Mid/senior level Specialist - 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 worldwide. 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 is the relationship between the natural and built environment, the role of green infrastructure and nature-based solutions, innovations related to the management of water and energy and systems and their contribution to 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.


IHS is looking to fill a mid/senior-level specialist position within the Urban Sustainability and Climate Change Resilience department. The candidate 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, the urban land-water-waste-energy nexus, urban resilience, green infrastructure and nature-based solutions. The candidate will be involved in coordinating courses and delivering lectures at the Master level, supervising thesis at the Master and PhD levels, contributing to existing research and advisory projects and acquiring new ones.

Qualifications and competencies

We are looking for a candidate who:

  • Holds a PhD degree (or close to defending one) in environmental sciences, engineering, economics or other disciplines related to urban management, urban sustainability, urban environment, urban climate change and urban infrastructure.
  • Has a proven background on and expertise in 1] circular economy at urban level and/or 2] water infrastructure at urban level and its relation to sustainability and climate change.
  • Has the ability and interest to develop and deliver high-quality courses and lectures and supervise Master and PhD students.
  • Has an international network and a strong track record in publications in peer-reviewed journals and attracting research funding.
  • Has international experience in a multicultural environment, has a creative and problem-solving attitude, and can work independently and as part of a team.
  • Has knowledge of GIS (ArcGIS or QGIS)
  • Has excellent methodological and particularly quantitative skills (statistics and econometrics) and ideally has some programming knowledge in R or Python with machine learning applications.
  • Has excellent command of spoken and written English with fluency in other languages desirable.

Terms and conditions of employment

The candidate must have a Dutch residence permit or be an EU citizen. The position is available in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, starting for one year, with a possible extension of employment, and is based on a minimum of 32 hours per week to a maximum of 40 working hours per week.

Remuneration will be in line with the responsibilities of the role and related to the candidate's work experience. For full-time employment, the minimum gross monthly salary is equivalent to € 3.807. The maximum is equal to € 5.211 based on 40 working hours per week, and a salary scale of 11 or the minimum is equivalent to €4,612 and the maximum equivalent to €5,922 based on 40 hours per week and a salary scale of 12 of the collective labour agreement for Dutch universities (CAO NU). The employment conditions include employment conditions include a holiday allowance of 8.0% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.

We prefer a candidate who is available to start as soon as possible.

Application procedure

For further information on the position, please contact Dr Lasse Gerrits at gerrits@ihs.nl.

We would like to receive your application no later than 5 November 2021 by email to office@ihs.nl.

Please add ‘Mid/senior-level specialist, Urban Sustainability and Climate Change Department’ to the subject line. Please send a cover letter (with a clear description of your motivations for applying for this position) and a detailed CV, including the names and contact details of two referees, to the email above.

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