PhD Immersive Visualization and Modeling for Environmental Sciences

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

In the dynamically evolving field of immersive technologies and visualization, we are particularly interested in an intrinsically motivated researcher who embraces and loves technology, seeks to understand how design choices affect experiences and performance, and appreciates working in a team to get inspired and be an inspiration for others.

The PhD position will allow making contributions to a variety of projects and areas that see transformation through immersive experiences or focus on fundamental questions of how and why immersive experiences allow unprecedented insights and experiences, not possible before.
Technical skills to design immersive experiences or a solid basis that would allow for learning the necessary skills quickly are essential for the offered positions. Bachelor or masters training in information or computer science, geomatics, GIScience, education technology or other related fields is expected.

The research will be conducted as part of the Laboratory of Geo-information Science and Remote Sensing (GRS) in close collaboration with other research groups from Wageningen University such as those being part of Environmental Sciences Groups and in particular with the newly established visualization laboratory, WANDER (Wageningen lANDscape sEnsory laboRatory). The goal is to address societally critical topics such as climate change, urbanization, ecology, but also sustainable food choices or the education of students, public, and decision-makers.

You will work in an ideal working environment. Our campus is an inspiring green place to work, and has been selected as the most sustainable campus in the world multiple times. Besides that, we have a top ranking in several fields, with a #1 ranking for environmental science, ecology and agriculture, as well as very strong rankings in other fields. Finally, as for education, Wageningen University has been chosen as the “Best University” in the Netherlands for the 16th consecutive time.

We ask

  • A master in Geo-information Science, Computer Science, or a related field.
  • Expertise in designing immersive visualizations and analyzing empirical data aimed at advancing the science of immersive experiences.
  • Experience in processing and analysis of geospatial data such as LiDAR or photogrammetry-based 3D models.
  • Scientific writing and communication skills and enthusiasm for establishing a track record of academic publications.
  • Interest to collaborate in a multi-disciplinary research team.

We offer

Wageningen University & Research 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 benefits, you will receive a gross salary for the first year is € 2.395,- per month rising to € 3.061,- in the fourth year in according to the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale P). This is based on a full-time working week of 38 hours. We offer a temporary contract for 18 months which will be extended for the duration of the project if you perform well.
We encourage internal advancement opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering an outstanding position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

Coming from abroad
Wageningen University & Research is the university and research center 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 you can get in touch with Prof. Dr. Alexander Klippel, e-mail:
For additional information about the procedure you can contact Edgar Tijhuis, corporate recruiter, 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 until the 15th of July 2021. We will start the selection process from the beginning so it helps to apply early. Two weeks after this date the first interviews will be planned, and we seek to start in September 2021 or as soon as possible.

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

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

With its roughly 30 branches, 6.500 employees and 12.500 students, we are one of the leading organizations in its domain. A coordinated approach to problems and the cooperation between various subject areas 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 work here: read the 6 reasons to come work at WUR

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