Full Professor and Chair of the Soil Geography and Landscape group

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 22 Mar 2024

Wageningen University & Research
The chair group Soil Geography and Landscape

This diverse and international group consists of about 45 colleagues, including a full professor, a special professor, 4 associate professors, 7 assistant professors, 2 lecturers, 2 laboratory staff, a postdoc, around 20 PhD candidates, and 6 secretarial and support staff members. The group is one of the 17 chair groups in the Department of Environmental Sciences (ESG).

The SGL chair group research centres around three research lines:

  • analysing past soil and landscape systems to understand soil and landscape dynamics under global change, and to project future pathways. This is achieved through assessing the landscape’s geological, geomorphological, (bio)geographical and lithological records;
  • developing quantitative methods for modelling soils across space and time using a combination of expert knowledge with data science, geostatistics, remote and proximal sensing, and process-based modelling; and
  • studying interactions between humans and landscapes over various spatial and temporal scales, e.g., by linking archaeological findings with the evolution of the landscape.
  • Value creation of the group’s work is realized by co-creation, citizen science and transdisciplinary approaches that take a system-wide perspective and seek to incorporate nature-based solutions.

    Education is a core activity of the group. The SGL chair group plays a leading role in a number of BSc and MSc programs of Wageningen University, including the BSc programme Soil, Water, Atmosphere, and the MSc programme Earth and Environment, in which it is responsible for the specialisation Soil Geography and Earth Surface Dynamics.

    The group’s research is embedded in the graduate school programmes of Production Ecology & Resource Conservation (PE&RC ) and the Wageningen Institute for Environment and Climate Research (WIMEK ). Together with three other chair groups, the SGL group forms the Wageningen Soil Cluster which has a strong international reputation in soil science.

    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.. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of Wageningen’s unique approach. WUR has been named Best Employer in the Education category for 2019-2020.

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