Postdoctoral researcher Amsterdam School of Economics

Faculty of Economics and Business – Amsterdam School of Economics

Publication date
13 March 2018
Level of education
Salary indication
€3,475 to €4,757 gross per month
Closing date
15 April 2018
38 hours per week
Vacancy number

The Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) at the UvA provides academic courses for more than 5,000 students in Economics, Business, Actuarial Science, Econometrics, and a variety of post-doctoral courses. The Faculty also conducts research programs in many specialist areas and employs about 400 people. The FEB has an internationally acclaimed profile and is located in the heart of Amsterdam. FEB consists of the Amsterdam Business School (ABS) and the Amsterdam School of Economics (ASE). ASE is among the top economics research institutes in Europe. It actively participates in the teaching and research activities of the Tinbergen Institute.

The vacancy is within the Microeconomics section at ASE. The microeconomics section in ASE covers three different research programs: Experimental & Political Economics (CREED), Human Capital, and Markets & Organizations. The microeconomics section is responsible for teaching all microeconomics related courses at the BSc and MSc level. The section also actively participates in the teaching and research activities of the Tinbergen Institute, the graduate school of ASE.

Job and project description

The postdoctoral position is part of MEFPROC, a transnational research project funded by SUSFOOD2, an H2020 ERA-net co-fund on sustainable food production and consumption. The aim of MEFPROC is to improve sustainability in food processing using ‘moderate electric fields’ (MEF) for process intensification and smart processing.

The postdoc contributes to the project using a behavioral economics approach. She or he will consider the following question: Why does the industry take up sustainable food products at a slower pace than technological progress would justify? MEF processing technologies have been around for some time but have not yet had much traction in terms of uptake by industry. This is in spite of the fact that they are both energy and cost efficient.

The postdoc will run online experimental auctions and economic lab experiments to improve our understanding of potential drivers behind the slow take up of MEF processing technologies, including consumers’ relatively low willingness-to-pay for innovatively produced products, senior management conservatism, and stringent anti-cartel law. The auctions will be run on the Veylinx platform and the lab experiments at the CREED lab of the University of Amsterdam.


Candidates should have or be close to completing a PhD in Economics or related discipline.

Further information


The postdoc appointment starts off with a one-year contract and will be extended for the remaining project period (two additional years) under the condition of a good-first year evaluation.

The gross monthly salary will be, depending on experience, between €3,475 and €4,757 (salary scale 11) based on 38 hours per week (+ 16.3% holiday and end-year payments).This is based on 38 hours per week and in accordance with the salary scales and the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities

A substantial reduction in income tax (equal to 30% of taxable salary) may apply to non-Dutch candidates. The UvA offers a very attractive pension scheme.

The position includes a 20% teaching load, i.e., 60 contacts hours a year.

The intended start date is 1 July 2018.       

Job application

Applications should be made via, quoting vacancy number 18-116 in the subject line.

Applicants should send their CV, two reference letters, a research paper, and a cover letter describing their research interests.

The closing date is 15 April 2018.

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to present one of their papers at a job seminar. #LI-DNP

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