Lecturer in Water Quality

Wageningen University & Research

Wageningen, , NL

We are looking for

Are you an inspiring lecturer and expert in the field of water quality, especially on the subject of micro- and macroplastics? Do you have affinity and experience with quantitative research and modelling? Do you have a university teaching qualification, or are you willing to obtain such a qualification in a relatively short time? Please read on!

We are looking for a lecturer in water quality (0.8 FTE). Teaching tasks include providing and coordinating courses, internships and graduation subjects in the field of water quality. In addition, the position includes research tasks closely related to education, i.e. modelling and data analysis of micro- and macroplastics in the aquatic environment. You should be able to take up all these tasks almost immediately on account of the academic teaching schedule.

The work of the Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management group focuses on generating new insights that can help restore freshwater and saltwater ecosystems and train a new generation of professionals. The complex interaction between physical, chemical and biological processes is central to our system-oriented research. The research is multidisciplinary (chemical, biological, mathematical) and ranges from laboratory research (detailed process studies) to model studies to field studies. The group’s multidisciplinary expertise comes together in the development of integrated models for ecosystem and water quality management.

New insights are integrated into the chair group’s teaching as much as possible, which means that our education is constantly evolving. In addition to innovations in content, our teaching is also constantly evolving in order to transfer knowledge in the best possible way and allow students to gain knowledge. All courses at Wageningen University are taught in English, which is also the lingua franca at our research institutes. That is why more extensive information about the chair group is available in English.

We ask

  • Demonstrable affinity and experience with coordinating and providing education in the aforementioned field.
  • PhD or similar research experience in the field of water quality, with a focus on micro- and macroplastics.
  • Possession of or willingness to obtain a university teaching qualification (BKO).
  • Good network in education and research.
  • Strong track record in research on microplastics, evidenced by publications in leading scientific journals.
  • Inspiring and enterprising teacher, able to provide education independently, integrating education and research, supported by research conducted by and with other staff.
  • Affinity and experience with quantitative research and modelling.
  • Ability to contribute to the chair group. 
  • Conceptual/analytical ability, social awareness, good presentation skills and results orientation.
  • Familiarity with the chair group’s teaching and research is an advantage.

We offer

A challenging position with, depending on your experience, a competitive salary from a minimum of € 2709,- to a maximum of € 4274,- for a full working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement Wageningen University (scale 10). This position is for 0.8 FTE and starting with a contract for one year.

In addition, we offer:

  • 8% holiday allowance
  • a structural end-of year bonus of 8.3%
  • excellent training opportunities and secondary employment conditions
  • flexible working hours that we determine together in good consultation
  • excellent pension plan through ABP
  • 232 vacation hours, the option to purchase extra and good supplementary leave schemes, e.g. the possibility to work a maximum of 2 hours per week extra for extra leave
  • a flexible model to put together part of your employment conditions yourself, such as a bicycle plan
  • a lively workplace on the Wageningen Campus
  • make use of the sports facilities on campus for a small fee. 

Wageningen University & Research stimulates internal career opportunities and mobility with our internal recruitment policy. There are ample opportunities for personal initiative in a learning environment. With us you get a versatile job in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

More information

For more information about this function you can contact Bart Koelmans, tel: 0317-483201) and e-mail: [email protected]

For more information about the procedure you can contact Edgar Tijhuis, e-mail: [email protected]

Do you want to apply?
This can be done directly by uploading your CV and motivation letter via the application button at the vacancy on our website so that we can process your personal data with your permission.

This vacancy is open until 3 April 2020. We want to plan the first job interviews via Skype soon afterwards. 

Equal opportunities employer
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 mission of our University is to explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life. Within Wageningen University & Research, nine specialised research institutes from the Wageningen Research Foundation and Wageningen University have joined forces to help answer the most important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.

With approximately 30 locations, 6,500 employees, and 12,000 students, it is one of the leading organisations in its domain worldwide. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of the unique approach of Wageningen. We have been named Best Employer in Education category 2019-2020.

Click here for more information about working at Wageningen University & Research.

The central themes of the Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management Group are:

  • the aquatic ecosystem
  • the ecological function of marine and freshwater systems
  • the physical-chemical quality of surface waters and sediments
  • the impact of water quality on human use of surface water, including diversity
  • modelling of ecosystem relations and the fate and effects of substances

The group takes care of both education and research in these themes.

More information about Wageningen Campus you can find here.





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