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Researcher Green Cities

Are you an enthusiastic researcher, willing to put into practice your knowledge of ecology and spatial use in order to make cities and business parks more …

28 dagen geleden


Droevendaalsesteeg, Wageningen, Gelderland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 36 uur


Are you an enthusiastic researcher, willing to put into practice your knowledge of ecology and spatial use in order to make cities and business parks more sustainable? Would you like to contribute to further developing our knowledge base and are you passionate about translating scientific knowledge into practice? Then this could be the ideal job for you!

Our team Regional Development and Spatial Use is hiring a junior/medior researcher Green Cities. As researcher, you work on the functional value of 'green' for societal benefits like biodiversity, health, and the integration of the greening challenge with transitions in construction, energy, circularity, climate change adaption, mobility and asset management. Your research will focus at the level of buildings, residential areas, city regions or business parks, concerning policy, development or management issues. This research will primarily aim at the national level, but working within European research projects is also a possibility.

A successful candidate brings on board a broad vision. Starting from 'green' expertise, you contribute to sustainability in a broader perspective, with an eye for the physical, ecological and social processes and their interconnection.

You will be supporting senior researchers, contributing to scientific research, and advising businesses and cities in an 'evidence-based' manner. You are pro-active and have very good communicational skills. You are capable of maintaining and growing a network. Finally, working in a well-structured manner and talent for financial-administrative tasks are important skills.


  • a university degree (MSc) in ecology, spatial planning, environmental sciences, or other relevant directions.
  • a clear focus and affinity with green city environments, in study and/or working experience
  • knowledge of /experience with public administration and/or business administration;
  • excellent (scientific) writing and oral communication skills in Dutch and English is necessary;
  • a great teammate who can work independently and who also communicates well with colleagues, partners and (potential) clients;
  • relevant working experience with key city partners is a plus


Wageningen University & Research (WUR) offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and paid parental leave;
  • 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 3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.
In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will of course receive a good salary.
We offer, depending on your experience, a competitive gross salary of between € 2.790,- and € 5.183,- for a full-time working week of 36 hours, in accordance with the CLA Wageningen Research (scale 10-11).

WUR 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 multi-faceted position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

Coming from abroad
We are 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

To learn more about this vacancy please contact Corine van As, team leader of the Regional Development and Spatial Use team, corine.vanas@wur.nl.

For questions about the procedure, you can contact Edgar Tijhuis, corporate recruiter, edgar.tijhuis@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
April 30th 2021.

Equal opportunities
WUR employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who encourage 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.