Researcher in Data Science and Sensors in Greenhouse Horticulture

Wageningen University

(Junior) Researcher Data Science and sensors in greenhouse horticulture

Location Wageningen / Bleiswijk

We are looking for

  • Contribute with research to the design of intelligent horticultural production systems with reduced energy and water consumption and increased production with a high-quality end product;
  • Execute projects in the field of data science and data analysis for greenhouse horticulture; connects knowledge between the fields of crop production and resource use with artificial intelligence and modelling;
  • Use information from a diverse range of sensors (e.g. plant processes, water, nutrients, soil, climate, energy) and camera systems in greenhouses, connects information from various sources with each other; develop new models and algorithms to provide growers with management information;
  • Develop new measurement, analysis and control techniques to enable remote plant production and to optimize resource use; contributes to the development of knowledge for Autonomous Greenhouse operations in the future;
  • Work in multi-disciplinary project teams together with other academic and industrial partners;
  • Conduct applied scientific research within the projects;
  • Communicate relevant research results to science and practise.

We ask

We are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious researcher with:

  • Academic level of working and thinking in the field of Data Science and sensors, study in e.g. Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Systems and Control, Biosystems Engineering;
  • Knowledge in the field of data science and machine learning; expertise on the field of modelling; knowledge of measurement and control technology, understanding of different sensor technologies;  
  • Experience in programming (for example Matlab, Python, c++, c#, Unity);
  • Basic knowledge of interaction of crop production, growth factors and technical design of production systems such as greenhouses or plant factories and the willingness to get familiar with the challenges of the (international) horticultural business;
  • Willingness to combine theoretical knowledge with practical setups and implementation;
  • Experience with project-based work;
  • Excellent knowledge of Dutch and English language;
  • Is an enthusiastic independent researcher with good communication skills and team spirit; is customer- and quality-oriented.

We offer

A challenging position with, depending on your experience, a competitive salary up to a maximum of €4.549, - gross per month for a full working week of 36 hours in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Wageningen Research (scale 10). At WUR you work in a (inter-)national leading organization in the field of research and education. This is a position for a duration of one year with the prospect of permanent employment if our cooperation is mutually satisfactory.
In addition, we offer:

  • 8% holiday allowance;
  • a fixed end-of-year bonus of 3%;
  • excellent training opportunities and secondary employment conditions;
  • flexible working hours and vacations can be determined in consultation with colleagues in such a way that an optimal balance between work and private life is possible;
  • excellent pension plan through ABP;
  • 171 holiday hours, the possibility to purchase extra and good supplementary leave schemes;
  • a choice model to put together part of your employment conditions yourself, such as a bicycle plan;
  • make use of the sports facilities on campus for a small fee.
Wageningen University & Research stimulates internal career opportunities and mobility with an active internal recruitment policy. There are ample opportunities for own initiative in a learning environment. We offer a versatile job in an international environment with varied activities in a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

More information

Enthusiastic or curious?
For more information about the position you can contact dr. Silke Hemming, team leader research team Greenhouse Technology, phone +31 317 486921.

You can apply through the application button on our website. You can apply up to and including April 15, 2021.

We are

Wageningen University & Research The mission of Wageningen University and Research is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.

With its roughly 30 branches, 6.500 employees and 12.500 students, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of Wageningen’s unique approach. WUR has been named Best Employer in the Education category for 2019-2020.

These are the points our employees list as good reasons to come work at WUR: read the 5 reasons to come work at WUR.

Wageningen University & Research, business unit Greenhouse Horticulture, is the internationally leading contract research institute for greenhouse horticulture. We focus on innovations in the greenhouse horticulture sector. Together with industry, science and government, questions on greenhouse design, crop management and cultivation are analyzed and translated into application-oriented research and innovation processes.
The business unit Greenhouse Horticulture has about 120 employees and different research teams:

  • Crop health, water and growing medium
  • Crop physiology
  • Crop management and quality
  • Greenhouse Technology
The function described here is part of the Greenhouse Technology research team. Research is conducted to develop sustainable greenhouse and indoor farming production systems in the Netherlands and various regions in the world. Experts in the field of crop physiology, crop protection, greenhouse climate, water, energy, modelling, data science, computer vision, sensors and robotics work together in a multi-disciplinary approach. They do this together with experts from science and business. For more information, take a look at https://www.wur.nl/en/Research-Results/Research-Institutes/plant-research/greenhouse-horticulture.htmwww.greenhousehorticulture.wur.nl

This position is preferably in Wageningen, however, location Bleiswijk is also possible.

We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.

Equal opportunities
WUR is an equal opportunity employer. We are keen to receive applications from all sufficiently qualified people, regardless of their ethnicity, gender, functional impairment, religion/life philosophy, sexual orientation, or age. 

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