Wageningen UniversityAssistant professor luminescence dating for soil, sediment and landscape dynamics (tenure-track)


DEADLINE: 15 March 2020
CONTRACT LENGTH: 7 years (tenure-track)
WORKPLACE: Wageningen University


1. Introduction

The Soil Geography and Landscape group (SGL) at Wageningen University & Research (WUR) invites applications for a tenure-track position focussing on luminescence dating for reconstructing and quantifying soil, sediment and landscape dynamics. Tasks include a combination of research, teaching, and service for clients of the Netherlands Centre for Luminescence dating (NCL).

The position also involves teaching at BSc and MSc level on soil geography and geomorphology and supervising thesis students. Teaching amounts to approximately 40% of your appointment. Examples of courses in which you will teach are the ‘The 4th Dimension in Earth Sciences’ and ‘Introduction to Soil Geography’. Interesting to note here is the recognition of the excellent education offered in Wageningen. Our university was chosen as the best institution for higher education in the Netherlands for the 15th time in a row in 2019. Besides that, Wageningen University is ranked number 1 worldwide in the fields of environment, agriculture and ecology.

An important aspect of the job is the acquisition of research projects, both at national and international level, to fund new PhD and postdoc positions. More information on our research and education activities can be found on our homepage.

2. Your qualifications

A strong, curiosity-driven scientist who enjoys working on the development of novel luminescence dating methods and applications, and is able to translate field and lab data to quantitative understanding of earth-surface dynamics. The ideal candidate has:

  • a PhD degree associated with luminescence dating;
  • affinity with soil science and landscape dynamics;
  • affinity with modelling earth surface processes and interactions;
  • a strong academic record;
  • preferably prior teaching experience;
  • excellent communication skills in English (oral and written)

3.What the position offers you

We offer a tenure-track position (seven-years) that will be converted to a permanent position when the tenure-track requirements are fulfilled and a lively workplace where you can easily make contacts and where many activities are organized on the Wageningen Campus, among other benefits.

4.Your application

Please apply via the apply button and upload the following documents:

  • A letter of motivation (max. 2 pages A4) providing information on:
    • your motivation to apply for this specific position;
    • how your research and education skills will contribute to SGL and NCL;
  • CV including complete list of publications and prior teaching activities;
  • Names and contact details for three references;
  • A summary of your PhD thesis (max. 1 page A4).


5. Contact for further information
Professor Jakob Wallinga, (jakob.wallinga@wur.nl); +31 (0)3170 484040.