Senior Researcher in Nutrient Management in Agro-Ecosystems
Wageningen University

Senior Researcher in Nutrient Management in Agro-Ecosystems

Location Wageningen

We are looking for

A hardworking and committed senior researcher nutrient management in agro-ecosystems, for the Sustainable Soil Management team at Wageningen Environmental Research (WENR).

A senior researcher with profound knowledge of nutrient management practices in Dutch and European agriculture and effects of such management on soil quality, water quality and emissions to air. You can 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. 

You will do all of this in an ideal working environment. Our campus is an inspiring, green place to work, and has been selected as the most sustainable campus in the world multiple times. Besides that, Wageningen University that we collaborate with, has a #1 ranking for environmental science, ecology and agriculture, as well as very strong rankings in other fields.

We ask

To succeed in this role, you need to be a team-player, need a customer and result-oriented attitude as well as strong affinity with soils, agronomy and agricultural nutrient management. As ideal candidate you bring all or most of the these things:

  • a background in environmental sciences, agronomy, soil science or a related science, preferably at PhD level;
  • extensive knowledge of agronomy and nutrient management;
  • affinity with policy advise;
  • at least 5 years of experience with project management;
  • ability to acquire large (inter)national projects;
  • excellent verbal and writing skills in Dutch and English, or the ability to read in Dutch and willingness to further learn Dutch on the job;
  • strong social and communicative skills;
  • ideally an extensive (inter)national network relevant for this function.

We offer

We offer a meaningful and international work environment characterized by hardworking professionals who perform in multidisciplinary teams. Depending on your expertise and experience a salary from a minimum of € 3925,- to a maximum of € 5892,- (scale 12) based on a fulltime employment. The appointment is for minimally 32 and maximally 36 hours per week, for a period of 12 months with a possibility of an extension.
In addition, we offer:

  • a lively workplace at the Wageningen Campus where education, research and business comes together;
  • excellent training opportunities and secondary employment conditions;
  • Flexible working hours and holidays;
  • 171 vacation hours, with the possibility to purchase additional hours;
  • Excellent pension plan through ABP;
  • 8% holiday allowance;
  • A structural end-of-year bonus of 3%.
Wageningen University & Research stimulates internal career opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are ample opportunities for own initiative in a learning environment.

More information

For more information about this vacancy please contact Gert Jan Reinds, team manager Sustainable Soil Management, tel: 0317-486508, or Gerard Velthof, senior researcher Nutrient Management 0317-486503.

For more information about the procedure, please contact Edgar Tijhuis, Recruiter via

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 our website, so that we can process your personal data with your permission.

This vacancy is open up to  August 31, 2020.

Coming from abroad

Wageningen is a centre for research and entrepreneurship. 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. It is a historic university town of about 36,000 residents in the central Netherlands. The academic community hails from more than 100 countries, giving the town a lively, international feel. Our highly qualified team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for you and your family. The WUR International Community page contains practical information about what we do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen.

Equal opportunities employer

We are an employer that offers equal opportunities. We are happy to receive applications from all suitably qualified people regardless of race, gender, functional impairment, religion / belief, sexual orientation or age. We believe that a diverse and inclusive working environment makes us a more relevant, competitive and resilient organization. Click here for more information about working at WUR with a functional impairment.

We are

The mission of our University is to explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life. Within Wageningen University & Research, nine specialised research institutes from the Wageningen Research Foundation and Wageningen University have joined forces to help answer the most important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.

With approximately 30 locations, 6,500 employees, and 12,000 students, it is one of the leading organisations in its domain worldwide. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of the unique approach of Wageningen. We have been named Best Employer in Education category 2019-2020. 

Click here for more information about working at Wageningen University & Research.

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 and recycling in biomass production systems. In doing so we help to increase food, feed, and fibre production alongside improved water and air quality. We are passionate about the chemical, biological and hydrological characteristics of soils, and how those relate to the use and recycling of carbon, water, nutrients, metals, fertilisers, manures, and wastes.

We do the recruiting for this vacancy ourselves. Please do not contact us for sales purposes.

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