Junior Researcher Nature-Based Adaptation

Wageningen University & Research

Wageningen, , NL

We are looking for

Would you like to develop and co-design innovative nature-based solutions for urban and rural landscapes? Can you create evidence based knowledge but also business cases to mainstream and upscale nature based solutions in commercial and policy practice? And are you trained in e.g. land and water management, ecology or climate studies? Then you may be the ideal candidate to join Team Climate Resilience at Wageningen Environmental Research.

Team Climate Resilience
Climate change will impact every aspect of society and nature. Analysing present and future trends to assess impacts on all sectors of society is essential for the development of solution-oriented management and policy options. Policy makers at every governmental level as well as managers in both small and large private companies seek solutions to protect their assets from the adverse effects of climate. Beyond that, they often also seek to gain from the opportunities offered by climate change and to connect any interventions with non-climate issues to seek synergies and efficiency improvements. The Climate Resilience team of Wageningen Environmental Research has built up a considerable track record in this complex field, studying interactions between hydrology, land cover and land use (including urban environments) and climate (change) in the Netherlands and worldwide. Our main areas of interest are climate resilient cities, climate information services and nature-based solutions for climate adaptation.

In January 2020 WUR published a nature-based vision for The Netherlands in 2120. Not to predict the future but to fuel our thinking WUR presented a map of what The Netherland and other deltas may look like in 2120 based on solid WUR research: ample space for rivers, greener cities, food from the sea, extensive dairy, circular agriculture on best soils and nature in flood plains. We are looking for researchers who want to understand and develop business cases for nature-based solutions to urban development, sustainable water management and restoring degraded landscapes and to further develop our nature-based future in The Netherlands, Europe and globally.

As a junior researcher Nature based Adaptation you will work on:

  • Develop and co-design innovative nature-based solutions for urban and rural landscapes;
  • Create evidence based knowledge on nature based solutions for mitigation and adaptation in demonstration projects (living labs);
  • Identify environmental, social and economic benefits of NBS in urban and rural areas;
  • Analyse (global) market potential for nature-based solutions and develop business cases to mainstream and upscale nature based solutions in commercial and policy practice;
  • Explore and get involved in international networks;
  • Support national and international projects on NBS.

We ask

The ideal candidate has/is:

  • A relevant study background in e.g. land and water management, ecology or climate studies;
  • A client- and delivery-oriented approach;
  • Capable to respond strategically to market developments within the field of work;
  • Able to translate scientific knowledge into practice;
  • A team player;
  • Excellent ccommunications skills. Can present clear (scientific) knowledge in accessible language for various stakeholders;
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills in Dutch and English;
  • Willing to travel abroad.

We offer

We offer a 32-36 hour position. Salary depends on skills and experience, scale 9 or 10 (gross salary between € 2.932,- and € 4.549,- per month. The position is initially for 1 year after which a go/no-go decision will be taken for a permanent position. You will be appointed to the CAO of Wageningen Research.

We offer excellent secondary terms of employment, for example a structural -end-of- year bonus and flexibility in many respects.

In addition, we offer:

  • An 8% holiday allowance;
  • A 3% end-of-year bonus;
  • Excellent training opportunities and fringe benefits;
  • Flexible working hours; holidays may be determined by mutual agreement in order to achieve an efficient work-life balance;
  • Excellent pension scheme through the General Pension Fund for Public Employees (ABP);
  • A selection model for choosing your own terms of employment (e.g. a bicycle plan);
  • A lively workplace where you can easily make contact, where many activities take place on campus, and where education, research and business come together;
  • Sports facilities on campus accessible for a small fee.

WUR’s internal recruitment policy stimulates internal opportunities for promotion and mobility. There are ample opportunities for personal initiative in this environment focused on continuing development.

We offer a versatile job in an international setting with varied activities in a pleasant and open working atmosphere. Our campus is an inspiring, green place to work, and has been selected as the most sustainable campus in the world multiple times. Besides that, we have an impressive ranking in several fields, with a #1 ranking for environmental science, ecology and agriculture, as well as very strong rankings in other fields. Finally, as for education, Wageningen University has been chosen as the “Best University” in the Netherlands for the 15th consecutive time. Do you want to see what WUR is like? Check out this video!

More information

To obtain additional information on the contents of this position, please contact:
Ir. Tim van Hattum ([email protected]), +31 (0)317-48 64 60 (program leader Green Climate Solutions) or Drs Derk F. Rademaker ([email protected]) , +31 (0)317-48 5509 (team leader Climate Resilience).

Does this challenge appeal to you and are you curious about the WUR? In that case, please upload your application via the apply button on this page before 7 March 2020.

For more information working a  Wageningen University & Research take a look at www.wur.nl/career

We are

The goal of Wageningen University & Research is to deliver a substantial contribution to the quality of life. We search for answers to issues affecting society- such as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy. In Wageningen, we encompass the entire chain of knowledge, from fundamental research to science-based and up-scalable practical knowledge to create solutions that have impact. A coordinated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of the outstanding approach of Wageningen.

Every day 6,500 people work on ‘the quality of life’, turning ideas into reality, on a global scale. Could you be one of these people? We give you the space you need!

Wageningen Environmental Research is a Research Institute for green space and the environment. WEnR offers a combination of applied and scientific research in a multitude of fields of expertise that relate to our living environment and its sustainable use: knowledge of water, nature, environment, soil, landscape, climate, land use and recreation.


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