Assistant Professor in Flow Dynamics and Mass Transfer in Water Treatment (Tenure Track)

Assistant Professor in Flow Dynamics and Mass Transfer in Water Treatment (Tenure Track)

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15 Jul 16 Aug Wageningen

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Job description

Do you want to work on the great challenges that society is facing in the next decades, focused around and on nature based solutions? Would you like to work in an interdisciplinary environment, expressed by the presence of scientists with different backgrounds and by the cooperation of groups with different scientific or disciplinary signatures?

Wageningen University has a growing number of students and are expanding their research scope to address contemporary challenges in times of global change. The university chooses to strengthen the focus area in Civil Engineering on the topic of Fluid Mechanics, embedded in the Environmental Technology (ETE) group, as part of the national sector plan in natural sciences and technology. WU focusses herein strongly on flow dynamics and mass transfer limitations in facilities that treat waste streams with high concentrations of particulate matter.

The background of this focus is that societies more and more strive for circular resource management in which waste streams from sanitation and from industrial and agro-industrial origins, are no longer considered as waste streams, but as resources. From these, valuable products such as water, nutrients, organic and mineral solids, and energy can and must be recovered for reuse. The societal transition towards a circular economy will cause infrastructural changes to be implemented step by step in the coming decades. Wageningen University & Research and ETE have been front running in novel waste water technologies and infrastructure for 55 years and now also aims to further invest into these new developments. These new recovery approaches demand for changes in sewer-pipeline infrastructure and waste water treatment facilities able to cope with concentrated particulate matter fluidized in water. The understanding of these "sludgy", suspended and multiphase flows is the focus of this sector plan position for urban waste and water at WU. The flow dynamics and mass transfer processes in these resource recovery enabling waste water treatment reactors, are different from conventional waste water treatment facilities, as the influent has a much higher concentration in suspended solids or multiphase materials. Also the medium inside the reactors is of a granular suspended nature or has concentrated flocculent sludge characteristics.

In a challenging career trajectory you are, as Assistant Professor in the field of Flow dynamics and mass transfer in treatment facilities for concentrated waste waters responsible for the organization, implementation and coordination of new research activities in the field of flow dynamics and mass transfer processes in resource recovery enabling waste water treatment reactors, to devlop new fundamental insights in research and bring that into under-graduate and graduate teaching programs. In this position you will be motivating and teaching students, support their graduation tracks and develop new courses. Training and coaching is provided for the Assistant Professor to accomplish all this.


Wageningen University & Research


As Assistant Professor you are an ambitious and enthusiastic scientist and a team player, devoted to research and education in Environmental Technology

You also have:
  • a successfully completed academic study (MSc level; recognized in The Netherlands) in Environmental Sciences, Civil Engineering or related fields;
  • a PhD in Environmental Sciences, Civil Engineering or related fields;
  • knowledge and expertise in wastewater treatment;
  • ample experience with management of complex projects;
  • an adequate ability to acquire research funding;
  • excellent communication skills;
  • didactic qualities and enthusiasm for teaching and working with students.
Information Tenure track Wageningen University & Research
Wageningen University offers talented young scientists a challenging new career trajectory, the Tenure track. By introducing this trajectory, our aim, is to attract top talent and to stimulate excellence.
From the position of Assistant Professor, candidates can grow into a Professor holding a personal chair in a maximum period of twelve years. In addition, they will be given the chance to build up their own research line. It goes without saying that candidates will be intensively supervised and coached during the trajectory. Moreover, this transparant career path can lead to a permanent employment contract.
As we will be selecting only candidates of high potential to take part in the Tenure Track trajectory, for all participating candidates, this will be a good stepping stone to a further career within Wageningen University & Research or elsewhere.
For more information about Tenure Track within Wageningen University & Research look at

Conditions of employment

A challenging position with, depending on your experience, a competitive salary from a minimum of € 3637,-. to a maximum of € 4978,-. for a full working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement Dutch Universities (scale 11 ).
In addition, we offer:
  • 8% holiday allowance;
  • a structural year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent training opportunities and secondary employment conditions;
  • flexible working hours and holidays can possibly be determined in consultation so that an optimal balance between work and private life is possible;
  • excellent pension plan through ABP;
  • 232 vacation hours, the option to purchase extra and good supplementary leave schemes;
  • a flexible working time: the possibility to work a maximum of 2 hours per week extra and thereby to build up extra leave;
  • a choice model to put together part of your employment conditions yourself, such as a bicycle plan;
  • a lively workplace where you can easily make contacts and where many activities take place on the Wageningen Campus. A place where education, research and business are represented;
  • use the sports facilities on campus.
Wageningen University & Research stimulates internal career opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are ample opportunities for own initiative in a learning environment.

We offer a versatile job in an international environment with varied activities in a pleasant and open working atmosphere.


Wageningen University & Research

The mission of our University is to explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life. Within Wageningen University & Research, nine specialized research institutes from the Wageningen Research Foundation and Wageningen University have joined forces to help answer the most important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment. With approximately 30 locations, 5,000 employees, and 10,000 students, it is one of the leading organisations in its domain worldwide. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of the unique approach of Wageningen.

Environmental Technology (part of AFSG) develops and evaluates innovative environmental technologies and concepts based on processes from nature, to recover and reuse essential components and maintain and recreate a viable environment. Our education inspires students to develop their talents. We impact society by innovation through top science and focus on applicability.
Equal opportunities employer
We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

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Acquisition regarding this vacancy is not appreciated.


  • Professors, associate professors, assistant professors and lecturers
  • Natural Sciences
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • University Graduate
  • 528332


Wageningen University & Research

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