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  • Job Type
    Full-time Position
  • Category
    Education & Instruction
  • Languages
    English Dutch
  • Experience Required
  • Degree Required
    • Province
    • Date Posted
      December 17,2021
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    Assistant Professor Critical Perspectives on Sustainability

    At the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University we are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious colleague to further strengthen our group in terms of research, teaching and representation in international networks and debates with a specific focus on Critical Perspectives on Sustainability.

    We live in an era of vast inequalities in income and wealth, access to health services, and technological trajectories, among others. Sustainable development needs to be urgently examined through a critical lens that goes beyond simple fixes and nudges. Candidates are expected to bring broad expertise on the historical and current relationships of e.g. power, practices of capitalism, colonialism and interests and how these influence transformative change. The Assistant Professor will undertake cutting-edge research in e.g. postcolonial studies, feminist studies, political economy or science and technology studies in relation to sustainability challenges and the quest for transitions and transformations towards sustainability and justice. Candidates are expected to have affinity with sustainability challenges that include but are not limited to climate change mitigation and adaptation, biodiversity conservation, food security, water management, energy poverty, or sustainable urban development. Our research programme supports a transformative vision of change in all its activities, expecting faculty members to engage in fresh thinking that goes beyond existing technological and political responses, which have so far failed to address the fundamental sustainability challenges of our time.

    You will contribute to the acquisition and execution of externally funded projects, will be stimulated and coached in applying for a personal research grant, and will be involved in supervising PhD students and postdocs. You will teach in the Bachelor's programme Global Sustainability Science and in the Master's programme Sustainable Development. You are expected to teach in existing courses as well as develop and coordinate new courses on the wider context of sustainable development, contributing to the existing curriculum, and to supervise Bachelor's and Master's theses. All our programmes are taught in English. In the first two years the teaching load will be 50%, increasing to 60% after two years. You are expected to actively engage in science-science, science-policy, and science-public collaboration and communication.

    The Copernicus Institute works in interdisciplinary teams and has organized research around cross-topical themes and sustainability challenges. You are expected to specifically contribute to the themes Governance and Transformation.

    Profiel We are looking for an Assistant Professor who:
    • holds a PhD in a relevant field in disciplines of the social sciences or humanities;
    • has affinity with sustainability research;
    • has expertise in qualitative/and or quantitative research methods;
    • has experience with and an interest in academic teaching;
    • has a basic teaching qualification or is willing to obtain this qualification within two years after appointment;
    • feels comfortable working in inter- and transdisciplinary settings;
    • has a network for the acquisition of externally funded projects;
    • has a strong record of international peer-reviewed publications;
    • is well connected to relevant academic partners as well as relevant stakeholders in society;
    • has experience in social engagement and public outreach;
    • has excellent communication skills;
    • is able to demonstrate excellent English language proficiency. We require a qualification English at C1 level (CEFR or comparable to level 3 of the Lecturer Assessment Grid) or the candidate is prepared to obtain this level by training;
    • is proficient in Dutch or prepared to acquire Dutch language skills.


    A temporary position for 18 months with the prospect of permanent employment. Upon good performance, according to the faculty’s performance indicators, the position will become permanent after 18 months. Further career development to Associate Professor (level 2) is possible, depending on qualification according to the faculty’s career policy for scientific personnel.

    The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranges between €3,807 and €5,211 (scale 11 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here.

    Over de organisatie

    A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

    Utrecht University's Faculty of Geosciences studies the Earth: from the Earth's core to its surface, including man's spatial and material utilisation of the Earth - always with a focus on sustainability and innovation. With 3,400 students (BSc and MSc) and 720 staff, the Faculty is a strong and challenging organisation. The Faculty of Geosciences is organised in four Departments: Earth Sciences, Human Geography & Spatial Planning, Physical Geography, and the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development.

    The Copernicus Institute is part of the Faculty of Geosciences. At the Copernicus Institute, our goal is to have a positive impact on the transition towards a sustainable future. The Copernicus Institute has had an excellent research evaluation in 2021 and the Institute takes pride in maintaining its leading position in national and international sustainability research, and by developing new, internationally oriented teaching programmes.

    Aanvullende informatie For more information about this position, please contact: Dr. Agni Kalfagianni,
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