Postdoc in Economics of Water Resources

VU University of Amsterdam School of Business and Economics


The Department of Spatial Economics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam invites applications for a Horizon Europe-funded postdoc position in the area of water resources economics and governance. Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

FTE: 0.8 - 1.0

Job description

The overall objective of this EU project is to assess European water policies for their resilience in the context of the Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems nexus. Within this objective, the postdoc will focus on integrating the nexus perspective into the design of policy instruments for water management such as pricing policies and water markets. This integration is done both theoretically and empirically. The theory part is based on designing and refining hydro-economic models. The empirical part involves testing model predictions in a number of European water management case studies, and exploring how implications for water management can be translated into effective water governance arrangements. The research will be carried out by the postdoc in close collaboration with economists and governance researchers at the Department of Spatial Economics as well as the Institute for Environmental Studies. The appointment will be for 2.5 years, including limited teaching responsibilities (approximately 20%), with expected starting date in January 2023.


  • Ph.D. in environmental or agricultural economics or a related field;
  • Experience working in interdisciplinary projects;
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills (knowledge of Dutch is a plus);
  • Ideally, the candidate is familiar with EU water policies and their implementation.

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €2,960 (scale 10)
and a maximum €4,670 (scale 10), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 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), contribution to commuting expenses

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 30,000 students. We employ over 5,500 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

School of Business and Economics
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) provides high-quality education and excellent research in business administration and economics with a focus on contributing to the social, economic and ecological challenges of our time. Whether it is the use of robots in society or big data, labour market participation or flexibility in the labour market, traffic jams or the housing market, flash crashes in the stock market or choice behaviour in gambling, leadership or change management: we believe in goal-oriented scientific research and understand that progress in academics, the business community and society is achieved through cooperation, openness and social responsibility.

At SBE, all of our highly-motivated colleagues work together closely in a stimulating, dynamic and international environment to achieve our collective goal of encouraging society to make informed choices. Approximately 7,000 Bachelor’s and Master’s students and 1,700 executive students are enrolled at the School, and employs roughly 600 people.

About the department
The Department of Spatial Economics is engaged in economic problems in which space plays a prominent role, and offers insights and applications from a multi-disciplinary perspective. The 60 staff members are involved in both fundamental research as well as in national and international commissioned research. With this research, the department has gained national and international recognition, as shown by the large number of international publications and awards.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until 15/10/2022.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

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

Name: Dr. Erik Ansink
Position: Associate Professor of Environmental Economics

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