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Postdoc Job in Modelling groundwater use and crop production at Wageningen Uni, Netherlands 2022

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Postdoc Job in Modelling groundwater use and crop production is available for doctoral degree candidates in Hydrology, Geocomputation, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Engineering, or a related field at Water Systems and Global Change group, Wageningen University. Netherlands 2022

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General Info

Position: Postdoc
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 3 years
Salary: €2.846 and €4.490/month


Wageningen University & Research (WUR), the Netherlands


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Qualification Details

  • A PhD degree (or about to obtain) in the field of Hydrology, Geocomputation, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Engineering, or a related field;
  • An excellent academic record and publication record;
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for working with large datasets and large-scale numerical modelling in context of global change;
  • Excellent scripting and programming skills (e.g. Python, R, C++);
  • Preferably advanced experience in working with numerical modelling on High Performance Computing Platforms;
  • Willingness to work in multidisciplinary teams and the ability to work with PhD and MSc  students in an advisory role;
  • For this position your command of the English language is expected to be at C1 level;


Responsibilities/Job Description

We offer a postdoc position (3-years fulltime) for a postdoctoral researcher who is interested in global water and sustainability challenges. Your main task at the beginning of the project is the development of a global-scale surface water, groundwater, and crop growth model. This model does not exist yet and will be derived from models that we currently use in our group (namely VIC, MODFLOW, and WOFOST). You should have excellent scripting and programming skills and preferably experience in the field of hydrology. This postdoc position is part of the ERC Starting Grant project GROW (Groundwater sustainability and crop production). Together with two PhDs and a second Postdoc, you will work as a team on assessing the environmentally safe operating space for groundwater use and the trade-offs between sustainable groundwater use and crop production at the global scale under climate and socio-economic change.At the start of the project your main task will be to make an online coupling at high resolution (~10x10km) between the different global scale models and explore further technical improvements that can be made (e.g. to decrease calculation time, make scripting more user friendly). Especially the coupling between groundwater and crop production has not been done before, however is needed to better understand the role of groundwater in maintaining and enhancing crop production driven by food demands. Next, you will add an advanced water demand and water use module and develop, together with the PhDs and Postdoc, a novel framework for model evaluation and validation and sensitivity testing and will improve model parameterizations using newly available global and regional datasets (e.g. for the subsurface, crop growth parameterization). With this project, you will contribute to an ambitious modelling goal and be at the forefront of new developments in the field of large-scale hydrology. The model will be used to quantify the volumes of groundwater used and sustainably available under current and future climate and socio-economic conditions and the assess the impact of current and future water use on the hydrological system. Also, you and the team will explore potential pathways towards sustainable groundwater use while sufficient crop production is protected. You will work closely together with the PhDs and other postdoc within the project to answer the relevant research questions related to this topic.You will be part of the Water Systems and Global Change group of Wageningen University. Within the group we study how future climate change affects the global water cycle and how this impacts water for food, energy, and environment.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

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.

We hope to schedule the first job interviews in the week of May 30, 2022. The preferred starting date for this position is a.s.a.p., but not later than Sept 1, 2022.

About the Employer:

Note or Other details

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 of course receive a good salary. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive gross salary of between €2.846 and €4.490,- for a full-time working week of 38 hours, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 10).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.


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Contact details

For more information about this position, please Inge de Graaf ([email protected]) or Fulco Ludwig ([email protected]).For more information about the procedure, please contact Edgar Tijhuis, corporate recruiter, [email protected]

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