Assistant/ Associate Professor of Soil Physical Modelling
Wageningen University

Assistant/Associate Professor Soil Physical Modelling

Location Wageningen

We are looking for

Do you have an innovative vision on the field of soil physical modelling and its contribution to sustainable land use? Are you passionate about teaching as well as research? Do you combine excellent programming skills with the ability to write successful research proposals? And do you like to do all of this at the world’s #1 university for ecology and agriculture? Then this may be the once in a lifetime opportunity for you! 

The selected candidate will contribute to the chair group’s teaching programme at all academic levels (BSc, MSc, PhD), including its further development, and should be able to demonstrate potential to attract research funding at the national and international level, including PhD students. In addition, the new staff member will play a leading role with regard to modelling activities within the chair group, primarily focusing on flow and transport processes of water, solutes and sediment in the soil-water-plant environment.

You are expected to work towards establishing an internationally leading research team on development of sophisticated computer simulation models using numerical and GIS-based approaches, integrating complex soil physical and chemical processes at different spatial and temporal scales. Model application and scenario analysis in the context of externally funded projects and PhD research work is also envisioned as a substantial task.

Ideally, the background of the new colleague fits or complements the group’s current expertise, covering amongst others the domains of soil physics, soil chemistry, agrohydrology, ecohydrology, groundwater flow, solute transport, soil erosion and/or sustainable land management.

We ask

  • A PhD degree in soil physics, hydrology, or environmental sciences.
  • Enthusiasm for education and good presentation skills, willingness to acquire teaching qualifications, and be innovative in education (e.g. addressing new themes, new forms of teaching and computer practical’s, online education).
  • Strong and broad conceptual and methodological knowledge of the soil-water-plant environment, relevant numerical (e.g. MODFLOW, SEAWAT GMS, MT3D, Hydrus/HP) and GIS-based modelling approaches, and model calibration/validation techniques.
  • Outstanding programming skills (e.g. Fortran, Python, C++, JavaScript, SQL, R), in-depth experience with GIS packages (e.g. ArcGIS, Qgis) and advanced data analysis techniques.
  • A long-term and innovative vision on our field regarding both research and teaching.
  • Experience in writing research proposals, conducting research, and a strong publication record in the field of soil physical modelling.
  • An active attitude to attract and supervise PhD students.
  • An international academic network, and affinity to collaborate in a multidisciplinary environment.

We offer

Depending on the skills of the applicant, we offer an Assistant or Associate Professor position. As hardworking scientist you will enter a challenging career trajectory, the so-called WUR’s tenure track program. From the position of Assistant Professor you can grow into an Associate Professor or a Professor holding a Personal Chair. Of course training and mentorship are provided and interdisciplinary (international) cooperation is stimulated. This is initially, in potential, a seven year position of 4 or 5 days per week, which will be converted to a permanent position when the tenure track requirements are fulfilled. Salary before tax ranges from € 3.746 - € 5.127 for an Assistant Professor, and from € 5.453 - € 6.317 for an Associated Professor, based on full time employment (38 hours a week) and depending on expertise and experience.In addition, we offer:

  • 8% holiday allowance
  • a structural end-of year bonus of 8.3%
  • excellent training opportunities and secondary employment conditions
  • flexible working hours that we determine together in good consultation
  • excellent pension plan through ABP
  • 232 vacation hours, the option to purchase extra and good supplementary leave schemes, e.g.the possibility to work 2 hours per week extra for extra leave
  • a flexible model to put together part of your employment conditions yourself, such as a bicycle plan
  • a lively workplace on the Wageningen Campus
Wageningen University & Research stimulates internal career opportunities and mobility with our internal recruitment policy. There are ample opportunities for personal initiative in a learning environment. With us you get a versatile job in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere

More information

For more information about this function you can contact Prof. dr. Coen J. Ritsema, chair of the Soil Physics and Land Management group, (; 0031(0)317-486517).

To learn more about the procedure you can get in touch with Edgar Tijhuis, corporate recruiter,

Do you want to apply?

This can be done directly via the application button at the vacancy on our website so that we can process your personal data with your permission. You can upload your CV and a motivation letter there.
This vacancy is open until 3 July 2020. We want to plan the first job interviews soon afterwards.

Equal opportunities employer

We are an employer that offers equal opportunities. We are happy to receive applications from all suitably qualified people regardless of race, gender, functional impairment, religion / belief, sexual orientation or age.
We believe that a diverse and inclusive working environment makes us a more relevant, competitive and resilient organization. Click here for more information about working at WUR with a functional impairment.

We are

The mission of our University is to explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life. Within Wageningen University & Research, nine specialised 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, 6,500 employees, and 12,000 students, it is one of the top tier organisations in its domain worldwide. A coordinated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of the unique approach of Wageningen. We have been named Best Employer in Education category 2019-2020.

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The Soil Physics and Land Management chair group focuses on transport processes of water, sediment and solutes over and through soil system, in particularly in relation to land use and management practices as they affect crops, vegetation, soils, and the groundwater. Transport of water, sediment and solutes link to overarching global environmental and societal issues, like soil degradation and desertification, water quality, water scarcity, food production, and ecosystem functioning. We contribute to these environmental and societal challenges by specifically focusing on the interplay between land management and soil physical processes.

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