Postdoc on an European Project

Faculty/Services:  Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Educational level:  PhD
Function type:  Academic Staff
Closing date:  8 December 2023
Vacancy number:  12365

The University of Amsterdam’s Urban Planning research group is looking for a postdoctoral researcher (3,5 years) to contribute to the new European project.


The main objective of the project is to support cities in promoting, improving and converting to just, equal and active mobility by developing innovative and holistic strategies, and most importantly implementing them, aimed at encouraging transformative urban planning solutions with complementary behavioural changes. The project focuses on marginalised social groups and their needs (and contributions) as fundamental to the process to shape the proposed strategies with a bottom-up methodology applied throughout.


The postdoctoral researcher will be working directly with Prof. Dr. Marco te Brömmelstroet. The candidate will also become part of the projects consortium, which includes leading research institutes and cities in Europe. The candidate will be embedded in the Urban Planning research group, in the Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies (GPIO) at the University of Amsterdam. The postdoc will become part of the Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR) and the Centre for Urban Studies (CUS).


What are you going to do


The candidate will become an active member of the projects consortium and undertake research activities for four years to support a transition to more just streets in Amsterdam and a range of European cities.


You will


  • perform a desk review on measures, best practices and benchmarking analysis on how to get more holistic design guidelines implemented;
  • review largescale ideas currently being explored to make streets just;
  • develop a synthetic and practice oriented compendium of innovative tools and methods, including for example the 15-minute city, Superblocks, Play Out movement, Kidical Mass, Bicibus, Rewilding;
  • develop a state of the art overview of tools and techniques for behavioural change and design of interventions to encourage active mobility;
  • do risk assessment of expected increase in active mobility;
  • define the profile, needs and requirements of Living Labs in the eight involved cities;
  • co-create and engage in living labs with solutions for inclusive, safe, affordable and sustainable urban mobility;
  • design a learning/evaluation framework with representative impact-oriented metrics to monitor the progress and effectiveness of implementation and learn from the Living Labs;
  • interview policy-makers, mobility experts and representatives over vulnerable social group, develop online questionnaires and do field-observations;
  • support the creative of content to get urban stakeholders to act, ensuring that learnings, knowhow and experiences form the project are effectively shared;
  • represent the University of Amsterdam as an active and member of the larger projects community;
  • the position is research focused. But for your career development towards tenure positions, teaching experience is crucial. Therefore the department has the policy that post-doc researchers make a contribution to the teaching programme


What do you have to offer


We are looking for an enthusiastic and critical scholar who would like to work on issues at the intersection of justice, design of public streets, and transitions in (European) cities. You have an interest in bridging abstract academic notions with hands-on policy advice. You have an interest in conducting comparative research, as well as bridging different theories and disciplines. You can work independently and you are able to establish contacts within new networks of scholars, policymakers and communities in order to conduct research in a large European consortium.


Your experience and profile


Candidates should hold a PhD degree in urban and regional planning, urban studies, human geography, policymaking, or a closely related field. Candidates who do not hold a PhD upon application will not qualify.


Successful candidates are those who:

  • have demonstrated experience doing field research on street design, road safety and/or urban planning;
  • have an in-depth knowledge of the literature on street justice and mobility transition;
  • have demonstrated experience doing empirical fieldwork in different geographical contexts;
  • have demonstrated experience with qualitative research methods;
  • have demonstrated experience with conceptual thinking;
  • have demonstrated experience with participating in interdisciplinary research projects;
  • have demonstrated experience with participating in transdisciplinary research projects;
  • have proficient English skills (written and verbal);
  • have preferably published at least one or two academic articles, or a promising set of papers in the pipeline;
  • are a team player and able to work independently.


What can we offer you


The position concerns a temporary employment of 1 fte (38 hours per week) for a maximum term of 3,5 years. The initial employment is for one year. Following a positive assessment and barring altered circumstances, this term can be extended by a maximum of 30 months. The candidate will have the opportunity to attend training courses and both national and international events. For this position the University Job Classification profile ‘Onderzoeker’ applies.

Depending on your experience, the minimum salary is €4.332 and the maximum salary is €5.090 gross per month based on a 38-hour working week, in keeping with salary scale 11, as per the Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities. We additionally offer an extensive package of secondary benefits, including 8% holiday allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.

The UvA offers excellent possibilities for further professional development and education.


What else do we offer


  • a position in which initiative and input are highly valued;
  • a research team with a high international research profile, comprising enthusiastic and friendly  academics with whom you will collaborate in research and publications;
  • a leading research group that is open to new colleagues;
  • resources for fieldwork abroad;
  • an inspiring academic and international working environment in the heart of Amsterdam.
  • Connections to the resources, activities and networks of the Urban Cycling Institute and the Laboratory of Thought, foundations that actively work to support change in international practices


About us


The University of Amsterdam is the largest university in the Netherlands, with the broadest spectrum of degree programmes. It is an intellectual hub with 39,000 students, 6,000 employees and 3,000 doctoral students who are all committed to a culture of inquiring minds.

The Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies is one of the six Departments in the FMG. Research and education are carried out by special institutes. The Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) is responsible for research in the social sciences. The College of Social Sciences (CSS) and the Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS) are responsible for undergraduate and graduate teaching programmes in the social sciences.

Research and teaching in the Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies is organized in five thematic programme groups: Governance and Inclusive Development (GID), Urban Geographies (UG), Urban Planning (UP), Political and Economic Geographies (PEG) and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (ISW).

A challenging work environment with a variety of duties and ample scope for individual initiative and development within an inspiring organization. The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Science  play a leading role in addressing the major societal challenges faced by the world, the Netherlands and Amsterdam, now and in the future.


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Job Application


Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application/motivation letter and resume in one bundled .pdf by December 8th 2023.


Applications in one bundled .pdf should include:

  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a letter of motivation (max 500 words);
  • a research statement consisting of two parts: (1) a mini-essay in which you position yourself within theoretical debates on just streets/public space and street transformation  (max 500 words) and (2) a research approach to conduct within the abovementioned project tasks (max 500 words);
  • writing sample (a single authored (if possible) published (or submitted) academic article, chapter, thesis, …)


Job interviews will take place in the afternoon of Monday December 18th, in Amsterdam or online, depending on the candidate’s availability. The position is expected to start by 1 February 2024.



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