Researcher-lecturer Coastal Modeler

Researcher-lecturer Coastal Modeler

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10 Jun 4 Jul Middelburg

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Applied research, impact in the Building with Nature research group

Job description

As researcher-lecturer in the Building with nature research group, you will connect the latest developments in the landscape field with human behaviour and experience in a unique manner. One of our research questions is: "How can the spatial design of land-water transitions anticipate on different scenarios for (accelerated) sea level rise?" Has this raised your curiosity, are you driven, and do you have a preference for society and engineering, commitment to the field and to students? Does doing practice-based research with impact in the research group Building with Nature appeal to you? Then apply for the vacancy of researcher-lecturer Building with nature Coastal modeler at HZ University of Applied Sciences in Middelburg.

Your work as a researcher-teacher
The research group conducts research in a wide range of projects for a variety of organizations (regional, national, European). The research group focuses on research into natural forms of coastal defence such as the installation of oyster reefs and salt marshes. Based on your expertise, you will participate in research aimed at mapping the consequences of technical interventions on the morphological and ecological functioning of the coastal system. You will do this by carrying out computer simulations and analysing data relating to, for example, the physical feasibility of innovative levee concepts that can grow with sea level rise.

For you as a researcher-teacher, carrying out practice-based research in a team is central. You will apply your knowledge and skills with enthusiasm in carrying out the sub-projects and in training students to become enterprising, innovative and driven professionals in a sustainable world. You will do this by:

  • Conducting independent hands-on research, including setting up and simulating the eco-morphological development of the coastal zone with advanced computer models. Also carrying out ecological and morphological fieldwork along the land-water transitions of the Western and Eastern Scheldt is part of the range of tasks
  • Analysing and interpreting research results;
  • Contributing to (the development of) education in multidisciplinary courses/study projects;
  • (Co)guiding students.


HZ University of Applied Sciences


It is in you
With your experience in the field of coastal morphology and ecology, you will be able to work directly on research projects and lecture, motivate and inspire students. In addition to focusing on challenging projects, you will also focus on the analysis and valorisation of research data. You have experience in conducting applied research and can therefore initiate and carry out interesting research projects. In addition, you have:

  • A completed, relevant Master's degree, for example Physical Geography, Earth Sciences, Civil Engineering, Water Management, Biology, Ecology, Marine Ecology or Environmental Sciences.
  • Knowledge of setting up and simulating the development of dynamic coastal systems with advanced hydrodynamic and sediment transport models such as Delft3D or comparable.
  • Knowledge of setting up and performing ecological monitoring in the wide coastal zone, from hard coastal infrastructure such as levees and seawalls through dynamic intertidal zones, to soft subtidal substrates. Experience in research design, equipment calibration and data analysis is a plus.
  • Strong analytical skills. You are familiar with spatial and statistical models and experienced in the analysis and evaluation of large data sets. Knowledge of geographic information systems or of a programming language such as R or Python is an advantage.
  • You have experience in presenting scientific results, drafting reports and giving presentations. You are also capable of contributing to translating practice-based research into peer-reviewed publications.
  • Several years of work experience, preferably as a researcher or policy advisor.
  • Fluency in Dutch and English, both spoken and in writing.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 1 year with a possible extension, depending on performance and formative space.

Grow with us
We believe that future-proof education starts with our employees. That is why, in addition to a dynamic working environment, we also offer you

  • A temporary appointment as a teacher for one year. Extension of this appointment depends on personal performance and formative space. We are now recruiting for a lecturer in pay scale 10 and pay scale 11. We offer you one of these positions (including the associated tasks and responsibilities) on the basis of your knowledge and expertise, which will lead to a salary in salary scale 10 or 11.
  • A gross monthly salary between € 3,018.49 and € 5,332.48 for a full-time appointment.
  • a year-end bonus, holiday pay and possibly a reimbursement of travel expenses.
  • opportunities to work on your personal and professional development.
  • freedom and independence in your work.
  • a pleasant and informal working environment, at the personal University of Applied Sciences. Where we know our colleagues and students by name.


Working at HZ University of Applied Sciences: the personal University of Applied Sciences

With 4,800 students, 600 employees and 25 higher education programs, HZ University of Applied Sciences (HZ) in Zeeland can be called a small, personal university. We offer bachelor's degree programs, (transitional) courses, a master's program, post-bachelor degree programs and associate degrees. In addition, our professorships and knowledge centres conduct practice-based research on the themes of vitality, nutrition, energy, water and bio based solutions. Working at HZ means working in a lively environment where every working day is different. Where the teachers know the names of their students. And it has a flat structure. Whether you work as a lecturer, janitor, marketing assistant, ICT officer, HR advisor or financial manager: together with your colleagues you form a team of professionals who prepare our students for the (international) labour market. And did you know that we have been in the top three of the best Universities of Applied Sciences rankings in the Netherlands for years?


  • Research, development, innovation; Education; Assistant professor
  • Natural sciences; Engineering; Agriculture
  • 32—40 hours per week
  • €3018—€5332 per month
  • University graduate
  • AT HZ 20220610-2


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