PhD researcher for BEWild programme

Wageningen University & Research

Wageningen, Netherlands 🇳🇱

Your job

Are you an MSc graduate interested in the governance of biodiversity in the North Sea? Are you excited about exploring how new digital technologies can be used to gather automated information on the impacts on biodiversity? Then this PhD position might be what you are looking for!
The Environmental Policy Group at Wageningen University is looking for a PhD researcher to work in the RVO funded BeWild programme. BeWild focuses on the integration of new monitoring and management technologies for strengthening biodiversity around new marine infrastructures in the North Sea. Working in a wider group of researchers, you will conduct your PhD on new technologies of automated data collection to assess biodiversity through offshore wind energy, and the opportunities that can emerge through this data to enable new collaborations for conservation and restoration in the North Sea.
During this time, you will work with a consortium of researchers and private sector actors working on new data technologies. Your specific research tasks will focus on the changing policies on biodiversity, data and wind energy in the North Sea; explore possibilities for new governance arrangements over automated data generation in the marine environment; and identify how information can be used to incentivise nature inclusive design of marine infrastructures such as wind energy.

Your qualities

  • A MSc degree in sociology, political science, anthropology, science and technology studies, human geography or a related discipline;
  • An affinity with (automated) information systems, technology innovation and marine biodiversity;
  • Strong scientific writing skills;
  • Strong qualitative research skills;
  • Motivation to collaborate in the interdisciplinary research team of BeWild, with good communication skills;
  • For this position your command of the English language is expected to be at C1 level. Sometimes it is necessary to submit an internationally recognised Certificate of Proficiency in the English Language. More information can be found here.

We offer you

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:

  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and partially paid parental leave;
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional compensation / holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.

In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will receive a fully funded PhD position and you will be offered a course program tailored to your needs and the research team.
The gross salary for the first year is € 2.541,- per month rising to € 3.247,- in the fourth year in according to the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale P). This is based on a full-time working week of 38 hours. We offer a temporary contract for 18 months which will be extended for another 30 months if you perform well.
There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a unique position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.
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 18th 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.
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. For instance under the “30% rule”, certain categories of international staff can receive tax exemption on approximately 30% of their gross salary.

Do you want more information?

Do you want to apply?
You can apply directly by uploading your (1) your letter of motivation, (2) a current CV and (3) an example of your writing, using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval.
The vacancy will be listed upto and including 6th March ’23. We aim to schedule the first job interviews in the second half of March ’23. Preferred starting date is 1st October ’23.

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.

We are

The Environmental Policy Group in Department of Social Sciences at Wageningen University has an internationally recognised reputation in the area of environmental social science and policy research and education. Our 14 tenured staff, 5 teaching staff, 4 Postdocs and over 35 PhD students focus on the social and political science of environmental transformations. The research of the group has a strong international orientation, being conducted at both the global level as well as in number of countries across Europe, Africa and Asia. The staff profile of the group is also international, with more than 12 nationalities employed. For further details see
Wageningen University and Research aims to delivers substantial contribution to the quality of life. That’s our focus – each and every day. Within our domain, healthy food and living environment, we search for answers to issues affecting society – such as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy. Of course, we don’t do this alone. Every day, 6,500 people work on ‘the quality of life’, turning ideas into reality, on a global scale. Could you be one of these people?

Wageningen University & Research
The mission of Wageningen University & Research is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment. With its roughly 30 branches, 7,200 employees (6,400 fte) and 13,200 students and over 150.000 participants to WUR’s Life Long Learning, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. The unique Wageningen approach lies in its integrated approach to issues and the collaboration between different disciplines.

Read the 5 reasons why your future colleagues enjoy working at WUR and watch this video to get an idea of our green campus!

We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development