Researcher-lecturer Coastal Ecologist

Size: 0.8-1.0 FTE (32-40 hours)
Location: Middelburg

As a researcher-lecturer in the Building with Nature research group, you look for solutions to societal challenges by using natural systems and processes. Curiosity, drive, interest in interactions between people and nature, involvement in the field and with students are important qualities. Does conducting practice-oriented research in the Building with Nature research group appeal to you? Then apply for the vacancy of Coastal Ecologist at HZ University of Applied Sciences in Middelburg.

Your work as a researcher-lecturer

The research group conducts research in a wide range of projects for a variety of organisations (regional, national, European). The research group focuses on research into natural forms of coastal defence such as the application of oyster reefs and salt marshes in flood-dense landscapes. Based on your expertise, you will participate in the research to map the consequences of technical interventions on the ecological functioning of the coastal system. You do this by carrying out fieldwork and analysing data. For you as a researcher-lecturer, carrying out practice-oriented research as part of a team is central. You apply your knowledge and skills with enthusiasm in carrying out the subprojects and in training students to become enterprising, innovative and driven professionals in a sustainable world. You do this by:

  • Independently conduct hands-on, ecological research, including
    • Conducting fieldwork along the land-water transitions of Zeeland's delta waters and sandy coast;
    • Analysing and interpreting research results;
    • Guiding colleagues to achieve project objectives;
    • Collaborating and aligning with partners in the region;
  • Contribute to teaching multidisciplinary courses/study projects, and their development;
  • Supervising students.

The team

The Building with Nature research group is one of the 10 research groups within the Technology Water & Environment domain. It is an enthusiastic team of researchers with different disciplinary backgrounds and a broad project portfolio. Cooperation within the research group and with other research groups within and outside HZ is central.

Are you the perfect fit?
With your experience from the field of ecology, you can directly lead research projects and impart knowledge, motivate and inspire students. Besides focusing on challenging projects, you also maintain focus on the analysis and valorisation of research data. You have experience in conducting applied research and can therefore initiate and carry out interesting research projects. In addition, you have:

  • A completed relevant Master's degree, e.g. Biology, Ecology, Marine Ecology, Water Management or Environmental Science. A (nearly) completed PhD is a plus.
  • Experience in designing and conducting ecological monitoring in the broad coastal zone, from hard levee bodies, through dynamic intertidal areas to soft subtidal substrates.
  • Strong analytical skills. You are familiar with spatial and statistical models and experienced in the analysis and evaluation of large data sets.
  • Experience with geographical information systems or of a programming language such as R or Python.
  • Experience in presenting scientific results, drafting reports and giving presentations. You are also able to translate practice-oriented research into peer-reviewed publications in collaboration with colleagues;
  • Several years of work experience, preferably as a researcher or policy advisor;
  • Good knowledge of the Dutch and English languages in word and writing.

Grow with us
We believe that future-proof education starts with our employees. Therefore, in addition to a vibrant working environment, we offer you:

  • A 1-year appointment in the position of lecturer. Renewal of this appointment depends on personal performance and formative space;
  • A gross monthly salary in scale 11 between €3,881.09 and €5,332.48 for full-time employment (in accordance with CAO HBO);
  • 8.3% end-of-year bonus, 8% holiday allowance and possibly an allowance for travel expenses and/or home working allowance;
  • About 53 days off if you work full-time;
  • Every opportunity to work on your personal and professional development;
  • Freedom and independence in your work;
  • Fun activities from HZ Fun, HZ Sport and HZ Cult as well as free access to HZ Vitality Center.

Working at HZ University of Applied Sciences: the personal university of applied sciences
Together with some 600 staff members and 5,000 students, we dedicate ourselves daily, with innovative education and research, to our mission; contributing to a better world.

Working at HZ means working in a vibrant community where there is plenty of room for unique ideas and the development of your talents so that you can grow. The doors are always open everywhere, so you can drop in on colleagues just like that. Because at the end of the day, we do it together. Whether you work as a teacher, caretaker, marketing employee, ICT specialist, HR advisor or financial manager: together we contribute to a better, sustainable world. That is the strength of our personal university of applied sciences.

Do you also believe that future-proof research and education starts with you? Then apply immediately, but before 30 April, via the application button below. Still prefer some more information first? Lecturer Wietse van de Lageweg, can tell you all about this vacancy. You can call him on: +31 118-489890.

Have you received an invitation for an interview? This will take place on 10 May.

At HZ University of Applied Sciences, we manage the recruitment of our new colleagues ourselves