Lecturer/Researcher in Agricultural Water Management and Remote Sensing


The Land and Water Management Department conducts research and provides post-graduate education and training to professionals in the fields of agricultural systems development and management, quantitative analysis for water resources management, integrated systems and nexus modelling, and actors and institutions for water and environment. The department aims to add value to managed land-water systems. It focuses on monitoring, assessing, understanding, and anticipating the impact of intervention and change to land-water systems. Department researchers use different methods, models and approaches to link scientific insights from different disciplines to support the transdisciplinary co-creation of knowledge. We work together with decision-makers, water users, other stakeholders, and scientists in diverse fields to co-create new solutions and scientific knowledge as a basis for positive societal impact in the face of global water challenges.

IHE Delft together with partners implements research and capacity development projects related to the use of remote sensing in the field of water and agriculture. This includes the use of remote sensing to estimate crop evapotranspiration, to map crop types and irrigated areas, and to assess performance of irrigated and rainfed agriculture. 


The new staff member will be involved in the implementation of research, teaching, and capacity development projects in remote sensing application for water in agriculture. The candidate will have teaching responsibilities in his/her area of expertise and will be expected to supervise MSc and PhD. There is a continuous request for tailor-made training at partner institutes, mostly in the Global South, and hence the candidate is expected to be available for international travel. 


  • PhD degree in either (i) agricultural water management with proven experience in the use of remote sensing, or (ii) earth observation science with knowledge of agriculture, or (iii) spatial analysis for agricultural water productivity;
  • Be able to work and collaborate within a dynamic multidisciplinary team and with project partners and stakeholders in the global South;
  • Affinity to working in a multicultural environment;
  • Proven ability to conduct research projects and a record of peer-reviewed publications;
  • Competency in project management and potential for new project and research grant acquisition;
  • University teaching experience, preferably at the post-graduate level;
  • Participation in teaching, research and/or capacity building projects in developing countries and countries in transition is an asset;
  • Excellent command of the English;
  • Willingness to frequently travel and work abroad for short-term assignments.

Terms of employment

The employment contract is for 38 hours per week.

This role requires the candidate to be based in the Netherlands, Delft or willing to relocate to the country.

A competitive (scale 10/11) salary 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).

The expected start date of the position is 1 May 2024.

Information and application

Additional information can be obtained from Prof Charlotte de Fraiture, chair of the Water and Agriculture group ( or Head of Department, Dr. Nora van Cauwenbergh (

IHE Delft follows an open procedure of recruitment, which respects diversity and provides equal opportunity to applicants of all backgrounds.

Applications (in English) should respond specifically to the requirements and can be sent by 31 March 2024 including curriculum vitae and motivation letter. You can upload the PDF files in the application form. 

Please use the ''apply'' button on the bottom of the page, applications through email will not be taken into consideration. 

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Publicatie datum: 1 March 2024 15:01