Junior researcher ‘Water as Leverage’ (0.8-1.0 fte)

University of Groningen
March 08, 2023
Offerd Salary:€ 2,960
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Junior researcher ‘Water as Leverage' (0.8-1.0 fte) (V23.0107) Job description

In a world of increasing climate change induced crises (such as droughts, floods, hurricanes) across the globe, there is a growing disconnect between big institutions' international water and climate projects and the true needs of people. National governments, in conjunction with International Financial Institutions (IFI's), spend billions on, often, sectoral and monofunctional projects aimed at protecting cities, highly populated river basins and coastal zones against flooding, droughts and other impacts of climate change. These projects generally lack to address and include other societal challenges such as adequate housing and a good living environment for local people.

Over the past years, attention increased to inclusive planning and development processes in international water and climate projects, and new approaches are emerging. The Water as Leverage for Resilient Cities Asia (WaL Asia) program is such new approach, which was initiated by the Dutch Government in 2018 and aimed to be ‘radically integral and inclusive by embracing a completely holistic approach' (see this link for more information on Water as Leverage). In response to the success of this first WaL programme in Asia, various new WaL initiatives are emerging, for instance in Carthagena region (Columbia), in the trilateral Wadden Sea collaboration (Netherlands, Germany, Denmark), and along the Ganges river in India. To support these new initiatives and to develop and enhance the knowledge base of WaL, the Dutch Enterprise Agency (RVO) in collaboration with several WaL partners is setting up a so called WaL Academy.

A small research team within the planning department of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen, conducting research on WaL over the last years, is involved in the development of the WaL Academy. To support research on ‘Water as Leverage' and the development of the WaL Academy, we are searching for a junior researcher for a period of 8 months. The junior researcher will support the research team with the following tasks:

  • data collection (documents and interviews) and analysis (with the help of ATLAS.ti)
  • writing reports on research outcomes
  • supporting the organization of meetings with WaL Academy partners, and other WaL Academy related activities
  • taking minutes and writing reports on the meeting outcomes.
  • You will be appointed for a period of 8 months (0.8-1.0 fte) at the Planning Department of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences (University of Groningen). You will work as part of the WaL research team, which consists of dr Margo van den Brink, dr ir Annet Kempenaar, Henk Ovink (the Dutch Water Envoy and honorary lecturer at the Planning Department), prof. Jos Arts, and PhD candidate Rya Chandramidi.


    We are searching for an enthusiastic and ambitious candidate with a research interest that preferably has the following qualifications:

  • a Master degree in the field of Planning, Geography, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, Water Governance or related discipline
  • affinity with climate change adaptation, flooding and water issues, international projects, water governance
  • knowledge of and experience with qualitative research methods, such as interviews, and qualitative data analysis using ATLAS.ti
  • fluent in English, both verbally and writing
  • good organization, communication and writing skills
  • motivated to do scientific research and to interact with professionals on the research outcomes.
  • Organisation Conditions of employment

    We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

  • a salary of € 2,960 gross per month (salary scale 10.0) for a full-time position. This position is defined according to the UFO function profile 'researcher 4'. The appointment is temporary for a period of 8 months.
  • Starting date: 1 April 2023


    You may apply for this position until 7 March 11.59pm / before 8 March 2023 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

    We ask you to submit:

  • your CV
  • a cover letter which includes a short note on the topics you would be particularly interested in working on
  • a PDF or a link to your Master's Thesis, if available.
  • The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage: https: // www. rug.nl/about-ug/policy-and- strategy/diversity-and-inclusion/

    Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP): https: // www. nvp-hrnetwerk.nl/nl/sollicitatiecode and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers: https: // euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/charter/code

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    For information you can contact:

  • Dr. Margo van den Brink, m.a.van.den.brink rug.nl
  • Dr. Britta Restemeyer, b.restemeyer rug.nl
  • Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.

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