Research Fellow Urban Green Infrastructure

Wageningen University & Research
Wageningen, Netherlands
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
5-7 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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We are looking for

Are you a research fellow eager to explore green infrastructure solutions in urban settings? Do you combine strong design and computer visualization skills with broad knowledge of the ecology of urban vegetation? And do you like to translate scientific knowledge into real-life applications, thus fitting the mission of the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Studies? Then you may be the candidate we are looking for!

You will work as research fellow at the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS) and, more specifically, the Climate Resilient Cities program in which the Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning group of Wageningen University is involved. The work will be done in close co-operation with urban asset managers, businesses, NGO’s and citizens. The main research question is how to design and implement effective green solutions for urban transitions using Research through Design.

This involves:

• Setting up Living Labs and conducting Research Through Design to investigate the benefits of green infrastructure solutions and innovations in real life experiments for climate resilience, urban biodiversity, asset management and social inclusion;
• Developing future research directions related to these topics and co-operating in writing research proposals that fit in the Climate Resilience Program, including the exploration of a large interdisciplinary AMS flagship project;
• Teaching and supervising students in AMS Master ‘Metropolitan Analysis, Design and Engineering’ and Wageningen University’s Bachelor and Master Programmes in Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning
• You will be working in a highly innovative working environment with a team of creative professionals that are ambitious to bridge the gap between science and society. The work will, if COVID-19 situation allows, mainly take place at AMS Institute, located in the heart of the city of Amsterdam at the Marineterrein innovation district.

The work can be organized in such a way that you may obtain a PhD degree at Wageningen University, based on your research and scientific findings.

We ask

• An MSc degree and preferably a PhD degree in Landscape Architecture;
• At least five years of experience in landscape architecture practice, in the design of public spaces;
• At least basic skills in Research through Design methods;
• Good design and computer visualization skills;
• Good knowledge of the ecology of urban vegetation;
• High ambition, ability to work fully independently, creativity, broad interdisciplinary interests, and an    analytical way of thinking;
• A strong affinity with translating scientific knowledge into real-life applications, thus fitting the mission of AMS Institute;
• A collaborative personality, knowing how to involve scientists, policymakers and business partners to successfully work on projects;
• Some experience in teaching and supervising students;
• Excellent communication and reporting skills. Speaks and writes English fluently; have at least basic language proficiency in Dutch.

We offer

A challenging position for 1 year that will be extended with an additional 3 years when you perform well. The salary depends on your experience, from a minimum of € 2.790,- to a maximum of € 4.402,- based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week) in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities (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
• a flexible model to put together part of your employment conditions yourself, such as a bicycle plan
• a lively workplace on the Marineterrein in Amsterdam and on the Wageningen Campus
• make use of the sports facilities on campus for a small fee.

Employment is formally at Wageningen University, but job location will be mainly in Amsterdam. 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. Sanda Lenzholzer, chairholder Landscape Architecture at Wageningen University, e-mail and Prof. dr. Eveline van Leeuwen, director AMS Institute, e-mail .

For more information about the procedure you can contact Edgar Tijhuis, corporate recruiter,

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. Please submit your motivation letter and your CV, including a link to an online repository of your portfolio/ your project website. This vacancy is open until 27-12-2020.
We plan the first interviews on 08-01-2021 and a potential round of second interviews on 15-01-2021. The starting date of the position will be set no later than 01-03-2021.

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. You can read more about working at WUR with a functional impairment on our website.

We are

The mission of Wageningen University is to explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life. Nine specialized 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 subject areas are at the heart of the outstanding approach of Wageningen.

The Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning Cluster at Wageningen University addresses environmental challenges such as climate mitigation and adaptation, nature conservation, and quality of life by means of planning and design. We are a diverse and interdisciplinary team covering a broad range of disciplines and employing a wide range of scientific approaches. We educate a growing numbers of Bachelor, Master and PhD students to become knowledgeable, reflective, and creative landscape architects and planners.

AMS Institute is a public-private institute founded in 2014 by Wageningen University & Research and Delft University of Technology, together with Massachusetts Institute of Technology. We are an internationally leading institute where talent is educated and engineers, designers and both natural and social scientists jointly develop and valorize integrated metropolitan solutions. Our mission is to develop a deep understanding of the city -sense the city- to design solutions for its challenges and integrate these into the city of Amsterdam.

AMS Institute is located at Marineterrein Amsterdam, an area in the heart of the city. The AMS Climate Resilient Cities program evaluates the functioning, adaptation and resilience of the urban system in times of climate change. The entire urban air-water-soil-green system is analyzed, to understand the functioning of the climate system in and around Amsterdam. We then use this information to create effective solutions and a climate adaptation planning approach that carefully designs and assesses interventions such as greening and the sustainable (re)design and maintenance of the city’s infrastructure. To create impact we work in close cooperation with the asset managers of the city in their Future Proof Assets program.