Postdoc position: Multi-hazard climate risk assessment

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 01 Mar 2024

6 Feb 2024
Job Information

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)
Research Field

Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

1 Mar 2024 - 22:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Not Applicable
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

The Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) has a new position for a postdoctoral (PD) researcher in the field of natural hazard risk assessment. The PD will become part of a new interdisciplinary research program (INSUREADAPT) funded by the ERC, which aims to improve multi-hazard climate change risk assessments to aid the design of adaptation strategies as well as insurance arrangements that cover residual risks. Moreover, the PD will build upon, and contribute to, related projects on multi-hazard climate risks, such as MYRIAD-EU and an NWO-Veni project on consecutive disasters and disease outbreaks.

The PD project will closely collaborate and be supervised by Prof. Wouter Botzen, Dr Marleen de Ruiter, and Dr Wiebke Jäger. The PD will also be involved in collaboration with another PD and PhD candidates who will be recruited for this project. Your main tasks are:

  • Use existing disaster risk models and derive new statistical relationships between natural hazard conditions to derive multi-hazard climate risk distributions under climate scenarios, such as for coastal and river floods, and storms. The analysis focuses on a subset of countries as well as the continental EU scale.
  • Adjust the multi-hazard climate risk assessments to account for the effect of various adaptation measures to estimate their potential in reducing risk (e.g., flood-protection infrastructure and building-scale measures).
  • An important part of the ERC project INSUREADAPT is the integration of the multi-hazard climate risk assessments in an agent-based model of human adaptation processes in collaboration with the project team. An inter- or multidisciplinary background and good communication skills are therefore important assets.

    Your duties

    • publish research results in international peer-reviewed journals
    • teach for 0.1 FTE in Bachelor and/or Master’s educational programmes and supervise Bachelor and Master students
    • contribute to project tasks, meetings and activities (e.g., workshop organisation for a Natural Hazards cluster)

    Specific Requirements
    • a PhD in natural hazards and climate risk assessment or a related discipline
    • demonstrated ability to publish in international scientific journals
    • quantitative statistical and/or computational modelling skills
    • good communication skills in English
    • some experience in teaching and/or MSc/BSc supervision

    Nice to haves

    • affinity with multi-hazard risk
    • affinity with disasters and (waterborne) disease outbreaks

    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 meet all the requirements.

    Additional Information

    An interesting 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 (Scale 10.0) and maximum €5,090 (Scale 10.12) 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 employment contract will initially last 1 year. After a satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for a duration of 2 years.

    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)
    • contribution to commuting expenses
    • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package

    Additional comments

    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 upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter and submit your application.

    The job interviews are planned for 13 March 2024, so please take this into account when applying for the position.

    Submitting a diploma and a reference check are part of the application process.

    Applications received by e-mail will not be considered.

    Acquisition in response to this advertisement is not appreciated.

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    Work Location(s)
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    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
    Postal Code
    De Boelelaan 1111

    Where to apply



    De Boelelaan 1105
    Postal Code

    1081 HV


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