Vacancy: Postdoc position at VU Amsterdam

The Environmental Geography Groups of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers a postdoc position “Pathways to sustainable intensification” for someone holding a PhD degree in the field of agricultural sciences, spatial ecology, geography, or environmental sciences. The postdoc is appointed within the FACCE-JPI (NWO) funded project VITAL

VITAL explores how land use and agricultural systems can become more sustainable while allowing high production, i.e. sustainable intensification. The objective is to identify how differences in agricultural systems, their geographic location and the role of actors, lead to, or inhibit, transition processes of sustainable intensification. This is done at farm, landscape and regional scale, but also upscaling to the level of the European Union is part of the research. Methods include a combination of field survey and spatial modelling techniques using geographic information.

The postdoc both cooperates in project tasks lead by other project partners, and performs independent research. Knowledge of land use systems and experience with spatial data analysis is essential. Research experience in the field of environmental or socio-ecological systems and experience with survey work and stakeholder interaction are an advantage. The successful candidate has affinity and experience with an international and interdisciplinary working environment, and will have a strong publication track record and a good ability of writing and communication in English. Command of Dutch is an advantage. The successful candidate will preferably be able to start the position at May 1st 2017 or soon after.

Applicants are requested to write a letter in which they describe their abilities and motivation, accompanied by a curriculum vitae, publication list and the names of two potential references. Applications – in a single pdf-file only and mentioning the vacancy number – should be emailed to Barbara Simon ( before 30 March 2017. Please mention the vacancy number in the e-mail header. Selection of applicants starts immediately after the closing date of the vacancy.


Application deadline: 30-3-2017

Start of employment period: 1-5-2017

End of employment period: 1-5-2019

Email address of the contact person: Nynke Schulp(

Phone number of the contact person : +31 20 5983082

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