Associate Professor in Global Land Use Modeling based on Computational General Equilibrium models

​​The Faculty of Science of the Vrije Universiteit is creating 16 assistant/associate professor positions to strengthen its research and teaching in the fields of natural hazards and risks, climate change, water cycle, evolutionary adaptation, biodiversity, health and environment, carbon cycle and ecosystem services. These positions will support the expansion of the faculty’s capacity to intensify its research and teaching on sustainability. As part of this expansion, this position is advertised at the Institute for Environmental Studies.

FTE: 0.8 - 1

Job description

Land use change is both a cause and consequence of Global Environmental Change, but at the same time it can also be a solution to environmental and social challenges. Given the strong global interconnections (telecoupling) through the trade of goods, commodities and services, local actions often have consequences in other world regions. Computational General Equilibrium models (CGE) are a tool to analyze these connections and evaluate the global impacts of policies and other interventions. Many sustainability interventions and policies affect land use, both locally and globally. The Associate Professor will build a research line that uses global scale models (preferably CGE modelling) to analyze how land use is changing in response to supply chain commitments such as zero-deforestation commitments, land use policies and other interventions. The succesful candidate is expected to use and further develop the land use representation of large-scale models to enable the simulation of alternative policies affecting land use (practices) and their contributions to global sustainability goals. The Asscociate Professor will work with colleagues to aquire funding for PhD students and postdocs working on this research line.

Your duties
  • conduct innovative research on global land use consequences of policies and supply chain commitments 

  • develop improved methods for assessing land use in global-scale models (preferably CGE models)

  • teaching in general and specialized courses in environmental science and environmental economics

  • supervision of Masters and Bachelors theses

  • acquire external funds through grant proposals 

  • publish scientific papers

  • work on science-policy interfacing and outreach


  • PhD in geography, environmental sciences or computational economics with expertise on land use

  • proven track record in global scale modelling, preferably with CGE models

  • good programming skills and experience in managing spatial data (GIS)

  • experience in academic teaching

  • experience to work on topics relevant to the science-policy interface and strong willingness to work in an interdisciplinary and international environment

  • Since some of the teaching programs are only provided in Dutch, speaking Dutch or willingness to learn is Dutch (within a few years) is required

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €5,506 (scale 13) and a maximum €6,702 (scale 13), 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.

We offer a tenure track position initially for the duration of five years. After a successful evaluation at 18 months, permanent employment (tenure) will be granted. A career plan to grow to a higher position will be made and during the track performance will be evaluated. You will be offered guidance, training and mentoring.

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), good paid parental leave scheme, contribution to commuting expenses

About 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 institute
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. This professorship is expected to intensively collaborate with colleagues in the Environmental Economics departement.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and a motivation letter until 15/09/2022

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Peter Verburg

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Job area: Associate Professor
Educational Level: Postdoc
VU unit: Faculty of Science
Contract type: Temporary with prospects of permanent employment
Maximum FTE: 1
Maximum salary scale: €6,702 (scale 13)
Minimum salary scale: €5,506 (scale 13)
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