set of skills, expertise and mindset. Therefore we are happy to invite anyone who recognises themselves in the profile to apply, even if you do not meet all the requirements.

Conditions of employment

A challenging position in a socially engaged organisation. At VU Amsterdam, you contribute to education, research and service for a better world. And that is valuable. So in return for your efforts, we offer you:

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On a full-time basis the remuneration for the assistant professor level, the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of € 4.332 (scale 11) and a maximum € 5.929 (scale 11), depending on your education and experience. For the associate professor level amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of € 6.002 (scale 13) and a maximum € 7.305 (scale 13), again depending on your education and experience.

This is a career track position; the initial appointment will be for a period of 1.5 years, which will be turned into a tenured position after the initial period, if the performance indicators agreed at the start of the appointment are met.

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
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package
  • certain tax benefits (30% ruling) might apply to international candidates
  • help and assistance with relocation (international candidates)


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Faculty of Science
Researchers and students at VU Amsterdam’s Faculty of Science tackle fundamental and complex scientific problems to help pave the way for a sustainable and healthy future. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to malnutrition, and from molecules to the moon: we cover the full spectrum of the natural sciences. Our teaching and research have a strong experimentally technical, computational and interdisciplinary nature.

We work on new solutions guided by value-driven, interdisciplinary methodologies. We are committed to research, valorisation and training socially engaged citizens of the world who will make valuable contributions to a sustainable, healthy future.

Are you interested in joining the Faculty of Science? You will join undergraduate students, PhD candidates and researchers at the biggest sciences faculty in the Netherlands. You will combine a professional focus with a broad view of the world. We are proud of our collegial working climate, characterised by committed staff, a pragmatic attitude and engagement in the larger whole. The faculty is home to over 11,000 students enrolled in 40 study programmes. It employs over 1,600 professionals spread across 10 academic departments.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam stands for values-driven education and research. We are open-minded experts with the ability to think freely. - a broader mind. Maintaining an entrepreneurial perspective and concentrating on diversity, significance and humanity, we work on sustainable solutions with social impact. By joining forces, across the boundaries of disciplines, we work towards a better world for people and planet. Together we create a safe and respectful working and study climate, and an inspiring environment for education and research. Learn more about our codes of conduct

We are located on one physical campus, in the heart of Amsterdam's Zuidas business district, with excellent location and accessibility. Over 5,500 staff work at the VU and over 30,000 students attend academic education.

Diversity is the driving force of the VU. The VU wants to be accessible and receptive to diversity in disciplines, cultures, ideas, nationalities, beliefs, preferences and worldviews. We believe that trust, respect, interest and differences lead to new insights and innovation, to sharpness and clarity, to excellence and a broader understanding.

We stand for an inclusive community and believe that diversity and internationalisation contribute to the quality of education, research and our services.

Therefore, we are always searching for people whose backgrounds and experience contribute to the diversity of the VU community.


  • Research, development, innovation; Assistant professor
  • Natural sciences
  • €4332—€5929 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 3768


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

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