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Junior Assistant Professor Environmental and Sustainability Governance (1.0 FTE)

Utrecht University has opened a new faculty position at Junior Assistant Professor level in the field of environmental and sustainability governance. This …

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Domplein, Utrecht, Utrecht
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 40 uur
€ 2790 - € 4402 per maand


Utrecht University has opened a new faculty position at Junior Assistant Professor level in the field of environmental and sustainability governance. This position combines education and research with a teaching/research ratio of 50% education and 50% research.

Successful candidates for this professorship are expected to bring broad expertise (as evidenced by key publications and/or successful acquisition activities) on the main themes of our governance research programme, notably on different modes of governance (institutional design and effectiveness), on the normative foundations of governance (such as social justice and democratic legitimacy), and on the governance of societal transformations. The new Junior Assistant Professor will contribute under supervision to cutting-edge research on global, regional or local level of environmental and earth system governance and to developing competitive research proposals in the field. Empirically the successful candidate will have strong affinity with governance challenges in fields such as climate change mitigation and adaptation, sustainable food production, biodiversity conservation, water management or sustainable urban development. However, there is no specific empirical field or governance level linked to this recruitment. Our research programme supports in all of its activities a transformative vision of change, expecting faculty members to engage in fresh thinking that goes beyond existing political institutions and governance systems to address the fundamental sustainability challenges of our time.

This is a position for academics who have just obtained their PhD and want to continue their academic career. The new Junior Assistant Professor will teach under supervision in the highly innovative and transdisciplinary CHARM-EU Master’s programme Global Challenges for Sustainability, that forms part of the newly established European University in collaboration with four other universities in Europe. The successful candidate will also teach, but to a more limited extent, in the newly developed BSc programme Global Sustainability Science and the internationally leading MSc programme Sustainable Development. In addition, the candidate will be expected to supervise Bachelor's and Master's thesis projects, as well as Capstone projects in which CHARM-EU students engage with societal actors to address sustainability challenges. Based on this, the candidate can obtain a Basic Teaching Qualification, which is important for a further academic career. Finally, the candidate will be challenged to develop their own line of research and will be given the opportunity to contribute to or lead acquisition and the execution of externally funded projects.

All teaching and supervision will be in English, which is also the working language of our research group and institute.


The successful candidate will:

  • hold a doctoral degree (PhD) in environmental studies, environmental sciences, sustainability science, political science, public administration, sociology, international relations or a related social science discipline;
  • have some experience with and talent for academic teaching at Bachelor's and Master's level;
  • have a strong record of international peer-reviewed publications relative to the career stage or a promising pipeline of papers;
  • have good prospects to acquire externally funded projects;
  • be well connected to relevant academic partners as well as stakeholders in society;
  • have excellent communication skills, be good in interpersonal relationships and an excellent team player;
  • have affinity with working in an interdisciplinary research and teaching environment;
  • have affinity with public outreach, working with societal stakeholders and transdisciplinary research.
be 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 you are prepared to obtain this level by training.


We offer a temporary position (1.0 FTE) for four years as a Junior Assistant Professor. The combination profile of Lecturer/Researcher applies to this position. The teaching/research ratio is 50% research and 50% education.

Your performance will be subject to annual evaluations. In these four years, you will have the opportunity to obtain your basic teaching qualification which is important in pursuing your academic career. You will also have the opportunity to do research acquisition. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranges between €2,790 and €4,402 (scale 10 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 the choice for a good balance between work and private (a good arrangement for leave, among other things), possibilities for development, 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.

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact: Prof. Peter Driessen (Head Environmental Governance Research Group), via p.driessen@uu.nl or +31 30 253 57 71.