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ISRIC is dedicated to recruiting the best staff possible for serving the international community with information on the world's soil resources. We invite you to explore the following current opportunity/-ies of working with us:

Specialist in Sustainable Land Management with experience in data management and spatial information

ISRIC — World Soil Information ( is an independent foundation based in Wageningen, The Netherlands. ISRIC has a mission to serve the international community with information about the world’s soil resources to help addressing major global issues. ISRIC is the World Data Centre for Soils (WDC-Soils) since 1989  accredited by the International Council for Science (ICSU). ISRIC maintains the World Soil Museum and a collection of >1000 soil monoliths from all over the world. In partnership, ISRIC operates in four priority areas: (i) standard setting for soil information; (ii) production and serving of spatial soil information products; (iii) education and capacity building and (iv) development of derived products for specific user groups. ISRIC, being located at the Wageningen Campus, has a strategic cooperation agreement with Wageningen University.

Job description

ISRIC produces high quality soil information products at global and national scale and has a long and solid reputation in the field of land degradation (LD) and sustainable land management (SLM). In order to expand the use of this soil information in the field of sustainable land management we are looking for a specialist in Sustainable Land Management with experience in data management and spatial information. Major duties are to:

  • develop spatial information products on land degradation and sustainable land management together with users and clients (such as scientists, policy makers, private sector and actors in the agricultural sector);
  • actively engage with users and clients, to clarify their needs and engage in a co-production process to develop the mentioned products;
  • develop these products with ISRIC mapping specialists integrating the soil information products developed by ISRIC;
  • maintain an effective network with scientists, policy makers and practitioners in the field of sustainable land management around the globe.

The successful candidate by preference has:

  • at least an MSc degree in e.g. physical geography, agronomy, soil science. Although we are not looking for a scientific researcher, a scientific track record in LD & SLM is an asset.
  • significant experience (> 7 years) in land degradation and sustainable land management studies at national, regional and global scales; proven track record of international projects in land degradation and sustainable land management;
  • affinity with and experience in spatial mapping techniques, preferably in the context of land degradation and/or sustainable land management;
  • a relevant and active international network;
  • strong personality with ability to effectively engage with users and clients;
  • good command of English and preferably more international languages (e.g. French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese)
  • willingness to travel frequently when needed

We offer
We offer a challenging position in an international working environment with a diverse, experienced and motivated team at a renowned institute in the field of soil information, located on the campus of Wageningen University & Research (WUR). You will have the possibility to setup joint activities with researchers from WUR.

The position will be a full-time position on a temporary basis for a period of 1.5 years, with a prospect of extension after successful evaluation. A part-time assignment of a minimum of 4 days per week is negotiable.Salary depends on knowledge and experience with a minimum of € 3427,- and a maximum of €5330,- gross per month (Dutch university pay scale 11/12), based on full-time (38 hours) employment..

More information 

Rik van den Bosch, Director.
+31 (0)317481713

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You may apply for this job before 8-05-2017