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Technical Research Assistant

Are you a recent graduate in with a background in hydrology, climate studies, ecology, environmental sciences, or a related field? Do you enjoy working in …

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


Are you a recent graduate in with a background in hydrology, climate studies, ecology, environmental sciences, or a related field? Do you enjoy working in teams, assist students and are you a hardworking modeller/programmer? Then this may be your ideal job!

We are looking for an enthusiastic research assistant to contribute to several projects of the Water Systems and Global Change Group. The aim of our research programme is to improve the understanding of anthropogenically driven changes in water cycles in relation to interactions between climate-, water-, energy- and agricultural systems. To do this we develop a range of modelling systems, including large-scale hydrology models, crop growth models and water quality models. We develop and analyse experimental data sets on water balances in relation to greenhouse gas emissions.

Your main task will be to assist in model development activities and in the analyses of the output of large scale modelling systems and measurement networks. In addition your will assist in ongoing and newly starting projects. You will be a member of the modelling team, and support the Staff, MSc and PhD students of our group in terms of modelling, programming and data analyses. In addition, you will assist with teaching activities especially the modelling tutorials.

You recently graduated (BSc or MSc) in, climate studies, hydrology, ecology, environmental sciences, or related fields. You have an interest in using and developing large scale modelling and data analysis systems within a research environment. You are a hardworking modeller/programmer, preferably with experience in R, python, MatLab and/or C++. You are interested in water and climate modelling, like to work in teams, contribute to different projects and assist students in the development of their modelling, data analysis and programming skills.


  • A MSc/BSc in hydrology, climate studies, ecology, environmental sciences, or related fields
  • Experience with developing model code in preferably R, MatLab, python, and/or C++
  • Experience with analyzing large data sets
  • Affinity with working with computer models and large data sets in an HPC environment
  • Affinity with data acquisition hard- and software integration
  • Strong quantitative skills
  • Eager to support a range of different projects, staff and students
  • Able to contribute to the teaching programme of the group.
  • Willingness to adjust their work based on the needs of clients and donors


A challenging position with, depending on your experience, a competitive salary from a minimum of € 2.920,- to a maximum of € 4.402,- for a full working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities (scale 9/10).

In addition, we offer:
  • 8% holiday allowance;
  • a structural year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent training opportunities and secondary employment conditions;
  • flexible working hours and holidays can possibly be determined in consultation so that an optimal balance between work and private life is possible;
  • excellent pension plan through ABP;
  • 232 vacation hours, the option to purchase extra and good supplementary leave schemes;
  • a flexible working time: the possibility to work 2 hours per week extra and thereby to build up extra leave;
  • a choice model to put together part of your employment conditions yourself, such as a bicycle plan;
  • a lively workplace where you can easily make contacts and where many activities take place on the Wageningen Campus. A place where education, research and business are represented;
  • use the sports facilities on campus for a reduced fee
Wageningen University & Research stimulates internal career opportunities and mobility with our internal recruitment policy. There are ample opportunities for personal initiative in a learning environment. With us you get a versatile job in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

Additional information

To learn more about this position, please contact Fulco Ludwig , Professor Water and Climate Change, Telephone + 31 317 486443 or by e-mail; fulco.ludwig@wur.nl.

For questions about this function you can contact Edgar Tijhuis, corporate recruiter, e-mail; edgar.tijhuis@wur.nl

Do you want to apply?
This can be done directly via the application button at the vacancy on our website so that we can process your personal data with your permission. This vacancy is open until 28 October 2020. We want to plan the job interviews on 4 November 2020.

Equal opportunities employer
We are an employer that offers equal opportunities. We are happy to receive applications from all suitably qualified people regardless of race, gender, functional impairment, religion / belief, sexual orientation or age. We believe that a diverse and inclusive working environment makes us a more relevant, competitive and resilient organization. Click here to read more about working at WUR with a functional impairment.