Lecturer Environmental Systems Analysis

Wageningen University & Research

Wageningen, Netherlands 🇳🇱

We are looking for

Do you have experience with interdisciplinary and international environmental science education? Are you familiar with challenge-based education, supervising international students and multidisciplinary groups, and developing and improving courses? Then you may be the new colleague we are looking for!

The (ESA) group offers an exciting lecturer position. Starting date for this 2 year position is March/April 2023. The new lecturer will teach, supervise groups and support developing ESA’s education.

Our group plays a key role in the study programmes ‘Environmental Sciences’, ‘Urban Environmental Management’ and ‘Climate Studies’. We teach and study environmental problems by exploring, modelling and communicating their causes, mechanisms, effects and potential solutions. Quantitative, qualitative and multi-, and transdisciplinary approaches are combined, and knowledge from natural, social and engineering sciences is integrated. We take a system-analysis approach and develop and apply tools for analysing socio-ecological environmental problems. We currently identify two research lines: Pollution & Nutrients (e.g., causes and impacts of pollution, climate change and nutrient fluxes) and Ecosystem Services & Biodiversity (e.g., quantification and valuation of ecosystem functions and services). Uncertainties, integrating dimensions and scales, and policy relevance are always explicitly addressed.

The lecturer will engage in coordinating and teaching ESA’s BSc and/or MSc courses, and supervise BSc and MSc thesis students. To complement and strengthen our team, we like to hire a candidate who has experience with challenge-based or project-based education, supervising international students and multidisciplinary groups, and developing and improving courses and exams. Our ideal candidate combines a background in environmental science and a passion for innovative teaching and learning methods.

We ask

  • an MSc and preferably a PhD related to environmental sciences, climate studies and/or urban environmental management;
  • some experience with teaching on environmental problems;
  • ambition to develop educational skills;
  • ability to connect with international students from different backgrounds;
  • willingness to acquire the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) (in Dutch referred to as BKO), a system adopted by all Dutch universities;
  • strong communicative and interpersonal skills and a flexible and collaborative attitude;
  • For this position your command of the English language is expected to be at C1 level and we expect candidates to be willing to learn Dutch

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 of course receive a good salary. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive gross salary of between €2,960 and €4,670,- for a full-time working week of 38 hours, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 10).

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

To learn more about this function you can get in touch with Dr Karen Fortuin, education coordinator of Environmental Systems Analysis Group, e-mail: karen.fortuin@wur.nl.

For questions about the procedure you can contact Edgar Tijhuis, corporate recruiter, e-mail: edgar.tijhuis@wur.nl

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. Please apply before February 3, 2023. The first job interviews on will be on February 7 from 12:00h.

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

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.





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