Job opportunity: Academic assistant, Environment and sustainable development

The Institute of Development Policy (IOB) of the University of Antwerp wants to contribute to a more just and sustainable world through multidisciplinary academic research, education, partnerships and political engagement. More information about the institute and its activities can be found at

The Institute of Development Policy (IOB) is seeking to fill a full-time (100%) vacancy for an

Academic assistant in the area of “environment and sustainable development”

Job description

  • Your research and societal service delivery is situated in the field of development processes, actors and policies, with particular attention to their nexus with global-to-local environmental/climate change governance processes. Your research focus matches the research line “Environment and Sustainable Development”.
  • Your research studies how the economics and politics of conservation and the environment intersect within the context of globalization, often resulting in social-environmental conflicts. You pay particular attention to the (local and global) environmental justice aspects of contemporary (market-based) environment-development policy frameworks, such as carbon and biodiversity markets, Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) and/or Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES).
  • Geographically, you focus on Central/Latin America.
  • You prepare a doctoral thesis in development studies in this domain (appr. 50% of your time).
  • You contribute to the strengthening of the research line, i.a. through joint research and outreach activities and collaborating in applications for externally funded research grants.
  • You assist in teaching assignments within the framework of the IOB master programs.
  • Your research adopts a multidisciplinary perspective, includes fieldwork and uses a combination of qualitative (and, preferably, also quantitative) methods, in accordance with the IOB Research Strategy 2017-2022.
  • IOB PhD regulations allow joint or double PhDs degrees.
  • Your work includes activities of societal outreach.
  • You actively support the cooperation of IOB with its partner institutes in the South, in particular in Central America.
  • You function well in groups and you are willing to contribute to the service delivery to IOB, to the University of Antwerp and the wider society.

Profile and requirements

  • You hold a master degree in development studies or in related social science disciplines (preferably with a proven interest in political ecology, human geography and/or ecological economics).
  • Your work is preferably interdisciplinary in nature and preferably engages with a combination of methodological approaches.
  • You obtained outstanding academic results.
  • You preferably have experience with development processes in the South.
  • The focus in your teaching corresponds to the educational vision of the university.
  • Your academic qualities comply with the requirements stipulated in the university’s policy.
  • You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative, social and cooperative.
  • You are fluent in English and Spanish. Knowledge of other relevant languages is a plus.

We offer

  • an appointment as an academic assistant for a period of two years, with the possibility of renewal twice for a further two-year period after positive evaluation;
  • the date of appointment will be 1 September 2019;
  • a full time gross monthly salary ranging from € 3.338,21 tot € 5.649,28;
  • a dynamic and stimulating work environment.

How to apply?

  • Applications may only be submitted online, until the closing date 24 March 2019.
  • The application must be completed with a PhD research proposal (appr. 1000 words) and an argument (appr. 500 words) how this proposal can strengthen the profile of the research line and of the IOB profile in general. This document must be submitted in English.
  • A pre-selection will be made from amongst the submitted applications. The remainder of the selection procedure is specific to the position and will be determined by the selection panel. The selection interview will take place on 2 May 2019.
  • More information about the application form can be obtained at
  • For questions about the profile and the description of duties, please contact prof. dr. Gert Van Hecken (Tel. +32 3 265 56 85;

The University of Antwerp is a family friendly organization, with a focus on equal opportunities and diversity. Our HR-policy for researchers was awarded by the European Commission with the quality label HR Excellence in research.

We support the Science4Refugees initiative and encourage asylum-seeking, refugee scientists and researchers to apply for a job at the University of Antwerp.

Postdoctoral Fellow – Social Sciences at Lincoln University


As the longest-running agriculturally-based university in the Southern Hemisphere, Lincoln University’s story begins with farming, but it certainly doesn’t end there. As New Zealand’s economy diversified, so have we. Lincoln University is here to enhance and enrich lives. To grow the knowledge of our students so they can shape a world that benefits from a greater understanding of the relationship between our land, the food produced from it and the ecosystems within it. With three academic faculties, one teaching division, several research centres (including the new 27,000 sqm joint facility, in partnership with AgResearch), and a range of corporate service units, the Lincoln University draws its students from throughout New Zealand and from over 60 countries. Lincoln University has a student roll of around 3,000 and approximately 600 staff.

We are seeking an interdisciplinary-backgrounded Postdoctoral Fellow with training in social science or human-environment relations, political ecology, environmental sociology, geography or anthropology, etc. The position requires familiarity with research approaches and ontologies of social science as well as theory (Actor Network Theory, Governmentality, Assemblage, etc.). Ideally, you will be sufficiently aware of the value, concerns and sensibilities of social research and systems modelling approaches.

To be considered for this role you will need to have:

  • A PhD in a relevant discipline. Relevant disciplines include social sciences or human-environment relations, political ecology, environmental sociology, geography or anthropology.
  • Interdisciplinary background that includes training in social science (geography, sociology, political studies, anthropology, etc.)
  • Familiarity with the research approaches and ontologies of social science
  • Capacity for statistical analysis and modelling using survey data
  • Excellent written and oral English and communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively

This is a fulltime, fixed term position that will end two years from the date of commencement.

Please apply online with your CV and cover letter.

For more information, please refer to the position description on the Lincoln University careers page or contact Patrice Wilkin, Recruitment Business Partner, on 03 423 0312.

Applications close on Thursday 31/01/19 at 9am.

Job opportunity: Postdoctoral Fellow at Cambridge University

MRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Physical Activity and Public Health Programme


Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Fellow based in the Physical Activity and Public Health programme in the MRC Epidemiology Unit, a department within the University of Cambridge’s School of Clinical Medicine on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. The programme is one of seven core-funded MRC research programmes.

The post holder will contribute to a programme of research on population-level approaches to the promotion of active living, focused on evaluating the effects of environmental and policy interventions and understanding related patterns and mechanisms of behaviour change. Working closely with the senior postdoctoral researcher, you will design, prepare data for and conduct analyses using a variety of observational and quasi-experimental datasets.

You will have, or will shortly be about to complete, a PhD in a quantitative health or social science, or in statistics. You must have demonstrable experience in managing and analysing quantitative datasets. We welcome applications from those with well-developed quantitative analytical skills who would be interested in applying them to this field of public health research. Experience in longitudinal analysis of cohort (panel) data, applying statistical methods for quasi-experimental causal inference, investigating patterns and causal pathways in longitudinal data, or the analysis of objective physical activity or spatial data would be a distinct advantage.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Jenna Panter at or on 01223 746884.

Tenure track position as Associate Senior Lecturer at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala

Tenure track position as Associate Senior Lecturer in Rural Development in Sweden and Europe with a focus on environmental and agricultural politics for sustainable rural development at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala

The subject covers rural development in Sweden and Europe with a focus on the socio-political aspects that lead to sustainable development in the context of changing rural places. Interdisciplinary approaches to changes taking place in environmental and agricultural governance and politics across local, national and global levels are important. Analysis of how gender, class, ethnicity and other dimensions of power influence rural change is central.

The Associate Senior Lecturer shall develop his/her own research profile within the subject. This should include theoretical approaches and extensive fieldwork with attention to interdisciplinary perspectives.

Priority will be given to candidates who have received a PhD or equivalent qualifications no longer than five years before the application deadline.

For more information on the position, please see:

Questions may be addressed to Seema Arora-Jonsson, Professor, Chair for Rural Development in Europe, Department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (

Job Opportunity: Berg Postdoctoral Fellowship in Geography, Macalester College, Saint Paul, MN USA 

Berg Postdoctoral Fellowship in Geography, Macalester College, Saint Paul, MN USA 

Macalester College invites applications for a two-year Berg Postdoctoral Fellowship in Geography to begin Fall 2019.  We are seeking candidates with a specialization in geospatial technologies and the environment.  The Fellow will teach three courses in each academic year: two that contribute to the department’s existing curriculum (e.g. Introduction to Remote Sensing, Environmental GIS) and one open to the candidate’s area of specialization.  Candidates should have experience and/or demonstrated enthusiasm for teaching diverse undergraduate students, show promise as an independent scholar, and have completed their PhD in Geography (or a related field) by August 15, 2019.  The Berg Fellowship includes a $70,000 annual salary, plus full time benefits and funds to support research and travel. 

Review of applications will begin on February 12, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.  To apply, upload a letter of application, CV, graduate school transcript, statement of teaching philosophy and interests, evidence of teaching effectiveness, a statement of research interests, and up to three publications to  Also, arrange for three references to upload letters to accompany the application.  Questions may be addressed to Laura Smith, Chair, Macalester College Department of Geography ( 

Macalester College is a highly selective, private liberal arts college in the vibrant Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, which has a population of approximately three million and is home to numerous colleges and universities, including the University of Minnesota.  Macalester’s diverse student body comprises over 2,000 undergraduates from 49 states and the District of Columbia and over 90 nations.  The College maintains a longstanding commitment to academic excellence with a special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society.  As an Equal Opportunity employer supportive of affirmative efforts to achieve diversity among its faculty, Macalester College strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups.