Associate Professor Forest and Nature Conservation Policy

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15 juli 2019
Locatie Wageningen
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We are looking for

We ask:
We are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious academic to strengthen our group and take on a tenure-track position of associate professor. While excellence in research and teaching is the main selection criterion, complementarity in research networks and experience will be an important consideration as well.

We ask

The successful candidate:

  • Holds a PhD in a relevant social science or humanities discipline.
  • Has an excellent fit with the FNP research program and a good scientific track record in social studies about or related to forest and nature, as evidenced by a substantive list of high-quality, peer-reviewed publications.
  • Has strong didactic skills and experience with teaching at BSc and MSc levels in the social sciences and for interdisciplinary audiences.
  • Has a proven track record in acquiring research funding and in managing complex research projects.
  • Has a strong international academic reputation and network, as evidenced by reviewing and editing experience, international invited lectures or conference presentations, collaborative research activities and joint publications as well as strong networks with relevant professional and societal organizations both in Europe and other global regions.
  • Has a long-term vision on the field with regard to research and teaching and is able to innovate accordingly.
  • Has excellent communicative and writing skills, is able to communicate clearly to multiple audiences, and can successfully interact with academics, professionals, and lay audiences.
  • Is able and willing to contribute to general tasks and activities of the chair group, the university and the academic community at large.
  • Has the ambition to obtain a personal professorship in the future.

We offer

We offer a challenging position as a tenure tracker within our group.
A full-time (38 hours/1.0 fte per week) appointment. Evaluation on job performance is every 3 years, and a positive outcome will lead to a permanent position after 7 years. Your salary will depend on knowledge and experience. Gross salary per month is from € 5039,- to € 6133,-  (scale 13) based on full time employment.

You will enter a career trajectory called Tenure Track, with a phenomenal environment for you to grow, excel and work within the department to make a difference in our field. Successful evaluation will allow growing towards a Professor holding a Personal Chair. This includes the chance to define your own research line and research group. We offer training and coaching, as well as opportunities to work part-time.

In addition, we offer:

  • 8% holiday allowance;
  • a structural year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent training opportunities and secondary employment conditions;
  • flexible working hours and holidays can possibly be determined in consultation so that an optimal balance between work and private life is possible;
  • excellent pension plan through ABP;
  • 232 vacation hours, the option to purchase extra and good supplementary leave schemes;
  • a flexible working time: the possibility to work a maximum of 2 hours per week extra and thereby to build up extra leave;
  • a choice model to put together part of your employment conditions yourself, such as a bicycle plan;
  • a lively workplace where you can easily make contacts and where many activities take place on the Wageningen Campus. A place where education, research and business are represented.

More information


Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from Prof.dr. Esther Turnhout, acting chair holder Forest and Nature Conservation Policy, Information about the terms of employment can be obtained from Patty van Beek, HRM-advisor, .

Applications for this position should be submitted before 7 September 2019 (6 September 23.59 CEST).
Interviews are scheduled for 11 October 2019.

Please do not send your applications directly to Professor Turnhout or Ms. van Beek.

We are

We are:
The Forest and Nature Conservation Policy (FNP) chair group at Wageningen University in the Netherlands focuses on the political, social and cultural dimensions of forests, nature and biodiversity in teaching and research activities. The group covers various regions in the world (the Netherlands, Europe, Tropics) and various spatial and administrative scales (from the global to the local).
The FNP research program builds upon social and political theory and qualitative research approaches, with a special focus on practice-based research. This focus takes ‘social-ecological practices’ as an entry point for research and generates critical, theory informed and empirically grounded accounts of forest and nature practices across the globe and at multiple levels and scales. Topics include community-based conservation, forest management, landscape approaches, participation and citizen science, certification and traceability of forest-risk commodities, accounting for forest carbon stocks, as well as the politics of environmental knowledge and science-policy-society interfaces for biodiversity.
The strategic focus of the FNP research program includes three interrelated themes that apply practice-based research approaches to specific empirical domains: (1) the politics of forest and nature governance; (2) human-nature interactions; and (3) management, value chains, and markets.

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