Professor and Chair of the Remote Sensing Chair Group

Professor and Chair of the Remote Sensing Chair Group

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14 Oct 22 Nov Wageningen

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A full professor (0.8 - 1.0 fte) to chair the Remote Sensing Chair Group as part of the laboratory of Geo-Information Science and Remote Sensing of Wageningen University, a leading university in food, health and environment worldwide.

The Chair Group leads research and education in Remote Sensing within the (agro-)environmental domain. It drives excellent and internationally recognized fundamental research inspired by evolving remote sensing technologies and innovations in data science. The research focuses on five themes: sensing and measuring, modelling and visualization, integrated land monitoring, human-space interactions and empowering (agro-)environmental communities. Regarding these themes the Chair Group collaborates in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary settings.

As Chair of the Remote Sensing Chair Group, you will strengthen and innovate the research interest and educational activities, and manage the Chair Group's internal processes with an effective and constructive attitude. You will ensure the Chair Group continues to grow into an encouraging working environment for a diverse group of junior and established academics. Strengthening the acquisition of external funding for research and attracting PhD candidates are key elements of your responsibility. You will continue to strengthen the profile of the Chair Group in national and international networks, and enhance the groups successes in generating impact both within and outside academia.

Currently the Chair Group consists of 6 scientific staff, 9 postdocs, 2 lecturers and 21 PhD candidates. Together with the Geo-Information Science Chair Group, the Remote Sensing Chair Group forms the laboratory of Geo-Information Science and Remote Sensing. The mission of the laboratory is to improve spatial competences for a sustainable world. The laboratory is co-led by two chair holders, in (1) Geo-Information Science and (2) Remote Sensing (this vacancy). They take advantage of the synergy between both fields and operate as one group.

The laboratory is part of the Department of Environmental Sciences at Wageningen University. The department provides research and academic education on our living environment: nature, landscape, land use, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, water management, and the various competing claims on space.


Wageningen University & Research


  • A PhD degree with a proven international scientific track record in the field of remote sensing, geo-information science, or a closely related field;
  • A clear vision for future education and research on how remote sensing and geo-information science can contribute to sustainability in the (agro-)environmental context;
  • Experience in leading professionals in a multidisciplinary team;
  • Empathic and inclusive leadership with a focus on people's development, team building and creating synergy;
  • Experience in teaching and supervising students with diverse backgrounds in an inspiring and motivating manner
  • Experience in developing courses at Bachelor, Master, and PhD level, and an interest in innovative teaching methods;
  • A strong international scientific network and being able to interact with professionals and societal partners in the development of research and education;
  • Experience and proven success in acquiring, leading, and managing externally funded research projects.

Conditions of employment

You will be working for an inspiring international organisation with a large number of interdisciplinary projects all over the world. The scientific quality of Wageningen University is affirmed by the prominent position we occupy in international rankings and citation indexes. In agriculture we rank as the #1 university for quite some years and we also rank among the absolute top in ecology and environmental sciences.

We offer you a position as full professor and chair. Besides a competitive salary, we offer a number of additional benefits, such as an end-of-year extra month's salary, a holiday allowance and a pension plan with the Dutch pension fund for government and education. International candidates moving to the Netherlands may benefit from a special tax relief, by which 30% of their salary is exempt from tax for 5 years. Have a look on Working hours are flexible and can be arranged to allow for a good work-life balance.


Wageningen University & Research

The mission of Wageningen University & Research is "To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life". Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.

With its roughly 30 branches, 6,800 employees, 12,900 students and over 200 PhD candidates, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of Wageningen's unique approach. WUR has been named Best Employer in the Education category for 2019-2020.

Read the 5 reasons why your future colleagues enjoy working at WUR and watch this video to get an idea of our green campus!

We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.


  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Natural sciences
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • 800372


Wageningen University & Research

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