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Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in Computational (Environmental) Hydrogeology (0.8 - 1.0 FTE)

Utrecht University's Faculty of Geosciencesis looking for an Assistant Professor in Computational (Environmental) Hydrogeology. Are you interested? Then please read the full profile and apply.

bijna 4 jaar geleden


Domplein, Utrecht, Utrecht
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
32 - 38 uur
€ 3475 - € 5405 per maand


If you have applied to the first call for this position, please do not apply to this second (modified) call, unless a significant change in your cv has occurred.

The Department of Earth Sciences at Utrecht University has an opening for a very motivated and high-potential colleague with both research and teaching interests and expertise in Computational (Environmental) Hydrogeology. The candidate should have an appreciation for and in-depth knowledge of hydrogeological transport phenomena and offering education in this field.

Research interests may range from fundamental Earth Science research (e.g., modelling and quantitative analysis of hydrogeological processes at the local and/or (regional) field scale), to geothermal energy, seasonal storage of thermal energy, flow and transport of contaminants, seawater intrusion, drinking water production and artificial recharge.

The Department of Earth Science combines research and teaching in Earth Sciences with related science and engineering disciplines. The candidate will supervise and train PhD candidates and ideally conduct research in collaboration with a wide range of groups within and outside the Department where a multi-disciplinary approach is encouraged and appreciated. The candidate is expected to contribute to both BSc and MSc courses in the Utrecht Earth Sciences curriculum. Please note that an important teaching responsibility for a potential candidate is related to the (existing) MSc course Hydrogeological Transport Phenomena, which is one of the key courses offered by the Environmental Hydrogeology Group (EHG). On average, the Department aims for equal contributions in educational and research activities for its entire tenured academic staff.

The current research spectrum of the EHG ranges from rather fundamental research (related to the pore-scale processes concerning dynamic multi-phase fluid flow and reactive solute transport) to applied research questions (including clogging of water supply wells and fast high-volume injection in the subsurface), typically meeting the needs of society. The wide fundamental knowledge of transport in porous media, together with the established integrated experimental and computational laboratory, has enabled EHG to perform cutting-edge research in diverse fields of engineering, geosciences, and biomechanics.


We are looking for a strong team player with excellent communication and networking skills, who is focused on achieving multidisciplinary research targets and participating in the acquisition of research funding and advanced new equipment. You are expected to have an excellent level of English. Within two years of the appointment, Dutch language skills should be at the level of practical communication. A minimum experience of two years as a Postdoctoral Researcher is highly recommended.

The successful candidate should:

  • have a PhD degree in Earth Sciences, Hydrogeology, Applied Mathematics or a relevant (natural) science;
  • be skilled in numerical and or mathematical modelling of hydrogeological flow and transport processes, preferably with a link towards issues relevant for society;
  • be willing to actively acquire competitive NWO-ENW/TTW and EU research grants and actively develop new research lines;
  • be committed to conducting multi- and interdisciplinary research;
  • have strong communication, networking and organisational skills;
  • have an outstanding record of academic research reflected in high-quality publications;
  • have obtained a basic teaching qualification (at Utrecht University BKO or equivalent), or be willing to obtain this qualification in a near future;
  • be an inspiring mentor to BSc, MSc and PhD candidates;
  • have a keen eye for public outreach.
We expect international candidates to move to The Netherlands before, or shortly after the start of the appointment.


A full-time position will be offered at the Assistant Professor level at Utrecht University, initially for a period of two years. Halfway through the second year an evaluation for extension will be made for two more years. At the latest halfway through the fourth year an assessment will be made to evaluate whether the position should be converted into a tenured position or should end after four years. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranges between €3,475 and €5,405 (scale 11 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) gross 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. We offer a pension scheme, (partly paid) parental leave, collective insurance schemes and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information is available at: working at Utrecht University.

Additionele informatie

For informal enquiries, please contact Prof Dr Ruud J. Schotting, Sultan Qaboos Chair of Quantitative Water Management via r.j.schotting@uu.nl.