Senior scientist in economic CGE modeling

Published on
April 26, 2021
Location Den Haag
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We are looking for

Are you an experienced economic computable general equilibrium (CGE) modeller and interested in both code writing for improving an in-house simulation CGE model (MAGNET) and in using the model in cross-cutting applications? Do you have extensive experience in applied quantitative economic analysis and have you worked on global and country-level analyses of food, water, climate, circular and bio-economy issues related in particular to fisheries and aquaculture, biofuels, bio-chemicals, waste and waste treatment, fertilizers, emissions and renewable energy?

We are looking for a talented colleague with a customer- and market-oriented attitude and a great affinity with applied scientific research. Proven experience in the development and application of CGE models, interest in agri-food research, including in fisheries and aquaculture and circular and bio-economy in particular, and ambition to further develop and use our global economic CGE model MAGNET is a must. You should have the capability to execute outstanding independent research projects as a result-oriented team player and senior scientist. Your most important activities in doing so will be:

  • Contributing to further development and maintenance of the global CGE model MAGNET, as a tool for scenario analyses assessing implications of new policies and other changes in the economy and natural environment.
  • Leading other CGE modellers and code writers of the MAGNET model in the course of expanding, advancing and improving the model over time.
  • Conducting research activities, including acquiring, performing and leading research projects on simulating and assessing the impacts of agricultural, fisheries and aquaculture, and circular, bio-economy and bioenergy policies on the global economy, with a particular focus on the impact of policies enabling a sustainable and inclusive economy.
  • Leading, as project leader, multidisciplinary teams through the entire research process from acquisition to delivering results. In this role you will be also communicating regularly with your customers in order to adequately respond to their needs and wishes.
  • Within your projects, establishing and maintaining national- and international-level contacts with research institutes, and public and private sector organisations such as the Dutch Ministries of Agriculture and Foreign Affairs, EC Horizon 2020, EC JRC, EC Directorates-General, CGIAR, OECD and UN.
  • Alongside your research, further expanding your network in both the public and private sectors to generate new opportunities for continuation of research in your area.
We have seven expertise groups at Wageningen Economic Research. You will be working in the expertise group International Policy. The expertise group is committed to contributing to a more sustainable world by doing applied socio-economic research for food business, governments and NGOs. The group comprises a multidisciplinary and multinational team of micro and macro modelling experts and researchers in policy and impact analysis, and maintains an economy-wide model for applied global analysis (MAGNET).

We ask

  • an advanced degree in economics, with a PhD in a relevant discipline, and experience or affinity with CGE modelling of fisheries and aquaculture and of the circular and bio-economy being an advantage;
  • an advanced know-how, i.e. mastering either GAMS or Gempack programming, knowledge of the GTAP database and GTAP model code, and proven experience in development, maintenance, and application of CGE modelling tools, demonstrated in applied research project outcomes;
  • an advanced knowledge of computer visualisation tools, such as Power BI and the related data warehouse, that allow for creating interactive presentations of complex research results in the form of policy dashboards and other dynamic formats. Proven experience in creating such visualisations would be an advantage;
  • 6-10 years relevant work experience in fields related to the applied research of agri-food system dynamics demonstrated by publications in scientific journals and other media;
  • a keen interest in applying socio-economic research in public and private sector domains and the ability to work in international, multidisciplinary teams;
  • experience in leading project teams and project management, with a good network and experience with fund-raising being an advantage;
  • customer-oriented with good communication and acquisition skills, and having a broad network within research and among potential customers;
  • proficiency in spoken and written English and Dutch. An additional language is considered an advantage;
  • experience in publishing research results in reports, media and peer-reviewed journals.

We offer

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:

  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and paid parental leave;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.
In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will of course receive a good salary. We offer, depending on your experience, a competitive gross salary of between €3.925,- and €5.892,- for a full-time working week of 36 hours, in accordance with the CLA Wageningen Research (scale 12). Additionally, a contract for 0.8 FTE can be discussed.

Wageningen University & Research encourages internal advancement opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a multi-faceted position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

More information

For more information about this function, please contact Volkert Beekman, Head of International Policy, telephone +31 6 10057236 or by e-mail;

For more information about the procedure, please contact Sandra Willemsen, Corporate recruiter or Bianca Aversteeg, Recruitment support via

Do you want to apply?
This internal vacancy is open up to and including the 24 May 2021, you can apply via the intranet page by clicking on the 'apply' button at the bottom of the vacancy text.

We would like to schedule the first interviews for Friday 9th of April 2021.

Equal opportunities
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. For more information please go to our inclusivity page. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.

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Wageningen University & Research
The mission of Wageningen University and Research is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.

With its roughly 30 branches, 6.500 employees and 12.500 students, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of Wageningen’s unique approach. WUR has been named Best Employer in the Education category for 2019-2020.

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