At Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS Institute), we work with people – students, scientists, and professionals from both private and public organizations – who are passionate about tackling the city’s most pressing urban challenges. At our home base in the heart of Amsterdam, we bring together this diverse interdisciplinary pool of topic experts to develop talent, for research and innovation, and to foster entrepreneurship in metropolitan solutions. For the development of new ideas and innovative solutions related to mobility, energy, food, digitization, circularity, and climate resilience.

Everyone brings their own expertise and skills to the table, and jointly we develop and valorize integrated solutions to reinvent the city. This unique approach results into AMS Institute being a ‘buzzing’ melting pot for new ideas and innovation, which you can truly sense at the institute.

About the position

There is a lot to get done if we are to reinvent the city – also in terms of communication; How do we communicate our corporate story? How do we involve the right stakeholders at the right time without losing sight of our own focus? How do we translate the vast number of innovative solutions? How do we strengthen our community?

That is your challenge! Of course, you will not do this alone, as you will manage a team of four colleagues and several student assistants.

We are looking for a communications professional with the following qualities:

  • Experience with multi-stakeholder management;
  • You understand university organizations and have organizational sensitivity;
  • Strategic thinker and at the same time a ‘go-getter’;
  • Sharp vision on positioning issues;
  • Experience with science communication;
  • Fluent in Dutch and English;
  • You can get the best out of a team.

Read the vacancy in Dutch here >>

What we do

Cities, as we know them today, have a need to transform its systems on a metropolitan scale, to become more livable, resilient, sustainable and just, but also to offer good economic stability.

Urban Living Labs

Urban Living Labs provide a co-innovative setting, in which multiple stakeholders jointly test, develop and create metropolitan solutions.

About AMS Institute

At AMS Institute, the best of Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Wageningen University and Research (WUR) and Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) comes together in Amsterdam!

AMS Institute was founded in Amsterdam in 2014 as a partnership between TU Delft and WUR, in collaboration with MIT. The goal of AMS Institute is “to (re)invent a more prosperous city; sustainable, resilient, and just”. To this end, the institute develops (technological) knowledge in research projects, educates students and professionals, and drives innovation and entrepreneurship to achieve desired solutions.

Metropolitan challenges are addressed by focusing on six main themes: Smart Urban Mobility, Urban Energy, Circularity in Urban Regions, Metropolitan Food Systems, Responsible Urban Digitization and Climate Resilient Cities. We organize research, education, and entrepreneurship activities in collaboration with a wide range of partners. On the one hand scientific partners, but especially in collaboration with the business community, City of Amsterdam, and the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area (AMA) and cities worldwide.

AMS Institute is an inclusive organization. Diversity is at the core of how we work towards our mission: re-inventing cities. It contributes to more creativity and innovation. AMS Institute is at the heart of society and wants to reflect that society. Our vacancies are therefore open to everyone.

Terms of employment

Your position is embedded at two of the institute’s founding universities: WUR and TU Delft. From the first university you will be seconded to AMS Institute based in Amsterdam. You will report to the managing director of AMS Institute, also you will be in direct contact with the corporate communications departments of both founding universities.

Several highlights from our terms of employment (in Dutch) include:

  • Sabbatical leave, study leave and partially paid parental leave;
  • Working hours that can be mutually agreed upon, allowing for an optimal work and life balance;
  • We offer an appointment for 38 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
  • Option for extra vacation/compensation hours by working a maximum of 40 hours per week;
  • There is a lot of attention for vitality, and you can, at an attractive rate, use the sports facilities on campus;
  • A structural end of year bonus of 8.3%;
  • An excellent pension scheme by ABP.

Of course, these excellent benefits are accompanied by an appropriate salary. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive salary ranging from a minimum of €4,629 to a maximum of €5,943 for a full 38-hour working week in accordance with the collective agreement (CAO) for Dutch Universities (Hay 12 scale). An appointment between 0.8 and 1.0 FTE is also negotiable.

WUR stimulates career development through its internal recruitment policy. There are ample opportunities for personal growth in a learning environment and we offer excellent training possibilities. We offer you a versatile job in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

You will be working for a university that has been voted as "best university" in the Netherlands for the 17th consecutive time.

More information?

For more information about this position or the procedure please contact Martijn van Beersum, HR Officer; 06-10598900 or by e-mail;

Would you like to apply?

Please send your CV and motivation letter to:

This vacancy is open until May 8, 2022. We would like to schedule the first interviews from week 19-2022.