Academic Assistant - Urban Sustainability and Climate Change Resilience

About IHS

The Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) - Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) focuses on educational, research and advisory activities related to urban development and management world-wide. Within IHS, the Urban Sustainability and Climate Change Resilience department looks at how urban areas can transition towards more sustainable and resilient development pathways within the context of environmental challenges and climate change dynamics. Of particular interest are the relationship between the natural and built environment, the role of green infrastructure and nature based solutions, innovations related to the management of water, energy and transport systems and their contribution to reducing pollution and improving environmental performance, land use and urban spatial form and their influence on urban sustainability, the analysis of climate change adaptation and mitigation actions, and the determinants of urban resilience.

Description

IHS is looking to fill the position of Academic Assistant within the Urban Sustainability and Climate Change Resilience department. This Academic Assistant will contribute to the educational, research and advisory activities in which the department is engaged in the field of, among others, urban sustainability, urban environment, urban climate change, green infrastructure and nature based solutions, urban land, water, waste and energy nexus, and urban resilience.

Qualifications and competencies

We are looking for a candidate who:

  • Holds a master’s degree in environmental sciences, engineering, economics or other disciplines related to urban management, urban sustainability, urban environment and urban climate change and has a maximum of two years post-graduate work experience.
  • Has a proven background on and interest in aspects of urban sustainability, urban environment, urban climate change, green infrastructure and nature based solutions, urban land, water, waste and energy nexus, and urban resilience.
  • Has international experience in a multicultural environment, has a creative and problem solving attitude, and is able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Has excellent knowledge of GIS (ArcGIS or QGIS).
  • Has excellent quantitative skills (statistics and econometrics) and ideally has knowledge of R or Python or Stata.
  • Has excellent command of spoken and written English with fluency in other languages desirable.

Terms and conditions of employment

The candidate must be in possession of a Dutch residence permit or be an EU citizen. The position is available in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, starting for a period of 1 year, with possible extension of employment for a maximum of 2 years, and is based on 40 hours per week.

Remuneration will be in line with the responsibilities of the role and related to the work experience of the candidate. For full-time employment the minimum gross monthly salary is € 2.367 and maximum € 3.196 based on 40 working hours per week and on a salary scale of 7 of the collective labour agreement for Dutch universities (CAO NU). The employment conditions include a holiday allowance of 8,0% and an end-of-year bonus of 8,3%.

The ideal starting date would be November 2021.

Application procedure

For further information on the position, please contact Dr. Alberto Gianoli at gianoli@ihs.nl.

Applications should be submitted no later than 22 October 2021 by email to office@ihs.nl.

Please add ‘Academic Assistant, Urban Sustainability and Climate Change Department’ to the subject line.

Please send a cover letter (with clear description of your motivations for applying for this position) and detailed CV including the names and contact details of two referees to the email above.

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