Assistant Professor Climate Economics (Tenure Track)

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Are you a researcher in environment, climate change and economics? Do you have experience in academic teaching? Then apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).

FTE: 0.8 - 1

Job description

As an assistant professor in climate economics, you will be part of the Environmental Economics department at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) of VU. Supported by external funding, you will be encouraged to develop a research programme in your field, including the opportunity to set up a research group. Your work involves teaching courses in environmental economics for various BSc and MSc programmes, conducting research, and some administrative duties in support of the teaching and research base.

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

  • develop a largely externally funded research programme in your research field
  • on the longer term, build up a successful group around your field of expertise
  • teach and conduct research; a smaller component will be dedicated to administrative tasks
  • maintain a high quality publication output
  • raise research funding for collaborative projects

  • a PhD in Environmental Economics or related subjects
  • research interest and academic track record in climate change economics
  • you are committed to academic teaching in Environmental Economics courses
  • excellent quantitative methodological skills
  • you show academic leadership and value teamwork

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 €3.821 (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 five years. A career plan to grow to a higher position will be made and during the track performance will be evaluated. After a successful evaluation at 18 months, 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 for sabbatical leave

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 around 6,000 students.
About the institute and department
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 has been part of the Faculty of Science at VU Amsterdam (legal name Stichting VU-VUmc).

The department of Environmental Economics (EE) leads the institute’s efforts in improving insights into the interaction between the environment and the economy. The department is one of the main groups of environmental economists in Europe, consisting of around 30 scientific staff and PhD researchers. The department strategy is to consolidate and further strengthen its position as a major player in the European field of environmental economics. Important fields of application include climate change, energy, water, ecosystem services, and environmental and natural resource management. The philosophy of EE department is to closely integrate its research projects with its teaching programme and to initiate and conduct research jointly with stakeholders and collaborating institutes. In the coming years, the EE department will further explore new research fields related to climate economics. To advance its capacity in this field, the EE department offers this tenure-track position.  Our institute values diversity, we therefore especially encourage applications from women and other groups traditionally under-represented in the discipline.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload a letter in which you describe your abilities and motivation, accompanied by your curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation  by

5 September 2022

. The recommendation letters can either be uploaded in the system or emailed to the email addresses given below.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

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

Name: Dr Marta Talevi or Prof. Wouter Botzen
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