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Postdoc soil health and the potential of remote sensing
Tufts University

Date Posted Nov. 19, 2020
Title Postdoc soil health and the potential of remote sensing
University Tufts University
Boston, MA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Agronomy/Plant & Soil Sciences

We are looking for
A post-doctoral researcher to design, conduct and analyse field and lab experiments aimed at quantifying soil and plant characteristics using and developing remote sensing technology. The context of the work is the impact of soil management on soil health in arable systems. The research should identify how innovative sensing approaches can contribute to the monitoring of relevant indicators to understand the spatio-temporal dynamics of soil health.

We look for a highly qualified researcher with good capability of designing and executing field samplings for soil and plant parameters and being able to work independently as well as in teams. Experience with quantification of chemical, physical and biological plant and soil parameters as well as with quantifying and analysing spectral data of soils (and/or vegetation) is essential.

This project is a collaboration between Wageningen University (Soil Biology Group and Laboratory of Geo-information Science and Remote Sensing), Wageningen Environmental Research (Soil, Water and Land Use) and a private company (Syngenta). Preferred starting date is January 2021.

You will work in an ideal working environment. Our campus is an inspiring green place to work, and has been selected as the most sustainable campus in the world multiple times. Besides that, we have a top ranking in several fields, with a #1 ranking for environmental science, ecology and agriculture, as well as very strong rankings in other fields. Finally, as for education, Wageningen University has been chosen as the "Best University" in the Netherlands for the 15th consecutive time.

We ask
PhD in soil or plant science, or remote sensing
Expertise in designing and analysing field surveys aimed at coupling in situ point data to imaging spectroscopy data collected with UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) and quantifying soil properties using Near Infra-Red (NIR) and Mid Infra-Red (MIR) spectroscopy
Experience with conducting statistical analyses
Strong scientific writing skills and publishing capacity
Interest to collaborate at a multi-disciplinary level with academics and R&D of the private sector
Excellent communication and writing skills in English
We offer
A challenging position for 3 years with, depending on your experience, a competitive salary from a minimum of € 3491 to a maximum of € 5127 based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week) in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities (scale 10-11).

In addition, we offer:

8% holiday allowance
a structural end-of year bonus of 8.3%
excellent training opportunities and secondary employment conditions
flexible working hours that we determine together in good consultation
excellent pension plan through ABP
232 vacation hours, the option to purchase extra and good supplementary leave schemes
a flexible model to put together part of your employment conditions yourself, such as a bicycle plan
a lively workplace on the Wageningen Campus
make use of the sports facilities on campus for a small fee
Wageningen University & Research stimulates internal career opportunities and mobility with our internal recruitment policy. There are ample opportunities for personal initiative in a learning environment. With us you get a versatile job in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

More information
To learn more about this function you can get in touch with Prof. dr. ir. Gerlinde De Deyn, e-mail:

For more information about the procedure you can contact Edgar Tijhuis, corporate recruiter, e-mail

Do you want to apply?
This can be done directly via the application button at the vacancy on our website so that we can process your personal data with your permission. This vacancy is open until 29 November 2020. We want to plan the first interviews on 7 December 2020 and aim at a starting date in January 2021.

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. You can read more about working at WUR with a functional impairment on our webs

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