Assistant Professor in Quantitative Methods in Extreme Environments (Full-Time)

The Department of Physical Geography, Faculty of Geosciences at Utrecht University invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor in quantitative methods in extreme environments.

The Department of Physical Geography at Utrecht University has a distinct profile in research on land surface processes, natural hazards, hydrology, coast and river processes and morphology, spatio-dynamic modelling, earth observation and image processing. Their mountain hydrology group focuses on the fundamental understanding of the high-altitude water cycle and mountain-related natural hazards and extremes. Utrecht combines exciting fieldwork in the mountains, with numerical modelling and remote sensing. Their overarching aim is to contribute to the solution of major scientific and societal challenges, as mountains provide both a vital water supply for a large part of the global population and are a hotspot of climate change and frequent natural disasters.


Successful applicants will be involved in the co-supervision of PhD candidates and postdocs, sharing responsibility for fieldwork, and presenting results in journal papers and at international conferences, in collaboration with the other staff. They will also contribute to Utrecht courses in the Earth Science Bachelor and Master programmes, strengthening data science and remote sensing content in particular.

  • A gross salary ranging from €3,746-€5,127
  • A holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year.
  • An excellent pension scheme.
Job Requirements

Candidates should meet the following requirements:

  • hold a PhD degree in a relevant area, such as physical geography, hydrology, environmental engineering, earth surface dynamics or a closely related field.
  • have a strong affinity with quantitative methods rooted in data-science and remote sensing.
  • are passionate about mountains and extreme environments and are willing and capable of undertaking fieldwork in sometimes challenging circumstances.
  • have an exciting research vision to complement that of Utrecht.
  • a good academic track record offers funding potential for personal fellowships, PhDs and postdocs.
  • have an affinity for teaching and either has obtained or are willing to obtain their Basic Teaching Qualification.
  • and can demonstrate excellent English language proficiency.
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Application Process

Interested applicants can apply, via the apply button below and attach:

  • a curriculum vitae, including a list of publications;
  • a two-page document outlining their dream research line in mountain hydrology and topics to develop in research proposals and projects;
  • letter of application that describes their motivation for this position, their most important qualifications and what attracts them to the group.

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Application Deadline: January 15, 20201.

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