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Full Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture (LAR) (F / M)

We are looking for a full professor and chair of Landscape Architecture (0.8-1.0 fte), who will lead the chair group Landscape Architecture (LAR).As head of the LAR group, the chair holder is ...

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Bornsesteeg, Wageningen, Gelderland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
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We are looking for a full professor and chair of Landscape Architecture (0.8-1.0 fte), who will lead the chair group Landscape Architecture (LAR).

As head of the LAR group, the chair holder is expected to lead and contribute to the development of education and innovative research. The chair studies - through research and design - how the landscape has originated, in what condition it is now and what functional and sustainable future perspectives there are. Special attention is paid to sustainability (energy and water supply, climate change), metropolitan areas, the intertwining of urban and rural areas, and the planning of large open spaces. In Wageningen landscape architecture is characterized by a thorough tradition of connecting physical landscape genesis with anthropogenic land use. In this context the chair has always paid special attention to the countryside and the role of landscape in urbanization processes, both nationally and internationally. This renders the chair a typical Wageningen niche.

Moreover, the chair holder will further strengthen the position of the group in national and international networks and manage the group's internal processes and relations in an effective and constructive way. LAR is one of the two chair groups in the joint Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning group at Wageningen University & Research.

The chair group (8 scientific staff, 2 postdocs and 10 PhD candidates) is efficiently organised and supported by dedicated secretarial, financial and HR advisors.


To accomplish this, we expect the new chair holder to have:

  • relevant academic education, holding a PhD;
  • a clear view on the scientific and societal relevance of this discipline and the willingness to take part in the social debate;
  • an inspiring vision on the role and position of landscape architectural research and education within the themes of Wageningen University and Research;
  • ample experience in research in landscape architecture and an affinity with spatial analysis, as shown by publications in leading international journals and by participation in international networks;
  • motivating teaching, supervising and course development qualities, at Bachelor, Master, and PhD level, and interest in developing novel teaching methods;
  • an integrative and interdisciplinary attitude in research and education;
  • an evidently successful track record in research acquisition from different sources;
  • coordinating, stimulating and initiating qualities with respect to research and the dissemination of its results among both society and scientific media in this field;
  • managerial skills as an inspiring effective team player with a connective coaching management style;
  • for foreign applicants: willingness to learn Dutch.
Wageningen University & Research encourages diversity among staff members in order to improve the quality of our organisation. Therefore we explicitly invite female candidates and candidates from abroad to apply.


You will be working for an inspiring international organisation with a large number of interdisciplinary projects all over the world. The scientific quality of Wageningen University is affirmed by the prominent position we occupy in international rankings and citation indexes.

We offer you a challenging position as full professor of the Chair of Landscape Architecture. Besides 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.

Coming from abroad
Wageningen University & Research is the university and research centre for life sciences. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees.

Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, by which 30% of their salary is exempt from tax. Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family. A specialized staffing agency will help your partner to find a job.

Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen University & Research's International Community page contains (practical) information about what we can 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.

Additional information

Further information about the position can be obtained from Professor Dr A.K. (Arnold) Bregt, Chair of the Appointment Advisory Committee; email: arnold.bregt@wur.nl; Tel: +31317481699. More detailed information on the profile and the chair group is available on request (via johan.feenstra@wur.nl).

You are invited to send your complete application to Johan Feenstra, johan.feenstra@wur.nl. Please include an application letter with curriculum vitae and a separate list of publications. The closing date for applications is 15 January 2018.

The Appointment Advisory Committee will interview selected candidates for this position on Monday 19 February 2018. The Committee will thereafter invite short-listed candidates for a second interview and a trial lecture on Wednesday 21 March 2018.


Wageningen University & Research
Delivering a substantial contribution to the quality of life. That's our focus - each and every 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 alternative energy. Of course, we don't do this alone. Every day, 5000 people work on 'the quality of life', turning ideas into reality, on a global scale.

Could you be one of these people? We give you the space you need.

For further information about working at Wageningen University & Research, take a look at www.wur.eu/career.