Assistant Professor/Associate Professor in Ecosystem Based Adaptation Large Scale Water Modeling

Wageningen University & Research

Wageningen, Netherlands 🇳🇱

We are looking for

An emerging scholar in the field of Ecosystem based adaptation to climate change. You are interested in how different ecosystem and nature based solutions can contribute to climate change adaptation in the water sector. You will develop new tools and approaches to assess the contribution of ecosystem based approaches to climate change adaptation and test different interventions in field and/or using modelling approaches.

In your research you take an interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary approach to address climate change adaptation. You combine quantitative and qualitative methods to assess to what extent ecosystem based adaptation can address current and future climate change impacts. You will for example asses how natural ecosystems and reforestation can be used to increase river flows during droughts and which natural systems can be used to mitigate floods. You will join the rapidly growing Water Systems and Global Change group. A multidisciplinary group studying impact of global change on water availability and quality. Within the group we use a combination of models and field approaches to study future impact of climate change and socio economic development. In addition we study how different adaptation option can contribute to more sustainable water managements. (for more information on the group see

The successful candidate will proceed through the Tenure Track system at Wageningen University. Within a period of 12 years after being appointed as Assistant Professor, you are expected to reach the level of Professor in your own field. You will therefore establish an internationally visible independent research line and identify where your research makes a societal impact.

We ask

  • A PhD degree in hydrology, environmental sciences, ecology, hydrology, climate sciences or related field
  • Experience with climate change adaptation preferably in the water sector 
  • Experience with ecosystem based adaptation and nature based solutions for global change impacts.
  • Experience or affinity with inter and transdisciplinary research approaches
  • Experience in or willing to learn acquiring and leading internationally oriented research projects
  • Experience and affinity with delivering high quality education at BSc and/or MSc levels, including supervising BSc and MSc students.
  • An emerging publishing record in peer reviewed international academic literature.
  • A strong team player willing to contribute to the wider interests of the group and the university.
  • Excellent English communication and writing skills (C1 level)

We offer

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:

  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and partially paid parental leave;
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional compensation / holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.

In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will be offered a fixed-term, 7 year contract which, upon positive evaluation based on criteria elaborated in the University’s Tenure Track policy, can lead to a permanent employment contract as professor. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive gross salary  from a minimum of € 3.974,- to a maximum of € 5.439,- (assistant professor position) and from € 5.506,- to a maximum of € 6.702,-  (associate professor position) for a full-time working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 11-13).

Wageningen University & Research encourages internal advancement opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a unique position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland, and at a university that has been chosen as the “Best University” in the Netherlands for the 17th consecutive time.

Coming from abroad
Wageningen University & Research is the university and research centre for life sciences. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, known as the 30% ruling. Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.
Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen University & Research’s International Community page contains practical information about what we can do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. Furthermore, we can assist you with any additional advice and information about helping your partner to find a job, housing, schooling, and other issues.

More information

For more information about this function, please contact  Prof. Fulco Ludwig, telephone number +31 (0)317 486443 [email protected] or Prof. Carolien Kroeze, telephone number +31 (0)317 484870; e-mail address: [email protected] or

For more information about the procedure, please contact Edgar Tijhuis, corporate recruiter, [email protected]

Do you want to apply?
You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval. Address your application, including a covering letter with your motivation and a CV, to the chair of the Search Committee for this position, Prof Fulco Ludwig.

This vacancy is open until 2 October 2022. The first job interviews will take place in the third week of September

Equal opportunities
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. For more information please go to our inclusivity page. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.

We are

Wageningen University & Research
The mission of Wageningen University & Research is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment. With its roughly 30 branches, 7,200 employees (6,400 fte) and 13,200 students and over 150.000 participants to WUR’s Life Long Learning, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. The unique Wageningen approach lies in its integrated approach to issues and the collaboration between different disciplines.

Read the 5 reasons why your future colleagues enjoy working at WUR and watch this video to get an idea of our green campus!

The Water Systems and Global Change (WSG) group is a solution oriented multidisciplinary research group where staff and students can develop new skills and excel in their science on water systems and global change. In our research, we analyse and assess the impacts of climate change and population growth on water systems and propose and test adaptation strategies. We use simulation models, earth system observations, scenario analysis and field studies. We actively invite students from different backgrounds, and skills and interests to take part in our courses and research. Also our staff comes from a range of different backgrounds. Currently our group has 15 staff members, 6 post-docs and more than 40 PhD students. The group currently has as an excellent funding base with lots of external grants and projects from a broad range of funding organisations.

Research of the group has a strong international focus, with projects at global scale as well as a strong focus on Africa and South Asia.

Our teaching focusses on contributing to four different Master Programmes: International Land and Water Management, Climate Studies, Environmental Sciences and Urban Environmental Managment. Within these programme we offer a range of Master courses related to Global change impacts on water resources and climate change impacts and adaptations. In addition we are setting up a course for the BSc programme Environmental Sciences and teach in a number of BSc minor courses. A growing number of students is interested in the work of our group and last year we had about 65 MSc students doing their Master thesis at our group.

We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.





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