Field laboratory specialist

Field laboratory specialist

Published Deadline Location
4 Sep tomorrow Enschede

Job description

Earth and environmental research relies on reliable field measurements of the state of the Earth and its atmosphere. The development of remote sensing datasets requires fiducial measurements of essential earth and environmental variables in the field.

You will contribute to the design and implementation of field experiments in earth and environmental research, and custom solutions for existing instruments. These experiments take place in The Netherlands and internationally, also outside Europe, and include aspects of the biosphere, hydrosphere and solid earth. Tasks include acquiring and maintaining instrumentation, developing a calibration and maintenance plan and field measurement protocols, quality assurance of measurements, and data archiving and dissemination. Further, we expect you to contribute to project acquisition in fiducial calibration and validation activities, and actively participate in activities of international field data acquisition networks. You also contribute to teaching fieldwork skills, advising students during data acquisition and processing, and open science and data sharing policies.


University of Twente (UT)


  • Affinity with geo-information management and applications
  • Good command of English (both in speech and writing)
  • Social, organizing and communication skills
  • Programming/practical ICT skills
  • Hands-on mentality and ability to find creative solutions.
  • Willingness to travel
  • Adaptability/flexibility
  • Knowledge and skills HBO (higher vocational/professional education) level or higher

Conditions of employment

  • An inspiring multidisciplinary, international and academic environment. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda
  • Position for initially one year (full-time), after which your position can become permanent, subject to a successful evaluation
  • Gross monthly salary between € 3,226.- and € 5,090.- (depending on experience and qualifications, job profile Technician O&O O profile, level 2)
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%
  • Excellent support for professional and personal development
  • A solid pension scheme
  • A total of 41 holiday days in case of full-time employment
  • Costs for moving to Enschede may be reimbursed


The GeoScience Laboratory (GSL) at ITC is a unique research facility: it houses a combination of spectroscopy, geophysics and chemistry equipment to support in-depth research of spatial sciences.

GSL has the facilities to carry out spectroscopic and/or analytical measurements on sample material (soil, water, minerals, etc). These measurements can vary from IR-spectral measurements on organic (vegetation) or inorganic (soils, minerals) samples, chemical analysis of water and solid samples to determine element concentrations.

The GeoScience lab provides training for correct sampling and analytical measurements, and usage of equipment with a strong emphasis on the quality control aspects. This can take place before or after a data collection phase of a research project.

Additional information

For more information you can contact Karin van den Nieuwenhuijzen(e-mail: or Harald van der Werff (e-mail: You are also invited to visit our homepage.

Please submit your application before 30 September 2023. Your application has to include (i) a letter outlining your motivation and fit for the position, and (ii) a CV. 1st round (online) interviews will be held on 6 October (afternoon); 2nd round (onsite) interviews will be held on 12 October (afternoon).


  • Technical and laboratory
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • €3226—€5090 per month
  • Higher professional education
  • 1375


University of Twente (UT)

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Drienerlolaan 5, 7522NB, Enschede

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Make sure to apply no later than 30 Sep 2023 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).