Assistant Professor in Food Sociology (tenure track position)

Published on
July 7, 2017
Location Wageningen, The Netherlands
Scientific field Behavior and Society
End date Thu 14 September 2017
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We are looking for

An assistant professor in food sociology. You will teach and coordinate Bachelor and Master courses for the Bachelor and Master program International Development Studies (specialization Sociology of Development), the Master program Food Technology (specialization Gastronomy), and the Master program Organic Agriculture and supervise Master thesis research for these programs. You will undertake independent research and participate in international research projects focusing on the dynamics of food provisioning practices and processes and on the relations between food provisioning and sustainable rural and urban development.  Other aspects of the job include project acquisition, training and supervision of PhD students and participation in various research and/or education committees. About 45% of your time will be spent on education, 45% on research and the remaining 10% on a variety of activities within and outside the university.
Starting date: January 1st 2018

We ask

  • A PhD degree in (rural or food) sociology, food policy, cultural/human geography or related social science discipline;
  • An inspiring vision on the sociology of food provisioning;
  • Considerable experience with agro-food research, proven by publications in key international journals, and preferably in one or more of the following fields: geographical indications (PDO/PGI products), local food networks, city region food systems, food citizenship, and food sovereignty.
  • For educational purposes, a good understanding of and interest in geographical indications is preferred;
  • A relevant international network;
  • Good didactic qualities and the capacity to motivate students (candidates will be required to follow the Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Program (LTHEP, in Dutch referred to as BKO), a system adopted by all Dutch universities);
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Fluency in English and, if appropriate, willingness to learn Dutch.

We offer

A challenging career trajectory called tenure track. From the position of Assistant Professor you can eventually grow into the position of a Professor holding a Personal Chair. Of course training and coaching are provided and interdisciplinary (international) cooperation is stimulated. You will also be given the chance to build up your own research line.
We offer you a temporary contract for seven years (0.8 – 1.0 fte), which can lead to a permanent employment contract.
Gross year salary ranging from € 48,000 up to € 65,000 (Scale 11 CAO Dutch Universities), based on a full time employment and dependent on expertise and experience. This includes 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.

For more information about Tenure Track within Wageningen UR look at

More information

Additional enquiries can be addressed to the chair of the Rural Sociology group, Prof. dr Han Wiskerke (Telephone number: +31 (0)317 482679 / 484507;  E-mail address:, from 1 August 2017 onwards. More information about the profile and mission of the Rural Sociology Group can be provided by the SADE secretariat (

Information about Wageningen University, the Rural Sociology Group, the sub-department SADE and CSPS can be obtained through one of the following links.


To apply, please upload the following via our online application button on the Wageningen UR vacancies webpage ( 14 September 2017:
  • Letter of motivation
  • CV, including a list of publications
  • Names and contact details of two referees
  • One selected publication
  • Teaching evaluations
  • Statement on your research vision of the advertised position within the research themes of the chair group (1000 words max).
You will receive an automatic e-mail confirmation within 24 hours. Please note that only applications sent through the online application button can be taken into consideration.
Job interviews will be held on 21 and 22 September 2017. A second interview including a (public) lecture will be held on 11, 12 or 13 October 2017.


We are

Central to the research program of the Rural Sociology Group is a relational and place-based approach to transformation processes, explored from the perspective of the everyday life of people, and with a focus on food provisioning, territorial development and reconstructing rurality. These processes are studied from an interpretative/constructivist and predominantly micro-sociological perspective. However, we actively engage in interdisciplinary, multi-method and multi-stakeholder approaches. A common denominator in our research is the focus on actors, agency, institutionalization of practices and differential development paths.
Our mission is to contribute to the development of sustainable and socially acceptable modes of food provisioning, which foster social justice and rural resilience. Through our research we attempt to un-familiarize the familiar and undertake critical analyses, but, importantly, also be transformative by engaging in the exploration of new practices and by showing a diversity of credible options beyond dominant understandings and constellations. A key characteristic of our research program is its threefold relevance: it should contribute to the scientific development of our field and scientific discipline(s), inform policymaking and provide support for practitioners.
The Rural Sociology Group is embedded in the sub-department Sociology and Anthropology of Development (SADE), together with the Sociology of Development and Change group. Within SADE the two groups share administrative support and collaborate in education, PhD supervision and several research projects. Recently both groups joined forces with the Cultural Geography group by setting up the Centre for Space, Place and Society (CSPS), which aims to advance critical-constructive scholarship within the social sciences with a particular focus on issues of socio-spatial inequalities and social and environmental justice.