PhD Sustainable densification of urban areas

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Do you need to make impression on sustainable city growth by way of analysis? We provide an thrilling PhD challenge in Geography. Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).

FTE: 1

Job description

Are you curious about scientific analysis in geography and sustainability? We provide a difficult PhD place on sustainable densification of city areas. You discover their impression on city inexperienced and blue infrastructures. This analysis challenge builds on the evaluation of very-high decision satellite tv for pc imagery. Your job is to develop new algorithms to detect modifications in buildings, and in vegetation and water. As well as, you interpret these modifications within the context of sustainable city growth, constructing on literature, and interviews, along with the noticed modifications themselves. With these insights you generate a brand new understanding of city growth and contribute to options in the direction of sustainable growth.

You’re a part of the RUGBIS challenge, which is a collaboration between the Netherlands Environmental Evaluation Company (PBL), the Technical College Delft (TUD) and VU Amsterdam. Your analysis has an analytical focus, and also you collaborate intensively with a fellow PhD candidate at TUD. Their analysis focuses on the governance of sustainable densification. You’re employed at two places: you spend about 2 days every week at PBL in The Hague, and in addition about 2 days every week at VU Amsterdam.

The challenge is in the end funded by the federal government, by way of the DG Worldwide Collaboration (DGIS). Consequently, your work is just not restricted to producing scientific analysis. You additionally talk with stakeholders of assorted governmental organizations within the Netherlands. Your analysis will probably be related to those organizations and supplies an thrilling alternative to contribute to sustainable city growth.

Your duties

  • you develop novel algorithms to detect and characterize city growth, based mostly on very-high decision imagery
  • you analyze city growth trajectories in chosen cities within the World South. You particularly take a look at densification and the impacts on inexperienced and blue infrastructure
  • you current the outcomes of your challenge in scientific publications and conferences
  • you contribute to challenge duties, particularly associated to the interplay with governmental stakeholders
  • you help in educating at BSc and/or MSc degree, for instance by supervising thesis candidates and guiding tutorials


  • you will have a MSc (or equal) in Geography, GIS, Distant Sensing, or one other related area
  • you will have a eager curiosity in scientific analysis and in its functions in the direction of sustainable growth
  • you will have expertise in spatial evaluation and distant sensing
  • you will have expertise in (Python) scripting. Data of deep-learning is an asset
  • you will have good oral and written communication abilities in English
  • since we collaborate carefully with Dutch governmental stakeholders, proficiency in Dutch is a robust benefit.

What are we providing?

A difficult place in a socially concerned group. The wage will probably be in accordance with college laws for tutorial personnel and quantities €2,770 (PhD) per thirty days in the course of the first 12 months and will increase to €3,539 (PhD) per thirty days in the course of the fourth 12 months, based mostly on a full-time employment. The job profile: is predicated on the college job rating system and is vacant for not less than 1 FTE.

The appointment will initially be for 1 12 months. After a passable analysis of the preliminary appointment, the contract will probably be prolonged for a length of 4 years.
Moreover, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam presents glorious fringe advantages and varied schemes and laws to advertise a great work/life steadiness, corresponding to:

  • a most of 41 days of annual depart based mostly on full-time employment
  • 8% vacation allowance and eight.3% end-of-year bonus

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is evident: to contribute to a greater world by way of excellent schooling and ground-breaking analysis. We try to be a college the place private growth and dedication to society play a number one position. A college the place individuals from totally different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to realize improvements and to generate new information. Our educating and analysis embody all the spectrum of educational endeavor – from the humanities, the social sciences and the pure sciences by way of to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is house to greater than 31,000 college students. We make use of over 5,000 people. The VU campus is definitely accessible and situated within the coronary heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a really inspiring setting for educating and analysis.

We’re an inclusive college neighborhood. Range is one in all our most essential values. We imagine that participating in worldwide actions and welcoming college students and employees from all kinds of backgrounds enhances the standard of our schooling and analysis. We’re all the time searching for individuals who can enrich our world with their very own distinctive views and experiences.

The College of Science
Working on the College of Science means working along with college students, PhD candidates and scientists who’re targeted on their self-discipline, but even have a broad view of the world. We’re happy with the collegial working setting throughout the college, which is characterised by an formidable and pragmatic angle with dedication to the larger image. On the College of Science, scientists and college students work on basic and sophisticated social points for a sustainable and wholesome future. From forest fires to huge information, from weight problems to malnutrition, from genetics to prescription drugs and from molecules to the moon: our educating and analysis cowl the total breadth of the pure sciences. Scientific educating and analysis is extremely experimental, technical, computational and interdisciplinary in nature. For this reason we collaborate extensively with main analysis institutes and trade. The college has over 11,000 college students learning throughout 40 instructional programmes and employs over 1,600 employees unfold over 10 scientific departments, making us the most important science college within the Netherlands.

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Title: Jasper van Vliet
Place: Affiliate Professor
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: +31 20 59 83052

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