Vacancy: Assistant Professor in Informational Infrastructures for Environmental Sustainability

Published on
September 21, 2018

We are looking for

We are looking for an emerging scholar in the field of environmental sociology with a demonstrated interest in the role of informational infrastructures for achieving environmental outcomes. Your research will contribute to theoretical development and scientific debates around how such infrastructures can be understood and how demands for information and transparency have become central to the field of environmental improvement, and you will feed into the use and development of these infrastructures in the life science domains of Wageningen University. You may focus on any combination of information-based services, value chain technologies, mobile sensing related to climate, food, urban environments and/or mobility. You also have an established track record in developing and applying qualitative and/or quantitative research methodologies in research aimed at the development of sociological theories of the environment.

You will develop supervise and carry out global-level, high-quality research in collaboration with your own international network, as well as with colleagues at the Environmental Policy Group and Wageningen University and Research. You will also be pro-active in acquiring funding from a mix of government, EU and private sources and publish regularly in leading international academic journals. Over the medium term, you will be supported to develop an individual research grant application to either the Dutch Innovational Research Incentives Scheme or the European Research Council.

You will contribute to a strongly internationally oriented teaching programme at Wageningen University. In the short term, you will be expected to adapt existing courses taught by the Environmental Policy Group in a number of interdisciplinary Masters programmes, including the Masters of Environmental Science, Masters of Urban Environmental Management and/or the Masters of Climate Science. Over the long term, opportunities will emerge to develop your own courses and contribute to the design and policy of MSc and BSc programmes at the University.
The successful candidate will proceed through the tenure track system at Wageningen University. You will therefore establish an internationally visible independent research line and identify where your research makes a societal impact. You will also motivate team members as a group leader and professor in your specific field.
We are looking for a strong team player. The Environmental Policy Group is divided into five thematic research areas. You will contribute to any of the five research themes of the environmental policy group; climate, urban, marine, food and sustainable mobility. Above all, you are a personable, social colleague willing to balance your personal interests with those of the group.

We ask

  • A PhD degree in sociology, human geography, or another discipline relevant to environmental social science.
  • An interest in innovating social theory for making sense of the development, role and potential for informational infrastructures for environmental sustainability
  • Experience with innovative qualitative and quantitative research design and methodologies
  • A clear vision on the goals and future direction of informational infrastructures for contributing to positive climate, food, urban environments and/or mobility related environmental outcomes.
  • Excellent communication and social skills, a coaching leadership style and experience in acquiring and leading internationally oriented research projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to inspire and supervise MSc and PhD students.
  • Demonstrated experience and affinity with delivering high quality education at both BSc and MSc levels; a Dutch university teaching qualification (BKO) or equivalent will eventually be required.
  • A strong publishing record in peer reviewed international academic literature.
  • Demonstrated interest or ability to work in an interdisciplinary research environment.
  • Proven capacity to develop an international network in your specific field.
  • A strong team player willing to contribute to the wider interests of the group.

We offer

We offer a tenure-track position (0.8 to 1.0 fte) initiated at the Assistant Professor level. Training and coaching during the Tenure Track is provided and aimed to lead to the position of Professor holding a Personal Chair in Informational Infrastructures for Environmental Sustainability. Career steps follow an assessment of performance at predefined times by a tenure track committee. See here more information on the Wageningen Tenure Track system. We offer you a temporary contract for 30,4 to 38 hours per week for seven years, which can lead to a permanent employment contract after a positive assessment by the tenure track committee. Gross year salary ranging from € 48.000 up to € 65.000 (Scale 11 CAO Dutch Universities) based on full-time employment, dependent on expertise and experience. This includes 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-the-year bonus of 8,3%.  

More information

Would you like to know more about this vacancy? We will be more than happy to provide you with further information. Please contact: dr. Machiel Lamers, telephone number +31 (0)317 484274; e-mail address: Interested?

Please submit your application no later than October 19th, 2018 via our online application button. The application should include:

  • Letter of motivation
  • CV, including a list of publications
  • Names and contact details of two referees
  • If available, teaching evaluations

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.

We are

The Environmental Policy Group in Department of Social Sciences at Wageningen University has an internationally recognised reputation in the area of environmental social science and policy research and education. Our 14 tenured staff, 4 Postdocs and over 35 PhD students focus on the social and political science of environmental transformations. Our research is divided into five research innovation platforms: marine governance, sustainable food transformations, governing climate futures, sustainable urban infrastructures and governing environmental mobilities. Research of the group has a strong international orientation, being conducted at both the global level as well as in number of countries across Europe, Africa and Asia. The staff profile of the group is also international, with more than 12 nationalities employed. For further details see Wageningen University and Research aims to delivers substantial contribution to the quality of life. That's our focus – each and every day. Within our domain, healthy food and living environment, we search for answers to issues affecting society – such as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy. Of course, we don’t do this alone. Every day, 6,500 people work on ‘the quality of life’, turning ideas into reality, on a global scale. Could you be one of these people? We give you the space you need.