Assistant Professor Water and Climate Information Services

Wageningen University & Research

Wageningen, , NL

We are looking for

an emerging scholar in the field of Water and Climate Information Services. You have a PhD degree, and you are trained in scientific research in the field of water and climate 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 water and climate information services in an international context. You will build upon our research on integrating scientifically generated water and climate services with local information user’s knowledge and co-creation of forecasts information and information service interfaces. In your research and teaching you will use and add to the approaches currently used at WSG, including large-scale modeling approaches. 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.

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. You will be supported in developing an individual research grant application to either the Dutch Innovational Research Incentives Scheme (VENI-VIDI-VICI) and/or the European Research Council.
eaching is an important task of tenure track professors. You will have a meaningful role in the strongly internationally oriented teaching programs. You will supervise MSc and PhD students. Moreover, you assist with existing courses taught by the WSG in, primarily, the MSc program International Land and Water Management. 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 could 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 a domain that is relevant for climate & water information services
  • 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 and/or interest in transdisciplinary research and field studies
  • An emerging publishing record in peer reviewed international academic literature.
  • A standout colleague and a team-player, willing to contribute to the wider interests of the team and the university.
  • Excellent English communication and writing skills

We offer

An exciting 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 gross salary from a minimum of € 3746,- to a maximum of € 5127,- (assistant professor position) and from € 5190,- to a maximum of € 6317,- (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. In addition we offer:

  • 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
We stimulate internal career opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are ample opportunities for own initiative in a learning environment.
We offer a versatile job in a cosmopolitan environment with varied activities in a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

Coming from abroad
We are the #1 university and research centre for life sciences. 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. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, known as the 30% ruling. Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.
Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen University & Research’s International Community page contains practical information about what we can do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. Furthermore, we can assist you with any additional advice and information about helping your partner to find a job, housing, schooling, and other issues.

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 cover letter with your motivation and a CV, to the chair of the Search Committee for this position, Prof Carolien Kroeze. Please upload your application online via the apply button on this page before 30 March 2021. Do not upload other documents than explicitly asked for.

Equal opportunities
WUR employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who encourage and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. For more information please go to our inclusivity webpage. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page 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!

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 a diverse range of 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.

Our teaching focusses on contribution to three different Master Programs: International Land and Water Management, Climate Studies and Environmental Sciences. Within these programs we provide a range of Master courses related to Global change impacts on water resources and climate change impacts and adaptations. In addition, we teach in a number of BSc minor courses. A growing number of students is interested in the work of our group and last year we had about 70 MSc students doing their Master thesis at our group.