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Senior Researcher in Climate and Health

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. Our 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.

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De Boelelaan, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
24 - 24 uur
€ 3746 - € 5826 per maand


The Department of Human Movement Sciences is seeking a senior researcher who is an expert in thermal physiology and is passionate about education.

The candidate will have 90% 0 of his/her time dedicated to research and 10% to education.
Research is related to the ZonMw project Pilotonderzoek Klimaat en gezondheid that was granted recently. The project addresses four issues in a team with GGD, RIVM, Maastricht and Nijmegen University, Red Cross and TNO: 1 heat intolerance of elderly (experimental approach) 2 the impact of individual and environmental factors on health in the heat (epidemiologic approach) 3 factors affecting thermal behaviour in the heat (literature study) and 4 recommendations to reduce heat strain.

Education includes teaching exercise and thermal physiology and supervision of master thesis trajectories. The candidate will work in a new dedicated lab at the campus of the university.


  • A track record in research regarding climate and health;
  • A demonstrated interest in applying physiological knowledge to health sciences;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Affinity with epidemiological and social psychological research methods;
  • Good writing skills and a solid publication track record;
  • Good teaching skills – positive evaluation of students and staff;
  • Excellent command of the English Language;
  • International scientific network;
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team;
  • Be willing to acquire a basic teaching qualification (‘BTQ’) as required by Dutch universities, if this qualification (or equivalent) has not been obtained already.


A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €3,746 (scale 11)
and a maximum €5,826 (scale 12), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for 0.6 FTE.

The initial employment contract will affect a period of 2 years.
Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • possibility to save holiday hours, for sabbatical leave
  • child daycare facilities available on campus

Additional information

Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button. Candidates should send a brief statement of research interests (up to 2 pages), and a curriculum vitae to prof. dr. Hein Daanen until 30 September 2021. Candidates should also ensure that a letter of recommendation, when applicable, is enclosed.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Prof. Dr. Hein Daanen
Position: Hoogleraar
E-mail: h.a.m.daanen@vu.nl

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