[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoc in scenarios for plant proteins in Europe at VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Dear colleagues, 

apologies for cross-posting, please forward this PhD opportunity to
potentially interested candidates.

Many thanks, 


Are you interested in sustainable food and farming systems, and would you like to join an interdisciplinary project on improving plant protein production in Europe? The Institute
for Environmental Studies of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam invites candidates to apply for


The European consumption of plant proteins depends almost completely on import of grain legumes. Increasing domestic production of grain legumes is considered an important strategy
for improving Europe’s food security, and might have significant co-benefits, such as increasing resilience of European farming systems and reducing fertilizer use, pesticide use and greenhouse gas emissions. What is the potential for expanding plant grain
legume production in Europe? How large are the co-benefits and who are the beneficiaries? What are impacts and trade-offs on the environment, land use and value chain? How can increased grain legume production contribute to increasing sustainability of European
farming systems?

The postdoc will contribute to the interdisciplinary project LegumeGAP, that explores options for increasing production and sustainability of plant protein production in Europe. LegumeGAP
is an interdisciplinary project that unites among others agronomists, economists, plant breeders and spatial ecologists from eight European countries.

Your duties:

EU scale analysis of plant protein yield gaps and windows of opportunity for legume production

Impact assessment and analysis of trade-offs of legume production at EU and global level

Development and analysis of scenarios for plant protein production in Europe

Contribute to various cross-partner tasks, including an European-level farmers survey, EU scale modelling of potential crop yields and yield gaps, analysis and mapping of different
yield gap components and drivers for it

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 €3,123 (scale 10) and a maximum
€4,274 (scale 10), depending on your education and experience. The job profile is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for 1 FTE.

The initial employment contract will affect a period of 1 year, with the possibility of extension to in total 3 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 allowance based on public transport.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via
the website below and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter before 12
March 2019.


Vacancy questions 

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

Name: Dr. Nynke Schulp
Position: Assistant Professor, IVM, Environmental Geography group
E-mail: nynke.schulp@vu.nl 

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