Junior Lecturer in Land use planning

Junior Lecturer in Land use planning

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5 Feb 22 Feb Wageningen

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Job description

Are you an enthusiastic, recently-graduated planner, geographer or landscape architect with an academic attitude and broad interdisciplinary interest? Do you like to contribute to the debate about how to go about with all the competing claims for space and how to organize our scarce open space in a more sustainable manner? Then we are looking for you!

We are looking for a colleague to help us with teaching assignments. The programs we teach in evolve around the question of how to spatially arrange our countryside, cities and infrastructure in such a manner that the country will be robust to future environmental and demographic challenges. How can we support vibrant and resilient countryside and their communities, and address their needs and challenges? What planning and design choices are necessary for nature conservation, drought management and sustainable agriculture? What are functional, efficient, and just spatial designs and how do we assess this? As junior lecturer you will contribute to courses such as Mobility & Network Infrastructures, Planning and Design for Urban Space, and Studio Strategic Planning. You will also supervise BSc and MSc theses. About 30% of your time can be used to conduct research or keep yourself updated on the state-of-the-art in our field.

You will be appointed at the Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning (LSP) group at Wageningen University. This group hosts an interdisciplinary team of professors, lecturers, postdocs and PhD students, who all work on challenges such as climate mitigation and adaptation, safeguarding biodiversity and keeping our countryside vital. Do you want to know more about our work at the Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning (LSP) group? Check out our page with news, recent publications and projects.


Wageningen University & Research


You are an enthusiastic academic with a drive for teaching and collaborating with colleagues with various backgrounds. You are interested in the challenges that face the Dutch countryside and all its inhabitants, and in the interplay between rural and urban areas. You are open to a variety of tasks and have a flexible attitude.

You also possess:
  • An MSc in spatial planning, geography, landscape architecture or related discipline
  • Proven skills in GIS and basic quantitative analysis methods
  • Dutch proficiency (most courses will be taught in Dutch), at least at B2 level
  • Some experience with teaching and/or tutoring

You will work here
The Land Use Planning chair group investigates how we deal with scarcity of space. An increasing number of actors claims space for a wide range of activities: energy production, climate adaptation, recreation, housing, etc. What does this mean for the current ‘owners’ of the countryside, being farmers and nature organizations? Which functions can be combined and which should be separated? How should this be organized? We aim for inclusive solutions and actively engage with stakeholders in all phases of our research. Accordingly, we educate and train a growing numbers of Bachelor, Master and PhD students to become knowledgeable, reflective, and creative Landscape architects and planners.

Conditions of employment

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and partially paid parental leave;
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional compensation / holiday hours by working more, per week;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.

In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will of course receive a good salary. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive gross salary of between € 3.226,- and € 5.090,- for a full-time working week of 38 hours, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 10). Initially, we offer you a one-year contract, which will then be extended to an open-ended contract if there is mutual enthusiasm. Of course, we would be happy to discuss this with you if you have any questions.

Wageningen University & Research encourages internal advancement opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a unique position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland, and at a university that has been chosen as the “Best University” in the Netherlands for the 19th consecutive time.

Coming from abroad
Wageningen University & Research is the 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.
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 for example helping your partner to find a job, housing, or schooling. Finally, certain categories of international staff may be eligible for a tax exemption on a part of their salary during the first five years in the Netherlands.


Wageningen University & Research

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, 7,200 employees (6,400 fte) and 13,200 students and over 150.000 participants to WUR’s Life Long Learning, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. The unique Wageningen approach lies in its integrated approach to issues and the collaboration between different disciplines.. 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.

These are the points our employees list as good reasons to come work at WUR: read the 5 reasons to come work at WUR

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
  • €3226—€5090 per month
  • University graduate
  • P1425757-1


Wageningen University & Research

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