Utrecht University's Faculty of Geosciences offers education and research concerning the geosphere, biosphere, atmosphere and anthroposphere. With a population of 2,600 students (BSc and MSc) and 600 staff, the faculty is a strong and dynamic organisation. The faculty embodies four departments: Earth Sciences, Physical Geography, Innovation, Environmental & Energy Sciences, and Human Geography & Urban & Regional Planning.

The Utrecht Department of Earth Sciences is the largest academic Earth Sciences institute in The Netherlands. The department conducts teaching and research across the full range of the solid Earth and environmental Earth sciences, with activities in almost all areas of geology, geochemistry, geophysics, biogeosciences and hydrogeology. The department hosts an international tenured staff of over 45 scientists and more than 100 PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. It houses a wide variety of world-class laboratories.

The department is now looking for a new

Assistant Professor in (Environmental)
Hydrogeology (0.8-1.0 fte)

We have an opening for a very motivated and high-potential colleague with both research and teaching interests and expertise in (Environmental) Hydrogeology. You should have an appreciation for, and in-depth knowledge of, hydrogeological transport phenomena, and for offering education in this field. On average, the department aims for equal contributions in educational and research activities for its entire tenured academic staff.

You are expected to supervise and train PhD students and to contribute to both BSc and MSc courses in the Utrecht Earth Sciences curriculum. Note that an important teaching responsibility for the potential candidate is related to the (existing) MSc course Hydrogeological Transport Phenomena, which is one of the key courses offered by the Environmental Hydrogeology Group (EHG) at Utrecht University.

The department combines research and teaching in Earth Sciences with related science and engineering disciplines. The candidate will ideally conduct research in collaboration with a wide range of groups within and outside the department where a multi-disciplinary approach is encouraged. The current research spectrum of the EHG ranges from rather fundamental research (related to the pore-scale processes concerning dynamic multi-phase fluid flow and reactive solute transport) to applied research questions (including clogging of water supply wells and fast high-volume injection in the subsurface), typically meeting the needs of society. The wide fundamental knowledge of transport in porous media, together with the established integrated experimental and computational laboratory, has enabled EHG to perform cutting-edge research in diverse fields of engineering, geosciences, and biomechanics.

Your research interests may range from fundamental Earth Science research (e.g., modeling and experimental techniques for quantitative analysis of hydrogeological processes at the local and/or (regional) field scale), to applied topics such as geothermal energy, seasonal storage of thermal energy, flow and transport of contaminants, seawater intrusion, drinking water production and artificial recharge.


We are in search of a strong team player with excellent communication and networking skills, who is focused on achieving multidisciplinary research targets and participating in the acquisition of research funding and advanced new equipment. A minimum experience of two years as a Postdoctoral Researcher is highly recommended.

As a successful candidate you should:

  • have a PhD degree in Earth Sciences, Hydrogeology or a relevant (natural) science;
  • be skilled in conducting laboratory-, field- and regional-scale experiments or analysis, preferably with a link towards issues relevant for society;
  • be skilled in numerical and/or mathematical modelling of hydrogeological flow and transport processes;
  • be willing to actively acquire competitive research grants and actively develop new research lines;
  • be committed to conducting multi- and interdisciplinary research;
  • have strong communication, networking and organisational skills;
  • have an outstanding record of academic research reflected in high-quality publications;
  • have obtained a basic teaching qualification (at Utrecht University BKO or equivalent), or be willing to obtain this qualification in the near future (in principal within two years);
  • be an inspiring mentor to BSc, MSc and PhD students;
  • have a keen eye for, and be willing to actively participate in public outreach.

You are expected to have an excellent level of English. Within two years of the appointment, Dutch language skills should be at the level of practical communication.

Terms of employment:

A full-time position will be offered as an Assistant Professor at Utrecht University, initially for two years. Halfway through the second year an evaluation for extension will be made. At the latest halfway through the fourth year an assessment will be made in which it is evaluated whether the position will be converted to a tenured position or will end after four years.

Employment conditions are based on the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. Based on your experience and qualifications, the gross monthly salary starts in the first year at a minimum of 3,475 and a maximum of 5,405 gross per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. We offer a pension scheme, collective insurance schemes and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information is available at: working at Utrecht University.

Facilities for sports and child care are available on our main campus (where the Department of Earth Sciences is situated), which is located only 15 minutes away from the historical city centre of Utrecht.

Additional information:

Informal enquiries may be sent to Prof. Dr Ruud Schotting, r.j.schotting@uu.nl, Professor of Quantitative Water Management.

How to apply:

To apply, please follow this link and the guidelines mentioned there. Applications will be accepted until February 16, 2018, after which evaluations will start. Female candidates are encouraged to apply for this position. We aim to fill the position as soon as possible, i.e. at latest early summer. Online screening may be part of the selection. Commercial response to this ad is not appreciated.

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posted: 03 January 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.