Faculty Position in Air Quality Modelling
Wageningen University
Netherlands

Tenure-Track Position in Air Quality modelling

Location Wageningen

We are looking for

Depending on the candidate’s experience, the position is available on the level of Assistant or Associate Professor. In both cases, the candidate will enter WUR’s tenure track program. The candidate will lecture BSc and MSc courses related to fundamental and applied aspects of meteorology and air quality. Examples include atmospheric modelling, urban air quality, and atmospheric composition and air quality. The applicant will transfer newly developed knowledge to our BSc and MSc students by developing new educational material and advising students.

Within the strategic plan of WUR (2019-22), a key focus is on resilient, climate-proof, livable and healthy cities. Air pollution is a major threat to livability in many cities world-wide, and a fundamental understanding of the mechanisms of air pollution is crucial for effective abatement strategies. Within MAQ, this tenure-track position puts you in an ideal position to play a world-leading role in air quality research.

The research and educational strategy of the candidate should clearly indicate the candidate’s intentions to collaborate with related groups in the Environmental Science Group and the AMS institute, and other groups world-wide. Examples of possible joint projects include air quality studies in developing countries, air quality impact of wildfires, and emission, chemistry, and deposition of reactive nitrogen compounds.

We ask

  • A PhD in atmospheric science or related field
  • Affinity with numerical modelling and atmospheric chemistry
  • A strong academic record and meaningful prior research experience;
  • Excellent communication skills in English, and open to team work
  • Willingness and ability to set up one’s own research group in this field by acquiring innovative new projects
  • Ability to establish productive links with other groups at the environmental science group, other WUR science groups and the Amsterdam Institute of Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS)

We offer

We initially offer a fixed-term, 7 year 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. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive salary from a minimum of  € 3.746 to a maximum of € 5.127 for an Assistant Professor, and from a minimum of € 5.453 to a maximum of € 6.317 for an Associated Professor for a full working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement Wageningen University (scale 11-12).
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 a maximum of 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
  • make use of the sports facilities on campus for a small fee. 
Wageningen University & Research stimulates internal career opportunities and mobility with our internal recruitment policy. For your personal development we offer you the ‘Development program Tenure Track’. This program supports you in further development of your competences. We also offer you the possibility to gain the Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO) which is a requirement in the Tenure Track policy.

With us you get a versatile job in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere for students and staff from over 100 countries around the world.
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 15th consecutive time. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, by which 30% of their salary is exempt from tax. Have a look on this website for more information.

More information

For more information about this function you can contact prof Maarten Krol, tel: +31 (0) 317482937, maarten.krol@wur.nl

For more information about the procedure you can contact Edgar Tijhuis, corporate recruiter, edgar.tijhuis@wur.nl

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. A complete application must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, description that includes the research and teaching strategy (maximum 2 pages), and three letters of recommendation.

This vacancy is open up to and including 12 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 Meteorology and Air Quality (MAQ) Group at Wageningen University and Research (WUR) invites applications for a tenure track position in the field of Air Quality modelling.

This research-line complements current topics covered by MAQ, which include land-atmosphere interaction, carbon cycle research, global atmospheric composition and chemistry, urban meteorology, and boundary layer meteorology. We envision a research line that focusses on modelling of small-scale processes that are relevant for urban air quality and greenhouse gasses, dispersion of air pollutants from point sources, and health aspects of atmospheric pollutants. More information on our research and education activities can be found at the webpage of our group


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