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Tenure Track Livestock in food systems

Do you want to contribute to exploring the role of animals in food systems that respect the planet, people and animals? Do you want to strengthen the further …

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


Do you want to contribute to exploring the role of animals in food systems that respect the planet, people and animals? Do you want to strengthen the further development of the Animal Production Systems group, both in research and in teaching? We like to get in contact with you.

The Animal Production Systems (APS) group is one of twelve chair groups within the Department of Animal Sciences at Wageningen University. Using concepts of systems analysis, we aim at providing integrated analysis of existing and innovative animal production systems to design a sustainable food future.

The role of animals in a sustainable food system is heavily debated. The animal sector contributes to food security and other ecosystem services, but also has a significant impact on the environment and is associated with concerns about, for example, human health (zoonoses; non-communicable diseases), animal welfare, labor conditions and farm profitability. The transition towards a sustainable food system implies making difficult decisions among conflicting goals (e.g. reducing greenhouse gas emissions, conserving biodiversity, improving animal welfare, and increasing profitability of farms) that also appear at various scales (farm, region, nation, chain, global). The understanding of consequences of such goals at multiple scales for future animal production is, however, still limited.

Are you the talented scientist who is eager to develop research about the interaction between food systems and animal production system development, then we are looking for you! Such research encompasses developing knowledge about food system demands for sustainable animal production at various scales, and impact analysis and design of future animal production systems including analysis of trade-offs and synergies among development goals.

The job requires teaching at BSc and MSc level and advising of students, which amounts to approximately 40% of the time. On our website you find all courses, and they are clearly connected with our research.
Furthermore, an important aspect of the job is the acquisition of research projects, both at national and international level, to fund new PhD and postdoc positions. You will contribute to the acquisition process, and if granted, you will implement and lead such projects in our group. In this way, you will contribute to the quantitative underpinning of the role of animals in food systems that respect the planet, the animals and the people.

Interesting to note here is the recognition of the excellent education offered in Wageningen. Worldwide, Wageningen University is ranked as number 1 in the fields of agriculture, ecology and environment, as well as excellent rankings in other fields.


Specific Requirements:
  • You have completed a PhD in animal sciences, environmental sciences or agroecology;
  • You are a systems thinker and you are able to conceptualize interactions between food systems and farming systems with livestock;
  • You have experience with integrated modelling at farm and food system level;
  • You have a good track record of scientific publications published in top journals in the field;
  • You are proactive, eager to learn and like to work as part of a team;
  • You have experience or affinity with working in interdisciplinary teams;
  • You enjoy and have experience in teaching and supervision of BSc/MSc students and preferably of PhD students;
  • You communicate well, written and orally, in English;
  • You have experience with acquisition of research funding, as shown by awarded scholarships (start as assistant professor) or grants (start as associate professor);
  • The ambition to develop yourselves in the Wageningen Tenure Track system.
Additional for Tenure Track:
  • excellent academic record (research, passion for teaching, attracting research funding) in line with the expected profile for a Tenure Track at Wageningen University;
  • ability to lead in developing a vision on future research and education in Livestock in Food Systems and be an inspiring ambassador for our theme towards partners both within and outside academia, nationally and internationally.


Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive salary for researcher (scale 10 or 11) from €2,836 to €5,211 per month based on a full working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement Wageningen University. We offer you a contract for 2 years with the intention to make it a permanent position in case of positive evaluations.

Tenure Track
When you want to enter Tenure Track the salary (depending on experience) for an assistant professors (scale 11 or 12) from €3,807 to €5,922 per month or for associate professors (scale 13 or 14) from €5,275 to €7,054 per month based on a full working week of 38 hours. In case you opt for a Tenure Track position, we initially offer a fixed-term, 7 year contract which, upon positive evaluation based on criteria elaborated in the University's Tenure Track policy, can lead to a permanent position.

In addition, we offer:
  • 8% holiday allowance
  • a structural end-of year bonus of 8.3%
  • excellent training opportunities and secondary employment conditions
  • flexible working hours that we determine together in good consultation
  • excellent pension plan through ABP
  • 232 vacation hours, the option to purchase extra and good supplementary leave schemes.
  • the possibility to work a maximum of 2 hours per week extra for extra leave
  • a flexible model to put together part of your employment conditions yourself, such as a bicycle plan
  • a lively workplace on the Wageningen Campus
  • make use of the sports facilities on campus for a small fee.
Wageningen University & Research stimulates internal career opportunities and mobility with our internal recruitment policy.

For your personal development we offer you the 'Development program Tenure Track'. This program supports you in further development of your competences. We also offer you the possibility to gain the Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO) which is a requirement in the Tenure Track policy. With us you get a versatile job in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere for students and staff from over 100 countries around the world.

You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland, and at a university that has been chosen as the "Best University" in the Netherlands for the 17th consecutive time.

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, known as the 30% ruling. Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.
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. Furthermore, we can assist you with any additional advice and information about helping your partner to find a job, housing, schooling, and other issues.

Additional information

For more information about this function you can contact professor Simon Oosting, telephone +31 317 483 959 or by e-mail simon.oosting@wur.nl

For more information about the procedure you can contact Ine van't Land, corporate recruiter, ine.vantland@wur.nl

Do you want to apply?
This can be done directly via the application button at the vacancy on our website so that we can process your personal data with your permission.

This vacancy is open up to and including 10 January 2022. We want to plan the first job interviews as soon as possible.

Equal opportunities
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. For more information please go to our inclusivity page. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.