Are you interested in atmospheric science and environmental chemistry? Do you want to be part of an international research project aimed at understanding the interactions between atmospheric aerosols and clouds (CAINA)?Then we have the perfect opportunity for you!

We are seeking a PhD student to join our international collaborative research project CAINA (Cloud-Aerosol Interactions in a Nitrogen-dominated Atmosphere) to work on the measurement and modeling of nitrate aerosol formation, transport, transformation, and deposition, including the study of organonitrate and brown carbon (BrC) formation, and the role of (organo)nitrates in cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) formation.

In this role, you will have the chance to use advanced instrumentation such as the Metrohm Monitor for Aerosols and Gases in the Atmosphere (MARGA) and gas-phase NOx and NOy measurements.The work will incorporate field work as well as laboratory chamber experiments at the AIDA chamber in Germany. You will be responsible for running and maintaining instruments, analyzing data, and working with collaborators on modeling and interpreting cloud-aerosol interactions.

Your qualities

  • A successfully completed MSc degree in atmospheric science, chemistry, or a related field;
  • Experience with air quality instrumentation in the laboratory or field; 
  • Enthusiasm for Atmospheric Chemistry;
  • Knowledge in atmospheric science and analytical chemistry, and interest in scientific instrumentation and data analysis
  • A strong work ethic and strong motivation for collaborative work
  • Experienced in working as part of a team
  • For this position your command of the English language is expected to be at C1 level. Sometimes it is necessary to submit an internationally recognised Certificate of Proficiency in the English Language. More information can be found here.

We offer you

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

  • 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 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 € 2.541,- per month rising to € 3.247,- 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 to 4 full years 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 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 18th 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.
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. For instance under the “30% rule”, certain categories of international staff can receive tax exemption on approximately 30% of their gross salary.

Do you want more information?

For more information about this position, please contact Juliane Fry, Associate professor of Air Quality and Atmospheric Chemistry, Email:
For more information about the procedure, please contact: Noorien Abbas, Corporate Recruiter, Email:

Do you want to apply?
You can apply directly by uploading your CV and motivation letter, using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your information with your approval.
This vacancy will be listed up to and including 31st March 2023. We hope to schedule the first job interviews around 15th April 2023.

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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