Professor and Chair to lead the Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group

We are looking for

The Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group (FNP) uses a variety of social sciences perspectives and methods in its research and education on forest and nature conservation policies, management and governance. The Chair Group has a specific focus on:

  • Forest and nature conservation policies and governance (national and global)
  • The role of power and knowledge in policymaking
  • Human-nature interactions
  • Management of forest value chains and markets

As the new chair you will further advance an innovative research and education programme at Wageningen University. You will acquire research funding, teach and supervise students and PhD candidates. You will develop an internationally relevant research programme, drawing on the expertise of the current team. The new chair must therefore be able to encourage research from different theoretical and methodological research traditions, and stimulate the development of a shared research programme. You will ensure the Group continues to grow into a supportive working environment for young and established academics. You are a successful applicant if you are able to further strengthen the Chair Group’s profile in national and international networks, as well as effectively and constructively lead the Group’s internal processes.

We ask

  • you hold a PhD degree in a relevant social sciences field;
  • you have profound knowledge of forest and nature conservation policies and governance;
  • you are experienced in connecting with natural sciences disciplines;
  • you have a proven scientific track record with publications of recognised international quality;
  • you can present and implement a vision for future research, education and impact on forest and nature conservation policy;
  • you have an inspiring, collegial, and unifying leadership style characterized by the passion to develop people, to build teams, and to create synergy;
  • you have a proven track record of acquiring, leading and managing externally-funded research projects;
  • you are an inspiring teacher and supervisor, with the ability to develop courses at Bachelor, Master, and PhD level, and with an interest to innovate teaching methods;
  • you have affinity with transdisciplinary research and with working on policy-relevant issues.

We offer

You will be working for an international oriented organisation with research projects all over the world. We offer you a challenging position as full professor and chair of Forest and Nature Conservation Policy. In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a number of additional benefits, such as an end-of-year- extra month’s salary, a holiday allowance and a pension plan with the Dutch pension fund for government and education. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, by which 30% of their salary is exempt from tax. Have a look on https://www.wur.nl/en/Jobs/Moving-to-the-Netherlands.htm

Coming from abroad
Wageningen University & Research is the centre for research and entrepreneurship on Food, Health and the Living environment. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world. The historic university town of about 36,000 residents is centrally located in the Netherlands, and its academic community from more than 100 countries gives the town a lively, international feel. The university’s highly qualified team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family. A specialised staffing agency will help your partner to find a job. The Wageningen University & Research's International Community page (https://www.wur.nl/en/International-students-and-staff.htm) contains practical information about what we do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen.

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. Furthermore, given our active policy to be as inclusive as possible as organization, we warmly invite international and female scholars to apply.

More information

Further information about the position can be obtained from Professor Dr Katrien Termeer, Chair of the Appointment Advisory Committee, Email: katrien.termeer@wur.nl, Tel: +31 317482907.

More detailed information on the profile and the FNP Group is available upon request via Esther Roquas, esther.roquas@wur.nl
You are invited to send your complete application via the respond-button on top of this page, or via email to esther.roquas@wur.nl. Please include an application letter with curriculum vitae and a separate list of publications.
The deadline for applications is April 2020

The Appointment Advisory Committee will interview selected candidates for this position on 19 May 2020. In case you are short-listed for a second day of interviews the Committee will invite you for a trial lecture on 16 June 2020. 

We are

Delivering a substantial contribution to the quality of life. That's our focus – each and every single day. Within our domain of good and safe food & food production, food security and a healthy living environment, we search for answers to issues affecting society – such as sustainable food production, climate change and a healthy living. With 5,500 people we work on ‘the quality of life’, turning ideas into reality, on a global scale.

A strong dedication to teaching and fundamental research, combined with innovative applied research, builds a rich learning environment. Our students, the innovators of tomorrow, also benefit from first-class research and educational facilities.

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The Chair Group Forest and Nature Conservation Policy is composed of 9 tenured and nontenured scientific staff, 6 lecturers, 2 support staff and about 30 PhD candidates. FNP is part of the Department of Environmental Sciences within our University. The Department provides research and academic education on the environment: nature, landscape, land use, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, water management, and the various competing claims on space. With its emphasis on forest and nature conservation policy, the FNP Group is well positioned to collaborate with other environmental and social sciences groups. FNP participates together with the Public Administration and Policy Group, the Law Group, and the Environmental Policy Group in the Wageningen Centre for Sustainability Governance.