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Researcher in Quantitative Food System Analysis at Wageningen, Netherlands, May 2022

The Netherlands

Researcher position in food systems analysis with an affinity for quantitative approaches is available for applicants with doctoral degree at the Agrosystems Research, 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
Salary: € 3.391,- € 5.268

Agrosystems Research

Wageningen University & Research (WUR), the Netherlands


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Qualification Details

  • An enthusiastic scientist with an MSc or PhD in agricultural sciences (or related fields and you have a proven affinity with agriculture), preferably with a focus on sustainable agriculture and national to global approaches;
  • Proven experience with quantitative modelling and a demonstrated affinity for multi- and interdisciplinary research;
  • You have knowledge in the combined fields of agriculture, biodiversity and nutrition in a Dutch, European, or wider international context. Knowledge in applying a climate change perspective is a further asset as well as experience with spatial (land use) modelling;
  • You have published about quantitative system analysis in peer-reviewed journals and equally have experience in communicating with 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;
  • 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.

Responsibilities/Job Description

We are looking for an agricultural researcher dedicated to food systems analysis with an affinity for quantitative approaches. What does it mean in quantitative terms to manage agricultural production systems to ensure food security, use natural resources efficiently and effectively, and protect the environment? What are the characteristics of current and future food systems and how can we transform current food systems into sustainable food systems? Which trends, trade-offs and synergies can we expect? Are you keen on basing your analyses on comprehensive biophysical modelling, often in settings with multiple stakeholders, goals and levels?

As a researcher:

  • You love to perform integrative analyses according to your pertinent and exciting research questions;
  • You are practice-oriented and enjoy scientific collaboration with your colleagues;
  • You like to question and listen to different stakeholders in order to understand well what points of view and research questions they have and why;
  • You make room for creativity to develop new solutions, often in a team.

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 solutions that benefit farmers and society, being part of our group of scientists and projects. Your skills, ambitions and positive attitude to life 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 lie in carrying out, managing and acquiring 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 this vacancy page 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 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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