Assistant/associate professor in past climate change

Are you an experienced researcher in the field of geoscience focusing on past climate change, please apply at the Department of Earth Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

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 Department of Earth Sciences. Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

FTE: 0.8 - 1

Job description

An earth scientist who studies climate change with a focus on processes linking past climate change to contemporary or future climate change. An ideal candidate would have a proven track record on understanding first order past climate processes in order to comprehend implications of climate change for modern society. The specific area of research is not restricted; examples could be sea level rise or carbon cycle. The candidate can have a data-based or modeling-based proven track record, a combination of both would be considered as a plus.

Your duties

  • conduct research on climate processes that are known to be crucial in past and future climate change with impact for societies
  • teaching in climate courses and related Earth Sciences courses on BSc and MSc level
  • supervision of Masters and Bachelors theses
  • acquisition of external funds
  • (co-) publish scientific papers


  • PhD in Earth sciences or related field with a demonstrable expertise in climate change research
  • experience in academic teaching (or willingness to acquire it)
  • strong willingness to work in an interdisciplinary environment
  • strong communication skills
  • our BSc programs are taught in Dutch. Therefore, Dutch proficiency, or willingness to learn Dutch, is a requirement

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 €3,974 (scale 11) and a maximum €5,439 (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. The duration of the temporary contract can range from 1.5 years till 5 years depending on the circumstances and preferences. After a positive evaluation planned at 18 months, the position will be made permanent and you will be offered a personal career track with guidance, training and mentoring.

The initial employment contract will affect a period of 18 months.

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

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 department

The Department of Earth Sciences has approximately 35 permanent staff members organized in twelve research groups. Research in the department is focused on two general areas: Geology & Geochemistry and Earth & Climate. The Department teaches in the Earth Sciences as well as in the Earth Sciences, Economics & Sustainability BSc programs, and in the MSc programs Earth Sciences and Hydrology. The Department?s excellence in teaching is underlined by its high scores in annual national student evaluations.

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Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until 30/09/2022.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions

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

Name: Didier Roche or Jeroen van der Lubbe
E-mail: or

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posted: 05 September 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.