Assistant (/Associate) Professor numerical soil-landscape analysis

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Location Wageningen
Scientific field Agriculture
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We are looking for

an assistant (or associate) professor numerical soil-landscape analysis to complement the academic staff of the Soil Geography and Landscape group.

The successful applicant will: 1) teach, improve, and develop BSc and MSc courses with emphasis on quantitative analysis of soils and landscapes (fieldwork, GIS, modelling). 2) initiate and carry out national or international research projects on quantitative understanding of soil-landscape interactions, including aspects of land-use; 3) acquire funding for (applied) research projects and act as supervisor for PhD students; 4) initiate and actively participate in other activities needed to maintain our position as leading academic group in our field (e.g. public outreach, participating in committees).

We ask

a candidate with a completed PhD in soil science, earth science, environmental science or related field and several years of relevant experience. You are an ambitious and enthusiastic team player with excellent communicative skills.

You have affinity and experience with education at BSc and MSc level, at the university and in field setting. You have excellent written and oral communication skills in English and the ability to teach in Dutch within two years of appointment. You are an experienced user of spatial analysis tools and models, and an expert in applying these to investigate soils and landscapes. From fieldwork experience you have a good knowledge of processes that form and alter soils and landscapes, and you have a drive to understand how these processes interact on short and long timescales. Your publications demonstrate your ability to derive conceptual and numerical models from field data, and to explore hypotheses on soil-landscape interactions occurring in past, present and future. In addition, you have established a strong international (and national) network.

We offer

we offer you as talented scientist a challenging career trajectory called Tenure Track. From the position of assistant professor you can grow into a full professor holding a personal chair. You will be given the chance to develop your own research line. Of course training and coaching are provided and interdisciplinary (international) cooperation is stimulated.

As we will only be selecting outstanding candidates to take part in Tenure Track, this will be a good stepping stone to a further career within Wageningen UR or elsewhere.

We offer you a temporary contract with the possibility of extension, for 38 hours per week. Gross salary assistant professor: from € 3400 to € 4654; associate professor from € 4712 to € 5735, based on full time employment and dependent on expertise and experience. In addition, we offer a holiday bonus of 8% and an end-of-the-year bonus of 8.3% of your annual salary.

More information

Additional information about this vacancy can be obtained from Prof. Dr. Jakob Wallinga,; +31 (0)317 – 484040.

Interested? Do not email your application directly to the people mentioned above. Please use the website to apply and upload your CV and a motivation letter. Given our current gender balance, women are strongly urged to submit an application.

The deadline for applications is August 31, 2016. Interviews with selected applicants are provisionally scheduled for September 8 2016.

We are

The mission of the Soil Geography and Landscape group of Wageningen University is to improve and share understanding of patterns and dynamics of soils and landscapes. We take an integrative approach that combines biophysical and human elements to gain insights in past, present and future system dynamics and to support sustainable land management.

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Delivering a substantial contribution to the quality of life. That’s our focus – each and every day. Within our domain, healthy food and living environment, we search for answers to issues affecting society – such as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy. Of course, we don’t do this alone. Every day, 6,500 people work on ‘the quality of life’, turning ideas into reality, on a global scale.

Could you be one of these people? We give you the space you need.

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