Assistant Professor in Experimental Hydrology and Earth Surface Processes

Wageningen University Department of Environmental Sciences


Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Experimental Hydrology and Earth Surface Processes

Location Wageningen

We are looking for

Are you passionate about Experimental Hydrology and Land Surface Processes? Are you keen to be involved in ground-breaking research based upon field- and laboratory data collection, and to further develop and excel in teaching? Do you have a PhD in (eco)hydrology, river morphology, hydraulics, hydrogeology, or a related field? Then this position could be a perfect fit for you!

The Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management group, which is part of the Department of Environmental Sciences at Wageningen University & Research, is keen to hire an Assistant Professor (0.8-1.0 fte). The group seeks to contribute to understanding hydrological processes for improved water management through developing measurement, modelling and prediction techniques, working at a range of spatial and temporal scales, with a focus on river basins and deltas.

As an Assistant Professor you are expected to establish an internationally leading research team on Experimental Hydrology and Earth Surface Processes through a combination of laboratory and field-based research projects. In this position, you will be encouraged to expand research activities at the internationally recognized facilities of the Kraijenhoff van de Leur Laboratory for Water and Sediment Dynamics. The group aims to strengthen the role of this research and teaching facility within Wageningen University & Research, and the broader context of the Dutch and European research landscape.

Furthermore, you will link field-scale processes, observations and laboratory experiments. Potential research fields include, but are not limited to, hydraulics, environmental fluid mechanics, ecohydrology, (woody) debris and vegetation interactions, hyporheic zone, groundwater, river engineering, urban water, soil and sediment transport, and nature-based solutions.

The selected candidate will contribute to the chair group's teaching program in hydrology and quantitative water management at all academic levels (BSc, MSc, PhD), including its further development. A specific focus on lab-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.

Given our current gender balance, we strongly encourage female candidates to apply.

We ask

  • hold a PhD within, or closely related to, (eco)hydrology, hydraulics, river morphology, or hydrogeology,
  • have a clear vision on research in Experimental Hydrology and Earth Surface Processes,
  • have a proven track record of national and international funding acquisition,
  • possess a strong network in the Netherlands and Europe, both in academia, government and industry,
  • have a proactive approach, and not afraid to take initiative,
  • are eager to work on ground-breaking research in laboratory and field conditions,
  • feel affinity with education, especially in relation to the Kraijenhoff van de Leur Laboratory for Water and Sediment Dynamics,
  • would complement our team and work independently, to bolster the role of Experimental Hydrology and Earth Surface Processes,
  • have excellent written communication skills in English; Dutch language skills are an advantage,
  • can develop (project)leadership.

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 a full working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement Wageningen University (scale 11).

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,
  • 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 provide you with ‘Development program Tenure Track’. This program supports you in further development of your competences. We also offer you the possibility to gain the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) which is a requirement in the Tenure Track policy. With us you get an exciting 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 the Netherlands, and at a university that has been chosen as the “Best University” in the country for the 15th consecutive time. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, known as the 30% ruling.

More information

To learn more about this function you can get in touch with A.J.F. Hoitink, e-mail:

For questions about the procedure you can contact Edgar Tijhuis, e-mail

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. This vacancy is open up to and including 11 december 2020. We want to plan the first interviews in December.

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 to read more 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. 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 12.500 students, it is one of the leading organisations in its domain worldwide. A coordinated approach to problems and the cooperation between various fields 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 and take a look at our green Wageningen campus here.

The Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management group is part of the Department of Environmental Sciences of Wageningen University. The department’s fundamental research and education concern our living environment: nature, landscape, land use, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, water management, and various competing claims on space.

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