Professor and Chair of the Public Administration and Policy
Wageningen University

Professor and Chair of the Public Administration and Policy Group

Published on
October 6, 2021

Location Wageningen

We are looking for

We are looking for an inspiring Professor to lead the Public Administration and Policy (PAP) Group, who desires to work on the governance of sustainability challenges with a strong group of scientists in the field of public administration and policy. The new chair holder will enable the group's research ambitions by further strengthening its position in national and international networks, by managing its internal processes and people in a cooperative way, and by strengthening the established research lines as well as pursuing 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 interacting with societal partners are key elements of the chair holder’s responsibility.

The Public Administration and Policy Group is internationally renowned for its leading research and interdisciplinary education on the governance of sustainability challenges at a local, national, regional and global scale. The Group focuses on:

  • Governance of wicked problems in the domains of 1) water and climate, 2)  food and agriculture, 3) energy and the circular economy;
  • Connecting disciplinary foundations of public administration, political science, and organisational science with interdisciplinary insights on sustainability governance;
  • Co-designing sustainability governance arrangements with societal partners.
Take a look at the Group’s website to learn more about our ground-breaking research projects, education and publications. And take a virtual tour on our green and sustainable campus here!

We ask

  • a PhD degree in public administration, political science or closely related discipline;
  • enthusiasm for and experience in managing professionals with an inspiring, supportive and inclusive leadership style;
  • profound knowledge of the governance of sustainability challenges and a vision for future research and education;
  • a track record of scientific publications of recognized international quality, contributing to disciplinary and interdisciplinary debates;
  • proven experience in interdisciplinary research and teaching and proven affinity with one or more of the Wageningen domains, in particular, water and climate, food and agriculture, energy and the circular economy;
  • a track record of acquiring, leading and managing externally funded research projects from a variety of funding sources;
  • a committed and inspiring educator and PhD supervisor, with a proven ability to design and innovate teaching methods;
  • commitment to achieving societal impact and the ability to interact effectively with societal partners in research and education.

We offer

You will be working for an international oriented organization with research projects all over the world. We offer you a challenging position as full professor and chair of the PAP Group.
In addition to a competitive salary, we offer several 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. International candidates moving to the Netherlands may benefit from a special tax relief, by which 30% of their salary is exempt from tax. Have a look on

Coming from abroad

We are a globally leading university in the life sciences. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees.

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 specialized staffing agency will help your partner to find a job. Furthermore, we can assist you in finding school for your kids and advise you on finding housing in the region or elsewhere in the Netherlands. The Wageningen University & Research's (WUR) 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 acquired from Professor Dr Ewout Frankema, Chair of the Appointment Advisory Committee, email:, tel: +31 (0) 317 484027

More detailed information on the profile and the PAP Group is available upon request via the executive secretary of the Committee, Dr Esther Roquas,


You are encouraged to upload your complete application via the respond button on top of this page. Please include in separate documents an (1) application letter, (2) curriculum vitae and a (3) list of publications.

Applications can be sent until and including 1 December 2021.
Selected candidates will be interviewed for this position on 18 January 2022. In case you are short-listed for a  second day of interviews the Committee will also invite you for a trial lecture on 18 February 2022.

The policy of Wageningen University and Research is to increase the number of female professors. Therefore, all female candidates who qualify and fit the profile will be invited for an interview.

Equal opportunities

WUR employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who encourage and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organization and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. For more information please go to our inclusivity webpage. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.

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, 6.800 employees and 12.900 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.

Read the 5 reasons why your future collaegues enjoy working at WUR and watch this video to get an idea of our green campus!

The Public Administration and Policy Group is currently composed of 8 tenured and non-tenured scientific staff, 1 lecturer, 1 support staff, 2 postdoctoral fellows and over15 PhD candidates. The Group is part of the Department of Social Sciences within Wageningen University. The Department provides social sciences research and academic education in the domains of Wageningen University: food, environment, health. With its emphasis on public administration, policy and sustainability, the Group is well positioned to collaborate with other social sciences and life sciences groups. The Public Administration and Policy Group participates together with the Environmental Policy Group, the Law Group and the Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group in the Wageningen Centre for Sustainability Governance.

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