Postdoc Circular Transition

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Postdoc Circular Transition
  • Doctorate
Do you want to contribute to the transition to a circular and low-carbon construction economy? Would you like to work in a multidisciplinary research team with real impact in the construction industry? Please apply for the position Postdoc circular transition at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).

FTE: 0.6 - 1

Job description

The architectural, engineering and construction sector can significantly reduce CO2 emissions and climate impact by transforming from linear to circular practices. The research aims to enhance implementation of technological innovation in the sector by reflecting and intervening upon laborious collaborative behaviour in the design phase of circular construction projects.

As a postdoc you explore, reflect and learn from behavioural interventions in the collaborative practices of circular construction projects. You bring in seniority needed to co-create an efficient circular process with a consortium of large public clients, leading architects and major construction firms to support the transition to a circular and low-carbon construction economy.

Your duties
  • actively involved in analysing the data generated by two PhD students
  • conduct additional data collection through field research
  • support the consortium partners in their transition with interventions, improvisations and new practices
  • organise consortium meetings and reflection sessions
  • write articles for international peer reviewed scientific journals
  • participate in the research activities of Organization Sciences Department


  • PhD in anthropology, social sciences, organisation sciences, innovation studies or management sciences
  • experienced in publishing papers for international peer reviewed journals
  • interested in circular economy and innovation
  • a team player, working together with other researchers and practitioners of the consortium
  • proficient in spoken Dutch and in written English

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 €2,790 (scale 10) and a maximum €4,402 (scale 10), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is for four years with 0.6 FTE, or 2,4 year with 1.0 FTE. Initially there will be an appointment for one year with the option of an extension to four of 2.4 years.  

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as;
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package
  • interesting working environment in which you can make a difference

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 endeavour – 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 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 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.

Faculty of Social Sciences
The Faculty of Social Sciences examines the major social problems of our time from multiple perspectives. From bullying at school to dealing with transnational immigration, from the rise of populist politicians to creating a self-reliant society. Only at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam you will find all the academic disciplines needed to understand these 'wicked problems': alongside the traditional disciplines such as sociology, anthropology and politics, we also research and teach the new social sciences such as communication science and management & organization science. We do not settle for easy answers in our teaching and research. Our researchers and students are critical thinkers and doers who work together to devise surprising solutions to the problems of today.

Working at the Faculty of Social Sciences means working with colleagues from a range of academic disciplines in an inspiring and personal work and study environment with excellent research facilities. We employ more than 250 staff members, and we are home to around 2,500 students.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until April 31, 2021

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

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

Name: prof.dr. Alfons van Marrewijk
Position: Projectleader TranCiBo
Telephone: +31620437596

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