Assistant or Associate Professor Water Quality Processes and Modeling (Tenure Track)

Assistant or Associate Professor Water Quality Processes and Modeling (Tenure Track)

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28 Oct 28 Nov Wageningen

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Are you passionate about Water Quality Processes and Modeling? Do you want to make a difference as an innovative researcher and an inspiring teacher? Do you have an strong track record in aquatic environmental sciences as evidenced by high impact publications in scientific journals? Do you have a university teaching qualification, or are you willing to obtain such a qualification in a relatively short time? Then this position could be a perfect fit for you!

The Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality group, which is part of the Department of Environmental Sciences at Wageningen University & Research, is keen to hire an Assistant (or Associate) Professor (0.8-1.0 fte, tenure track). The group seeks to generate new insights that can help restore freshwater and saltwater ecosystems and train a new generation of professionals. The complex interaction between physical, chemical and biological processes is central to our system-oriented research. The research is multidisciplinary (chemical, biological, mathematical) and ranges from laboratory research (detailed process studies) to model studies to field studies, covering a range of spatial and temporal scales. The group's multidisciplinary expertise comes together in the development of integrated models for water quality and ecosystem management.

As an Assistant (or Associate) Professor you are expected to establish an internationally leading research team on Water Quality modeling, integrating modeling-, laboratory and field-based research projects. Your modeling work will help people understand the eminence of water quality issues and support policymakers in making decisions to appropriately reduce water pollution. You are expected to contribute to, while not being restricted to, current group water quality themes such as (micro-)plastic pollution, (organic) micropollutants, and/or nutrient cycles. As a broadly interested modeler with excellent math and programming skills, over time you should be able to contribute to a wider variety of timely water quality issues rather than remain fixated on one topic.

The selected candidate will contribute to the chair group's teaching program in aquatic ecology and water quality at all academic levels (BSc, MSc, PhD), including its further development. A specific focus on water quality related education will be expected. You should be able to demonstrate potential to attract research funding at the national as well as international level. In addition, you contribute to the day-to-day operations of the chair group.


Wageningen University & Research


  • PhD in the field of aquatic, environmental- or Earth sciences, related to or within the group's water quality research domain
  • Strong track record in water quality research, evidenced by publications in scientific journals.
  • A clear vision on Water Quality research
  • A proven track record of national and international funding acquisition,
  • A strong network in the Netherlands and Europe, in academia, government and industry,
  • Someone with an ambition for ground-breaking research
  • Someone who can develop (project)leadership.
  • Excellent (written) communication skills in English (C1)
  • Possession of or willingness to obtain a university teaching qualification (BKO).
  • Inspiring and enterprising teacher, able to provide education independently, integrating education and research, supported by research conducted by and with other staff.
  • Ability to contribute to the chair group; oriented to the team.
  • Conceptual/analytical ability, social awareness, good presentation skills and results orientation.

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, up to 40 hours 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 be offered a fixed-term contract which, upon positive evaluation based on criteria elaborated in the University's Tenure Track policy, can lead to a permanent employment contract as professor. The fixed term contract is 7 years for candidates who start as beginning assistant professors or shorter when candidates start at associate professor level. Salary depends on knowledge and experience and will range from a minimum of € 3.821, to a maximum of
€ 5.943,- (assistant professor position), and € 5039,- to a maximum of € 7079,- (associate professor position) based on full time employment in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 11-14).

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 17th consecutive time.


Wageningen University & Research

Wageningen University & Research
The mission of Wageningen University and 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, 6.800 employees and 12.900 students, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. 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
  • Doctorate
  • P887980-5


Wageningen University & Research

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