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Associate Lecturer Healthy Soils

Geplaatst: 11-09-2017
Sluitingsdatum: 01-10-2017
Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences
Leeuwarden (Friesland) 
Onderzoek / Lector 
min. 0,8 fte, max. 0,8 fte 
max. 14 (€4.956,23 - €6.317,86) 
Stafdienst (algemeen), Agro & food 


Van Hall Larenstein and Wetsus offer a joint position with focus on soil organic matter. Van Hall Larenstein will employ you as associated lecturer Healthy Soils in which you work two days a week as scientific program manager for Wetsus.

At Van Hall Larenstein you will be part of the ARC Delta Areas and Resource and together with the lecturer Healthy Soils you do research, contribute to education and develop projects related to sustainable soil management and more specific related to saline soils, management and organic matter.

At Wetsus your primary tasks will be the internal supervision of PhDs , coordination activities  related to the  soil theme, including organizing meetings, presentations and research project acquisition activities. Additionally we expect you to further develop this research line within Wetsus and to strengthen the company network.


Van Hall Larenstein is a university of applied sciences. In our mission, we state that we aim to train professionals who contribute to a sustainable and better world. We wish to accomplish this by cooperating in a pleasant and yet productive way with each other and with our network partners. These two ambitions have been translated into the way we have outlined our education, our applied research and our organisation.

The curricula of Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences focus on the domains Delta Areas and Resources - Food and Dairy - Animal and Business.

We work from two locations in the Netherlands: Leeuwarden and Velp.

Wetsus, European centre of excellence for sustainable water technology is a facilitating intermediary for trendsetting know-how development. Wetsus creates an unique environment and strategic cooperation for development of profitable and sustainable state of the art water treatment technology. The inspiring and multidisciplinairy collaboration betweeen companies and research institutes from all over Europe in Wetsus results in innovations that contribute significantly to the solution of hte global water problems. Wetsus' scientific research program is defined by the private and public water sector and conducted by leading universities.


Soil health is a central parameter in the global ecosystem, linking water, food and nutrient flows. Increasing soil salinity and declining soil fertility present a significant threat not only to food production, but also to fresh water availability and carbon storage. Soil organic matter plays an important role in the build up of healthy soil in terms of soil structure and biological activity. Within the context of the circular economy, organic streams such as sewage sludge, animal manure and agricultural plant residues can be used to recycle organic matter and nutrients back to soil. Treatment of organic matter is required to reach appropriate biochemical conditions for soil application. Climate change-associated sea level rise is expected to cause saltwater intrusion into agricultural areas. Increasing salinity is negatively correlated with soil organic matter and has an inhibitory effect on the microbial activity of soil affecting GHG emissions and humification of plant residues.

Functie eisen

We ask:

  • Knowledge and experience in soil ecology and/or soil chemistry;

  • Knowledge of the relation between soil fertility, soil salinity, soil organic matter and/or microbial interactions;

  • Relevant experience with field and pot experiments, and laboratory analysis;

  • Relevant experience with project management and acquisition;

  • PhD degree;

  • Relevant and up-to-date (inter)national network;

  • Good communication skills and outstanding command of the English language;

  • Leadership potential.


We offer:

A challenging job opportunity in sustainable soil management and research.

Initially a temporary contract of one year for 0,8 fte; with the possibility of extension based on proven competence.

A competitive salary (depending on age and experience) with a maximum of € 6.317,86 gross per month for a fulltime position.

Contact informatie

For more information about this vacancy, please contact: Emiel Elferink (Van Hall Larenstein) by phone +31(0)614978471 or Inez Dinkla (Wetsus) by phone +31 (0)58 284 3157.

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