Senior Researcher Autonomous Systems and Digital Twins for Biodiversity and Plant Health

Senior Researcher Autonomous Systems and Digital Twins for Biodiversity and Plant Health

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1 mei 29 jun Den Haag

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“Do you want to contribute to reducing the impact of climate change on our environment through applied research?

At THUAS, you can!


What does it mean to be Senior Researcher at the Smart Sensor Systems research group?

As a senior researcher at the Smart Sensor Systems group, you are an innovative professional. You set up and lead research projects, conduct research in your field of expertise, and bind together professionals and various disciplines. You are part of a team of junior and senior researchers; most of the team are also working as lecturers at THUAS. As a senior researcher, you take several projects under your wing and are thus responsible for leading, managing, and expanding these projects. You are able to maintain a broad overview and make connections. You enjoy giving direction to a team, you are proactive and a strong communicator. You are strongly motivated to apply research in the field and have (some) experience or affinity with sourcing external financing.

As a senior researcher in autonomous systems and digital twins your focus is on Biodiversity and Plant Health. You are an expert in the areas of Environmental Science, Computer Vision, and Data Science (including a grasp of Machine Learning). A background in Biology is an asset, but not a prerequisite.

In your research, you work with various biodiversity monitoring systems, including fixed sensor networks, but also drones, robots, and other, often autonomous vehicles. The research locations vary between self-contained ecosystems like greenhouses and the roadside ‘rights-of-way’ along expressways. You gather the data from these diverse sources, analyze and interpret them, and visualize them in a public-friendly way. This way you actively contributing to a data-driven sustainable society and the digitalization of work, center lines of research of our Centre of Expertise at THUAS.

The research group Smart Sensor Systems is already an active player in the fields of Autonomous Systems and Multi-Modal Sensing. You are contributing to this as well as our growing expertise in Biodiversity Monitoring. As such, you interact with national and international consortia, other THUAS research groups, and professionals working in the field. One such consortium is Grounded, with four THUAS and four Saxion research groups working on the digitalization of our knowledge of the surface and soil, focusing on climate adaptation, vegetation scans, and biodiversity monitoring.


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What do we expect from you?

You have (recently) finished your PhD (or have a MSc degree and an equivalent amount of research experience) within a technical field, on a subject covering one of the following: environmental science / imaging / a technical science / robotics / electrical engineering / mechatronics / data science. Next to this, you also have experience with applied research as well as with grant applications. Finally, you are driven to share your discoveries with the outside world via lectures and peer-reviewed articles.

You also have:

  • Knowledge regarding current developments in measurement methods and data analysis;
  • A relevant track record of scientific publications, presentations, and research subsidies;
  • A network you can leverage for your projects (in fields relevant to this research group), in organizations and other research groups;
  • Experience with sourcing secondary or tertiary revenue streams for research;
  • A strong grasp of written and spoken English.


Dienstverband voor bepaalde tijd: 2 years.

What can you expect from us?

We want you to be successful as a Senior Researcher and we want to make sure that you will make the most of your time at THUAS. To that end we are offering you:

A two year appointment (D4), with a scope of 0.8 – 1,0 FTE; 32 - 40 hours per week;

  • A salary of min. € 5.122,09 - max. € 6.698,86 (Scale 12) based on a fulltime work week;
  • 8% holiday allowance;
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • A very generous paid leave allowance of 53 days, based on a fulltime work week (includes national holidays and some mandatory days off).

Read here for our complete benefits package.


You will start working at the Research Group Smart Sensor Systems within the Centre of Expertise Digital Operations & Finance, consisting of seven Research Groups. Smart Sensor Systems is focused on performing research and developing systems to help in measuring, combining and analyzing data through Artificial Intelligence, as well as offering actionable perspectives and advice. The motto is: Prevention through Prediction : keeping people, animals, plants and machines healthy. Think about measuring (environmental) exposure, nutrition, activities and overall health.

Take a look at our websites:

For Centre of Expertise Digital Operations & Finance read here. For Research Group Smart Sensor Systems read here.

Would you like to know more about working at THUAS?

The Hague University of Applied Sciences is dedicated to preparing young people for the future by sharing knowledge and equipping students with essential skills to be strong and confident. Our foundational values are Curiosity, Connection, and Care. At THUAS, research is centered on the themes of Digital Future, Resilient Society, and Sustainability, making students aware of the world around them. All their lives.

As a University of Applied Sciences, THUAS stands at the heart of society, and we also want to reflect this. In addition to our diversity amongst students, The Hague University of Applied Sciences values the same type of diversity in her staff and among students. The Hague University of Applied Sciences seeks an inclusive campus with a diverse student and staff population in which equal opportunities stand out.

Read more here about our THUAS core values THUAS as an inclusive campus.


  • Onderzoek, ontwikkeling, innovatie
  • Techniek; Natuurwetenschappen
  • 32—40 uur per week
  • €5122—€6698 per maand
  • Universitair
  • AT HHS 20240105


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