Tenure track position available on Integrated analysis and design of animal production systems

Published on
November 20, 2020

Do you want to contribute to exploring the role of animals in food systems that respect the planet, the animals and the people? Is quantitative modelling one of your areas of expertise? Do you want to strengthen the further development of the Animal Production Systems group, both in research and in teaching? We would like to get in contact with you.

We are looking for ...

We are looking for a talented scientist who is eager to develop quantitative models that allow integrated analysis and design of alternative futures at local (farm) and regional level (including analysis of trade-offs and synergies and uncertainties). Someone who acquires, leads and implements innovative and creative (inter-)national research projects in our group; collaborates with colleagues and supervises PhD students, BSc and MSc theses and develops and teaches courses. In this way, you will contribute to the quantitative underpinning of the role of animals in food systems that respect the planet, the animals and the people.

Our group

The Animal Production Systems (APS) group is one of twelve chair groups within the Department of Animal Sciences at Wageningen University. Using concepts of systems analysis, we aim at providing integrated analysis of existing and innovative animal production systems to design a sustainable food future.
We acknowledge that the future role of animals in a sustainable food system is heavily debated. The animal sector contributes to food security and other ecosystem services, but has also a significant impact on the environment and is associated with concerns around, for example, human health (zoonoses; non-communicable diseases), animal welfare, labor conditions and farm profitability. We are aware that the transition towards a sustainable future implies making difficult decisions among conflicting goals (e.g. reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving biodiversity or improving animal welfare) that also emerge at various scales (farm, region, nation, chain). The degree to which we understand these integrated consequences of diverse animal futures is however still limited.


  • You have completed a PhD in animal sciences, environmental sciences or agroecology and have strong quantitative modelling skills.
  • You have experience with integrated modelling of alternative food futures, preferably regarding the role of farm animals.
  • You have a good track record of scientific publications published in top journals in the field.
  • You are proactive, eager to learn and like to work as part of a team.
  • You have experience or affinity with working in interdisciplinary teams.
  • You enjoy and have experience in teaching and supervision of BSc/MSc students (start as assistant professor) and preferably PhD students (start as associate professor).
  • You communicate well, written and orally, in English.
  • You have experience with acquisition of research funding, as shown by awarded scholarships (start as assistant professor) or grants (start as associate professor).
  • The ambition to develop yourselves in the Wageningen Tenure Track system.

Conditions of employment

Wageningen University offers you as talented scientist a challenging new career trajectory called Tenure Track. We have the ambition to attract top scientific talent and to stimulate their development. From the position of Assistant Professor you can grow into the position of Associate Professor and if you meet the criteria even into a Professor holding a personal chair. The selected candidate for this position can enter Tenure Track as either Assistant or Associate Professor, depending on someone's experiences and skills.
We are looking for talented scientist who can excel in education and research. We offer you a temporary contract for 38 hours per week, which can lead to a permanent employment contract.

For more details please check the extensive description.

    More information

    Additional information about this vacancy can be obtained from: Prof. Imke de Boer by email

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    Closing date

    December 8, 2020