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Job – LANDac Postdoc land governance and food security (0.8 fte) – CLOSED


Function types Postdoc positionsResearch, Development, Innovation
Scientific fields Natural Sciences
Hours 32.0 hours per week
Salary € 2799 – € 3831
Education Doctorate
Job number 675245
Translations en
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Job description

LANDac is a partnership between several Dutch organizations and their Southern partners involved in development-related research, policy and practice. The partners share a concern for increasing land inequality and new land-related conflicts, and how land governance – rules and practices on access to land – can be used to promote equitable and sustainable development in the Global South. Partners of LANDac in the Netherlands are the International Development Studies (IDS) group at Utrecht University, the Sociology of Development and Change (SDC) group at Wageningen University, the African Studies Centre (ASC), the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), HIVOS, Agriterra, Enclude Solutions and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. LANDac is one of the IS Academies for International Cooperation sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that aim to improve and strengthen the relationship between academic research and policy and practice in the area of international cooperation.


LANDac seeks to appoint a highly motivated Postdoc researcher who holds a PhD in International Development, Anthropology, Human Geography, Economics or related fields. You have relevant field experience in doing research on land related issues in Africa, Asia and/or Latin America. We are particularly looking for candidates with expertise in land governance related research, including large-scale land investments in relation to food security, and with an existing network of researchers and practitioners active in land-related issues. The Postdoc researcher is expected to publish extensively in relevant academic journals on the basis of ongoing or concluded research. There will be some small funds available for short term additional fieldwork. In addition, you are requested to work on a research grant proposal (such as a Veni or an ERC grant proposal) with the aim to secure follow-up to this one-year appointment. The candidate has a strong interest in translating research results into policies and practical recommendations for stakeholders outside academia (including governments, civil society organizations, private sector) and has experience working in a multi-stakeholder setting.

Conditions of employment

You will be employed as a postdoc researcher (0.8 fte) at Utrecht University, the leading partner of the LANDac consortium. The appointment will be for a period of one year, starting as soon as possible. The salary is dependent on experience and will range from € 2.799 to € 3.831: pay scale 10 of cao (Collective Labour Agreement) of the Dutch Universities. The salary is supplemented by a holiday allowance of 8% per year and a year-end bonus of 8.3%. We offer a pension scheme, a contribution to commuting expenses and collective insurance schemes. There are several options to adjust your employment conditions to your personal situation. Facilities for child care and sports are available on our campus, which is only 15 minutes away from the historical city center of Utrecht.


Utrecht University has greatambitions for its teaching quality and study success rates. This also applies to its clear research profiles which are centred aroundfour themes: Sustainability, Life Sciences, Youth & Identity, and Institutions. Utrecht University plays a prominent role in our societyand contributes to finding the answers to topical and future societal issues.


The Faculty of Geosciences offers education and research concerning the geosphere, biosphere, atmosphere and anthroposphere. With a population of 2,600 students (BSc and MSc) and 600 staff, the Faculty is a strong and dynamic organisation. The Faculty embodies four departments: Innovation, Environmental and Energy Sciences, Earth Sciences, Physical Geography, and Human Geography and Urban and Regional Planning. Further information concerning the faculty is available at the website General information about Utrecht University can be found at

Additional information

For further information about the position, please contact the LANDac coordinator Gemma Betsema: or +31655787023.

And read more about LANDac and our activities.