Assistant/Associate Professor – Wageningen

Assistant Professor / Associate Professor Knowledge, Technology and Innovation (tenure track)

Published on May 10, 2017
Location Wageningen
Scientific field Agriculture

We are looking for

We are looking to appoint an ambitious, innovative and collaborative scholar to join a thriving group researching and teaching at the interface of Knowledge, Technology and Innovation.

The Knowledge, Technology and Innovation group is a new configuration that aspires to be 'the place to be' for engaged international scholars and students who are passionate about understanding and influencing the complex relations between knowledge, new and emerging technology, social processes and materiality. Through our work we seek to enhance reflexivity in science, contribute towards making processes of technical and social innovation more responsible, responsive and democratic, and thus support the 're-configuration' of societal discussions, interactions and outcomes. Our research aims to achieve impact, particularly in relation to global challenges, such as food security, poverty, health hazards, inequality, environmental degradation, climate change, technological controversy, conflicts and scarcity of resources.

We ask

The successful candidate will:

  • Have a PhD in a relevant social science or interdisciplinary field of study;
  • Be a recognised expert in one or more fields of: science and technology studies, innovation studies, development studies, transition studies, anthropology, sociology, political science, communication sciences;
  • Hold an excellent publication record relative to his or her stage of career;
  • Possess the capacity or potential of acquiring, leading and managing externally-funded research projects;
  • Be an inspiring teacher and student supervisor with enthusiasm for teaching and working with students in an international setting;
  • Have a broad understanding and appreciation of different theoretical and methodological traditions in our field of study;
  • Be committed to achieving societal impact in relation to global challenges;
  • Enjoy a collaborative orientation and possess good management skills.

We offer

We offer talented scientists a challenging career trajectory (Tenure Track). From the position of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor you can grow into a Full Professor holding a Personal Chair. Your track record will determine if you enter the tenure track system at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor.
Training and coaching opportunities are provided and interdisciplinary (international) cooperation is stimulated. You will also be given the chance to build up your own research line.

As we will only be selecting outstanding candidates to take part in Tenure Track, this will be a good stepping stone to a further career within Wageningen University and Research or elsewhere.

We offer you a temporary contract for 0,8 - 1,0 FTE, with a possibility of extension if the tenure track criteria are met. Gross salary for an Assistant Professor: from € 3.427 to € 5.330 per month and for Associate Professors from € 4.749 to € 6.349 per month based on full time employment (38 hours a week) and dependent on expertise and experience.

Besides a competitive salary, we offer several additional benefits, such as an end-of-year extra month salary, a holiday allowance, and a pension plan with the Dutch pension fund for government and education ABP. 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

For more information please contact Prof. Cees Leeuwis via or +31 317 484310.

You can apply online at or at Academic Transfer, until June 4, 2017, (24.00 hours local time).

All applicants are invited to submit a cover letter, foregrounding their research and teaching expertise and their suitability for the job, plus a curriculum vitae. In addition we request a 2 page vision document identifying how the candidate sees their research and teaching developing in the coming years.

We are

Wageningen University & Research
The mission of Wageningen University & Research is 'to explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life'. Wageningen University & Research focuses on the domain of 'healthy food and living environment'. We do not just develop top-quality expertise, we also help translate our knowledge into practice worldwide. That is why we do fundamental research all over the world. We also train professionals who, in the near and distant future, will discover breakthroughs in science and technology. We are ranked among the top international universities in the field of life sciences. Our education programme has been graded for twelve years in a row as the best in The Netherlands.