Assistant Professor/Associate Professor Communication in Natural Resource Management (Tenure Track)

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23 juli 2018
Locatie Wageningen
Expertisegebied Behavior and Society
Einddatum zo 2 september 2018
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We are looking for

As a tenure track Assistant Professor/Associate Professor you are responsible for the organisation, implementation and coordination of new research activities as well as building up a leading international position. You are expected to generate external financial support for an innovative research agenda. In this position you will also be motivating and teaching students and develop new courses. Acquainting students from various programmes with different forms of communication research, and assisting them in developing coherent research proposals will be a significant part of the teaching duties. Training and coaching is provided for the Assistant/Associate Professor to accomplish all this.

We ask

Our preferred candidate is an ambitious and enthusiastic scientist and a team player, devoted to research and education.

You will also:
- hold a PhD in a relevant social science discipline (e.g. communication science, innovation studies, anthropology, sociology, development studies, political science, etc.);
- be an inspiring teacher and student supervisor with enthusiasm for teaching and working with students in an international setting;
-have the ability to teach diverse communication theories and research methods, including interpretive, qualitative methods;
- have a strong affinity with environmental communication preferably in the area of natural resource management;
- have a proven international and interdisciplinary orientation;
- have an excellent publication record relative to your stage of career;
- possess the capacity or potential of acquiring, leading and managing externally-funded research projects;
- be committed to achieving societal impact in relation to global challenges;
- enjoy a collaborative orientation and possess good management skills.

We offer

We offer you, as talented scientist, a challenging Tenure Track career trajectory. From the position of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor you can grow into the position of a Professor holding a Personal Chair. Of course, training and coaching are provided and interdisciplinary (international) cooperation is stimulated. As we will only be selecting outstanding candidates to take part in Tenure Track, this will be a good stepping stone to a further academic career within Wageningen UR or elsewhere.
You will be given the opportunity to develop your own research line. We offer a temporary contract for 38 hours per week, with the possibility of extension, which can lead to a permanent employment contract. Gross Salary: for Assistant Professors from € 3.545 to € 5.513 per month and for Associate Professors from € 4.911 to € 6.567 per month based on full time employment and depending on expertise and experience. In addition we offer an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end- of-year bonus (8.3%), the ABP Pension scheme and training and career development. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may also qualify for a special tax relief, in which 30% of their salary is exempt from tax.

More information

We would like to receive your online application with motivation letter and curriculum vitae before September 3rd, 2018. The first round of interviews will be held on September 10, 2018. Additional information can be obtained from Prof. dr. ir. H. te Molder, ( or tel. 0317-484562).
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Acquisition regarding this vacancy is not appreciated.

We are

We are currently looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious communication researcher who would like to join our Strategic Communication group as Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in Communication in Natural Resource Management in a tenure track position.

Wageningen University is a top class university, ranking among the world’s leading institutions in the food, agri- and environmental domains.
The Strategic Communication group’s research and teaching is connected to life science issues of global importance, such as food production, climate change, nature conservation, land use planning and health. Collaboration with social and natural scientists is a defining element of the group’s research and education portfolio. In education, the group contributes to various programmes, most notably the bachelor programme “Communicatie en Life Sciences” and the master programme “Communication, Health and Life Sciences”. The central aim is to understand how communication facilitates unplanned change or could be strategically designed for change. Hereto, communication is studied at micro level (e.g., conversations and dialogue) and macro level (e.g., public debates), and includes mediated (e.g., social media and blogs) and non-mediated (e.g., expert-lay interactions) forms of communication.
Research of the Strategic Communication group is organized in three themes: 1) communication, organization and change; 2) communication and behaviour change; 3) communication, contestation and cooperation ( Our new tenure tracker will strengthen our team particularly in the first theme,  with a focus on international development and natural resource management. This tenure track assistant professor/associate professor research and teaching position focuses on communicative processes in complex, dynamic, multi stakeholder settings in an international context where the use of environmental resources such as land, water and biodiversity are negotiated in interaction. Communication themes such as the mobilization of actors around issues, the creation of meanings of in interaction and the understanding and resolution of public conflicts could be of interest.