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Marine Economist or Social Scientist

Are you the experienced marine economist or social scientist who will support public and private policy makers with respect to the use of seas for the …

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Droevendaalsesteeg, Wageningen, Gelderland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 36 uur
€ 5892 - € 5892 per maand


Are you the experienced marine economist or social scientist who will support public and private policy makers with respect to the use of seas for the sustainable production of food whilst balancing economic, social and ecological impacts?

We are looking for an experienced colleague with a market- and customer-oriented attitude and a great affinity for applied scientific research. Experience in conducting research projects involving the engagement of various stakeholders (including citizens) and the development of policy scenarios for marine governance is a must. You should have the capability and the ambition to develop and lead projects in that field. Your most important activities in doing so will be:
  • Conducting research activities, including international projects regarding the socioeconomic perspective and sustainable development of marine environments, with an emphasis on stakeholder engagement.
  • Working in project teams that vary in size and complexity. These may vary from a few colleagues at Wageningen Economic Research to larger teams consisting of researchers from different organisations. An example of this would be other organisational divisions such as Wageningen Marine Research but also international consortia.
  • Maintaining regular contact with your clients, whereby you proactively and sufficiently adapt to their wishes and needs. Clients include the Ministries of LNV and I&W, international organisations and business, and the European Commission (including DG MARE).
  • Contributing to the acquisition of new research projects, including from your active network in marine economics or social sciences, as well as actively contributing to knowledge development and method/product innovation.
We have seven expertise groups at Wageningen Economic Research. You will be working in the expertise group Green Economy and Land Use. This expertise group is focused on a national and international market of governments, NGOs and business with research advice. The group works on the economic perspective and sustainable development of green and blue environments via research on global challenges like climate-neutral food production, water security, biodiversity restoration and stakeholder engagement.


You have:

  • completed a PhD in marine economics or social sciences, plus 7-10 years of research experience;
  • highly developed analytical skills and knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods;
  • a client-driven interest in applying socioeconomic research in public and private domains;
  • an interest in and a network involving marine governance;
  • the ability and experience to work as a team-player in international, multidisciplinary teams in complex project environments;
  • insight into the domain and the entrepreneurial capacity to transform innovative ideas into concrete projects and products;
  • team- and result-driven project leadership capabilities and experience with acquiring and leading international projects;
  • experience in publishing research results in reports and peer-reviewed journals;
  • the capacity to communicate and collaborate engagingly;
  • excellent Dutch as well as English written and spoken communication skills (given the intensive interaction with Dutch clients, excellent command of Dutch is obligatory).


We offer you a meaningful job with, depending on your experience, a competitive salary from a minimum of €3.925,- to a maximum of €5.892,- for a full working week of 36 hours in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for the Wageningen Research (scale 12). In addition, an employment contract of 0.8 FTE is negotiable. We also offer:
  • 8% holiday allowance;
  • a structural end-of-year bonus of 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;
  • 171 vacation hours, the possibility to purchase extra and good supplementary leave schemes;
  • the possibility to work a maximum of 40 hours per week and in this way build up a maximum of 204 compensation hours per year;
  • a flexible model to put together part of your employment conditions yourself, such as a bicycle plan.
Wageningen University & Research stimulates internal career opportunities and mobility with our internal recruitment policy. There are ample opportunities for personal initiative in a learning environment. With us you get a versatile job in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

Additional information

For more information about this function, please contact Volkert Beekman, Head of Green Economy and Land Use (ad interim), telephone +31 6 10057236 or by e-mail; volkert.beekman@wur.nl.

For more information about the procedure, please contact Sandra Willemsen, Recruiter SSG or Bianca Aversteeg, Recruitment Support via recruitment.ssg@wur.nl.

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This vacancy is open up to and including the 22nd of September, 2020. We want to plan the first job interviews on the 29th of September, 2020.

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