Junior Researcher Land Use Models

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 19 Apr 2024

Junior Researcher Land Use Models
Junior Researcher Land Use Models
Published Deadline Location
yesterday 19 Apr Amsterdam

Do you want your research to impact the future of European agriculture? Do you like working with large data sets and quantitative approaches? Then please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Job description
The LAMASUS project, financed by the European Commission, aims at creating an innovative modelling system that can anticipate the potential impacts of different agricultural and forestry policies in Europe. Within LAMASUS, our institute contributes on spatial modelling to assess the wider impacts of policy interventions of the European Union's climate neutrality target and sustainable agricultural practices on European land use and landscapes. The junior researcher will contribute to this task by translating results of economic models to spatial land use models and synthesise the resulting impacts and sustainability indicators. The junior researcher will communicate with other modelling teams in the consortium and help translate the outcomes of the research towards policy implications and present these at meetings and in scientific papers.
Your duties
  • apply land use change models to determine the impact of policy interventions on land use change and other sustainability metrics
  • interpret the results and prepare maps and visualisations
  • contribute to project deliverables, reports and stakeholder communication
  • (Co)-publish relevant results in peer-reviewed journals and participate in scientific conferences and workshops

Specifications
  • €3226—€5090 per month
  • Amsterdam View on Google Maps

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)


Requirements
  • you possess a Msc degree in Environmental Science, Geography, Agricultural Economics or a related discipline
  • you have knowledge of European agriculture and landscapes
  • you have worked with simulation models, preferably spatial models
  • you are interested in the interactions between agro-economy, land use, and the environment
  • you are capable of handling large, often spatially explicit datasets
  • you have good communication skills for collaborating with consortium partners

As a university, we strive for equal opportunities for all, recognising that diversity takes many forms. We believe that diversity in all its complexity is invaluable for the quality of our teaching, research and service. We are always looking for talent with diverse backgrounds and experiences. This also means that we are committed to creating an inclusive community so that we can use diversity as an asset.
We realise that each individual brings a unique set of skills, expertise and mindset. Therefore we are happy to invite anyone who recognises themselves in the profile to apply, even if you do not fully meet all the requirements.
Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 2 year.

A challenging position in a socially engaged organisation. At VU Amsterdam, you contribute to education, research and service for a better world. And that is valuable. So in return for your efforts, we offer you:
  • a salary of minimum € 3.226,00 (Scale 10) and maximum € 5.090,00 (Scale 10) gross per month, on a full-time basis. This is based on UFO profile Researcher 4. The exact salary depends on your education and experience.
  • a position for at least 0.8 FTE. Your appointment will initially be for 1 year. After a satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for a duration of a year.

We also offer you attractive fringe benefits and regulations. Some examples:
  • A full-time 38-hour working week comes with a holiday leave entitlement of 232 hours per year. If you choose to work 40 hours, you have 96 extra holiday leave hours on an annual basis. For part-timers, this is calculated pro rata.
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge
  • contribution to commuting expenses

Employer
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM)
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.
Faculty of Science
Researchers and students at VU Amsterdam’s Faculty of Science tackle fundamental and complex scientific problems to help pave the way for a sustainable and healthy future. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to malnutrition, and from molecules to the moon: we cover the full spectrum of the natural sciences. Our teaching and research have a strong experimentally technical, computational and interdisciplinary nature.
We work on new solutions guided by value-driven, interdisciplinary methodologies. We are committed to research, valorisation and training socially engaged citizens of the world who will make valuable contributions to a sustainable, healthy future.
Are you interested in joining the Faculty of Science? You will join undergraduate students, PhD candidates and researchers at the biggest sciences faculty in the Netherlands. You will combine a professional focus with a broad view of the world. We are proud of our collegial working climate, characterised by committed staff, a pragmatic attitude and engagement in the larger whole. The faculty is home to over 11,000 students enrolled in 40 study programmes. It employs over 1,600 professionals spread across 10 academic departments.
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam stands for values-driven education and research. We are open-minded experts with the ability to think freely. - a broader mind. Maintaining an entrepreneurial perspective and concentrating on diversity, significance and humanity, we work on sustainable solutions with social impact. By joining forces, across the boundaries of disciplines, we work towards a better world for people and planet. Together we create a safe and respectful working and study climate, and an inspiring environment for education and research. Learn more about our codes of conduct
We are located on one physical campus, in the heart of Amsterdam's Zuidas business district, with excellent location and accessibility. Over 5,500 staff work at the VU and over 30,000 students attend academic education.
Diversity
Diversity is the driving force of the VU. The VU wants to be accessible and receptive to diversity in disciplines, cultures, ideas, nationalities, beliefs, preferences and worldviews. We believe that trust, respect, interest and differences lead to new insights and innovation, to sharpness and clarity, to excellence and a broader understanding.
We stand for an inclusive community and believe that diversity and internationalisation contribute to the quality of education, research and our services.
Therefore, we are always searching for people whose backgrounds and experience contribute to the diversity of the VU community.
Additional information
Are you interested in this position and do you believe that your experience will contribute to the further development of our university? In that case, we encourage you to submit your application.
Please provide a motivation letter and a curriculum vitae, preferably with a link to your Msc thesis. Submitting a diploma and a reference check are part of the later steps in the selection process, however, it is helpful if you can already provide the name and contact details of one or two potential references.
Applications received by e-mail will not be considered.
Acquisition in response to this advertisement is not appreciated.
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