Are you an independent and enterprising research assistant who, in collaboration with the scientific staff, provides support and manages data for the use of atmospheric models for education and research in the broadest sense? Then read on and apply!

Your work includes preparation of computer practicals, management and applicability of large data files for model studies, development and maintenance of software for atmospheric data collection of the stations Veenkampen, Loobos and the Amsterdam Atmospheric Monitoring Supersite. Furthermore, the management of model versions in use at MAQ, (co-)solving complex programmatic problems in model use such as the Weather Research Forecasting and large-eddy simulation techniques, as well as management and support in use of workstations and advanced computers. And in addition, you will support scientific staff and faculty in the use of models in teaching. Finally, you proactively and on your own initiative, stimulate the exchange of knowledge and model tools between staff members. You thus act as the spider in the web and point of contact for staff and students in the use of atmospheric models for teaching and research at MAQ.

We ask

  • Bachelor or Master degree with a solid background in applications of ICT, such as Linux, Python, Fortran, Shell Scripting, version control, parallel codes and supercomputing platforms. Candidates with a PhD will be also considered if they are interested on the position;
  • a team player who is customer and service oriented. You are good at setting priorities, accurate and have a friendly, firm personality. You take initiative, can handle a multitude of tasks and are good at monitoring and anticipating processes within a chair group.
  • experience with the use of atmospheric models;
  • a driving license is desired;
  • good oral and written communication skills in English (C1 level)

We offer

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:

  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and partially 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 compensation / 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 of course receive a good salary. Depending on your experience, we offer a gross monthly salary of between € 3.098,- and € 5.439,- for a full-time working week of 38 hours, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 9-11 VNSU). Additionally, a contract for 32 hours per week can be discussed.

Wageningen University & Research encourages internal advancement opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. 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 atmosphere.

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 17th 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.

More information

For more information about this position, please contact Jordi Vila, chair of the MAQ Group,
For more information about the procedure, please contact Edgar Tijhuis, corporate recruiter,

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 approval.

This vacancy will be listed up to and including November 7th 2022. 

Equal opportunities
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.

We are

Wageningen University & Research
The mission of Wageningen University & 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, 7,200 employees (6,400 fte) and 13,200 students and over 150.000 participants to WUR’s Life Long Learning, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. The unique Wageningen approach lies in its integrated approach to issues and the collaboration between different disciplines.

Read the 5 reasons why your future colleagues enjoy working at WUR and watch this video to get an idea of our green campus!

We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.

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