Plant Sciences Unit ILVO’s Own Capital Researcher agricultural hydrology and groundwater-soil-plant interactions

Do you want to contribute to sustainable water management and explore the role agriculture can play? Do you like hydrological modelling at different scales and linking those models to other disciplines? Do you also like to be out in the field to do measurements putting those models to the test and do you enjoy working with an interdisciplinary team to do so? Then you are the colleague we are looking for!

Important information

  • Location: Melle
  • Contract type: Full-time
  • Diploma: Master diploma
  • Application deadline Thursday 15th of june

Your capabilities

  • You have a master degree. in Civil Engineering (Hydrogeology), Bioengineering (Soil and Water Management), Science or equivalent.
    • If you have a foreign diploma, we ask you to obtain equivalence recognition. You can apply for this at NARIC Vlaanderen
  • You can work with one or more hydrological models relevant to water management in an agricultural context
  • You have an affinity with programming (e.g. in Python)
  • You have a good knowledge of English (spoken + written)
  • You have at least 2 years of experience within a consultancy, engineering or research environment

Personal competences

  • You can analyse a problem and propose and implement a research approach
  • You can translate model results to other researchers and stakeholders.
  • You take initiative and can work independently
  • You like to work with a focus on results

Plus points

  • You have knowledge of geophysical techniques (e.g., ERT, EMI,... )
  • You have knowledge of or experience in sustainable agriculture

We offer

We offer you a open ended contract (we have financing for two years). with a competitive salary based on your degree. You will be recruited in the salary scale A165 or

A166 (depending on your diploma). You can make a gross and net calculation of your monthly salary, a holiday bonus and your end-of-year allowance via Relevant experience can be considered for financial seniority.

You get a varied, challenging and socially relevant job in a dynamic environment with attractive working conditions and development opportunities. Hybrid work is possible if the position allows it.

Additional: Hospitalization and group (life) insurance, commuting allowance (bicycle – public

transport), meal vouchers (7 €/day) and a total of 35 holiday days based on last year's performance (private scheme). Between Christmas and New Year you get additional leave.

The past summers have shown that Flemish agriculture is very sensitive to drought. Climate scenarios show that both the amount of precipitation and the number of days with precipitation in summer will decrease. In addition, extreme peak rainfall events will also occur more often. The need for smart agricultural water management will therefore only become more acute. To quantify the impact of water scarcity on agriculture and to test the efficiency of solutions, there is a need for adapted model ensembles that allow us to represent the links between groundwater, soil, climate, crop and management. Several ongoing projects use such models for a variety of applications ranging from smart drainage over the effectiveness of local infiltration techniques to quantifying the impact of drought and rising groundwater tables on agriculture in Flanders.

Need more information?

Sarah Garré

Sarah Garré

ILVO researcher and water expert

Edith Bauwens

Edith Bauwens

Medewerker personeelsdienst