Lecturer Environmental Systems Analysis group

Wageningen University & Research
Wageningen, Netherlands
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We are looking for

Do you have a PhD and experience with interdisciplinary and international teaching on environmental problems? And are you familiar with problem-based learning, supervising multidisciplinary and international students and groups and developing, advising and improving courses? Then you may be the new colleague we are looking for!

The Environmental Systems Analysis (ESA) group offers an exciting lecturer position. 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,  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 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 is expected to contribute significantly to the international profile of the ESA group. The lecturer will engage in teaching in ESA’s curricula BSc and/or MSc levels, and supervise BSc and MSc thesis students. To complement and strengthen our team, we like to hire a candidate who has experience with problem-based learning, supervising multidisciplinary and international students and groups (e.g. in essay writing and review and international consultancy trainings), and developing, advising and improving (currently often online) courses and exams (e.g. ANS). Our ideal candidate is familiar with applying models and other quantitative approaches in environmental science.

We ask

  • PhD related to environmental sciences, climate studies and/or urban environmental management;
  • experience with teaching on environmental problems;
  • a promising education career record;
  • ability to connect with international students from different backgrounds;
  • 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 acquire the UTQ;
  • strong communicative and interpersonal skills and a flexible and collaborative attitude;
  • excellent command of English and willingness to learn Dutch

We offer

A challenging position for 3 years with, depending on your experience, a competitive salary from a minimum of € 2,790 to a maximum of € 4,402 for a full working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement Wageningen University (scale 10).

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.
  • 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

To learn more about this function you can get in touch with Prof. Dr Rik Leemans, Chair of the Environmental Systems Analysis Group, e-mail: .

For questions about the procedure you can contact Edgar Tijhuis, corporate recruiter, e-mail: .

Do you want to apply?
This can be done directly 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 20 December 2020. We want to plan the first interviews in January 2021.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.

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We are

The mission of our University is to explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life. 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 12,500 students, it is one of the leading organizations in its domain worldwide. A coordinated approach to problems and the cooperation between various fields are at the heart of the unique approach of Wageningen. We have been named Best Employer in Education category 2019-2020.

The present ESA group is a vibrant team of young and mid-career researchers. The ESA group currently consists of 14 faculty members: 2 personal professors, 2 special professors, 1 associate professor, 5 assistant professors and 4 lecturers / other tenured staff members. In addition, more than 20 PhD candidates are supervised by current staff. The ESA staff works closely together with staff of other chair groups on interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary topics for which the connection of subject areas is essential. We are part of the cluster for Climate, Water and Society (CWS), a new cluster of chair groups within the overarching Environmental Sciences Group (ESG).

The Group is efficiently organized and supported by dedicated secretarial, financial and HR advisors. The group and student community is largely international and the courses of the Group are taught in English.