Chair of Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management
Wageningen University

Professor and Chair of Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management

Location Wageningen

We are looking for

We are looking for an innovative, dynamic and inspiring scholar in the field of Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management (HWM) to join our faculty and lead the HWM chair group at Wageningen University & Research (0.8 - 1.0 fte).

Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management is a successful and committed research group, integrating hydrology and hydraulics to fundamentally understand and quantify hydrological processes in river basins, aquifers and deltas. In this realm, the group addresses contemporary and projected impacts of global climate change and sea-level rise, which are interwoven with society, the socio-economic system, and land use change. The Chair of HWM seeks to tackle these challenges through measuring and monitoring using, often newly developed, in situ or remote sensing techniques, and numerical or conceptual modelling across scales.

The research of the HWM group currently focuses on the following topics: (1) measuring hydrological fluxes and states using novel sensing techniques; (2) understanding the terrestrial hydrological system and its component processes using physics based and conceptual models; (3) understanding the river-sea interactions in deltas and estuaries; and (4) improving hydrological predictions and projections at a range of spatial and temporal scales, focusing on hydro-climatic extremes (floods and droughts). Furthermore, theoretical developments are tested in a fully equipped water and sediment dynamics laboratory, as well as in river basins, aquifers and delta’s worldwide. The new chair is encouraged to add her/his own expertise and ideas to this research field and is expected to provide guidance towards synergy within and breakthroughs by the team in this scientific field. Moreover, the Chair stimulates achievement of value creation by developing novel sensing techniques, models, datasets and nature-based solutions that support water managers in the Netherlands and worldwide.

The HWM group enthusiastically pushes the hydrological science frontier ahead by leading research on links between land-surface interactions and vegetation dynamics under weather and climate extremes; interactions of groundwater flow conduits and carbon mobilization in thawing permafrost areas; hydrological modelling practices to identify model uncertainty; sound methodologies for river plastic monitoring; sediment balance and salt intrusion in deltas; improved applications of satellite remote sensing for agricultural water management; development of the WALRUS rainfall-runoff model; weather radar rainfall estimation; operational flood and drought forecasting including data assimilation.
HWM teaching and research are closely intertwined. The staff members teach courses at BSc and MSc level. For more information see below. 

As Chair, you will lead the Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management group. You will support the group’s research ambitions by further strengthening its position in national and international networks, by managing its internal processes and relations in a constructive and cooperative way, and by strengthening established research lines, safeguarding coherence in research and bringing in novel ideas. In addition, you will play an active role in education at the undergraduate and graduate level. You will also give new impulses to further develop the contents of courses, teaching methods, and the coherence of the education programmes in which HWM takes part. You will ensure the group provides an encouraging working environment to staff at a range of career levels. Acquisition of external funding for research and attracting PhD candidates are key elements of your responsibility.

We ask

  • an inspiring long-term vision regarding the development of the scientific field, the research agenda and the teaching profile of the HWM group;
  • a broad international network, as well as active involvement and experience with effective interaction with partners and in the societal debate;
  • a convincing scientific track record and international research profile;
  • a proven capacity as an inspiring teacher and supervisor for students of diverse backgrounds, with proven ability to develop courses at Bachelor, Master, and PhD level, and an interest, vision and capacity to innovate teaching methods;
  • a proven record in acquisition of research funds from national and international agencies;
  • a doctorate (PhD degree) in the realm of hydrological sciences and a significant period of experience in research and teaching in this disciplinary field;
  • a keen interest to work in an interdisciplinary environment;
  • experience with the management of professionals, characterized by a leadership style fostering the development of people, building teams and create synergy.

We offer

You will be working for an inspiring international organisation with a large number of interdisciplinary projects all over the world. The scientific quality of Wageningen University is affirmed by the prominent position we occupy in international rankings and citation indexes. We offer you a challenging position as full professor of the Chair of Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management. Besides a competitive salary, we offer some additional benefits, such as an end-of-year extra month’s salary, a holiday allowance and a pension plan with the Dutch pension fund for government and education.

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, by which 30% of their salary is exempt from tax. Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.

Moreover, when you move to the Netherlands with a partner and/or kids, their well-being will be one of your highest priorities. Depending on the age of the children, there are four main types of organized childcare facilities in the Netherlands: Day care, Host parents, Preschools and After school care.

Children from 4 to 12 years can enrol in a so-called transition class in a regular primary school in Wageningen. In this class they learn Dutch together with other kids coming from abroad. For attending secondary schools, there are three options available. The first option is to enrol in the International Transition Class (in Dutch: “Internationale schakelklas”, ISK). The ISK is meant for all children who come from abroad and need to learn Dutch before going to other types of schools. Secondly, one can start at a regular secondary school, for which mastering the Dutch language at an adequate level is necessary. The third option is an English language international school. The nearest international school is Rivers International School in Arnhem, that offers a variety of classes ranging from preschool to secondary school levels.

Finally, WUR has also a programme for partners of new professors from abroad offering assistance to specific needs, for instance in finding a job, or how and where to attend language courses, etc.

Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. The following webpages contains (practical) information about what we can do to support international employees coming to Wageningen ( and

More information

Further information about the position can be obtained from professor Huub Rijnaarts, Chair of the Appointment Advisory Committee (Email: Tel: +31 317 480743). More detailed information on the profile and the HWM group is available upon request (via


You are invited to upload your complete application and address it to Mr. Johan Feenstra, secretary of the Appointment Advisory Committee . Your application should include:
• An application letter with curriculum vitae
• A separate list of publications
• Your vision on research and education in the domain of the Chair (max 2 pages).

The closing date for applications is Friday 15 January 2021.

The Appointment Advisory Committee will interview selected candidates for this position on Monday 22 February (morning) and Thursday 25 February (afternoon) 2021. The Committee will thereafter invite short-listed candidates for a second interview and a trial lecture on Friday 26 March 2021.

Equal opportunity 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.

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We are

Wageningen University & Research (WUR)

The mission of our University is to explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life. Within Wageningen University & Research, nine specialized research institutes from the Wageningen Research Foundation and Wageningen University have joined forces to help answer the most important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.

With approximately 30 locations, 6,500 employees, and 12,500 students, it is one of the leading organizations in its domain worldwide. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of the unique approach of Wageningen. We have been named Best Employer in Education category 2019-2020.
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The Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management Group

The present HWM group is a vibrant, collaborative team of young and mid-career researchers who work in the field of Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management (see The HWM group currently consists of 11 faculty members, 1 special professor, 3 postdocs and 26 PhD candidates supervised by current staff. The HWM group is part of the cluster for Climate, Water and Society (CWS), a new cluster of chair groups within the overarching WIMEK Graduate School ( and the Environmental Sciences Group (ESG).

The group is efficiently organised and supported by dedicated secretarial, financial and HR advisors. The HWM group and student community are largely international and the courses of the group are taught in English.


Classroom teaching, tutorials, excursions and practicals based on computer, laboratory and field assignments aim at fundamental understanding of the terrestrial hydrologic system, its component processes and its interactions with the atmosphere, soil and biosphere. Teaching is rooted in the earth and environmental sciences, has a physical and mathematical focus, and promotes analytical, laboratory, field and computer skills.

The staff members teach courses at BSc and MSc level. The chair group Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management is strongly involved in the BSc programme Soil, Water and Atmosphere (BSW) and the MSc programmes Earth and Environment (MEE) and Climate Studies (MCL). The group supports innovative educational methods to facilitate the transfer of up-to-date knowledge and skills from HWM’s research topics to students. This innovation includes the development of hydrological models, instruction/knowledge clips and the continuous renewal of course manuals, teaching methods and didactical processes. 

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