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News UNESCO-IHE: Two Lecturers in Environmental Science (f/m) – 1 fte

The UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education offers post-graduate courses and PhD research programmes in Delft, The Netherlands, and carries out research and capacity building projects all over the world. The mission of UNESCO-IHE is to contribute to the education and training of professionals and to build the capacity of sector organisations, knowledge centres and other institutions active in the fields of water, the environment and infrastructure in developing countries and countries in transition.

UNESCO-IHE has a permanent staff of 160, of which 90 are scientific staff, while about 250 guest-lecturers from academia and industry contribute to the educational programme. Each year 750 participants (incl. about 200 new MSc students per year) from all over the world attend the various regular and short courses at UNESCO-IHE.

The Department of Environmental Resources provides post-graduate education and training to professionals in the field of environmental science, carries out research in this area and supports in the building of environmental knowledge centres in the developing world. The department has two core groups: Freshwater Ecosystems and Pollution Prevention and Control. The department wishes to appoint:

Two Lecturers in Environmental Science (f/m) - 1 fte

with the following specialisations:

  1. 1.    Environmental planning and management (vacancy number 09-350-01)
  2. 2.    Aquatic ecology/water quality (vacancy number 09-350-02)

Both staff members will be positioned within the Freshwater Ecosystems Core Group. The overall focus of this core group is on the development of capacity to sustain healthy aquatic ecosystems. The new staff member will contribute to the core activities in research, education and projects in close co-operation with UNESCO-IHE's global partnership network.


  • contribute to the development and implementation of scientific research;
  • contribute to UNESCO-IHE's Masters Programme in Environmental Science;
  • give lectures in the above programme, and in relevant short courses offered within the Institute and abroad;
  • co-supervise MSc and PhD research;
  • contribute to proposal development and to implementation of research and capacity building projects.


Within the UNESCO-IHE system of competencies, both staff members will primarily have a research profile with a secondary priority for education and training.

The new staff member ‘Environmental planning and management' has an academic background in the natural sciences with a specialisation in environmental management or in policy sciences with a specialisation in water and/or environmental management, and should have proven interest and experience in inter-disciplinary research related to one or more of the following fields: environmental impact assessment, strategic environmental assessment, , policy analysis, water policy making.

The new staff member ‘Aquatic ecology/water quality' has an academic background in the natural sciences with a specialisation in aquatic ecology, or environmental chemistry and should have proven interest and experience in one or more of the following fields: ecohydrology, (integrated) water quality assessment, environmental monitoring, nutrient cycling, soil-water interactions, and eutrophication.

Both candidates meet the following criteria:

  • university degree (preferably PhD), in a field relevant for the specialisation;
  • experience in research projects related to water and the environment;
  • good didactic qualities;
  • interest in computer and internet-based education;
  • affinity to, but preferably working experience in, developing countries;
  • affinity to working in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment;
  • good communicative capabilities;

Conditions of employment
This contract is initially for 2 years; after this period a permanent contract can be offered. The position is based in Delft, The Netherlands. A competitive salary (scale 10, CAO Dutch Universities) is offered depending on qualifications and experience in accordance with the conditions of employment for Dutch Universities. The appointment implies entry into the Netherlands' Civil Service Pension Fund (ABP). Candidates must be prepared to carry out long- and short-term missions abroad.

Information and application
Additional information can be obtained from Dr. ED de Ruyter van Steveninck, Head of Environmental Resources Department (015 2151777; e-mail: ).

Applications with curriculum vitae can be sent until 21 August, 2009 (closing date) to UNESCO-IHE, attn. Personnel and Organisation Department (E, PO Box 3015, 2601 DA Delft, The Netherlands, stating vacancy-number 09-350-01 or 09-350-02.

Contact information The UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, PO Box 3015, 2601 DA Delft, The Netherlands (email: ;
News type Vacancies
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Source of information The UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education
Keyword(s) Environmental planning and management, water quality
Geographical coverage Netherlands
News date 13/08/2009
Working language(s) ENGLISH