PhD position "Local Scale modelling of reactive nitrogen dispersion"

Wageningen University
December 15, 2022
Offerd Salary:€ 2,541
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Job description

Are you interested in numerical modelling to improve the estimates of reactive nitrogen deposition? Do you want to have impact on society with your research? Then we might have the perfect opportunity for you at Wageningen University & Research to start your PhD research.

To reinforce the scientific underpinning of the Dutch nitrogen policy, the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature, and Food Quality (LNV) has established a national knowledge program nitrogen (NKS). This program aims to improve the modelling and measurement infrastructure that assesses the deposition of reactive nitrogen to nature areas. Next to measurements, numerical modelling is an important tool to assess nitrogen dispersion and deposition. In recent years, exciting new modelling tools have become available to simulate the dispersion of pollutants directly after their release. These Large Eddy Simulation tools can handle a wide range of meteorological circumstances and emission geometries, and are well-suited to benchmark existing modules that are currently used in policy applications.

The aim of the project is to use these new modelling tools to improve the local scale simulation of nitrogen dispersion and deposition. Existing observations from measurement campaigns will be used to evaluate the simulations. The results of the PhD project will be relevant for the policy assessment of nitrogen deposition on nature areas.

You will be part of the Meteorology and Air Quality group of Wageningen University and Research, and in this research project you will collaborate closely with the scientific partners in the NKS. The project is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality.


  • a university degree (MSc) in a discipline relevant to the PhD project (e.g. physics, chemistry, geoscience, mathematics);
  • interest in numerical modelling, programming, and data analysis;
  • enthusiasm, creativity, and motivation;
  • good command of English (both verbally and written); for this position your command of the English language is expected to be at C1 level;
  • good command of Dutch is an advantage
  • ability to work in a team;
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    Conditions of employment

    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 for the duration of the project 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 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.


    Employer 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!


    Additional information

    For more information about this position, please contact Maarten Krol, professor in Air Quality and Atmospheric Chemistry, For more information about the procedure, please contact Edgar Tijhuis, corporate recruiter,

    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 personal information with your approval. This vacancy will be listed up to and including December 5th 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.

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