Assistant/Associate Professor Adaptive Water Management / Climate Adaptation

Wageningen University & Research

Wageningen, , NL

We are looking for

an emerging scholar in the field of adaptive water management or climate adaptation. You have a PhD degree, and you are trained in scientific research in the field of water management using combinations of natural, social and governance sciences. You have some experience in doing field studies.

You will contribute to the research line “Adaptive Planning and Design” of the Water Systems and Global Change group (WSG). In this research line, we analyze, assess and design climate adaptation strategies and plans for water systems at multiple scales. Our current research covers long term planning under uncertainty (e.g. adaptation turning points, adaptation pathways), innovations in coastal management (e.g. nature-based, multifunctional flood defenses), monitoring and analysis of real-life experiments (e.g. climate proofing of catchments) and development of hydro-meteorological information services.

As our new colleague you will strengthen the expertise of our team. Your focus will be on (adaptive) water management, particularly in an international context. In your research and teaching you will use and add to the approaches currently used at WSG. You will take a multi-disciplinary approach actively seeking collaboration with scientists from other fields both within our group as well as other groups within the WUR and other international institutions. Your work will link and build via the two cross cutting themes of our research group on Water and Climate Information Systems and Water Stress.

Furthermore, you will develop, supervise and carry out high-quality research in collaboration with your own international network, as well as with colleagues at our University. You will also be dedicated to acquire funding from a mix of government, EU and private sources and publish regularly in leading international academic journals. And colleagues will support you to develop an individual research grant application to either the Dutch Innovational Research Incentives Scheme (VENI-VIDI-VICI) and/or the European Research Council.

Besides research, teaching is an important task of tenure track professors. You will have a meaningful role in the strongly internationally oriented teaching programs. In the short term, you will be expected to supervise MSc and PhD students. Moreover, you assist with existing courses taught by the WSG in the International Land and Water Management master. Over the long term, opportunities will emerge to develop your own courses and co-design MSc and BSc programs at the University.

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 profile and identify where your research makes a societal impact.

We ask

  • A PhD degree in (adaptive) water management, adaptive planning and design, climate & water information services, or a related field
  • Experience in combining natural sciences, social sciences and water governance
  • Interest in the relation between water systems and global change in an international context
  • Experience and affinity with delivering high quality education at BSc and/or MSc levels, including supervising BSc and MSc students.
  • Experience in acquiring and leading internationally oriented research projects
  • Experience with participatory research and field studies
  • An emerging publishing record in peer reviewed international academic literature.
  • A standout colleague willing to contribute to the wider interests of the team and the university.
  • Excellent English communication and writing skills

We offer

A challenging position. Evaluation on job performance is every 3/4 years, and a positive outcome will lead to a permanent position after 7 years. Depending on your experience, a competitive salary from a minimum of € 3637,- to a maximum of € 4978,- (assistant professor position) and from € 5039,- to a maximum of € 6133,- (associate professor position) for a full working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities (scale 11 and scale 13).

You will enter a career trajectory called Tenure Track, with an excellent environment for you to grow, excel and work within the department to make a difference in our field. Successful evaluation will allow growing towards a Professor holding a Personal Chair. This includes the chance to define your own research line and research group. We offer training and mentoring, as well as opportunities to work part-time.

  • 8% holiday allowance;
  • a structural year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent training opportunities and secondary employment conditions;
  • flexible working hours and holidays can possibly be determined in consultation so that an efficient balance between work and private life is possible;
  • excellent pension plan through ABP;
  • 232 vacation hours, the option to purchase extra and good supplementary leave schemes;
  • a flexible working time: the possibility to work 2 hours per week extra and thereby to build up extra leave;
  • a choice model to put together part of your employment conditions yourself, such as a bicycle plan;
  • a lively workplace where you can easily make contacts and where many activities are organized on the Wageningen Campus. A place where education, research and business are represented;
  • use the sports facilities on campus
Wageningen University & Research stimulates internal career opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are ample opportunities for own initiative in a learning environment.
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More information

Would you like to know more about this vacancy? We will be more than happy to provide you with further information. Please contact: Prof. Carolien Kroeze, tel:+31 (0)317 484870; e-mail address: [email protected] or Prof. Fulco Ludwig, tel:+31 (0)317 486443; e-mail address: [email protected]

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

Address your application, including a covering letter with your motivation and a CV, to the chair of the Search Committee for this position, Prof Carolien Kroeze and upload your application online via the apply button on this page before 30 March 2020. The interviews will take place as soon as possible and at the latest in April. The starting date will be determined in consultation with the person hired.

Coming from abroad
Wageningen is a centre for research and entrepreneurship. 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. It is a historic university town of about 36,000 residents in the central Netherlands. The academic community hails from more than 100 countries, giving the town a lively, international feel. Our highly qualified team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.

The WUR International Community page contains practical information about what we do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. 

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!

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. In our research, we analyze 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 very different backgrounds. Currently our group has 15 staff members, 7 post-docs and more than 30 PhD students. The group currently has as an excellent funding base with lots of external grants and projects from a broad range of funding organizations. Research of the group has a strong international focus, with projects at global scale as well as a strong focus on Africa and Asia.





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