Assistant Professor, Quaternary climate change, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is a leading, innovative and growing university that is at the heart of society and actively contributes to new developments in teaching and research. The university has ten faculties which span a wide range of disciplines, as well as several institutes, foundations, research centres, and support services. Its campus is located in the fastest-growing economic region in the Netherlands (the Zuidas district of Amsterdam), and provides work for over 4,500 staff and scientific education for more than 23,000 students.

Research at the Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences (FALW) focuses on life sciences, health sciences, environmental sciences, and earth sciences. FALW offers a range and high-quality BSc and MSc programmes. Worldclass teaching and cutting-edge research activities go hand in hand. The Department of Earth Sciences is one of the eight departments in FALW. It operates with two research clusters: 'Earth and Climate' and 'Geology and Geochemistry' which teach the Earth Sciences and Earth and Economics BSc and MSc programmes. In recent years the Earth and Climate cluster has developed a strong research and teaching profile in the field of climate change. Understanding the causes and consequences of climate change on the environment during the Quaternary, and quantifying their magnitudes and rates, are key topics of our research. The integrated approach combines expertise in proxy development, landscape- and climate modeling, unraveling landscape evolution, and reconstructions of climate evolution in terrestrial and marine records.

Position description

The cluster seeks a highly motivated Assistant Professor – to be recruited on a tenure-track position – to further strengthen the research group in the field of climate modeling with a particular focus on Quaternary climate change. The candidate should be an outstanding early-career Earth system scientist with proven expertise in modeling the causes and consequences of Quaternary climate change with matching publication record.


The ideal candidate will have a PhD degree in climate modeling and a few years of post-doctoral experience in a related subject. An education in Earth Sciences and experience in carbon processes and related isotopes would be considered as a plus. The successful applicant is expected to develop ideas in the frame of the Quaternary climate modeling group and in due time to attract external funding for his/her research. He/she will also be expected to supervise undergraduate students and co-supervise PhD students. He/she should also contribute to the teaching and field work within the Bsc and/or Msc programmes of the department.

The Assistant Professor is expected to:

- have a proven interest in the effects of climate change on different timescales (especially Quaternary), ranging from past ice ages to future climate, using climate models as a tool and matching publication and citation records;
- have some knowledge on the functioning of the Earth’s carbon cycle;
- have a PhD in Climate modeling or related field;
- have a functional international network;
- be able to successfully work in a multidisciplinary and innovative research field;
- have high-level skills in the acquisition of external funds and a proven capacity to motivate and guide students on the bachelor, master and PhD level;
- have a basic qualification in teaching for Dutch universities ('BKO'), or is willing to follow this course after appointment;
- be fluent in English and to acquire (if appropriate) knowledge of the Dutch language after two years.


- to acquire external funding for research
- to co-supervise PhD students
- to supervise Bsc and Msc student
- to teach Bsc and Msc courses
- to perform research and publish results in leading international journals

Further particulars

A tenure track position for an Assistant Professor is offered initially for the duration of five years. After three years, the performance will be evaluated in terms of publication record, acquisition of a prestigious personal grants (e.g. VI or ERC grants) or equivalent industry project funding, and teaching performance. After that a path will be outlined for future promotions and permanent employment. The intention is to offer a permanent contract in the position of Associate Professor after five years.

The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, and depending on experience, range from a minimum of €3475 up to a maximum of €4757 gross per month based on a full-time employment (Assistant Professor salary scale 11).


Applicants are requested to write a letter in which they describe their abilities and motivation, accompanied by their curriculum vitae, full publication list and copies of relevant highlight research papers.

Written applications should be sent by e-mail before 25 August 2017 to Mrs. Fenny Bosse: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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