Assistant / Associate Professor of Global Food Systems Sustainability
Wageningen University

Assistant /Associate Professor in Global Food Systems Sustainability (Tenure Track)

Location Wageningen

We are looking for

Are you an early or mid-career scholar with a profile working on the sustainable transformation of global food systems? Do you want to contribute to an exciting and strongly international and interdisciplinary teaching programme at Wageningen University?

Your research contributes to current (social) scientific debates on the policy, governance and practice of transforming food systems, integrating environmental concerns (e.g. climate change, biodiversity loss, fresh water scarcity), health concerns (the triple burden of malnutrition: hunger, micro-nutrient deficiencies and obesity) and socio-economic concerns (livelihoods of small farmers, global justice, influence from large private companies).
You do this by building on Global Value Chains (GVC), food systems and their governance, Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), global diets, social practices approaches to consumer behaviour and sustainable production and consumption. Your work is also global in scope, bringing perspectives on food systems both within and extending between multiple regions around the world.

You will develop, supervise, and carry out high-quality research in collaboration with your own international network, as well as with colleagues at the Environmental Policy Group (ENP) and Wageningen University. You will also be pro-active in acquiring funding from a mix of government, EU and private sources and publish regularly in leading international academic journals. Over the medium term, you will be supported to develop an individual research grant application to either the Dutch Innovational Research Incentives Scheme or the European Research Council.

In the short term, you will be expected to adapt existing courses taught by the ENP Group in the Masters of International Development, Environmental Sciences and Urban Environmental Management. Over the long term, opportunities will emerge to develop your own courses and contribute to the design and policy of MSc and BSc programmes.

In this challenging career trajectory:

  • you acquire, lead and implement innovative and creative (inter-)national research projects in the ENP Group;
  • you are a senior researcher who collaborates with colleagues and supervise PhD students, BSc and MSc theses and you develop and teach courses;
  • you contribute to the further development of the ENP Group.
Tenure Track is a career path for hardworking scientists who pursue to excel in education and research. We seek to attract scientific talent and to stimulate and support their development.

The group is divided into five thematic research areas. You will contribute primarily to the ‘Sustainable Food Transformations’ theme, but are also encouraged to collaborate with colleagues and students in the other themes focusing on marine governance, urban transformations, climate futures and environmental mobilities. Please watch the short video of Prof. Simon Bush who tells more about our group

We ask

  • a PhD degree in sociology, social or economic geography, political sciences, institutional economics or other social science disciplines with a demonstrated focus on food and the environment;
  • a proven interest in innovating theory for making sense of food system transformations;
  • experience with innovative qualitative or mixed research design and methodologies;
  • a clear vision for future research challenges related to innovating policy, governance and practice for transforming food systems;
  • willing to expand your profile in interdisciplinary research and education with natural scientists in the field of food systems;
  • excellent communication and social skills, a coaching leadership style and experience in acquiring and leading internationally oriented research projects;
  • passion for education and supervision of BSc to PhD level students;
  • a strong interest in delivering high quality education at both BSc and MSc levels; ability will be favourably considered;
  • a publishing record in peer reviewed international academic literature;
  • demonstrated interest or ability to work in an interdisciplinary research environment;
  • proven capacity to develop an international network in your specific field.
We seek a strong team player and a personable, social colleague willing to balance your personal interests with those of the group.

For this position you will need an excellent English language proficiency (a minimum of CEFR C2 level). For more information about this proficiency level, please visit our special language page.

We offer

We initially offer a fixed-term, 7 year contract which, upon positive evaluation based on criteria elaborated in the University's Tenure Track policy, can lead to a permanent employment contract as professor. Your salary will depend on expertise and experience and the maximum gross salary for Assistant Professors is €5.826,- per month and for Associate Professors the salary can grow up to €6.940,- per month. Both based on a full working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement Dutch Universities.
In addition, we offer:

  • 8% holiday allowance;
  • a structural end-of year bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent training opportunities and secondary employment conditions;
  • flexible working hours that we determine together in good consultation;
  • excellent pension plan through ABP;
  • 232 vacation hours, the option to purchase extra and good supplementary leave schemes, e.g. the possibility to work a maximum of 2 hours per week extra for extra leave;
  • a flexible model to put together part of your employment conditions yourself, such as a bicycle plan;
  • a lively workplace on the Wageningen Campus;
  • make use of the sports facilities on campus for a small fee.
Wageningen University & Research stimulates internal career opportunities and mobility with our internal recruitment policy. For your personal development we offer you the ‘Development program Tenure Track’. This program supports you in further development of your competences. We also offer you the possibility to gain the Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO) which is a requirement in the Tenure Track policy. With us you get a versatile job in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere for students and staff from over 100 countries around the world.

You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland, and at a university that has been chosen as the “Best University” in the Netherlands for the 15th consecutive time.

Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, known as the 30% ruling.

More information

For more information about this function you can contact Prof. Peter Oosterveer via

For more information about the procedure you can contact Sandra Willemsen, Recruiter SSG or Bianca Aversteeg, Recruitment support via

Do you want to apply?

This can be done directly via the application button at the vacancy on our website so that we can process your personal data with your permission.

This vacancy is open up to and including the 13th of August, 2020. We want to plan the first job interviews on the 1st of September, 2020. A public lecture and thesecond round of interviews is planned the 23rd of September, 2020.

The intended starting date is late 2020 or early 2021.

Equal opportunities employer

We are an employer that offers equal opportunities. We are happy to receive applications from all suitably qualified people regardless of race, gender, functional impairment, religion / belief, sexual orientation or age.

We believe that a diverse and inclusive working environment makes us a more relevant, competitive and resilient organization. Click here for more information about working at WUR with a functional impairment.

We are

The mission of our University is to explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life. Within Wageningen University & Research, nine specialised research institutes from the Wageningen Research Foundation and Wageningen University have joined forces to help answer the most important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.

With approximately 30 locations, 6.500 employees, and 12.000 students, it is one of the leading organisations in its domain worldwide. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of the unique approach of Wageningen. We have been named Best Employer in Education category 2019-2020.

Click here for more information about working at Wageningen University & Research. More information about Wageningen Campus you can find here.

We do the recruiting for this vacancy ourselves. Please do not contact us for sales purposes.

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