Research Officer

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15 augustus 2019
Locatie Wageningen
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We are looking for

We are looking for a creative, enthusiastic and motivated research officer who excels in communication, for a permanent position of 1 fte with the chair group of Cultural Geography (GEO) at Wageningen University & Research.

The successful candidate will map out and identify potential research synergies within and beyond the GEO group, in particular focussing on facilitating participation in projects undertaken by Wageningen Research, e.g. Wageningen Environmental Research (WENR), in the spirit of the One Wageningen policy. The successful candidate has the opportunity to develop their own research project with the prospect of e.g. a PhD degree. 

A research officer in the GEO group will contribute to a strongly internationally oriented research programme at Wageningen University. We ask ROs to:

  • Facilitate the process of joint proposals and project work and create synergies with other groups and Wageningen Research
  • Propose ideas for academic publications (can, if applicable, be listed as co-author).
  • Hold poster sessions at conferences
  • Propose well-founded ideas for research projects and follow-up research projects.
  • Inform members of GEO about ongoing research, objectives and results to be achieved
  • Provide directions and ideas about methods and procedures to be employed in upcoming research projects
  • Draw up (or delegate the drawing up of) schedules and coordination of on-going and future research

We ask

All candidates should fulfil at least the following requirements:

  • A Master’s degree in social sciences.

In addition, we are looking for
  • Experience in knowledge brokering
  • Good writing and illustration skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment and with students who have a natural science background
  • Work is performed efficiently, effectively and to a high standard
  • An enthusiastic personality to contribute to the social environment of the group.

We offer

We offer you a challenging position of 1 fte (38 hours per week) for a period of 1 year, with potential extension, pending performance review. Depending on your expertise and experience, a salary from a minimum of € 2835,- (gross) to a maximum of € 3895,- (gross) based on fulltime employment. 

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;
Wageningen University & Research stimulates internal career opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are ample opportunities for own initiative in a learning environment.

We offer a versatile job in an international environment with varied activities in a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

More information

If you have any questions about this position before submitting your application, please contact

Equal opportunities employer
We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

For this position you can only apply on line, not later than 15 September 2019

Please don't send your application directly to Edward H. Huijbens.

We are

The Cultural Geography group (GEO), part of the Department of Environmental Sciences of Wageningen University. The department’s fundamental research and education concern our living environment: nature, landscape, land use, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, water management, and various competing claims on space. The GEO group is committed to social theory in all its spatial articulations. It aims to advance critical-constructive scholarship with special attention to questions of inequality, exclusion, mobility and plurality. It seeks to translate knowledge into practical action in four closely related fields of application: landscape, tourism, nature, health & care.
The mission of our university is to explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life. Within Wageningen University & Research, nine specialised research institutes from the Wageningen Research Foundation and Wageningen University have joined forces to help answer the most important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment. With approximately 30 locations, 5,000 employees, and 10,000 students, it is one of the leading organisations in its domain worldwide. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of the unique approach of Wageningen.

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