Postdoctoral researcher Risk management in EU farming systems

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28 augustus 2017
Locatie Wageningen
Expertisegebied Economics
Einddatum zo 1 oktober 2017
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Wij zoeken

We are looking for
Wageningen University and Research has a vacancy for a post-doctoral researcher (starters job) for a project that is part of a large EU-funded project (Horizon2020) entitled “Towards SUstainable and REsilient EU FARMing systems (SURE-Farm)”. Europe’s agricultural sector faces a range of economic, environmental and social challenges, including more volatile producer prices, unusual weather patterns, upstream and downstream market power along the value chain, increasing dependence on financial institutions, and political risks. The accumulation of these uncertainties lead to concerns about the long-term viability of food production, the sustainability of agricultural systems, and the vitality of rural areas. These risks and uncertainties differ widely across regions, different types of farms and different farming systems. The SURE-Farm project aims to design pathways to improve the resilience of farming systems. Specific objectives are to develop a framework to measure the determinants of the resilience; improve the understanding of farmers’ risk behaviour and risk management decisions; analyse the interrelations with farm demographics; evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the existing policy framework; make long-term projections towards the effective delivery of private and public goods by a variety of farming systems across the EU; and to synthesise lessons learned to design an enabling environment. SURE-Farm is led by Wageningen University & Research. In total, the consortium includes 16 partners (13 countries) and has a strong transdisciplinary approach with active roles for e.g. upstream and downstream value chain actors and insurance companies. The postdoctoral researcher will work on the SURE-Farm project for 50% of the time, the other part includes (participation in) other research projects of the Business Economics group and educational activities.  

Your tasks include:

  • Conceptualise how risk management contributes to resilience of EU farming systems.
  • Analyse the role of risk management in multiple EU case studies.
  • Contribute to the management of the SURE-Farm project including the organisation of consortium and stakeholder meetings.
  • Contribute to educational activities in the area of risk management and finance.
  • Participate in research projects of the Business Economics group.

Wij vragen

We ask

  • A doctorate degree (PhD) in applied (agricultural) economics or a related field.
  • Experience in modelling and analysing data.
  • Proven track record in publishing research output in academic journals and/or books.
  • Interest in the issue of resilience in EU agriculture and more generally in the research topics of the research group.
  • A creative, critical and collaborative person with an open mind towards interdisciplinary research.
  • Ability to build a network of researchers within the domain of the project.
  • Ability, willingness and commitment to collaborate in a research team and write joint publications.
  • Fluency in English.

    Provisional starting date: 1st December 2017, or sooner when a suitable candidate had been identified

Wij bieden

We offer
We offer you an employment contract for 1 FTE (38 hours a week) for a period of 36 months. The maximum gross salary is € 3427.00 per month (based on fulltime employment).
In addition, we offer a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-the-year bonus of 8.3% of your annual salary.

The successful applicant will be based at the Business Economics Group (BEC). In addition the candidate will cooperate with three Wageningen-based SURE-Farm PhD students, and the other members of the SURE-Farm consortium, and will regularly travel to these partners for collaborative work and meetings.

Meer informatie

More information
Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from:
Dr Miranda Meuwissen, email:, Tel: +31 (0)317 483857
To apply, please upload your letter of motivation, a CV and an example of your writing online via our online application button before October 2, 2017.

Wij zijn

We are
Wageningen University is a leading institution in the area of life sciences. The Business Economics Group is one of the chair groups in the university comprising 12 faculty and 25 Phd students.  The research of this group focuses on measuring and evaluating economic performance, risk management, animal and plant health economics and on economics of sustainable food production. The research domain encompasses economic actors in international food supply chains. More information about the Business Economics Group can be found at
Acquisition regarding this vacancy is not appreciated.