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Professor and Chair of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Wageningen University & Research (F / M)

We are looking for an innovative and dynamic scholar and excellent researcher to join our faculty and lead the Environmental and Natural Resource Economics …

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


We are looking for an innovative and dynamic scholar and excellent researcher to join our faculty and lead the Environmental and Natural Resource Economics Group (ENR) within the Section Economics at Wageningen University & Research (0.8 - 1.0 fte), one of the leading universities on food, health and environment.

The ENR Group focuses on the economic aspects of sustainability challenges, and our ambition is to conduct path-breaking research and stimulating education on environmental economics and natural resource management. The current research programme includes three themes: (i) Economics of natural resources, with a focus on food, water and energy; (ii) Economics of climate change and (iii) Economics of pollution management. We are looking for a candidate to strengthen one or more of the following fields: (1) positive/empirical analysis based on observational data, (2) experimental and behavioural research, (3) theory development, and/or (4) interdisciplinary research and methodology.

We seek an internationally recognized researcher with a strong, thematically relevant track record in publications, excellence in teaching, strong leadership and mentoring abilities, and grant fundraising experience. As head of the ENR Group, you will help to accomplish its research ambitions by strengthening our position in national and international networks, by managing the group's internal processes and relations in a constructive and cooperative way, and by strengthening established research lines and bringing in novel ideas. In addition, you will play an active role in ENR education at the undergraduate and graduate level. You will also give new impulses to improve the contents of our courses, our teaching methods, and the coherence of the education programmes in which we take part. You will ensure the group provides a supportive working environment to young and senior academics. Strengthening the acquisition of external funding for research and attracting PhD candidates are key elements of your responsibility.

The present ENR group is a dynamic, collaborative team of young and mid-career researchers who work in the field of environmental and resource economics. The group currently consists of six faculty members and 15 PhD students. The ENR group teaches introductory and advanced courses in environmental and resource economics. Moreover, ENR contributes to programmes in general economics and brings the economic perspective into interdisciplinary courses focussing on core topics in the domain of Wageningen University & Research (WUR), such as food, health and natural resource management. We value interdisciplinary collaboration with researchers from biology/ecology, climate sciences, agronomy, toxicology and others. The group collaborates with academic partners from a broad range of countries, but also with partners from industry, policy and civil society. The current group is efficiently organised and supported by dedicated secretarial, financial and HR advisors. The student community is largely international and the courses of the group are taught in English.


As a successful candidate, you will have:

  • a PhD degree in economics and an excellent track record in environmental and resource economics;
  • an excellent track record in acquisition of research funds;
  • a long-term vision on the development of the field of environmental and resource economics, including the relations with adjacent research domains;
  • a broad international network;
  • experience with effective interaction with policymakers and other stakeholders;
  • a keen interest to work in an interdisciplinary environment;
  • a proven capacity as an inspiring teacher and supervisor for students of diverse backgrounds, with proven ability to develop courses at Bachelor, Master, and PhD level, and an interest, vision and capacity to innovate teaching methods;
  • the ability to manage professionals and have an inspiring, collegial, and unifying leadership style characterized by a passion to develop people, to build teams, and to create synergy;
  • experience in management, and ability to harvest synergies between ongoing activities.


You will be working for a dynamic and inspiring international organisation with a large number of interdisciplinary projects all over the world. A strong commitment to teaching and fundamental research, combined with innovative applied research, creates a rich learning environment. Our students - the innovators of tomorrow - also benefit from first-class research and educational facilities.

The scientific quality of Wageningen University is affirmed by the prominent position we occupy in international rankings and citation indexes. Dutch students voted Wageningen University & Research as the best university in the Netherlands for thirteen years in a row.

We offer you a challenging position as full professor and Chair of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics. 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 is a centre for research and entrepreneurship. 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. It is a historic university town of about 36,000 residents in the central Netherlands. The academic community hails from more than 100 countries, giving the town a lively, international feel.

Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, by which 30% of their salary is exempt from tax for the first five years.

Our highly qualified 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.

The Wageningen University & Research's International Community page (https://www.wur.nl/en/International-students-and-staff.htm) contains practical information about what we do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen.

Equal opportunity employer
We are an equal opportunity 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.ir. Erwin Bulte, Chair of the Appointment Advisory Committee (Email: erwin.bulte@wur.nl Tel: +31317485286). More detailed information on the profile and the ENR Chair Group is available upon request (via johan.feenstra@wur.nl).

You are invited to send your complete application to Mr. Johan Feenstra, johan.feenstra@wur.nl. Please include an application letter with curriculum vitae and a separate list of publications. The deadline for applications is 7 September 2018.

The Appointment Advisory Committee will interview selected candidates for this position on Friday 26 October 2018. The Committee will thereafter invite short-listed candidates for a second interview and a trial lecture on Friday 14 December 2018.