Are you an enthusiastic teacher and expert in the field of soil geography? Do you aspire an impact on society through organising and developing higher education? Then you may be the candidate we are looking for!

Wageningen University is seeking to appoint a lecturer Soil Geography (0.8-1 fte) in the Soil Geography and Landscape group. As a lecturer in our group, your main tasks include teaching, improving, and developing BSc courses on geomorphology, soil geography and landscape ecosystem services, with an emphasis on the Netherlands. You will coordinate at least one course and will contribute to other courses in BSc and MSc programmes. You are expected to allocate about 70% of your time to these teaching tasks.

As our education is closely linked to societal challenges, you will also develop and maintain contacts with relevant stakeholders and colleagues in the work field. In this capacity, you will perform research on soil-land-use interactions at the landscape scale and link your research to education. You will be involved in the thesis supervision of BSc and MSc students and may be asked to co-supervise PhD candidates in the Soil Geography and Landscape group.

The mission of the Soil Geography and Landscape group of Wageningen University is to improve and share understanding of patterns and dynamics of soils and landscapes. We take an integrative approach that combines biophysical and anthropogenic elements to gain insights in past, present and future system dynamics and to support sustainable land management. New insights from research are integrated into the chair group’s teaching as much as possible, building on and preserving our rich heritage in soil geography education.

Your qualities

  • You have completed your PhD in soil geography or a related field and at least three years of relevant (teaching) experience.
  • You are an enthusiastic teammate and teacher with excellent communicative skills.
  • You have affinity and experience with education both in the classroom and in the field, and the ability to speak Dutch fluently within two years of appointment.
  • You enjoy developing, coordinating, and leading student excursions and fieldwork.
  • You have an interest in using field equipment and are experienced in taking (soil) samples.
  • You have good knowledge of soils and landscapes in the Netherlands and/or other countries in (lowland) Western Europe, and the ecosystem services they provide (e.g., food production, biodiversity, and preservation of cultural heritage.

We offer you

We offer a full time position (0.8 – 1 fte) at lecturer level for two years.

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/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.

Gross salary per month starts €2.960,- in the first year rising up to €4.670,- (scale 10) for a full working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Wageningen University.

There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a unique position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland, and at a university that has been chosen as the “ Best University ” in the Netherlands for the 18th consecutive time.

Coming from abroad

Wageningen University & Research is the university and research centre 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.

Do you want more information?

To learn more about this function you can get in touch with Bart Makaske, lecturer at the Soil Geography and Landscape group, Email: For additional information about the procedure you can contact Noorien Abbas, 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 and including February 26th 2023. The first round of interviews is planned on Friday March 10 2023, and we aim for a starting date before summer.

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.

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