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Junior lecturer / research assistant in land use planning

Are you an enthusiastic, graduated planner with an academic attitude and broad interdisciplinary interest? Do you like to contribute to the debate about how …

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


Are you an enthusiastic, graduated planner with an academic attitude and broad interdisciplinary interest? Do you like to contribute to the debate about how to go about with all the competing claims for space and how to organize our scarce open space in a more sustainable manner? Then we are looking for you!

We are looking for a colleague to participate in our teaching and research assignments. Both teaching and research will evolve around the question of how to arrange our scarce open space in The Netherlands in such a manner that our rural area will become robust to future environmental challenges. Can, for example, an alternative spatial arrangement resolve the nitrogen crisis? And can it combat drought problems, mitigate flood risk, free-up space for the energy transition and secure a pleasant countryside at the same time? How do we organize this, and what is the role of the various governmental bodies and other stakeholders?

You will be appointed at the Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning (LSP) group at Wageningen University. This group hosts an interdisciplinary team of professors, lecturers, postdocs and PhD students, who all work on challenges such as climate mitigation and adaptation, safeguarding biodiversity and keeping our countryside vital. You will be tutoring students in studio courses, internship and thesis projects. Furthermore, you will assist in (short-term) research assignments, conducting analyses (e.g. GIS work) and writing policy advices. Do you want to know more about our work at the Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning (LSP) group? Check out our page with news, recent publications and projects.


  • hold an MSc in Spatial or Environmental Planning;
  • have a demonstrated interest in rural and environmental topics;
  • have knowledge of the Dutch situation regarding spatial planning and (rural) policy;
  • have good communicative and writing skills (Dutch and English);
  • be willing to contribute to general tasks and activities of the chair group;
  • experience in (rural) planning assignments or projects is an asset.


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.
We offer you a challenging position of 1 fte (38 hours per week) for a period of 1 year, with potential extension, pending performance review. Depending on your expertise and experience a salary from a minimum of € 2.846,- (gross) to a maximum of € 4.490,- (gross) based on fulltime employment (scale 10).

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.

Additional information

To learn more about this positions you can contact Martha Bakker, chairholder LSP Group, telephone +31 317 483357 or by e-mail; Martha.Bakker@wur.nl. General information about our Group can be found here.
For more information about the procedure you can get in touch with Edgar Tijhuis, corporate recruiter, e-mail: edgar.tijhuis@wur.nl.

Do you want to apply?
You can apply directly by uploading your CV and motivation letter, 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 February 23rd 2022. We will schedule the first job interviews soon afterwards.

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.