Assistant Professor (Tenure track) in HIGH-LATITUDE HYDROLOGY/BIOGEOCHEMISTRY (0,8 - 1fte)

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0,8 - 1

Job description

The candidate will strengthen the high-latitude (Arctic, Boreal) research of the Hydrology and Biogeochemistry group. The ongoing high-latitude research in the department covers diverse themes such as catchment hydrology and biogeochemistry, land-ocean organic matter transport, boreal fires, and greenhouse gas fluxes. Our close collaborations with other groups working on remote sensing, carbon cycle dynamics, climate modelling, and marine geology lay a strong foundation on which to build your own research. We welcome a candidate with research expertise and experience in the hydrosphere, biosphere, cryosphere, or atmosphere and their interactions, using techniques and applications from the fields of hydrology, biogeochemistry, and/or sedimentology (ranging from e.g. eddy covariance to tracer isotope analyses). She/he ideally has a mixed background in experimental work and modeling.

Your duties

  • carry out creative research by acquiring external funding and publishing your results in scientific journals
  • make impact on the field as witnessed by a variety of indicators, for example, invited presentations at (international) meetings, media coverage, and peer recognition
  • build a successful research group and supervise PhD students
  • coordinate and teach courses offered in BSc and MSc Earth Science and Hydrology programs (ca. 40% teaching time commitment, 20% in first year)
  • contribute to development of the teaching curriculum


We offer a challenging position for someone with

  • a PhD degree on a topic relevant to what is outlined in the job description above, preferably with some post-PhD research experience (proven by publications)
  • demonstrated ability to initiate and develop an independent line of research
  • experience in teaching (development and/or coordination of courses) in the field of Earth Sciences
  • a basic teaching qualification (BKO), an equivalent qualification from a university outside the Netherlands, or willingness to obtain such a qualification during the tenure track
  • although not a requirement at the date of appointment, it is expected that a C1 level in both Dutch and English will be reached before the end of the tenure track. The department offers BSc courses in Dutch, and MSc courses in English

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 €3,807 (scale 11) and a maximum €5,211 (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 (standard) employment contract for a tenure track position is 5 years.

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)

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 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 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 department
The Department of Earth Sciences has approximately 35 permanent staff members organized in twelve research groups. The Department studies all aspects of the dynamics of the Earth with an integrated approach to quantify the interplay and feedback mechanisms between the interior, surface and atmosphere of the Earth. The Department teaches in the BSc programs Earth Sciences and Earth Sciences, Economics & Sustainability, as well as 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.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae, cover letter, and a (maximum 1 page) statement of research interests until until

December 15, 2021.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

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

Associate Professor J. E. Vonk

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