Vacancy

Assistant or Associate Professor in the field of atmospheric sciences, cloud/aerosols dynamics and microphysics, Tenure Track

Published on
October 20, 2021
Location Wageningen
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We are looking for

The Meteorology and Air Quality group at Wageningen University Research (WUR) invites applications for a tenure-track position in the field of atmospheric sciences and/or meteorology. We seek applicants who bring research topics and methods that are complementary to those of other researchers in our group. Any approach(es) or/and their combination, including experimental field work, numerical modelling, and theoretical analysis are of interest. Affinity with the current MAQ lines of meteorological research that range from local to global scales will be valued, especially with a link to land-atmosphere interactions. In addition to the above, you must have the potential for innovation and leadership in research.

The job also requires teaching at BSc and MSc level and advising of students, which amounts to approximately 40% of the time. On our website you find all courses, and they are clearly connected with our research. Interesting to note here is the recognition of the excellent education offered in Wageningen. Our university was chosen as the best institution for higher education in the Netherlands for the 15th time in a row in 2019. Besides that, we are ranked as university as number 1 worldwide in the fields of agriculture, ecology and environment, as well as excellent rankings in other fields.

Furthermore, an important aspect of the job is the acquisition of research projects, both at national and international level, to fund new PhD and postdoc positions. More information on our research and education activities can be found at the page of our group. And examples of our work can be seen in these video’s about our fieldwork (https://vimeo.com/375081644) or numerical simulation of land-atmosphere interactions (https://microhh.github.io/), and on websites of current research projects: https://cloudroots.wur.nl/cloudroots/ and https://ruisdael-observatory.nl/

We ask

A strong, curiosity-driven scientist who enjoys fieldwork as well as modelling and is able to combine the two approaches in a conceptual framework. The ideal candidate has:

  • a strong academic record;
  • meaningful prior research experience;
  • a PhD degree in meteorology or atmospheric sciences;
  • excellent communication skills in English (oral and written)

We offer

We offer a tenure-track position (six-years) that will be converted to a permanent position when the tenure track requirements are fulfilled. 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.

In addition, we offer:

  • 8% holiday allowance;
  • a structural year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent training opportunities and secondary employment conditions;
  • flexible working hours and holidays can possibly be determined in consultation so that an efficient balance between work and private life is possible;
  • excellent pension plan through ABP;
  • 232 vacation hours, the option to purchase extra and good supplementary leave schemes;
  • a flexible working time: the possibility to work a maximum of 2 hours per week extra and thereby to build up extra leave;
  • a choice model to put together part of your employment conditions yourself, such as a bicycle plan;
  • a lively workplace where you can easily make contacts and where many activities are organized on the Wageningen Campus. A place where education, research and business are represented;
  • use the sports facilities on campus.

Coming from abroad
Wageningen is a centre for research and entrepreneurship. 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. It is a historic university town of about 36,000 residents in the central Netherlands. The academic community hails from more than 100 countries, giving the town a lively, international feel. Our highly qualified team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.
The Wageningen University & Research's International Community page www.wur.nl/en/International-students-and-staff that contains practical information about what we do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen.

More information

For additional information on the position, contact professor Jordi Vilà-Guerau de Arellano at jordi.vila@wur.nl.
For more information about the application procedure, contact Edgar Tijhuis, corporate recruiter, at edgar.tijhuis@wur.nl.

Application process:
Please use the online tool to apply and upload the following documents:

  • letter of motivation including a short description of your research and education vision
  • CV including the names of 3 referents and a complete list of publications
  • A summary your thesis
Your application will be given full consideration if you apply before 15th December 2021. The starting date will be April 1st 2022. For international candidates there is enough of time and assistance to come to Wageningen and ‘onboard’ at our University.

Equal opportunities
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. For more information please go to our inclusivity page. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.

We are

Wageningen University & Research
The goal of Wageningen University & Research is to deliver a substantial contribution to the quality of life. We search for answers to issues affecting society- such as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy. In Wageningen, we encompass the entire chain of knowledge, from fundamental research to science-based and up-scalable practical knowledge to create solutions that have impact. A coordinated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of the outstanding approach of Wageningen. 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!

The Meteorology and Air Quality Group (MAQ) seeks to foster the understanding of atmospheric processes and their relevance for weather, air quality and climate. Research focuses on the atmospheric boundary layer over urban and rural surfaces, including boundary layer clouds, and the atmospheric aspects of the connected energy, water, carbon and aerosol budgets. MAQ pioneers on investigations of the interactions between the land at the atmosphere at the meter and second scales. Our ground-breaking approach is the combination of advanced measurements techniques with fine-scale numerical simulations. 

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