Assistant Professor Land Use and Food Systems


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


Sunday, February 19, 2023

Start Date

Friday, September 1, 2023


This Assistant Professor will develop a food systems oriented research line within the Environmental Geography department of the Institute for Environmental Studies. Specifically, the Assistant Professor will develop projects that look at the interrelations between food systems and land use in the context of sustainability transitions. The successful candidate is expected either analyze the full food system, or focus on specific food system interactions with land use.Research will include collaboration inside as well as outside the department, and is based on externally funded PhD and postdoc projects. The Assistant Professor is expected to contribute to teaching in both food system oriented courses as well as broader environmental science courses, and supervise Msc thesis research.


  • conduct research on food systems in relation to land use
  • teaching in general and more specialized environmental science courses as part of our teaching programmes 
  • supervision of Masters and Bachelors theses
  • work together with the department's staff in the acquisition of external funds for PhD and postdoc projects
  • (co-) publish scientific papers


  • PhD in geography or a related discipline with a demonstrable expertise in applying state-of-the-art socio-ecological systems analysis methods
  • We prefer candidates with some years of postdoc experience, but talented candidates that have recently obtained their PhD thesis are also invited to apply
  • Experience with interdisciplinary methods and spatial analysis
  • Experience in academic teaching
  • Strong willingness to work in an interdisciplinary environment.

Contact Name

Peter Verburg

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