Postdoc (fixed term) Crisis Management and Risk Communication

Are you a researcher in crisis management and risk communication? Do you want to study social media and crowdsourcing in disasters? Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).

FTE: 1

Job description

The Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Organization Sciences at VU is looking for a postdoctoral researcher (fixed term) interested in crisis management and risk communication. You work within the Horizon 2020 project „LINKS: Strengthening links between technologies and society for European disaster resilience“. The LINKS project website and description of project activities are found here:

As a postdoctoral researcher, your focus is on crisis management and governance. You especially look at disaster risk perception and vulnerability, disaster management processes, and the use of social media and crowdsourcing in crisis and disasters. You collaborate with the rest of the project team, and you provide your expertise to the project. Your primary task is to conduct scholarly research within the project area. You also support project coordination, especially with regards to writing reports. Approximately 5% of your time is devoted to teaching and supervision, and you have some service/administrative tasks. The position is 18 months full time.

Your duties

More specifically, as a postdoc in in this project you are responsible for:

  • steering the design and implementation of the research in different case studies across Europe
  • developing project results into a final framework. This framework addresses the needs of different stakeholders working with social media and crowdsourcing in disasters
  • coordinating and writing on key project reports and deliverables
  • conducting research that meets high international levels and is published in high-quality journals
  • contributing to external dissemination activities and events, such as seminars and conferences
  • communicating the results of your work to relevant stakeholders and to society at large


  • you have a PhD in a relevant subject. Or your defense has been set for the spring term of 2022, and you will receive your degree during 2022
  • you have a fluent command of English. Fluency in Dutch is an advantage
  • you have a demonstrated ability to produce high quality research, with for example academic publications, and plans and high potential for future academic publications. You also have experience with applying for research funding
  • you are familiar with qualitative research methods (interviews, focus groups, surveys, ethnography) and multidisciplinary research
  • you are familiar with research in the project’s topic of crisis and disaster risk management and governance
  • you can collaborate with other researchers in a team and (EU) consortia
  • having work experience with practitioner organisations in the field of crisis management, NGOs and (local) governmental organizations is an advantage

In your application, please describe the fit between the position and your own knowledge, publication track record and pipeline. We would like to hear about relevant projects you have done.

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €2,836 (scale 10)
and a maximum €5,211 (scale 11), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 1 FTE.

The initial employment contract will affect a period of 18 months.
Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • discount on (and occasionally exclusive access to) theater performances and courses at the Griffioen Cultural Center
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • discounts on collective insurances (healthcare- and car insurance)

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

Faculty of Social Sciences
The Faculty of Social Sciences examines the major social problems of our time from multiple perspectives. From bullying at school to dealing with transnational immigration, from the rise of populist politicians to creating a self-reliant society. Only at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam you will find all the academic disciplines needed to understand these ‚wicked problems‘: alongside the traditional disciplines such as sociology, anthropology and politics, we also research and teach the new social sciences such as communication science and management & organization science. We do not settle for easy answers in our teaching and research. Our researchers and students are critical thinkers and doers who work together to devise surprising solutions to the problems of today.

Working at the Faculty of Social Sciences means working with colleagues from a range of academic disciplines in an inspiring and personal work and study environment with excellent research facilities. We employ more than 500 staff members, and we are home to around 2,500 students.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button.
We ask for an application letter, with the following separate attachments,

  • CV including two references who can be contacted for recommendations,
  • PhD degree certificate,
  • Publication list,
  • Research statement/plan including a demonstration of the applicant’s fit with the position.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact: Kees Boersma, PI of the LINKS project (
Dr. Nathan Clark, scientific coordinator of the LINKS project (


Open PostDoc Position in Crisis Management at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam