Assistant or Associate Professor in Geo-information Science

Published on
June 4, 2021
Location Wageningen
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We are looking for

The laboratory of Geo-information Science and Remote Sensing invites applications from young and motivated scientists for the position of Assistant (UD) or Associate Professor (UHD) in Geo-information Data Science. The candidate will be asked to contribute to the education activities and the group’s research agenda. The candidate is expected to develop innovative scientific research strengthening and complementing the already ongoing themes in the group.

Focus of this position will be in geo-information science and its interfaces with big data science, including (but not limited to) the development of crowdsourcing technologies, visualization/immersive analytics/XR, localization, deep learning and/or spatio-temporal modelling of multiple heterogeneous geospatial data sources. The candidate expertise and vision will be in line with the thematic domains of the GRS group: from smart cities, urban computing and digital humanities to agriculture, nature conservation and land use characterisation. Track of successful collaborations with the humanities will be considered an asset.

Tenure Track is a career path for hardworking scientists who pursue to excel in education and research. We seek to attract scientific talent and to stimulate and support their development.

We ask

  • a PhD in Geo-information Science, Computer Science or a related field;
  • excellent academic record (research, passion for teaching, attracting research funding) in line with the expected profile for a Tenure Track at Wageningen University;
  • ability to lead in developing a vision on future research and education in Geo-information Science and be an inspiring ambassador our theme towards partners both within and outside academia, nationally and internationally;
  • excellent communication skills in English

We offer

WUR offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:

  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and paid parental leave;
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.
In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, we offer a full time position as Assistant or Associate Professor. Evaluation on job performance is every three years, and a positive outcome will continue in a permanent position after 6 years. Salary depends on knowledge and experience and will range from a minimum of € 3.637, to a maximum of € 4.978,- (assistant professor position), and € 5039,- to a maximum of € 6133,- (associate professor position) based on full time employment.

We offer you a career trajectory called Tenure Track. From the position of Assistant or Associate Professor we can provide a great environment for you to grow, excel and work within the department to make a difference in our field and develop towards a Professor holding a Personal Chair; including the chance to build up your own research line and research group. Training and coaching are provided an as well as opportunities to work part-time.

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 16th consecutive time.

Coming from abroad
WUR 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 page contains 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 position, please contact Prof.dr. Alexander Klippel, chair holder Geo-information Science,

For questions about the procedure, please contact Edgar Tijhuis, corporate recruiter,

Do you want to apply?
You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval. This vacancy will be listed up to and including July 15th 2021.

Equal opportunities
WUR employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who encourage 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. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.

We are

The mission of Wageningen University and Research is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. Under the banner of WUR, Wageningen University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.

With its roughly 30 branches, 6.800 employees and 12.900 students, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. A coordinated approach to problems and the cooperation between various fields are at the heart of Wageningen’s outstanding approach. WUR has been named Best Employer in the Education category for 2019-2020.

These are the points our employees list as good reasons to come work at WUR.

The laboratory of Geo-Information Science and Remote Sensing is part of the Department of Environmental Sciences. The Department’s fundamental research and education concerns our living environment: nature, landscape, land use, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, water management, and various competing claims on space.
The mission of our laboratory is to advance spatial competences for a sustainable world through research and education. The education that conveys this mission is offered in a variety of BSc programmes of Wageningen University and concentrated in the MSc Geo-information Science of Wageningen University and the joint MSc in Geographical Information Management and Applications (GIMA). The research of the laboratory has a fundamental character with a clear link to the mission of Wageningen University to provide Science for Impact. Our research agenda is represented in five themes:

  1. Sensing and measuring,
  2. Modelling and visualization,
  3. Integrated land monitoring,
  4. Human-space interactions, and
  5. Empowering agro-environmental communities. In recent years the laboratory received excellent review in

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