Are you an enthusiastic researcher with strong analytical skills and knowledge of agriculture, soils and greenhouse gas emissions and experienced in project management? Do you have affinity with initiating and conducting applied research in the field of soils and climate change mitigation? Perhaps this position can be the job for you!

We are looking for a new, ambitious colleague because of the increasing demand for our research. As (Senior) Researcher Soil and Climate you will initiate, lead and carry out projects on soil use and climate change mitigation. Your work contributes to high impact studies on climate mitigation in agriculture, carbon sequestration, nutrient cycles and scenario studies. Carbon farming, monitoring of soil carbon sequestration and climate neutrality in the EU agriculture, land use and forestry sectors are important research topics.

These projects are funded by different institutions and companies, like the Dutch government, the European Commission and (inter)national companies. Good communicative skills are required, and you should have a good (international) network. Do you have scientific ambitions? This job offers possibilities to write scientific publications. Finally, you will become part of an enthusiastic team of researchers that works on the most pressing environmental issues.

We ask

  • Relevant academic study in soil science, earth science, environmental science or related sciences.
  • Experience in applied science or a PhD in agriculture and environment
  • Experience with leading research projects
  • Knowledge of agriculture, soils and the role of soils in climate change mitigation
  • Preferably knowledge of modelling
  • An analytical mindset
  • Excellent knowledge of the English language (written and oral) and preferably of the Dutch language

We offer

We offer a meaningful and international work environment characterized by hardworking professionals who perform in multidisciplinary teams. Furthermore, Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:

  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional compensation hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and partially paid parental leave;
  • 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 4%;
  • excellent pension scheme.

In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will of course receive a good salary. We offer a contract for 24 months with the possibility of a permanent contract after two years when funding allows. Furthermore we offer, depending on your experience, a gross monthly salary of between €2.949,- and €5.479,- for a full-time working week of 36 hours, in accordance with the CLA Wageningen Research (scale 11).

Wageningen University & Research encourages 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 a multi-faceted position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

More information

For more information about this vacancy please contact Gert Jan Reinds, team manager Sustainable Soil Management, tel: 0317-486508, For more information about the procedure, please contact Edgar Tijhuis, corporate recruiter,

Does this challenge appeal to you and are you curious about the WUR? In that case, upload your motivation letter and CV via the apply button on this page, before October 17th 2022. Job interviews will be held soon afterwards.

Equal opportunities employer
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire 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.

Coming from abroad
WUR have 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. WUR’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 housing, schooling, and other issues. Furthermore, WUR offers a dual career program for groups of partners and has a specialized organization that will assist your partner to find a job or start a business in the Netherlands. For strong international candidates we offer an intensive language course to obtain the required Dutch language skills.  

We are

Wageningen University & Research
The mission of Wageningen University & Research is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment. With its roughly 30 branches, 7,200 employees (6,400 fte) and 13,200 students and over 150.000 participants to WUR’s Life Long Learning, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. The unique Wageningen approach lies in its integrated approach to issues and the collaboration between different disciplines.

The mission of the team Sustainable Soil Management is to contribute to improved soil management practices and soil quality for the benefit of resource use efficiency, climate change mitigation and reducing nutrient losses. In doing so we contribute to a more sustainable agriculture with improved quality of soil, water and air. We focus on applied and integrated research in the fields of soil quality, circular agriculture, nitrogen and nature, climate and greenhouse gas emissions and water quality. Knowledge of soil chemistry, soil biology, soil physics and agricultural practises forms the basis of our work.

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