Professor and Chair of the Knowledge, Technology and Innovation
Wageningen University Department of Social Sciences

Professor and Chair of the Knowledge, Technology and Innovation Group (KTI)

Location Wageningen

We are looking for

An innovative and inspiring scholar in the field of science, technology and innovation studies to join our faculty and lead the Knowledge, Technology & Innovation Group at Wageningen University & Research.

The Knowledge, Technology and Innovation Group (KTI) studies processes of socio-technical innovation and transformation. The Group examines how innovation is organised, and how it is supported and mediated by different kinds of organisations, intermediaries and innovation policies. The research and education of the chair group focus on the local and global challenges that are central to the domains of Wageningen University & Research, such as food insecurity, poverty and inequality, health hazards, environmental degradation, climate change, and resource scarcity. Current intersecting research lines are: (1) making knowledge work; (2) configuring technology and society; and (3) co-designing responsible and sustainable innovations. The Group is composed of 10 tenured and tenure-track scientific staff, 1 lecturer, 2 guest researchers, 6 postdoctoral researchers and around 30 PhD candidates.

KTI is part of the Department of Social Sciences within our University. The Department provides social sciences research and academic education on the domains of Wageningen University: food, environment, health, and agriculture. With its emphasis on knowledge, technology and innovation, the Group is well positioned to collaborate with other social and life sciences groups. The KTI Group participates together with the Philosophy Group and the Strategic Communication Group in the section Communication, Technology & Philosophy.

As head of the KTI Group, the new chair holder will lead a vibrant and collaborative team with a strong international orientation. The chair holder will support the group's research ambitions by further strengthening its position in national and international networks, by managing its internal processes in a constructive and cooperative way, and by strengthening the established research lines as well as bringing novel ideas. The successful applicant will play an active role in the Group’s education programme and will provide a supportive working environment to academics at different career levels. Strengthening the acquisition of external funding for research and attracting PhD candidates are key elements of the chair holder’s responsibility.

We ask

  • Holds a PhD degree in Science and Technology Studies, Innovation Studies or any other relevant Social Sciences discipline;
  • Has an established reputation in science, technology and innovation studies, reflected in high quality and internationally recognised publications;
  • Enjoys working in a multidisciplinary environment and has experience in connecting social and life sciences disciplines;
  • Has a vision for future research and education on knowledge, technology and innovation in the Wageningen University & Research domains of food, health and environment;
  • Demonstrates an ability to lead research in a group where diverse theories and methodologies are used;
  • Possesses a proven capacity to acquire, lead and manage externally-funded research projects;
  • Enjoys managing professionals and demonstrates an inspiring, collegial, and unifying leadership style characterised by the passion to develop people, build teams, and create synergy;
  • Is an inspiring educator and PhD supervisor, with a proven ability to design and innovate teaching methods;
  • Is committed to achieving societal impact and to interacting effectively with societal partners in research and education.

We offer

You will be working for an international oriented organisation with research projects all over the world. We offer you a challenging position as full professor and chair of Knowledge, Technology and Innovation. In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a number of additional benefits, such as an end-of-year- extra month’s salary, a holiday allowance and a pension plan with the Dutch pension fund for government and education. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, by which 30% of their salary is exempt from tax. More information about this can be found on our website.

Coming from abroad

Wageningen University & Research is the centre for research and entrepreneurship on Food, Health and the Living environment. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world. The historic university town of about 36,000 residents is centrally located in the Netherlands, and its academic community from more than 100 countries gives the town a lively, international feel. The university’s highly qualified team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family. A specialised staffing agency will help your partner to find a job. The Wageningen University & Research's International Community page  contains practical information about what we do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen.

More information

Further information about the position can be obtained from Professor Dr Erwin Bulte, Chair of the Appointment Advisory Committee (Email: More detailed information on the profile of the KTI Chair Group is available upon request (via


You are invited to send your complete application via the respond-button on top of this page or via email to Dr Esther Roquas, Please include an application letter with curriculum vitae and a separate list of publications. The deadline for applications is 23 November 2020.
The Appointment Advisory Committee will interview selected candidates for this position on 14 January 2021. The Committee will thereafter invite short-listed candidates for a second interview and a trial lecture on 9 March 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 12,500 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.

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