Postdoc Position: Communication Strategies for Sustainable Groundwater Solutions

Interested in bridging the fields of marketing, hydrology, and sustainability? Join the EU project called ClimEx-PE as a postdoc!
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Utrecht University


We are looking for a postdoc with an interest in the fields of marketing, hydrology, and sustainability to join the EU funded ClimEx-PE project (Climate Extremes buffering through groundwater flow-based Managed Aquifer Recharge and Public Engagement).

Your job
The ClimEx-PE project (Climate Extremes buffering through groundwater flow-based Managed Aquifer Recharge and Public Engagement) proposes to integrate natural groundwater flow systems into Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) – a nature-based solution that can intentionally recharge aquifers, mitigate water scarcity, and preserve ecosystems. In collaboration with the faculty of Geosciences, we will address this issue by exploring stakeholder value perceptions and developing suitable communication formats to foster stakeholder collaboration on MARs.

For this European project, we work with scientists from various fields and institutions: ELTE Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, the University of Barcelona, Trinity College Dublin, and the University of Zaragoza.

Research methods include a systematic literature review of the relevant knowledge base, qualitative research methods such as case studies, semi-structured interviews, and archival document analysis.

The successful candidate will also assist in education and thesis supervision related to the research topic (e.g. marketing) offered in the Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.) education programme during the course of the appointment. The successful candidate will be part of the section Entrepreneurship at U.S.E.


We are looking for an excellent and enthusiastic researcher who is able to combine academic and broader societal perspectives. Except for that, you have the following qualifications:
  • You are well connected to relevant academic partners as well as to stakeholders in society and urban areas specifically.
  • You have a (almost completed) PhD in marketing, management, economics, innovation studies, or a related discipline and ideally have published in international scientific journals.
  • You are able and interested to (co)operate in a multidisciplinary research group with societal stakeholders and knowledge institutes is an important selection criteria.
  • You have good communication and coordination skills and excellent command of spoken and written English.
  • Familiarity with qualitative research methods in the social sciences is desirable.
  • Previous knowledge in the context of hydrology and/or nature-based solutions is desired but not required.
  • Experience in acquiring and carrying out externally funded projects is an asset.


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 strategic themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Pathways to Sustainability. Sharing science, shaping tomorrow.

The Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance is a faculty at the heart of society, with a strong focus on social issues. Our subjects of Law, Economics and Governance give us a strong mix of academic disciplines that complement and enhance each other. This is a unique combination and a mark of our faculty's strength.

The Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E) is part of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance at Utrecht University. U.S.E. aims to contribute to an economy where people flourish by taking a broad view on welfare and its causes. We aspire to be an internationally renowned school of economics with scientifically rigorous and socially relevant research and education. We enrich economics with other disciplines to better solve problems and identify opportunities, from a business as well as government perspective.

U.S.E.’s Bachelor’s programme Economics & Business Economics offers students a solid foundation in economic theory and methods, combined with insights from business economics, finance, entrepreneurship, innovation, ethics and sustainability. The programme has about 1,500 students from various backgrounds and nationalities and is completely taught in English.


We offer:
  • a temporary position for up to 33 months - during this time, 90% of the position is reserved for research and 10% is dedicated to teaching activities;
  • a working week between 28 and 40 hours;
  • a full-time gross salary between €3,226 and €5,090 in scale 10 of the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU) if not yet in possession of a PhD; and if in possession of a PhD a full-time gross salary between €4,332 and €5,929 in scale 11;
  • 8% holiday pay and 8.3% year-end bonus;
  • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave and flexible terms of employment based on the CAO NU.

In addition to the terms of employment laid down in the CAO NU, Utrecht University has a number of schemes and facilities of its own for employees. This includes schemes facilitating professional development, leave schemes and schemes for sports and cultural activities, as well as discounts on software and other IT products. We also offer access to additional employee benefits through our Terms of Employment Options Model. In this way, we encourage our employees to continue to invest in their growth. For more information, please visit Working at Utrecht University.

Meer informatie

For more information, please contact Dr Katrin Merfeld at k.merfeld@uu.nl.

Candidates for this vacancy will be recruited by Utrecht University.