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Tenure Track Assistant Professor Hydrologic Sensing

13.11.2018 - Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands

The Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management group at Wageningen University & Research is looking for an Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) of Hydrologic Sensing. The group aims 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. DEADLINE APPROACHING SOON (NOVEMBER 15TH)

The successful candidate is expected to establish an internationally leading research team on the subject of Hydrologic Sensing, which entails the development of ground-based, airborne (e.g. drones) and space-borne (remote) techniques to monitor the space-time dynamics of hydrological fluxes and states, e.g. precipitation, interception, evaporation, soil moisture, groundwater, surface water flow and sediment transport. Employed instruments could be based on electromagnetic (optical, near-infrared, microwave), acoustic and/or gravity sensing techniques.
During the first four years the position is part of the Plantenna research programme, supported by the 4TU Federation (, which aims to develop novel sensors to measure vegetation and environmental parameters at high resolution and low cost. Sensor information will be used for early detection of environmental (e.g. water) stress, which will contribute to an improved understanding of the water-food-energy nexus. The successful candidate contributes to this programme by developing novel hydrologic monitoring techniques with the aim to increase hydrologic process understanding and achieve sustainable water management.
The selected candidate will contribute to the chair group's teaching programme in hydrology and quantitative water management at all academic levels (BSc, MSc, PhD), including its further development, and should be able to demonstrate potential to attract research funding at the national and international level. In addition, the new staff member will have to contribute to the day-to-day operations of the chair group.

The successful candidate

  • Holds a PhD in the field of hydrology, applied physics, or engineering, preferably with knowledge of catchment hydrology, environmental fluid mechanics, hydrogeology, and/or hydrometeorology;
  • Has strong didactic skills and the ability to become an inspiring lecturer in various settings (class room teaching, tutorials, water and sediment dynamics laboratory, field deployment of instrumentation);
  • Has a strong track record in (hydrologic) sensing research, evidenced by a list of high-quality peer-reviewed publications;
  • Has a long-term vision on the field of Hydrologic Sensing and its application to quantitative water management, regarding both research and teaching, and is able to innovate accordingly;
  • Has a clear view on the scientific importance of hydrology and quantitative water management and their role for society.

Conditions of employment

  • We offer you as talented scientist a challenging career trajectory called Tenure Track. From the position of Assistant Professor you can grow into an Associate Professor or a Professor holding a Personal Chair. Of course training and coaching are provided and interdisciplinary (international) cooperation is stimulated. You will also be given the chance to build up your own research line.
  • As we will only be selecting outstanding candidates to take part in Tenure Track, this will be a good stepping stone to a further career within Wageningen University & Research or elsewhere.
    This is initially a seven year position of 38 hours per week. Salary before tax from € 3.475 to € 4.757, based on full time employment and dependent on expertise and experience.
  • Given our current gender balance, we strongly encourage female candidates to apply.

Wageningen University & Research
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. Wageningen University is part of Wageningen University & Research.

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.

Additional information
More information: R. Uijlenhoet,

How to apply
Interested? Do not email directly to the people mentioned above. Please use the website to apply and upload your CV and a motivation letter before November 15, 2018.