Academic Teacher

Published on
May 22, 2023
Location Wageningen
End date Mon 19 June 2023
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Your job

Are you an enthusiastic teacher with a social science profile in the field of forest and nature conservation? Are you excited about developing, coordinating and practicing teaching and education at the university? Then this could be the ideal position for you!

The Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group at Wageningen University and Research is looking for an inspiring academic teacher with a profile relating to the research and education portfolio of the Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group. As a teacher you will develop an own strong education profile primarily contributing to the Bsc and MSc Forest and Nature Conservation programs. As one activity you are expected to contribute to education of MSc students and professionals under the framework of a newly acquired European grant that focuses on the deforestation governance. You will dedicate approximately 70-80% of your time to education, and about 20-30% to research and management.
The position is embedded within the Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group in the Department of Environmental Sciences of Wageningen University, which provides fundamental research and academic education on our living environment. The chair group focuses on the political, social, cultural and economic dimensions of forests and nature. The FNP research program includes three interrelated themes: 1 Forest and nature policy and governance, 2 Value chains and markets for ecosystem services, 3 Nature-society interactions. FNP is a member of the Wageningen School of Social Sciences (WASS) and of the Wageningen Centre for Sustainability Governance.

Your qualities

The ideal candidate must:

  • Hold a Master degree and/or a PhD (preferred) in a relevant (social) science field, e.g. relating to forest and nature conservation, natural resource management, or environmental studies.
  • Have a profile in line with the description above, connected to a demonstrated interest in teaching and university education and experience in relation to FNP’s education focus;
  • Have (ideally) experience in teaching at BSc and MSc levels in the social sciences and/or for interdisciplinary audiences connected to natural resource studies;
  • Have good communicative and writing skills; the ability to communicate and teach in Dutch is desirable for this position;
  • Are a team-player and are willing to contribute to general tasks and activities of the chair group;

We offer you

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

  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and partially 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 compensation / 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.
  • the opportunity to develop yourself as a teacher and take part in an education programme geared towards achieving your University Teaching Qualification (UTQ).
In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will be offered a fixed-term, 4 years contract which, upon positive evaluation based on criteria elaborated in the University's Education Career Path policy, can potentially lead to a permanent employment contract as an Academic Teacher. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive gross salary of between € 2.960,- and € 4670,- for a full-time working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU)  (scale 10).

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 the Netherlands, and at a university that has been chosen as the “Best University” in the Netherlands for the 18th 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.
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. For instance under the "30% rule", certain categories of international staff can receive tax exemption on approximately 30% of their gross salary.

Do you want more information?

For more information about this position, please contact Dr Koen Arts, Education Coordinator of the Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group,
For more information about the procedure, please contact Noorien Abbas, Corporate Recruiter, by email:

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 19th June 2023. We hope to schedule the first job interviews in the last week of June 2023.

Equal opportunities
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. For more information please go to our inclusivity page. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.

We are

Wageningen University & Research
The mission of Wageningen University & 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, 7,200 employees (6,400 fte) and 13,200 students and over 150.000 participants to WUR’s Life Long Learning, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. The unique Wageningen approach lies in its integrated approach to issues and the collaboration between different disciplines.
Wageningen University and Research is constantly ranked high in international rankings, inter alia it is globally ranked as the number 1 university in the field of agriculture and forestry and between number 1 and 3 in the field of environmental science and/or ecology in several international rankings (
Read the 5 reasons why your future colleagues enjoy working at WUR and watch this video to get an idea of our green campus!
We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.

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