PhD Position 'Impact of mixed farming systems on value chains'

Published on
February 5, 2020
Location Wageningen
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We are looking for

European agriculture is becoming increasingly specialized. The shift towards mixed agricultural systems potentially leads to more sustainability and resilience to shocks. Such a change would have significant repercussions for the agricultural value chain. However, the potential impacts are thus far not quantified for the value chain. Do you want to contribute to value chain analyses in relation to mixed farming and agro-forestry systems throughout Europe?

The Business Economics (BEC) group starts up a PhD project focusing on the quantitative analysis of value chains in the context of farming and agro-forestry systems that become more mixed as a response to sustainability and resilience concerns. The project aims to understand impact on costs, incentives and risk management along value chains. Assessments take place for a variety of chains including local and international-oriented chains. The project includes qualitative and quantitative research methods and should result in publishable research output.

We ask

We invite applications for the PhD position from candidates with:

  • an MSc degree in a discipline relevant to the PhD project (e.g. business economics, value chain management, agricultural economics);
  • proven excellent analytical and writing skills;
  • knowledge of quantitative methods (e.g. economic modelling, stochastic simulation);  
  • knowledge of qualitative methods (e.g. structured interviews, focus groups);
  • passion about research;
  • affinity with agriculture is an advantage.

We offer

We offer a challenging, multi-disciplinary and future-oriented research project, embedded in a stimulating scientific environment.

In principle this is a 48 month PhD position. We offer you a temporary contract for 18 months which will be extended with 30 months if you perform well. Salary will increase from € 2325 gross per month in the first year up to € 2972 in the last year, based on a full-time appointment (38 hours a week) in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement Dutch Universities.
In addition, we offer:

  • 8% holiday allowance;
  • a structural year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent training opportunities and secondary employment conditions;
  • flexible working hours and holidays can possibly be determined in consultation so that an optimal balance between work and private life is possible;
  • excellent pension plan through ABP;
  • 232 vacation hours, the option to purchase extra and good supplementary leave schemes;
  • a flexible working time: the possibility to work a maximum of 2 hours per week extra and thereby to build up extra leave;
  • a choice model to put together part of your employment conditions yourself, such as a bicycle plan;
  • a lively workplace where you can easily make contacts and where many activities take place on the Wageningen Campus. A place where education, research and business are represented;
  • use the sports facilities on campus.
Wageningen University & Research stimulates internal career opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are ample opportunities for own initiative in a learning environment.
We offer a versatile job in an international environment with varied activities in a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

More information

For more information about this function, please contact prof. Miranda Meuwissen, +31 (0)317 483857 (, or dr Frederic Ang, +31 (0)317 483248  (  
General information about Business Economics can be found on

You can apply for this position up to and including the 1st of March, 2020. Please apply via
The first job interviews will take place on the 4th of March, 2020.

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 specialized 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, 5,000 employees, and 10,000 students, it is one of the leading organizations 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.
Strategically placed within Wageningen University & Research, the Business Economics Group (BEC) performs research and teaches across a wide range of aspects of agricultural business economics and food supply chains.

Equal opportunities employer
We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

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