Assistant Professor of Economic Geography

The Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning at the Faculty of Geosciences of Utrecht University is looking for an Assistant Professor, as part of the ambition to further develop teaching and research activities of the Economic Geography section. 

The Economic Geography section specializes in teaching and research connected to the Evolutionary Economic Geography programme, where staff members are internationally recognized leaders. Current projects and expertise cover topics with scientific and societal relevance, including regional inequality, sustainability, regional innovation policies, the resilience of regions to crises like COVID, institutions, and regional development. The section also specializes in quantitative methods and seeks to further develop its expertise in artificial intelligence and data science.


The position involves 50% teaching and 50% research time. Core tasks include:

  • teaching our Bachelor’s and Master’s courses;
  • Bachelor’s and Master’s thesis supervision;
  • coordinating and developing innovative educational activities;
  • research, project acquisition, and publishing;
  • carrying out management tasks and helping create an inclusive and diverse workplace;
  • creating societal impact and engagement with societal stakeholders.


  • The gross salary – depending on previous qualifications and experience – ranges between €3,974 and €5,439
  • Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year.
  • Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions such as agreements on professional development, 
  • An attractive retirement scheme,
  • partly paid parental leave and flexible employment conditions
  • The University’s International Service Desk will provide support to new international faculty members with an onboarding process, as well as provide career services for their partners. 

Job Requirements

The department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning is looking for an assistant professor with the following qualifications:

  • a doctoral degree (PhD) in economic geography, or a closely related discipline;
  • proven expertise in research, including publications in international journals;
  • experience with applying for competitive research projects;
  • proven experience in teaching;
  • established connections to relevant academic partners as well as to stakeholders in society;
  • social and communication skills and the ability and motivation to collaborate with colleagues from different disciplines;
  • fluency in English (C1 level), passive knowledge of the Dutch language is welcome, together with the willingness to acquire a good active knowledge of the Dutch language within two years.
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Application Process

Interested applicants are welcome to submit their application which includes (and be limited to) the following:

  • motivation letter;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • teaching and research statement, describing their vision of teaching and their research plans;
  • names and contact details of two referees.

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Application Deadline: October 26, 2022.

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