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Assistant Professor Forest and Nature Conservation Policy

We are looking forAn enthusiastic and ambitious Assistant Professor to strengthen research and education at our group. While excellence is the main selection criterion, complementarity in research networks and experience will be taken into ...

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Bornsesteeg, Wageningen, Gelderland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
30 - 30 uur


We are looking for
An enthusiastic and ambitious Assistant Professor to strengthen research and education at our group. While excellence is the main selection criterion, complementarity in research networks and experience will be taken into account as well.


We ask
The successful candidate :
  • Holds a PhD in policy sciences, science and technology studies, social forestry, conservation policy, human/cultural geography, anthropology, sociology, development studies, or another relevant social science discipline.
  • Has a strong international track record in preferably two of the three research themes of FNP (global-local nexus, engagement/participation, role of expertise/knowledge), evidenced by a list of (some) high quality peer-reviewed publications.
  • Is an ambitious and enthusiastic scientist and team player, devoted to research and teaching in the social sciences of forest and nature.
  • Has a proven track record in acquiring research funding or has potential to do so.
  • Has an international academic reputation and network, as evidenced by (some) reviewing and editing experience, international conference presentations, collaborative research activities and joint publications.
  • Has a strong network, or is building such a network, with relevant professional and societal organizations in Europe and/or the tropics.
  • Has strong didactic skills and the ability to be(come) an inspiring teacher.
  • Has excellent communicative and writing skills and is able to communicate with both the academic and professional fields as well as with lay audiences
  • Is willing to contribute to general tasks and activities of the chair group, the university and the academic community at large.


We offer
We offer you an 0.8 FTE temporary position. Evaluation on job performance is every 3 years, which can lead to a permanent employment contract after 6 years, if fulfilling the requirements of the Tenure Track system of Wageningen University. Gross salary per month from € 3.472,- to € 4.757,- (assistant professor position)

Additional information

More information
For additional information, please contact: Prof.dr. B.J.M. Arts, bas.arts@wur.nl or Prof. dr. E. Turnhout, esther.turnhout@wur.nl

The deadline for application is till 1 December 2017.

For this position you can only apply on line

Please don't send your application directly to Prof.dr. B.J.M. Arts or Dr. E. Turnhout.


We are
The department of Environmental Sciences of Wageningen University provides fundamental research and academic education on our living environment: nature, landscape, land usage, adaptation to climate change, water and ocean management, and the various competing claims on space. This also includes biodiversity and the sustainability of management and production. Wageningen University is part of the Wageningen University and Research concern.

FNP focuses on the political, social and cultural dimensions of forests, nature and landscapes in teaching and research activities. Geographically, it covers various regions in the world (the Netherlands, Europe, Tropics) and various spatial and administrative scales (from the global to the local). FNP's research program includes three interrelated themes: (1) the global local nexus in forest and nature governance; (2) engagement and participation of private actors in public policy; and (3) the role of knowledge and expertise in policy, management and conservation. Theoretically, FNP's research program builds upon the so-called Practice Based Approach (PBA). This approach takes 'social-ecological practices' as its entry point of analysis and offers qualitative and quantitative accounts of forest and nature policy, management and conservation. Besides scientific analysis, FNP is also involved in applied research and policy advice. FNP includes a staff of nine people and over 20 PhDs.