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.

Wageningen Environmental Research contributes to the realisation of a high quality and sustainable green living environment by qualified and independent research.

We are looking for:
For the team Sustainable Soil Management at Wageningen Environmental Research we are looking for an enthusiastic and committed


  • 36 hours

We are
The team Sustainable Soil Management consists of 32 employees and is one of the research teams within Wageningen Environmental Research (WENR). The mission of the team is to contribute to improved soil management practices and soil quality for the benefit of resource use efficiency, biodiversity, climate change mitigation and water- and air quality. We focus on the chemical, biological and hydrological processes in soils and the way these processes are influenced by climate (change), land use and soil- and nutrient management.

We are looking for 

A senior researcher with profound knowledge of nutrient management practises in Dutch and European agriculture and effects of such management on soil quality, water quality and emissions to air. You are able to inform and advise both Dutch and European policy makers on effective nutrient use to improve environmental quality. You are able to initiate scientific innovations and publish results in both scientific as well as impact-oriented journals. You initiate, and contribute to, the acquisition of new research projects based on innovative ideas and represent WENR in external commissions and working groups. To succeed in this role, you need to be a team-player, need a customer and result-oriented attitude, as well as a strong affinity with soils and nutrient management in agriculture.

We are looking for a candidate that:

  • Has preferably a PhD in environmental sciences, agronomy, soil science or a related science
  • Has extensive knowledge of agronomy, soil and nutrient management
  • Has affinity with policy advise
  • Has at least 10 years of experience with project management in a project organisation
  • Has the proven ability to acquire large (inter)national projects
  • Has an extensive (inter)national network relevant for this function
  • Has excellent verbal and writing skills in Dutch and English
  • Has strong social and communicative skills, and is a team-player

We offer
A position in scale 12 (starting with € 3736,- gross to a maximum of € 5608,-) depending on your knowledge and experience. Excellent secondary terms of employment, for example a structural -end-of- year bonus and flexibility in many respects. This position will be for 36 hours per week, for a period of two years with a prospect on a permanent employment contract after proven suitability for this position.

More information
To obtain additional information on the contents of this position, please contact dr Gert Jan Reinds (team manager of Sustainable Soil Management) tel.: 0317-486508. For other questions concerning the procedure, please contact Joke Cobben (HR advisor WENR) tel.: 0317-485896.

Does this challenge appeal to you and are you curious about the WUR? In that case, please send a letter of application and a C.V. before 28 September 2018 by using this link.

For further information about working at Wageningen University & Research, take a look at https://www.wur.nl/en/Jobs/Vacancies.htm

Acquisition regarding this vacancy is not appreciated.