Scientific Project Manager - Soil Sciences

Introduction: Join our team at Wetsus and be a part of two groundbreaking Horizon Europe projects focusing on Soil management and health. We are seeking a dedicated Scientific Project Manager with expertise in Soil Sciences to drive these initiatives forward.

Project Overview:

  • One project involves the development of 15 Subsoil-Living Labs to assess the impact of various land uses on subsoil, including a study led by Wetsus on the effect of organic amendments on subsoil and crop production.
  • The other project aims to establish four user-centered Living Labs to improve and monitor soil structure, soil life, and crop-growing conditions on mineral agricultural soils, with Wetsus focusing on soil health monitoring and innovative soil management practices.

Profile: As the Scientific Project Manager, you will be a proactive and self-leading researcher with a passion for international collaborative projects. Your role will involve representing Wetsus within the project consortia, coordinating research efforts, and facilitating the dissemination of results. Key qualifications include:

  • A PhD in Soil Sciences or related discipline.
  • Expertise in soil microbiology and organic matter.
  • Experience with field and/or pot experiments.
  • Strong coordination skills and the ability to foster cooperative research efforts.
  • Proficiency in technical and financial reporting for research projects.
  • Excellent team-working, organizational, writing, and oral communication skills.
  • Enthusiasm for collaboration within Wetsus and with European project consortia.

If you meet these requirements, you are the ideal candidate to join our team!

The Offer: At Wetsus, you will be part of an innovative and dynamic research institute where you can grow both personally and professionally. Based in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, with occasional travel to project partners across Europe and demo sites within the Netherlands, this position offers:

  • Involvement in cutting-edge research projects with strong international partners.
  • Support for training and career development.
  • 0.8-1 full-time equivalent (fte) 4-year employment, with the possibility of permanent employment afterward.
  • Competitive gross monthly salary in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of the Dutch Universities.
  • Attractive benefits package including moving expenses, 35 holiday days (based on full-time), and an end-of-year allowance.

About Wetsus: Wetsus conducts research in sustainable water technology in collaboration with over 100 companies and 18 universities. Our research facility in Leeuwarden is equipped with state-of-the-art multidisciplinary research facilities. We operate based on values of innovation, partnership, reliability, joy, and cooperation, contributing significantly to solutions for global water problems.

For further information about this position, you can send an email to

Information and Application

Your application must include:

  • your detailed CV;
  • a one-page motivation letter, explaining your goals and interests, and how they are aligned with this position;
  • at least one reference letter.

The closing date to apply for this vacancy is 1 May 2024. The interviews are expected to take place in the 2nd half of May. The preferred starting date is 1 July 2024.

Please note that acquisition in regards to this vacancy is not appreciated.

posted: 22 March 2024     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.