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Junior Researcher Action-oriented research for low-input crop diversification

Are you interested in contributing to a greater diversity of crops on farms in Europe by bringing together different sources of knowledge? In breaking the …

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Droevendaalsesteeg, Wageningen, Gelderland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur


Are you interested in contributing to a greater diversity of crops on farms in Europe by bringing together different sources of knowledge? In breaking the dominance of monocultures and narrow rotations by effectively joining actors across value chains? And in helping societal actors overcome barriers and lock-ins in the process?
The DiverIMPACTS research project aims to realize the potential of low-input crop diversification by investigating technical, environmental and economic performance of crop diversification strategies at farm, value chain and territorial levels and by supporting rural actors with innovations that remove existing barriers. The project is built around 25 case studies on crop diversification in Europe in which actors are involved in overcoming current lock-ins on a few commodity crops in both conventional and organic production systems and value chains. Innovation in the case studies is structured through the multi-actor co-innovation approach. Scientific knowledge generated in the project through experiments and analytical work is connected to case studies' knowledge needs. The DiverIMPACTS project is funded by the European Union (Horizon 2020) and comprises 34 partner organizations from research, extension and agricultural enterprises. The project has run for 2.5 years and will run for another 2.5 years. Within this project you will act as monitor of a number of case studies and of selected cluster leaders who support the work in 5 clusters of 5 case studies each. You will use the information obtained on the case studies to analyze and compare progress towards their goals and understand in which way the contexts of the case studies and the project support the aspired sustainability transitions. The research setting is thus action-oriented where the innovation process is supported reflexively, resulting in enhanced insight into how to combine scientific knowledge in innovation.
You will work closely with a postdoc in the project involved in the co-innovation approach in the project. In addition, you will work within the 'learning-for-innovation platform' which stimulates interaction among the case studies and scientific work packages in DiverIMPACTS and is composed of professionals from the DiverIMPACTS project.


  • A university degree (MSc) in Science and Technology Studies, Sociology of Innovation or similar.
  • Knowledge of / clear interest in agro-ecological systems.
  • A proven scientific ambition, proven performance in scientific writing, and strong ambition to publish future work (candidates are invited to provide 1 or 2 examples of their written work). • Ability to communicate effectively with different scientific disciplines and actors from different fields of agriculture within Europe.
  • Ability to function as a team member, participate in project meetings and discussions.
  • This position requires an excellent English language proficiency (a minimum of CEFR C1 level).
The position is for 12 months after which extension may be considered.


A challenging position with, depending on your experience, a competitive salary from a minimum of € 2.709 to a maximum of € 4.274 for a full working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement Dutch Universities (scale 10). An appointment of 0.8 FTE is negotiable.

In addition, we offer:
  • 8% holiday allowance;
  • a structural year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent training opportunities and secondary employment conditions;
  • flexible working hours and holidays can possibly be determined in consultation so that an optimal balance between work and private life is possible;
  • excellent pension plan through ABP;
  • 232 vacation hours, the option to purchase extra and good supplementary leave schemes;
  • a flexible working time: the possibility to work a maximum of 2 hours per week extra and thereby to build up extra leave;
  • a choice model to put together part of your employment conditions yourself, such as a bicycle plan;
  • a lively workplace where you can easily make contacts and where many activities take place on the Wageningen Campus. A place where education, research and business are represented;
  • use the sports facilities on campus.
Wageningen University & Research stimulates internal career opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are ample opportunities for own initiative in a learning environment. We offer a versatile job in an international environment with varied activities in a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

Additional information

For more information about this function, please contact Dr Walter Rossing, Associate Professor (ius promovendi), e-mail; walter.rossing@wur.nl
For more information about the procedure, please contact vacaturemeldingen.psg@wur.nl.
General information about Farming Systems Ecology can be found on https://www.wur.nl/en/Research-Results/Chair-groups/Plant-Sciences/Farming-Systems-Ecology-Group.htm

This vacancy is open up to and including December 9, 2019.
You can apply online only through:
The first job interviews will take place in December 2019.