Tenure Track Assistant Professor Catchment Hydrology

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Tenure Track Assistant Professor Catchment Hydrology
  • University Graduate
Are you a catchment hydrologist with a recently completed PhD and keen to contribute to teaching and research in linking the hydrological cycle to the biogeochemistry. Are you keen on experimental work or do you prefer modelling? We have an exiting Tenure Track position available.

FTE:          0,8 - 1

Job description

The Department of Earth Sciences studies all aspects of the dynamics of Earth with an integrated approach to quantify the interplay and feedback mechanisms between the interior, surface and atmosphere of the Earth. The Hydrology and Biogeochemical cycles group is part of the Earth and Climate component of the Department. We view the hydrological cycle as an essential part of the System Earth. We perform research on biogeochemical cycles of carbon and investigate the role of water in these. We have a strong focus on high latitude processes such as permafrost and wetlands.

We teach the process component in the Msc Hydrology, which has an excellent reputation among students and peers. The successful candidate is expected to play an active role in promoting and expanding the profile of the Msc Hydrology.

To advance our capacity we offer a tenure-track position in catchment hydrology with a focus that contributes to one or more of the following research themes of the department:
  • High latitude processes
  • Biogeochemical cycling
  • Ecohydrology

Your duties
The tenure track candidate will be encouraged to develop a largely externally funded research program in her/his research field. We encourage candidates to apply that use their research to tackle societal problems in the field of sustainability and natural hazards. The appointee is expected to teach, conduct research, and fulfill limited administrative duties in support of the strong teaching and research base. Education duties include participation in BSc and MSc programs (Earth Sciences, Hydrology). More specifically you will teach courses in elementary hydrology, catchment hydrology as well as participation in fieldwork courses. The candidate is also expected to supervise BSc and MSc student projects. The candidate should show academic leadership, maintain a high publication output, supervise postgraduate students, and raise competitive research funding. The successful candidate is expected to build up a successful group around his/her field of expertise.


We offer a challenging position for a scientist with a completed PhD and a strong background in studying the interaction of hydrological processes with the global biogeochemical cycles using experimental data. We will also consider candidates with strong modelling background. The research should ideally be integrated with the existing research groups focusing on permafrost studies, and those studying interactions between the hydrological and carbon cycles such as wetlands.

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €3,637 (scale 11)
and a maximum €4,978 (scale 11), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE.

The starting date is on or before September 1st, 2020. We offer a tenure track position, initially for the duration of 6 years. We offer a position starting as Assistant Professor level 2 (salary scale 11) with as end goal a permanent contract as Assistant Professor level 1 (salary scale 12). Within an agreed period tenure could be achieved if the faculty criteria for assistant professor are fulfilled.

During the tenure, the performance will be evaluated in terms of teaching, publication record, and acquisition of prestigious personal grants or equivalent project funding. After a successful evaluation permanent employment will be granted.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • good growth opportunities
  • good paid parental leave scheme
  • child daycare facilities available on campus

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavour – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

The Faculty of Science
The Faculty of Science inspires researchers and students to find sustainable solutions for complex societal issues. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to medicines and from molecules to the moon: our teaching and research programmes cover the full spectrum of the natural sciences. We share knowledge and experience with leading research institutes and industries, both here in the Netherlands and abroad.

Working at the Faculty of Science means working with students, PhD candidates and researchers, all with a clear focus on their field and a broad view of the world. We employ more than 1,250 staff members, and we are home to around 6,000 students.



Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until 15 July 2020.

Applicants should submit a complete resume, list of publications, a statement of research interests (1 page) and the names and contact information of three professional references.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Prof. dr. A.J.Dolman
Position: Hoogleraar
E-mail: han.dolman@vu.nl
Telephone: 020-5987358

Relocation support       
If you have any questions regarding moving to Amsterdam, and working at VU Amsterdam, you may contact:
Name: Wytske Siegersma       
Position: Relocation Advisor      
E-mail: relocations@vu.nl
Telephone: +31 20 59 85037
Any other correspondence in response to this advertisement will not be dealt with.

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