Researchers in Water Quality
Wageningen University

Researchers in Water Quality

Location Wageningen

We are looking for

Are you an enthusiastic researcher with strong analytical skills and knowledge of water quality, soils, and agriculture in the Netherlands and Europe? Do you have a good knowledge of hydrology and soil processes and the leaching of nutrients to ground- and surface waters?
Perhaps this position can be the job for you!

We are hiring two water quality researchers with proven expertise on the interaction between soils, agriculture, hydrology and water quality. We are looking for candidates with extensive knowledge of the behaviour of nutrients in soils, hydrological processes and the resulting leaching of nutrients to ground- and surface waters. You should have experience in model building and model application, and have affinity with data processing. You should be able to conduct innovative research, publish your results in scientific journals, translate the outcome of your research to policy advise and be a communicative team worker. Finally, it is critical to have the ability to build up an (international) network.

We ask

  • Relevant academic study in hydrology, soil science, earth science, environmental science or related sciences.
  • Experience in applied science or a PhD in agriculture and environment
  • Knowledge of the interaction between agriculture, soil hydrology and water quality
  • Affinity with models, modelling and data analysis
  • An analytical attitude
  • Good communicative skills and proficiency in Dutch (or being able and willing to learn Dutch in a short period) and the English language (written and oral)

We offer

We offer a meaningful and international work environment characterized by dedicated professionals who perform in multidisciplinary teams. Depending on your expertise and experience a salary from a minimum of € 2.790,- to a maximum of € 5892,- depending on skills and working experience based on a fulltime employment. The appointment is for minimally 32 and maximally 36 hours per week, for a period of 24 months. In case of good functioning and if future research financing allows, there is a possibility for a permanent position after 2 years.

In addition, we offer:

  • A lively workplace at the Wageningen Campus where education, research and business comes together.
  • Excellent training opportunities and secondary employment conditions;
  • Flexible working hours and holidays;
  • 171 vacation hours, with the possibility to purchase additional hours;
  • Excellent pension plan through ABP;
  • 8% holiday allowance;
  • A structural end-of-year bonus of 3%;
We stimulate internal career opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are ample opportunities for own initiative in a learning environment.

Coming from abroad

Wageningen University & Research is the university and research centre for life sciences. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, known as the 30% ruling. Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family. Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen University & Research's International Community pagecontains practical information about what we can do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. Furthermore, we can assist you with any additional advice and information about helping your partner to find a job, housing, schooling, and other issues.

More information

To learn more about this vacancy please contact Gert Jan Reinds, team manager Sustainable Soil Management, tel: 0317-486508, e-mail

For questions about the procedure, please contact Edgar Tijhuis,

Does this challenge appeal to you and are you curious about the WUR? In that case, upload your motivation letter and CV via the apply button on this page, before 26 February 2021.
Job interviews will be held in the first week of March.

Equal opportunities

WUR is an equal opportunity employer. We are keen to receive applications from all sufficiently qualified people, regardless of their ethnicity, gender, functional impairment, religion/life philosophy, sexual orientation, or age.

We are

The mission of our University is to explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life. 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 leading organisations in its domain worldwide. A coordinated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of the outstanding approach of Wageningen. We have been named Best Employer in Education category 2019-2020.

Click here for more information about working at Wageningen University & Research.

The mission of the team Sustainable Soil Management is to contribute to improved soil management practices and soil quality for the benefit of resource use efficiency and recycling in biomass production systems. In doing so we help to increase food, feed, and fibre production alongside improved water and air quality. We are passionate about the chemical, biological and hydrological characteristics of soils, and how those relate to the use and recycling of carbon, water, nutrients, metals, fertilisers, manures, and wastes.

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