Alternative strategies for managing land use are key to achieving sustainability targets. At the same time, land use policies often have strong tradeoffs across different sustainability domains and directly affect our living environment and well-being.
This PhD will be part of the EU funded project LAMASUS: LAnd use and MAnagement modelling for SUStainable governance. The LAMASUS project will provide a novel governance model, and the tools required to build sound policies for the land use transition required by the European Green Deal. Key to the project is the analysis of spatial variations in land use impacts of alternative policy implementations across the EU. Within this project, the PhD will bring together spatial assessment models to develop a new generation of high-resolution spatial land system modelling. These models should enable the assessment of alternative policies to reach the green deal policy objectives. While building on existing methods and models, the PhD student will adapt and configure spatial land use models to better fit with the policy questions related to climate policy, agricultural policy and land use planning, and the interactions amongst these. Therewith, the PhD aims at closing gaps at the science-policy interface and contribute to science-based decision making. We look for a PhD student that enjoys spatial analysis and quantitative assessment approaches for making an impact towards more sustainable land use in the EU.

our duties
conduct research and publish results in academic journals and a PhD thesis
collect spatial data on land use and management, re-configure land use models, build quantitative scenarios, assess policy scenarios
contribute to reporting and dissemination within a HorizonEurope project
collaborate within and outside the institute with experts in the field
contribute to teaching, especially by supervising MSc thesis projects
MSc degree in Environmental Sciences, (Landscape) Ecology, Geography, Earth Sciences or another relevant programme with proven knowledge of interdisciplinary approaches
knowledge of and experience with quantitative (spatial) methods and models
very good writing skills
very good command of English (speaking and writing)
A challenging position in a socially involved organization. The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel and amounts €2.443 (PhD) per month during the first year and increases to €3,122 (PhD) per month during the fourth year, based on a full-time employment. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system.

The appointment will initially be for 1 year. After a satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for a duration of 4 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


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