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Field laboratory specialist

The University of Twente, Faculty ITC wishes to increase the number of women in the faculty in order to have a more balanced staff profile. During all phases of the selection process, we will therefore prioritize selecting women who fit the profile.

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Key takeaways

  • Hours
    40 hr.
  • Salary indication
    Salary gross/monthly
    based on full-time
    € 3,226 - € 5,090
  • Deadline
    30 Sep 2023

Earth and environmental research relies on reliable field measurements of the state of the Earth and its atmosphere. The development of remote sensing datasets requires fiducial measurements of essential earth and environmental variables in the field.

You will contribute to the design and implementation of field experiments in earth and environmental research, and custom solutions for existing instruments. These experiments take place in The Netherlands and internationally, also outside Europe, and include aspects of the biosphere, hydrosphere and solid earth. Tasks include acquiring and maintaining instrumentation, developing a calibration and maintenance plan and field measurement protocols, quality assurance of measurements, and data archiving and dissemination. Further, we expect you to contribute to project acquisition in fiducial calibration and validation activities, and actively participate in activities of international field data acquisition networks. You also contribute to teaching fieldwork skills, advising students during data acquisition and processing, and open science and data sharing policies.

Your profile

  • Affinity with geo-information management and applications
  • Good command of English (both in speech and writing)
  • Social, organizing and communication skills
  • Programming/practical ICT skills
  • Hands-on mentality and ability to find creative solutions.
  • Willingness to travel
  • Adaptability/flexibility
  • Knowledge and skills HBO (higher vocational/professional education) level or higher

Our offer

  • An inspiring multidisciplinary, international and academic environment. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda
  • Position for initially one year (full-time), after which your position can become permanent, subject to a successful evaluation
  • Gross monthly salary between € 3,226.- and € 5,090.- (depending on experience and qualifications, job profile Technician O&O O profile, level 2)
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%
  • Excellent support for professional and personal development
  • A solid pension scheme
  • A total of 41 holiday days in case of full-time employment
  • Costs for moving to Enschede may be reimbursed

Information and application

For more information you can contact Karin van den Nieuwenhuijzen(e-mail: k.j.h.vandennieuwenhuijzen@utwente.nl) or Harald van der Werff (e-mail: h.m.a.vanderwerff@utwente.nl). You are also invited to visit our homepage.

Please submit your application before 30 September 2023. Your application has to include (i) a letter outlining your motivation and fit for the position, and (ii) a CV. 1st round (online) interviews will be held on 6 October (afternoon); 2nd round (onsite) interviews will be held on 12 October (afternoon).

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About the department

The GeoScience Laboratory (GSL) at ITC is a unique research facility: it houses a combination of spectroscopy, geophysics and chemistry equipment to support in-depth research of spatial sciences.

GSL has the facilities to carry out spectroscopic and/or analytical measurements on sample material (soil, water, minerals, etc). These measurements can vary from IR-spectral measurements on organic (vegetation) or inorganic (soils, minerals) samples, chemical analysis of water and solid samples to determine element concentrations. 

The GeoScience lab provides training for correct sampling and analytical measurements, and usage of equipment with a strong emphasis on the quality control aspects. This can take place before or after a data collection phase of a research project.

About the organisation

The Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) provides international postgraduate education, research and project services in the field of geo-information science and earth observation. Our mission is capacity development, where we apply, share and facilitate the effective use of geo-information and earth observation knowledge and tools for tackling global wicked problems. Our purpose is to enable our many partners around the world to track and trace the impact – and the shifting causes and frontiers – of today’s global challenges. Our vision is of a world in which researchers, educators, and students collaborate across disciplinary and geographic divides with governmental and non-governmental organisations, institutes, businesses, and local populations to surmount today’s complex global challenges and to contribute to sustainable, fair, and digital societies.

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Nieuwenhuijzen, K.J.H. van den (Karin)

Nieuwenhuijzen, K.J.H. van den (Karin)
Head of laboratory

Nieuwenhuijzen, K.J.H. van den (Karin)
Head of laboratory

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How to apply

Step 1

When you see a vacancy that appeals to you, you can apply online. We ask you to upload a CV and motivation letter and/or list of publications. You will receive a confirmation of receipt by e-mail.

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Step 2

The selection committee will review your application and you will receive a response within 2 weeks after the vacancy has been closed.

Step 3

1st interview.
The 1st (online or in person) meeting serves as an introduction where we introduce ourselves to you and you to us. You may be asked to give a short presentation. This will be further explained in the invitation.

Step 4

2nd interview.
In the second interview, we will further discuss the job content, your skills and your talents.

Step 5

The offer.
If the conversations are positive, you will be made a suitable offer.

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About the faculty ITC 

Curious about were the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) stands for? Check out the ITC website for more information.

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