Universiteit van Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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The Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) invites applications for a Geo-informatician in the newly established Computational Support team. This team is part of the Lab & Infrastructure unit that supports our four scientific departments. The geo-informatician will mainly support the Theoretical and Computational Ecology department (TCE) and the department of Ecosystem and Landscape Dynamics (ELD). 

The Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics is one of eight research institutes of the Faculty of Science at the University of Amsterdam. The institute covers a wide range of subjects in both fundamental and applied research. Our scientific studies aim at a better understanding of the dynamics of ecosystems at all relevant levels, from genes to climate change, using a truly multi-disciplinary approach.

Job description

IBED’s research in ecology, evolution, earth and environmental sciences generates and utilizes a large variety spatial data. IBED scientists are eager to explore the exciting possibilities of geospatial analyses to further their research. To ensure that we can exploit this wealth of data to its full extent, we are recruiting a geo-informatician to support our scientific staff. We are looking for an inventive, enthusiastic, ambitious and responsible colleague, who will be able to support the ongoing research at IBED through processing, management and knowledge transfer of geodata. Important tasks will be: 

  • structuring and managing geospatial data that are used in research;
  • supporting ongoing research with for example explorative analyses, model simulations, geostatistical analysis of spatial data; 
  • processing of large spatial data sets (vector, raster as well as point data sets);
  • developing geospatial analysis workflows;
  • generating spatial visualizations;
  • exploring and testing novel geospatial analysis techniques;
  • organizing and transferring knowledge on geospatial data and analyses to colleagues at IBED, e.g. via written tutorials or hands-on training. 

Most of these tasks will take place in close collaboration with IBED researchers, in the context of projects investigating for instance the global distribution of biodiversity, LIDAR-based characterization of vegetation structure, the spatio-temporal distribution of water quality in lake Markermeer through in-situ monitoring, or relationships between environmental data and the occurrence or movement of organisms.


We encourage you to apply if you:

  • hold an MSc in Informatics, Data Science, Computing, GIS, Biology, Physical Geography or a related field or a BSc in one of those fields and have several years of relevant experience; 
  • are familiar with contemporary GIS software and an interpreted language (e.g. R or Python);  
  • have experience with the use of large geospatial datasets, familiarity with a spatial database system (e.g. PostgreSQL/PostGIS or File Geodatabases)) is a plus; 
  • like to work independently on your tasks, and are also able to collaborate well with colleagues within IBED and the wider academic community. Good communication skills are essential for this position; 
  • are fluent in English and have adequate knowledge of Dutch or are willing to learn the Dutch language within two years.

Further information

For questions about these vacancies you may contact:

  • Dr Monique van Wordragen, institute manager. T: +31 (0)20 525 7755, and
  • Dr Emiel van Loon, assistant-professor statistical ecology. T: +31 (0)20 525 7448


We offer a challenging position in an exciting, internationally oriented, academic environment. Our employees enjoy a high degree of flexibility in working hours. Taking individual responsibility for the job and personal development are strongly encouraged by the University of Amsterdam. 

The initial full-time appointment (38 hours per week) is offered for a period of one year. Part-time work is an option. Upon a positive evaluation of your performance you will subsequently be offered a permanent position. The gross monthly salary is in accordance with the University regulations for academic personnel and will range from €2,709 up to a maximum of €4,274 (salary scale 9 or 10), based on a full-time appointment and depending on qualifications and on the number of years of relevant professional experience, and will be supplemented with an 8 % holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3 %. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (Cao) is applicable.

Job application

The UvA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We value a spirit of enquiry and endurance, provide the space to keep asking questions and cherish a diverse atmosphere of curiosity and creativity.

Due to Dutch legislation, the UvA is for non-scientific positons obliged to recruit within the EU. If you are not a EU-citizen (including Norway and Switzerland)  it is not useful to apply.

Applications should be sent ultimately at 15 March 2019 through our online job application tool. Applications should include a motivation letter and a resume.  

The interviews with selected candidates will take place in the week of 25 to 29 March 2019. #LI-DNP