Wageningen University Research WUR The Netherlands

Researcher in Climate and Agriculture at Wageningen, Netherlands, May 2022

The Netherlands

Researcher position in climate change and biodiversity loss related to food systems is available for applicants with doctoral degree at the Land Use and Food Security” team, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands, May 2022.

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General Info

Position: Researcher
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 3 Years (possible for permanent position)
Salary: € 3.391,- and € 5.268

Agrosystems Research

Wageningen University & Research (WUR), the Netherlands


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Qualification Details

  • An enthusiastic scientist with a PhD in agricultural sciences (or related fields and you have a proven affinity to agriculture), preferably with a focus on sustainable agriculture, climate change and regional approaches.
  • Proven experience with quantitative assessments in agriculture, climate change and land use, and a demonstrated affinity for multi- and interdisciplinary research.
  • You have knowledge in the combined fields of agriculture, and climate change adaptation and mitigation. Preferably you are also familiar with issues of nature and biodiversity in a Dutch, European, or wider international context.
  • You have published in the aforementioned field in peer-reviewed journals and have experience in communicating in broader reaching media.
  • Experience and proven success in acquiring and managing externally funded research projects.
  • Fluency in English and Dutch, or the intention to learn Dutch for professional purposes.
  • You deal creatively with new topics, are flexible and independent.
  • A skilled team player and networker who easily connects with colleagues and stakeholders from different disciplines and domains.

You enjoy sharing your experience and insights with colleagues and are curious to learn from them. You will be part of our community of scientists, enrich our joint learning process and celebrate our achievements together. We exchange and collaborate amongst each other, based on the values of sound science, trust, transparency, and togetherness. We are eager to get to know you!

Responsibilities/Job Description

We are looking for an agricultural researcher dedicated to tackling questions on climate change and biodiversity loss related to food systems.Questions like these come up:

  • What are the challenges now and in the future?
  • What is required to develop and implement potential adaptation and mitigation strategies?
  • How can impacts be quantified, and how could this guide policy decision making?
  • What players and processes need support in tackling societal challenges in an environmentally and socially responsible way?

As researcher you work on complex societal issues: you have a focus on agriculture and its relationship with planetary boundaries. You are aware of the interdependencies of societal challenges, which require cross-cutting approaches. You are used to taking into account system dynamics, uncertainty, variability and extremes. You like to listen to different parties in order to understand well what points of view, needs and research questions they have and why. You are confident and creative to set up research projects that address issues of different components and levels in the food system. You are a team player and communicator.

At the business unit Agrosystems Research, we conduct contract research, applying a systems approach to farming and food systems from many sectorial perspectives. We are looking for a scientist interested in analyzing and developing systems solutions that benefit farmers and society, being part of our group of scientists and projects.Your skills, ambitions and positive attitude will further strengthen the position of our business unit. You will contribute to further developing and anchoring an interdisciplinary systems approach in Agrosystems Research. You will work from our "Land Use and Food Security" team.Your activities will consist mainly of the acquisition, management and implementation of projects. You will do this in collaboration with colleagues within and beyond our business unit. You will work on both societal and scientific impact. Your workplace is an inspiring environment at the intersection of academic and applied research.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval.

This vacancy will be listed up to and including May 8th, 2022.Please note: at least half of the candidates that are invited for the personal job interviews will consist of women.First job interviews by MS Teams are planned for the end of May/beginning of June, 2022.

About the Department

Agrosystems Research

Agrosystems Research is part of the Plant Sciences Group of Wageningen University & Research. We advise the public and the private sector and provide training in areas of our expertise. We are a community of scientists working on safe and sustainable agricultural systems, well embedded in society, respecting the planetary boundaries and contributing to the quality of life. We work in a demand driven contract research organization, where stakeholders’ needs are explored and served. Acquiring new research projects is an intrinsic part of our work.Our core business is understanding and quantifying the soil-crop-environment continuum at both the process level and the ecosystem level, which we assess with mixed methodologies like integrated assessments, the analysis of big data. We do this by means of experimental design, surveys, computer modelling, ICT, on-farm testing and implementation in interaction with stakeholders. Our research and knowledge-intensive advisory systems are based on agronomy and ecology as our main scientific disciplines, which are increasingly complemented by social science research. Our vision of agroecology is to integrate agronomy, ecology, technological and social research in interaction with stakeholders. This requires an integrated, inter- and transdisciplinary perspective for the study and development of food systems.

Our objective is to foster context-specific levels of productivity of agriculture in a sustainable and socially acceptable manner and promote the resilience of systems to deliver food security, feed, fuel, fiber and other services under current and future climate, biodiversity and resource availability.

As guiding principles we work synergistically in teams, like to express and base our opinions on sound science and operate self-conscientiously in our networks to have impact, and to attract and serve our clients’ needs. We strongly believe in diversity and inclusiveness to strengthen our teams, their modus operandi and their impact.

About the Employer:


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 4%;
  • 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 € 3.391,- and € 5.268,-  for a full-time working week of 36 hours, in accordance with the CLA Wageningen Research (scale 11). You also have the opportunity to work part-time (e.g., 32 hours per week). Evaluation on job performance is every year and a positive outcome will continue in a permanent position within utmost 3 years.

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Contact details

For more information about this function, please contact: Dr Marianna Siegmund-Schultze, team lead, e-mail: [email protected], T +31 317 488224 or Dr Raymond Jongschaap, business unit manager, e-mail: [email protected], T +31 317 480570.

For more information about the procedure, please contact [email protected]. Please do not send your application directly to Dr Siegmund-Schultze or Dr Jongschaap.

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