Soil Ecologist

Updated: about 1 month ago

Your job

Are you an enthusiastic soil ecologist who is keen on leading projects and eager to initiate and acquire research assignments? Do you have a proactive spirit and a desire to develop and lead impactful research efforts nationally and internationally? Are you interested in research collaborations with knowledge institutions, governments, nature management, and agriculture? If this describes you, then we are looking for you!

About the Sustainable Soil Use Team:
The Sustainable Soil Management team conducts research on soil quality, soil biology, nutrient use, climate change mitigation, greenhouse gas emissions, water quality, and recycling of agricultural waste streams. Due to high demand for our soil biological research, we are seeking a soil ecologist with expertise in assessing the functioning of soil life and modelling.
In this role, you will:

  • maintain strong relationships with clients and transform knowledge questions into applied research;
  • contribute to, guide, and coordinate research, carrying it out in collaboration with the team and external research partners;
  • translate research results into concrete advice and innovative solutions for clients and other stakeholders;
  • publish in scientific journals and communicate complex information effectively to a broad audience;
  • pursue alignment and collaboration within the team, the institute, and the broader WUR community, contributing to both the acquisition and the execution of research projects.

Your qualities
  • you have an academic background and a minimum of a few years of work experience in the field of soil ecology; a PhD is considered a plus;
  • you possess experience in research related to soil biota, soil biological indicators, and ecosystem functions, along with an understanding of, or a strong desire to learn to develop, models representing soil life and soil functioning;
  • you have a proven track record of initiating innovative research and fostering interdisciplinary collaborations;
  • you are skilled in formulating, setting up, executing, and coordinating both national and international research projects;
  • you are proficient in Dutch (or demonstrate a strong willingness to learn) and English, accompanied by excellent communication skills;
  • you are proactive, collaborative, client-oriented and result-oriented, effectively anticipating and responding to stakeholder needs.

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;
  • 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 8,3%;
  • 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 €3,088,- and €5,737,- for a full-time working week of 36 hours, in accordance with the CLA Wageningen Research (scale 10-12). Additionally, a contract for 0.8 FTE can be discussed. You will initially receive a one-year contract, which will be extended to an open-ended contract upon in mutual enthusiasm.

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.

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 for example helping your partner to find a job, housing, or schooling. Finally, certain categories of international staff may be eligible for a tax exemption on a part of their salary during the first five years in the Netherlands.

Do you want more information?

For more information about this position, please contact Gert Jan Reinds, team leader Sustainable Soil Use Team, [email protected]  or Anna Edlinger, Soil Ecologist in the Sustainable Soil Use Team, [email protected] .

For more information about the procedure, please contact Edgar Tijhuis, corporate recruiter, [email protected]

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.

This vacancy will be listed up to and including April 29th 2024. We will schedule the interviews within two weeks after the deadline.

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. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment .

We are

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, 7,600 employees (6,700 fte) and 13,100 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.

Read the 5 reasons why your future colleagues enjoy working at WUR and watch this video to get an idea of our green campus!

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

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