Environmental Hydrologist - Water system analysis for sustainable development (Assistant Professor, tenure track (0.8 - 1.0 Fte)

Hours per week: 
30 to 40
Faculty of Geosciences
GEO / Dept SD
Application deadline: 

Job description

Globally, fresh water resources are increasingly under stress so the need for their sustainable management is increasing. This requires deep understanding of the physical, chemical and biological processes that determine the volume and quality of this valuable resource. On the other hand, the impacts and risks of anthropogenic activities on this resource should be understood. Ultimately, our work aims at sustainable management of water resources providing safe and reliable water provisioning for society and ecosystems, resilience to floods and droughts, and sustainable use of water by agriculture, industry and energy production.

We are seeking a highly motivated natural scientist who likes to analyze how water resources can be managed sustainably. You apply a system-based approach to both water quality and water availability issues as well as their interactions, and you connect this knowledge to other relevant disciplines at the water-energy-food-biodiversity nexus. 
You focus on the local and regional scale and have an interest in upscaling to and downscaling from the global scale, to generate more general scientific findings and analyze how global issues work out on more local scales. Further you are able to work in and acquire transdisciplinary scientific research projects within the context of sustainable development, in which you produce and effectively convey knowledge on water management with stakeholders and societal partners involved in planning and policy.

The candidate is expected to develop an internationally renowned research line. You will be stimulated and coached in applying for a personal research grant. You will teach in the BSc programme Global Sustainability Science (a.o. chemistry of system earth); in the MSc programmes Sustainable Development, and Water Science and Management; and supervise Bachelor's and Master's projects. Teaching is in English. In the first two years the teaching load will be 50%, after two years teaching load will increase to 60%.


We gladly receive applications from candidates who:

  • have a PhD with profound knowledge of chemical and physical hydrology;
  • have experience with and an interest in academic teaching;
  • have a record of international peer-reviewed publications;
  • are well connected to relevant academic partners and stakeholders in society to acquire externally funded projects;
  • have excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • have English language proficiency at C1 level (CEFR or comparable to level 3 of the Lecturer Assessment Grid) or prepared to obtain this level by training.


For the tenure track we offer a temporary position (0.8 - 1.0 FTE) for six years in combination with a 4-year tenure track qualification programme. Your performance will be subject to annual evaluations as well as an end-term evaluation after 3.5 years. Following a positive evaluation - based on the faculty performance indicators - your employment will become permanent after four years, or sooner depending on the moment you qualify. In case the 3.5-year evaluation is not satisfactory, the contract will be terminated. A continuation after the first four years is exclusively possible for the purpose of compensation of maternity or parental leave or other recognized delays. Further career development to Associate Professor (level 2) is possible, depending on qualification. 

The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience  - ranges between €3,746 and €5,127 (scale 11 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year.

In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including the choice for a good balance between work and private (a good arrangement for leave, among other things), possibilities for development and an excellent pension scheme and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here.

About the organisation

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

Utrecht University's Faculty of Geosciences studies the Earth: from the Earth's core to its surface, including man's spatial and material utilisation of the Earth - always with a focus on sustainability and innovation. With 3,400 students (BSc and MSc) and 720 staff, the faculty is a strong and challenging organisation. The Faculty of Geosciences is organised in four Departments: Earth Sciences, Human Geography & Spatial Planning, Physical Geography, and Sustainable Development.

The position will be in the Environmental Sciences group, one of the four research groups of the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development. The Environmental Sciences group is a dynamic, ambitious and internationally leading team of researchers with a focus on fundamental and policy-oriented research of environmental processes, from local to global scales. The Copernicus Institute has been evaluated in the 2014 international review as the highest ranked research institute in sustainability sciences in the Netherlands. Since then, the institute has intensified its efforts in maintaining its leading position, among others by opening up positions for international scientists and by developing new, internationally oriented teaching programmes.

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact: Dr. Paul Schot (Associate Professor), via p.p.schot@uu.nl or Prof Jasper Griffioen, via J.Griffioen@uu.nl.


Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives.

To apply, please send your curriculum vitae, including a letter of motivation via the ‘apply’ button below. 

Please note: Due to the current situation regarding the Corona virus (COVID-19) the process of selection and interviews may be subject to change. 

The application deadline is 15 December 2020.