Climate change and urbanization put the environmental quality of cities under
pressure through urban heat, poor air quality, floodings and droughts. In this
PhD position you will review the current climate challenges faced by European
cities, as well as the use of climate sensing technologies by citizen science
and crowdsourcing applications. Based on the insights gained from the review,
you will set up a Living Lab of individual low-cost sensors and web tools
together with local communities in Amsterdam to monitor urban thermal comfort,
greenhouse gases concentrations, and air pollutants, and analyze the
observations. Moreover, you will evaluate local interventions and behavioral
changes through co-creation with citizens, and study co-benefits of urban
nature based solutions that enable the engagement of citizens.
In your research, you will collaborate internationally with i-CHANGE project
partners and Living Labs in multiple European countries, as well as with Dr.
Marjolein Pijpers-van Esch (dpt Urbanism, Faculty of Architecture and the
Built Environment, TU Delft) and with the Living Lab Program Team of the AMS-
We intend to start the PhD project by December 1st 2021.
an MSc in Meteorology or Environmental Sciences;
skills in data analysis and programming (e.g. Python);
good communication and collaborative skills;
a strong drive to publish in the academic literature;
excellent English language proficiency (a minimum of CEFR C2 level). For
more information about this proficiency level, please visit our special
Knowledge of Dutch is desirable.
Conditions of employment
Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few
highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
sabbatical leave, study leave, and 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 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 receive a fully
funded PhD position and you will be offered a course program tailored to your
needs and the research team.
The gross salary for the first year is € 2.395,- per month rising to € 3.061,-
in the fourth year in according to the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch
Universities (CAO-NU) (scale P). This is based on a full-time working week
of 38 hours. We offer a temporary contract for 18 months which will be
extended for the duration of the project if you perform well.
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
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 16th 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.
Wageningen University & Research
Wageningen University & Research
The mission of Wageningen University and Research is "To explore the potential
of nature to improve the quality of life". Under the banner Wageningen
University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research
institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in
contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of
healthy food and living environment.
With its roughly 30 branches, 6.800 employees and 12.900 students, Wageningen
University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. An
integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various
disciplines are at the heart of Wageningen's unique approach. WUR has been
named Best Employer in the Education category for 2019-2020.
Read the 5 reasons why your future collaegues enjoy working at WUR and watch
this video to get an idea of our green campus!
The Meteorology and Air Quality (MAQ) Group contributes to the further
understanding of atmospheric processes and their relevance for weather, air
quality and climate. MAQ is part of the Environmental Sciences Group (ESG)
of Wageningen University. ESG provides academic education and research on our
living environment: the atmosphere, soil, water, nature, landscape and land
usage. Knowledge is applied for adaptation to climate change, ocean
management, competing claims on space, biodiversity and the sustainability of
management and production. Wageningen University is part of the Wageningen
University and Research Centre.
AMS Institute is a public-private institute founded in 2014 by Wageningen
University & Research and Delft University of Technology, together with
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. We are an internationally leading
institute where talent is educated and engineers, designers and both natural
and social scientists jointly develop and valorize integrated metropolitan
solutions. Our mission is to develop a deep understanding of the city -sense
the city- to design solutions for its challenges and integrate these into the
city of Amsterdam.
AMS Institute is located at Marineterrein Amsterdam, an area in the heart of
the city. The AMS Climate Resilient Cities program evaluates the functioning,
adaptation and resilience of the urban system in times of climate change. The
entire urban air-water-soil-green system is analyzed, to understand the
functioning of the climate system in and around Amsterdam. We then use this
information to create effective solutions and a climate adaptation planning
approach that carefully designs and assesses interventions such as greening
and the sustainable (re)design and maintenance of the city's infrastructure.
To create impact we work in close cooperation with the asset managers of the
city in their Future Proof Assets program.
We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please.
However, sharing in your network is appreciated.
For more information about this position, please contact Dr. G.J. (Gert-Jan)
For more information about the procedure, please contact Edgar Tijhuis,
corporate recruiter, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
This vacancy will be listed up to and including 25 October 2021. We will
schedule the first job interviews soon afterwards.
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with
very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire 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.