Postdoc position 'Really closing the Loop: the role of cities in circular Food Systems'

Published on
February 22, 2021
Location Wageningen
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We are looking for

Are you a proactive post-doc interested in food systems and the behavioural aspects of systems transformation? Are you ready to explore the gap between individual behaviour and social change in cities and regions? We are looking for an economist with experience in designing and conducting experiments.

We believe that a systems approach to urban economics requires behavioral insights and (choice) experiments designed to inform larger scale models. Current debates about social tipping and the transformation of urban systems lack behavioral insights, and you have an opportunity to lead an internationally visible research agenda. Are you ready to contribute with original and innovative ideas? Then apply for this post-doc position and work in a team with Prof. Eveline van Leeuwen, Prof. Francisco Alpízar, and Dr. Roger Cremades on an open and exciting research agenda. If you are interested, you can also take part in the educational activities of the Urban Economics Group, such as supervising students or contributing to lectures.

We ask

  • you have completed a PhD, preferably in economics or economic geography;
  • you conduct quantitative experimental research that contributes to societal challenges;
  • you are a team player experienced in interdisciplinary topics;
  • you are interested in combining observational and experimental data in spatially explicit models;
  • you are interested on currently trending topics in urban economics, such as the transition towards a circular economy, or sustainable food systems in cities and connected regions;
  • you communicate well, written and orally, in English;
  • you have interest and demonstrable skill in publishing in renowned scientific journals.
Because of the composition of the group, we especially welcome applications from female researchers.

We offer

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:

  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and paid parental leave;
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.
In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will of course receive a good salary. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive gross salary of between €2.790,- and €4.402,- for a full-time working week of 38 hours, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 10). At first you will receive a contract for 1 year, after positive evaluation the contract will be extended for the remaining period. In total this is a position for 2 years.

Wageningen University & Research encourages internal advancement opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a unique position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.
You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland, and at a university that has been chosen as the “Best University” in the Netherlands for the 16th consecutive time.

Coming from abroad
Wageningen University & Research is the university and research centre for 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. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, known as the 30% ruling. Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.
Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen University & Research's International Community page contains practical information about what we can do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. Furthermore, we can assist you with any additional advice and information about helping your partner to find a job, housing, schooling, and other issues.

More information

For more information about this position, please contact ES (Eveline) van Leeuwen via

For more information about the procedure, please contact Sandra Willemsen, Corporate recruiter or Bianca Aversteeg, Recruitment support via

Do you want to apply?
You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval.
This vacancy will be listed up to and including the 14th of March 2021. We hope to schedule the first job interviews on the 19th of March 2021.

The intended starting date is the 1st of may 2021, at the latest.

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, 6.500 employees and 12.500 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.

These are the points our employees list as good reasons to come work at WUR: read the 5 reasons to come work at WUR

We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.


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