GIS - position @ University Wageningen

GIS - position @ University Wageningen

Professor and Chair of Geo-Information Science (GIS)


Professor and Chair of Geo-Information Science (GIS)


We are looking for:

An innovative, dynamic and inspiring scholar to lead the Geo-Information Science Chair Group at Wageningen University & Research (0.8-1.0 fte).


Our Group leads research and education in Geo-Information Science within the agro-environmental domain. It drives excellent and internationally recognized fundamental research related to geo-data science, big data analytics, and human-space interactions in thematic domains such as agro-environmental applications and/or smart cities. The research is inspired by evolving geo-information technologies, innovations in data science and the need to develop novel data, tools and open-source solutions required to support interdisciplinary cooperation and empowering agro-environmental communities.


As head of the GIS Chair Group, you will strengthen our innovative research and education programme, and effectively and constructively manage the Chair Group’s internal processes. You will ensure the Group continues to grow into an encouraging working environment for a diverse group of junior and established academics. Strengthening the acquisition of external funding for research and attracting PhD candidates are key elements of your responsibility. You will further strengthen the profile of the Chair Group in national and international networks, and further enhance the groups successes in generating impact both within and outside academia.


Currently our group consist of 4 scientific staff, 3 postdocs, 4 lecturers and 13 PhD candidates. Together with the Remote Sensing Chair Group the GIS Chair Group forms the laboratory of Geo-Information Science and Remote Sensing ( mission of the laboratory is to improve spatial competences for a sustainable world. The laboratory is co-led by two chair holders in (1) Geo-Information Science (this vacancy) and (2) Remote Sensing. They take advantage of synergy between both fields and operate as one group. The research has a fundamental character and is represented in five themes:

1.    Sensing and measuring

2.    Modelling and visualization

3.    Integrated land monitoring

4.    Human-space interactions and

5.    Empowering agro-environmental communities.


The laboratory is part of the Department of Environmental Sciences at Wageningen University. The department provides research and academic education on our living environment: nature, landscape, land use, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, water management, and the various competing claims on space.


We ask

As a successful candidate, you:

  • Have a PhD degree with a proven international scientific track record in the field of geo-information science, or a closely related field;
  • Have a clear vision for future education and research on how geo-information science can contribute to sustainability in the agro-environmental context;
  • Have proven management and leadership skills with an inspiring, unifying and reflective leadership style that creates synergy and supports people to develop and reach scientific excellence;
  • Are an inspiring teacher and supervisor for students of diverse backgrounds, with proven ability to develop courses at BSc, MSc and PhD level, and an interest and capacity to innovate teaching methods;
  • Have a strong international scientific network and are able to interact with professionals and societal partners in the development of research and education;
  • Possess a proven capacity of acquiring, leading and managing externally-funded research projects.


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. In agriculture we rank as the #1 university for quite some years and we also rank among the absolute top in ecology and environmental sciences.


We offer you a challenging position as full professor and chair. Besides a competitive salary, we offer a number of 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.


Contact information

Further information can be obtained from Professor Dr Dick de Ridder (Chair of the Appointment Advisory Committee,, +31317484074) or Dr Claudius van de Vijver (Executive secretary of the Appointment Advisory Committee:, +31317485116).



You are invited to address your application to Dr Claudius van de Vijver and upload it via our website.

 The 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 30 August 2020. Selected candidates for this position will be invited for an interview to be held in the second half of September. The Committee will thereafter invites short-listed candidates for a second interview and a trial lecture in October.


Coming from abroad

We are the leading 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. A specialized staffing agency will help your partner to find a job.


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


Equal opportunities 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. Click here for more information about working at WUR with a functional impairment


Wageningen University & Research

The mission of our University is to explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life. Nine specialised research institutes from the Wageningen Research Foundation and Wageningen University have joined forces to help answer the most important questions in the field of healthy food and living environment.


With approximately 30 locations, 6,500 employees, and 12,000 students, it is one of the leading organisations in its domain worldwide. A coordinated 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.


Click here to learn more about working with us. And for a look at our innovative campus in Wageningen you can watch this video:



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