Assistant or Associate Professor in Remote Sensing | Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research Utrecht (0.8-1.0 FTE)

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Assistant or Associate Professor in Remote Sensing | Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research Utrecht (0.8-1.0 FTE)

Job description

Satellite data have become crucial to understand and monitor the impact of climate change. The application of satellite data ranges from studying ocean currents, measuring the retreat of glaciers and ice sheets, to remote sensing of the atmosphere, e.g. in identifying sources of pollution and greenhouse gases.
As Assistant or Associate Professor in Remote Sensing you provide your expertise on remote sensing to contribute to the overall mission and strategy of the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research Utrecht (IMAU). In this position, you conduct excellent research and contribute to inspiring education. As a remote sensing specialist, you strengthen the connections between the science disciplines of IMAU: the cryosphere, ocean, atmosphere, coastal and shelf-sea dynamics.
You are able to build new research collaborations and application areas, for which you recognise opportunities for internal and external (interdisciplinary) collaboration and acquire research funding. You take initiative and add value while sharing your knowledge both internally within Utrecht University and across the wider community (e.g. KNMI, Delft, Wageningen, but also international). You inspire your students through engaging lectures in our Bachelor and/or Master programmes. With your knowledge of teaching, you reflect critically on the curriculum and help contribute to educational innovation. As assistant or associate professor in your field, you work to expand your line of research with your fellow staff members and PhD students. You have a visible presence in the field and in society through your commitment to outreach activities.
This position is open for an Assistant Professor. However, candidates who are already employed as an Assistant Professor in a relevant field can apply for the position of Associate Professor.


We are looking for an inspiring academic leader who meets the following qualifications:

  • an internationally acknowledged research line in Remote Sensing linked to one or more of the institute’s foci, with a strong publication and funding track record;
  • an active team player in international scientific communities;
  • experience with, and a personal vision on, leading a group of scientists and creating a supportive, collaborative, sustainable and inclusive work environment;
  • experience with student supervision and with teaching in BSc and MSc programmes;
  • experience in and aspiration for further development of courses and programmes.

If you are excited to actively participate and shape Remote Sensing research and education at IMAU, we invite you to apply.

  • An appointment at the level of Assistant Professor, with the prospect of a permanent employment contract following a positive evaluation after 18 months;
  • A full-time gross salary ranging from €3974 to €6181 in scale 11 or 12 (Assistant Professor) or €5506 to €7362 in scale 13 or 14 (Associate Professor);
  • 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • A pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities.

In addition to the employment conditions from the CAO for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own arrangements. These include agreements on professional development, leave arrangements and sports. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment through the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we encourage you to grow.
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About the organization

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University , the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.
At the Faculty of Science , there are 6 departments to make a fundamental connection with: Biology, Chemistry, Information and Computing Sciences, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Physics. Each of these is made up of distinct institutes that work together to focus on answering some of humanity’s most pressing problems. More fundamental still are the individual research groups – the building blocks of our ambitious scientific projects. Find out more about the Faculty of Science .
The Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research Utrecht
(IMAU) offers a unique research and teaching environment, in which the fundamentals of the climate system are studied. Research is organized in five themes: Atmospheric Dynamics, Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry, Coastal and Shelf Sea Dynamics, Ice and Climate and Oceans and Climate. In 2017, IMAU research quality and impact were qualified as 'world leading' by an international visitation committee. Currently, IMAU employs 18 faculty members and 10 support staff and some 20 Postdocs and 30 PhD students, and offers a friendly, open and international atmosphere.

Additional information

For further information about this position, please contact Professor Maarten Krol (Chair selection committee) via .
Do you have a question about the application procedure? Please send an e-mail to
The Faculty of Science implements a new way of recognising and rewarding . As of 1 November 2021 the new and more open procedure applies to our full professors.
Candidates that proceed to the final selection round will be asked to compile a portfolio, consisting of a self-reflection, an updated elaborated CV and possible referees. Candidates who are selected for the final selection round will receive more detailed information about this.
Are you an international applicant? Our International Service Desk can answer your questions about living as international staff in the Netherlands.


Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. We aim to embed good equality and diversity practices in all our activities so that we can provide an inclusive, welcoming and inspiring place to work and study regardless of age, disability, neurodiversity, trans identity or history, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
If you are enthusiastic about this position, just apply via the "Apply" button! Please enclose:

  • your letter of motivation;
  • your full academic curriculum vitae, including a (link to a) list of publications;
  • your vision on research and education.

If this specific opportunity isn’t for you, but you know someone else who may be interested, please forward this vacancy to them.
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