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Assistant Professor Treating Micropollutants in Solid Phases (Tenure Track)

Do you want to work on a key challenge for the future of the circular economy? Do you have a drive for performing fundamental research that leads to …

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Standplaats:
Droevendaalsesteeg, Wageningen, Gelderland
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

Functieomschrijving

Do you want to work on a key challenge for the future of the circular economy? Do you have a drive for performing fundamental research that leads to technological innovations? Are you interested in working in an interdisciplinary team on environmental technologies for water, soil, sludges, and other organic wastes?

The department of Environmental Technology is looking for a new tenure tracker to strengthen and expand our research on treatment technologies for removal of organic micropollutants (contaminants of emerging concern; CECs). Specifically, the position focuses on technologies to remove micropollutants from solid phases that rely on a combination of physical, chemical, and biological processes. This entails research on sorption, oxidation, biodegradation, biofilm formation and a combination of these processes.

The tenure tracker should have a strong background in reactor systems, able to model the processes in these reactors and design and execute research with novel reactors for micropollutant removal. The group currently focuses almost exclusively on hydrophilic micropollutants and the new tenure tracker should help to expand the group's research to include less hydrophilic compounds. Such hydrophobic compounds are found in organic solid phases, focusing on the fate and removal of micropollutants more likely to remain in solid phases in treatment systems, such as soils, sludges, and other organic wastes. This position meets societal and research demands on the removal of hydrophobic and other strongly sorbing micropollutants from organic waste streams that must be treated and reused to achieve a circular economy.

In a challenging career trajectory you are, as Assistant Professor in the field of Treating Micropollutants in Solid Phases responsible for the organization, implementation and coordination of new research activities in the field of micropollutant treatment technologies as well as building up a leading international position. In this position you will also be motivating and teaching students and develop new courses. Training and coaching is provided for the Assistant Professor to accomplish this.

In this challenging career trajectory:
  • you acquire, lead and implement innovative and creative(inter-) national research projects in Environmental Technology;
  • you collaborate with colleagues and supervise PhD students, BSc and MSc theses and you develop and teach courses;
  • you contribute to the further development of Environmental Technology.
Tenure Track is a career path for hardworking scientists who pursue to excel in education and research. We seek to attract scientific talent and to stimulate and support their development.

Functie-eisen

As Assistant Professor you are an ambitious and enthusiastic scientist and a team player, devoted to research and education in Environmental Technology.

You also have:

  • a successfully completed academic study (MSc level; recognised in The Netherlands) in a field related to Environmental Sciences or Environmental Engineering;
  • a PhD in Environmental Sciences, Environmental Engineering, Bioprocess Engineering, Biobased Sciences or similar;
  • knowledge and expertise in micropollutant treatment technologies;
  • affinity with translating fundamental research into technological innovation;
  • ample experience with management of complex projects;
  • acquisition of research funding;
  • excellent communication skills;
  • didactic qualities and enthusiasm for teaching and working with students;
Furthermore you are an ambitious and enthusiastic scientist and a team player.

Conditions

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and partially paid parental leave;
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional compensation / holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.
In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will be offered a fixed-term, 7 year contract which, upon positive evaluation based on criteria elaborated in the University's Tenure Track policy, can lead to a permanent employment contract as professor. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive gross salary of between € 3821,-. and € 5230,-. for a full-time working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 11).

Wageningen University & Research encourages internal advancement opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a unique position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland, and at a university that has been chosen as the Best University in the Netherlands for the 17th consecutive time.

Coming from abroad
Wageningen University & Research is the university and research centre for life sciences. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, known as the 30% ruling. Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.

Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen University & Research's International Community page contains practical information about what we can do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. Furthermore, we can assist you with any additional advice and information about helping your partner to find a job, housing, schooling, and other issues.

Additional information

Additional information
For more information about this position, please contact dr. Nora Sutton, Associate Professor, by email: Nora.Sutton@wur.nl.

For more information about the selection procedure, please contact Joes van Meurs, HR advisor, by email: joes.vanmeurs@wur.nl.

Do you want to apply?
You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval.

This vacancy will be listed up to and including March 1st 2022. The first job interviews will take place on March 17th 2022.

Equal opportunities
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. For more information please go to our inclusivity page. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.