Assistant Professor in Environmental Systems Analysis (Tenure Track)

Wageningen University & Research

Wageningen, , NL

We are looking for

The Environmental Systems Analysis (ESA) group of Wageningen University offers a challenging career path starting as Assistant Professor. The new Assistant Professor will take a leading role in developing ESA’s research and education.

The Assistant Professor will develop an interdisciplinary research profile capable of attracting PhD students and external funding and will be expected to contribute in significant ways to the international profile of the group in the field of Environmental Systems Analysis. To complement and strengthen existing research programmes in the ESA group, we are looking for a candidate who develops innovative climate-change adaptation (especially nature-based solutions) research. Our ideal candidate applies advanced models and is also interested in machine learning and big-data analysis, and can apply those tools in environmental sciences.

The candidate will also engage in teaching in the curricula of the Environmental Systems Analysis group at MSc and/or BSc level and supervise BSc, MSc and PhD thesis students. Other aspects of the job include project acquisition and participation in research or education committees. Approximately 40 – 45% of the time will be spent on research, 40 – 45% on education and 10 – 20% on management and academic services.

As Assistant Professor you are an ambitious and enthusiastic scientist and a team player, devoted to research and education in the fields of Environmental Systems Analysis. 

Your working environment is the Wageningen Campus. Our campus is an inspiring, green place to work. Besides that, we have an impressive ranking in several fields, with a #1 ranking for environmental science, ecology and agriculture and 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. Check out this video to get an idea of your future workplace!

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

We ask

  • a PhD related to climate studies or environmental sciences;
  • experience with modelling and big-data analysis, preferably including machine learning;
  • a promising early career publication record and international research profile;
  • several years of post-PhD research experience;
  • teaching competencies that comply with the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) (in Dutch referred to as BKO), a system adopted by all Dutch universities, or is willing to obtain the UTQ;
  • strong communicative and interpersonal skills and a flexible and collaborative attitude; and
  • has excellent command of English and is willing to learn Dutch.

We offer

We offer a tenure-track position (seven-years) that will be converted to a permanent position when the tenure track requirements are fulfilled. The salary is min. € 3,637 and max. € 4,978 (CLA Dutch Universities, scale 11).

In addition, we offer:

  • 8% holiday allowance;
  • a structural year-end bonus of 3%;
  • excellent training opportunities and secondary employment conditions;
  • flexible working hours and holidays can possibly be determined in consultation allowing to efficiently balance work and private life;
  • 232 vacation hours with options to purchase extra and good supplementary leave schemes; excellent pension plan through ABP; 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; and
  • use the sports facilities on campus for a reduced fee.
More information

More information about the vacancy can be obtained from Prof. Dr Rik Leemans, Chair of Environmental Systems Analysis, e-mail: [email protected].

For more information about the application procedure and working conditions, contact Edgar Tijhuis, corporate recruiter, e-mail: [email protected]
Applications for this position should be submitted before 6 April, 2020. Use the apply button on this page to upload your letter and CV.
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We are an employer that offers equal opportunities. We are happy to receive applications from all suitably qualified people regardless of race, gender, functional impairment, religion / belief, sexual orientation or age. We believe that a diverse and inclusive working environment makes us a more relevant, competitive and resilient organization. Click here for more information about working at WUR with a functional impairment.

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!

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The ESA group studies environmental problems by exploring, modelling, and communicating their causes, mechanisms, effects and potential solutions. Quantitative, qualitative, multi- and transdisciplinary research are combined and knowledge from natural, social and engineering sciences is integrated. In ESA research, a systems analysis approach is taken and tools are applied to the thematic domain environmental change and society. Within the ESA group 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 ESA group plays a key role in the study programmes ‘Environmental Sciences’, ‘Urban Environmental Management’ and ‘Climate Studies’ of Wageningen University & Research.

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