PhD Sustainable Microbial Applications in the Food Supply Chain

Gepubliceerd op
19 juli 2018
Locatie Wageningen
Expertisegebied Economics
Einddatum zo 2 september 2018
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We are looking for

Job description:
The Business Economics Group (BEC) at Wageningen University (NL) group starts a PhD project on assessing the potentials of microbial applications in the food supply chain. You will investigate the behavioural-economic drivers and barriers for novel microbial processes/products and will estimate the associated sustainability impacts on the food supply chain. You will use various experimental, econometric and mathematical programming methods. The project should result in publishable research output.

We ask

What we look for:
We are looking for a candidate with the following qualifications:

  • A MSc in the area of (applied) economics or sustainability sciences
  • Outstanding analytical skills
  • An interest in quantitative sustainability assessment
  • Excellent oral and written communication in English, and good social communication skills
  • Experience with choice experiments is an advantage

We offer

In principle this is a 48 month PhD position. We offer you a temporary contract for 18 months which will be extended with 30 months if you perform well. Salary will increase from € 2,266 gross per month in the first year up to € 2,972 in the last year, based on full-time employment (38 hours a week). Next to a variety of secundairy labour conditions, we offer a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-the-year bonus of 8.3% of your annual salary.


More information

Contact information:
Additional information about this project can be obtained from Dr Ine van der Fels-Klerx ( or Dr Frederic Ang (

To apply for this position upload your CV and a letter of motivation before September 3, 2018.
(Diploma’s and reference letters are not necessary yet)
For this position you can only apply online:
Acquisition regarding this vacancy is not appreciated.


We are

According to the latest projections of the United Nations, the total population will rise to 9.8 billion by 2050. The supply of enough food to feed this population is a major concern. Additionally, agricultural production is associated with various environmental problems. Sustainable food production therefore is high on the political agendas. The application of microbes is seen as a novel and promising development to increase sustainable food production. However, currently, the expected consumer acceptance and sustainability impacts on the food supply chain are unknown.

Who we are:
The successful applicant will be based in Wageningen and will be a part of the group Business Economics. The mission of BEC is to analyse and support decision making of actors in food supply chains by analysing and evaluating their risks and their economic, environmental and social performance. WU is internationally renowned for its research and education in the fields of life sciences and sustainability. Through these activities we aim to make essential contributions to the quality of life.