(medior) researcher Climate resilient cities

Gepubliceerd op
12 juni 2018
Locatie Wageningen
Expertisegebied Natural Sciences
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We are looking for

As a medior researcher/ advisor you will:

  • advise governments, the business community, NGOs and other actors in and outside the Netherlands on climate adaption in the urban environment.
  • execute  climate impact assessments and raise awareness based on the results (stress tests, climate impact atlas)
  • identify adaptation strategies based on evidence based knowledge
  • knowledge development for nature based solutions for resilient cities
  • develop business cases for nature-based solutions in urban development projects by identifying costs and benefits of NBS
  • support implementation (strategy, plans, design, implementation, management).
  • carry out advisory projects in which evidence-based decision-support is provided for planning & design of climate-adaptive buildings, streets, neighborhoods and urban regions. You will organize stakeholder meetings and carry out quick analyses with application value.

We ask

The ideal candidate has/ is:

  • Knowledge of urban issues, climate change, urban micro climate, urban water management, water sensitive urban design, urban design (from green roof to city park),nature-based solutions, interactive processes
    At home in publications in relevant journals or other media (preferably also own publications),
    Able to translate this into practical procedures (eg tools, key figures, calculation rules, etc.).
    Market- and customer-oriented attitude. Candidate is able to understand the real need of the customer, understand how to deal with the customer so that customer satisfaction remains high.
  • Excellent networker;
    Experienced in project management and working in complex multi stakeholder project (f.e. knowledge organizations, engineering firms and design agencies);
    Willing to travel abroad;
    A person with 5-10 years relevant working experience;
    Excellent communications skills. Can present clear (scientific) knowledge in accessible language for various stakeholders;
    Excellent writing and speaking skills in Dutch and English;
    MSc in Urban Hydrology/ Water Management/ Urban design or landscape architecture

We offer

We offer a 32-36 hour position. Salary depends on skills and experience, scale 10 or 11, starting  with 2609 euro (scale 10) to a maximum of 4847 euro (scale 11). The position is initially for 1 year after which a go/no-go decision will be taken for a permanent position. You will be appointed to the CAO of Wageningen Research.


We offer excellent secondary terms of employment, for example a structural -end-of- year bonus and flexibility in many respects.

More information

Ir. Tim van Hattum (, +31 (0)317-48 64 60 (program leader Green Climate Solutions)
Drs Derk F. Rademaker ( , +31 (0)317-48 5509 (team leader Climate Change)
Does this challenge appeal to you and are you curious about the WUR? In that case, please send and letter of application and a C.V.  
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We are

Wageningen University & Research
Delivering a substantial contribution to the quality of life. That's our focus – each and every day. Within our domain of good and safe food & food production, food security and a healthy 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, 5000 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.

We are looking for:
For team Climate  Change at Wageningen Environmental Research we are looking for two enthusiastic and committed (senior) researchers.
We are:
Wageningen Environmental Research (formerly Alterra) is a Research Institute for green space and the environment. WEnR offers a combination of applied and scientific research in a multitude of fields of expertise that relate to our living environment and its sustainable use: knowledge of water, nature, environment, soil, landscape, climate, land use and recreation.
Team Climate Change:
Climate change is an irrevocable phenomenon that will impact every aspect of society and nature. Analysing present and future trends to assess impacts on all sectors of society is essential for the development of solution-oriented management and policy options. Policy makers at every governmental level as well as managers in both small and large private companies seek solutions to protect their assets from the adverse effects of climate. Beyond that, they often also seek to gain from the opportunities offered by climate change and to connect any interventions with non-climate issues to seek synergies and efficiency improvements. The Climate Change team  of Wageningen Environmental Research has built up a considerable track record in this complex field, studying interactions between hydrology, land cover and land use (including urban environments) and climate (change) in the Netherlands and worldwide.
Our strategic programme Green Climate Solutions aims to support society to unlock the innovation potential of nature-based solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation) and to reduce the impact of climate change (adaptation). There is a strong need for evidence based information on nature based solutions that are cost-effective. We are looking for researchers who want to understand and develop business cases for nature-based solutions to urban development, sustainable water management and restoring degraded landscapes.