Researcher Machine learning and sensors for Autonomous Greenhouses

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Your job

As Researcher Machine learning and sensors for Autonomous Greenhouses you will connect knowledge between the fields of crop production and resource use with artificial intelligence and modelling.
Within our team Greenhouse Horticulture you will as contribute with research on the design of intelligent horticultural production systems with reduced energy and water consumption and increased production with a high-quality end product.
Your duties and responsibilities include also:

  • Execute projects in the field of machine learning and data analysis for greenhouse horticulture; connects knowledge between the fields of crop production and resource use with artificial intelligence and modelling;
  • Use information from a diverse range of sensors (e.g. plant processes, water, nutrients, soil, climate, energy) and camera systems in greenhouses, connects information from various sources with each other; develop new models and algorithms to provide growers with management information;
  • Develop new measurement, analysis and control techniques to enable remote plant production and to optimize resource use; contribute to the development of knowledge for Autonomous Greenhouse operations in the future;
  • Applies modern machine learning methods such as reinforcement learning, develops new AI algorithms; deals with time series; uses various sensors; deals with data fusion;
  • Work in multi-disciplinary project teams together with other academic and industrial partners;
  • Conduct applied scientific research within the projects;
  • Communicate relevant research results to science and practise.

Your qualities
  • Academic level of working and thinking in the field of Machine learning and sensor technology, study in e.g. Artificial Intelligence, Systems and Control, Biosystems Engineering etc.; PhD on a relevant field is an advantage;
  • Knowledge in the field of machine learning and time series; expertise on the field of modelling; knowledge of measurement and control technology, understanding of different sensor technologies; 
  • Experience in programming (e.g. Matlab, Python, C++, c#, Unity);
  • Basic knowledge of interaction of crop production, growth factors and technical design of production systems such as greenhouses or plant factories and the willingness to get familiar with the challenges of the (international) horticultural business;
  • Ability to combine theoretical knowledge with practical setups and implementation;
  • Experience with project-based work;
  • Excellent knowledge of Dutch and English language;
  • Is an enthusiastic independent researcher with good communication skills and team spirit; is customer- and quality-oriented.

You can see that there are plenty of challenges ahead of you. These challenges can also be seen as development opportunities. So if you do not yet have the track-record required in the vacancy, but do have solid work experience, we would also like to invite you to apply.

We offer you

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, depending on your experience, a competitive gross salary of between salary between € 2.949,- and € 5.479, - gross per month for a full working week of 36 hours in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Wageningen Research depending on your experience (scale 10-11). You will initially receive a one-year contract, which will be extended to an open-ended contract upon in mutual enthusiasm.       

This position is preferably in Wageningen, however, Bleiswijk is also possible.

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.

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.
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. For instance under the "30% rule", certain categories of international staff can receive tax exemption on approximately 30% of their gross salary.

Do you want more information?

For more information about the position you can contact dr. Silke Hemming, team leader research team Greenhouse Technology, .

Do you want to apply?
You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval.
We would like to receive your letter and complete CV no later than May 1th 2023.

Equal opportunities
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. For more information please go to our inclusivity page . A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment .

We are

Wageningen University & Research 
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Business unit Greenhouse Horticulture
Wageningen University & Research, business unit Greenhouse Horticulture, is the internationally leading contract research institute for greenhouse horticulture. We focus on innovations in the greenhouse horticulture sector. Together with industry, science and government, questions on greenhouse design, crop management and cultivation are analyzed and translated into application-oriented research and innovation processes.
The business unit Greenhouse Horticulture has about 160 employees and four research teams:

  • Crop health, water and growing medium
  • Crop physiology
  • Crop management and quality
  • Greenhouse Technology

The function described here is part of the Greenhouse Technology research team. Research is conducted to develop sustainable greenhouse and indoor farming production systems in the Netherlands and various regions in the world. Experts in the field of crop physiology, crop protection, greenhouse climate, water, energy, modelling, data science, computer vision, sensors and robotics work together in a multi-disciplinary approach. They do this together with experts from science and business. For more information, take a look at

We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.

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