Assistant Professor in Environmental Law (Tenure Track)

Wageningen University & Research

Wageningen, Netherlands 🇳🇱



We are looking for an engaged and ambitious assistant professor in Environmental Law. Are you a promising legal scholar with an interest in interdisciplinary research in the law related to our living environment? Then please apply!

We are looking for people who are interested in exploring how law can contribute to transformative changes to our living environment, with a view to create a more sustaining and sustainable future. A background in European Union law is particularly relevant for the work of the group.
You will develop, supervise and carry out global-level high-quality research in collaboration with your own international network, as well as with colleagues at the Law Group and Wageningen University. You will publish regularly in leading international academic journals. Over the medium term, you will be supported to develop individual research grant applications to the Dutch Innovational Research Incentives Scheme and the European Research Council

The Law Group combines scholars with expertise on environmental law, food law, human rights law, EU law, WTO law, intellectual property rights law, and consumer law. You will be encouraged to collaborate with colleagues across these themes in the development of legal research linked to the living environment, as described in our Chair Plan 2021-2025. You are a personable, social colleague willing to balance your personal research interests with those of the group.

You will contribute to strongly internationally oriented teaching programmes at Wageningen University. You will be expected to participate in existing and future courses taught by the Law Group in environmental law in MSc and BSc programmes at the University.

The successful candidate will proceed through the tenure track system at Wageningen University. You will be encouraged to reach the level of Professor in your field by establishing an internationally visible independent research line with a societal impact. 

Function Requirements

Successful candidates must have:

  • a PhD degree in law with a demonstrable link to environmental law;
  • affinity with WUR’s mission to improve the living environment and related social challenges, and a vision on how law can plan a role in this mission, and the research opportunities this provides;
  • an emerging publishing record in peer reviewed international academic literature;
  • demonstrated interest or ability to work in an interdisciplinary research environment;
  • the will to contribute to the wider research of the group;
  • proven capacity to develop an international network;
  • excellent communication and social skills;
  • experience and affinity with delivering high quality education at BSc and MSc levels, including supervising BSc and MSc students. WUR offers professional training towards obtaining a university teaching qualification (UTQ).

This position requires an excellent English language proficiency (a minimum of CEFR C2 level). For more information about this proficiency level, please visit our special language page.

Working conditions

We offer a tenure-track position at Assistant Professor level (“UD2”) for 38 hours per week (1 fte), which leads to a permanent employment contract after a positive assessment by the tenure track committee. Academics on the tenure track are expected to spend 40% of their time on research, 40% on teaching and 20% on management tasks. Appointments at 0.8 fte are also possible.

Candidates who qualify for a higher step on the tenure track ladder (as assessed against Wageningen’s tenure track criteria) are also encouraged to apply.

Training and mentorship during the Tenure Track is aimed to lead to the position of Full Professor. Career steps follow an assessment of performance at predefined times by a tenure track committee. More information on the Wageningen Tenure Track System can be found here.

This is a challenging position with, depending on your experience, a competitive salary from a minimum of € 3.974,- to a maximum of € 5.439,- for a full working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement Dutch Universities (scale 11).

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 of 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.

Contact information

Address your application, including a covering letter with your motivation and a CV (including publications), to the chair of the Search Committee for this position, Prof. dr. Josephine van Zeben.

Please upload your application online at before noon, 27 January 2023 (12:00 o’clock). You will receive an automatic e-mail confirmation within 24 hours. Late submissions or applications not submitted via the online system cannot be considered.

Short listing decisions will be taken by 3 February 2023.

There will be two rounds of interviews for this position.

The first round of interviews (online) will take place on 14 February 2023.

The second round of interviews (in person) will take place on 27 February 2023.

If you have further questions about this opening, please feel free to contact: Prof. dr. Josephine van Zeben, telephone number +31 (0)317 488059, e-mail address: Please do not use this email addresses to apply for this position.


The mission of Wageningen University & Research is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. Within Wageningen University & Research, nine specialised research institutes from the Wageningen Research Foundation and Wageningen University have joined forces to help answer the most important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.

With approximately 30 locations, 6.000 employees, and 12.000 students, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain worldwide. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of the unique approach of Wageningen.

For further information about working at Wageningen University & Research, take a look at the special career site.

The Law Group in the Department of Social Sciences at Wageningen University has an internationally recognized reputation in the area of legal research and education. We focus on legal solutions to social problems, including those studied in life sciences domains. These issues touch on every aspect of the law, which means that we have collective expertise on matters relating to EU law, environmental law, energy law, food law, international law, WTO law, intellectual property law, private law and human rights law. The research of the group is also strongly interdisciplinary, with faculty and students from all over the world. For further details see

The Law Group is an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age. We strive to offer a supportive environment to those with care responsibilities and are open to applications of those who have had to take career breaks due to care responsibilities.





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