Assistant Professor in Governance of Coastal Resilience (Tenure Track)

Wageningen University & Research

Wageningen, , NL

We are looking for

Are you the assistant professor with experience in the field of governance of coastal resilience with demonstrated field experience in emerging sectors of the Blue Economy, coastal communities and marine environments? Do you want to strengthen the further development of our group, both in research and in teaching?

Your research will contribute to social scientific debates around policy and management of coastal environments and how they contribute to resilient coastal communities and industries under conditions of environmental globalisation. You will be given support to develop theoretically informed and policy relevant research on the governance of coastal and marine environments. Thematically your research addresses environmental concerns related to the effects of globally embedded and emerging economic activities in the Blue Economy – particularly tourism, energy production, coastal infrastructure or urban development – and on the vulnerability and adaptation of coastal regions.

You will develop, supervise, and carry out high-quality research in collaboration with your own international network, as well as with colleagues at the Environmental Policy Group and Wageningen University. You will also be pro-active in acquiring funding from a mix of government, EU and private sources and publish regularly in leading international academic journals. Over the medium term, you will be supported to develop an individual research grant application to either the Dutch Innovational Research Incentives Scheme or the European Research Council.

You will contribute to an exciting and strongly international and interdisciplinary teaching programme at Wageningen University. In the short term, you will be encouraged to adapt existing courses taught by the Environmental Policy Group in the Masters of Aquaculture and Marine Resources Management, Environmental Sciences, and Tourism, Society & Environment. Over the long term, opportunities will emerge to develop your own courses and contribute to the design and policy of MSc and BSc programmes at the University.

The successful candidate will proceed through the tenure track system at Wageningen University. You will therefore establish an internationally visible independent research line and identify where your research makes a societal impact. You will also empower team members as a group leader and professor in your specific field. Additional information about tenure track you will find here.

You are also a strong team mate. The Environmental Policy Group is divided into five thematic research areas. You will contribute primarily to the marine theme, but will also be expected to collaborate with colleagues and students in the other four themes focusing on food governance, urban transformations, climate futures and environmental mobilities. Above all, you are a personable, social colleague willing to balance your personal interests with those of the group.

We ask

  • a PhD degree in sociology, human geography, political sciences or other social science discipline with a demonstrated focus on the marine environment;
  • an interest in innovating theory for making sense of governance arrangements linked to the resilience of coastal environments and resources;
  • experience with innovative qualitative or mixed research design and methodologies;
  • a clear vision for future research challenges related to the sustainable exploitation of coastal environments and resources, emerging Blue Economy sectors, and their embeddedness in globalisation processes, including but not limited to tourism, energy production, coastal infrastructure or urban development;
  • excellent communication and social skills, a coaching leadership style and experience in acquiring and leading internationally oriented research projects;
  • passion for education and supervision of BSc to PhD level students;
  • a strong interest in delivering high quality education at both BSc and MSc levels; ability will be favourably considered. Support to achieve the university teaching qualification (UTQ or equivalent) will be provided;
  • an emerging publishing record in peer reviewed international academic literature;
  • demonstrated interest or ability to work in an interdisciplinary research environment;
  • proven capacity to develop an international network in your specific field.

We offer

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 employment contract as professor. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive salary from a minimum of €3.637,- to a maximum of €4.978,- for a full working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement Wageningen University (scale 11).
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, e.g. 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. 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 a university that has been chosen as the “Best University” in the Netherlands for the 15th consecutive time.

Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, by which 30% of their salary is exempt from tax. Have a look on this page for more information.

More information

For more information about this function you can contact Dr. Machiel Lamers via [email protected].

For more information about the procedure you can contact Sandra Willemsen, Recruiter or Bianca Aversteeg, Recruitment support via [email protected].

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. Applications not submitted via the online system will not be taken into consideration.
Address your application, including a covering letter with your motivation and a CV, to the chair of the search committee Associate Professor Dr. Machiel Lamers.
The search committee consists of:

  • Prof. dr. Simon Bush
  • Dr. Machiel Lamers (chair)
  • Dr. Hilde Toonen

This vacancy is open up to and including the 12th of July, 2020. We want to plan the first job interviews on the 20th and 21st of July 2020.

Equal opportunities employer
We are an employer that offers equal opportunities. We are happy to receive applications from all suitably qualified people regardless of race, gender, functional impairment, religion / belief, sexual orientation or age.

We believe that a diverse and inclusive working environment makes us a more relevant, competitive and resilient organization. Click here for more information about working at WUR with a functional impairment.

We are

The mission of our University 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, 6.500 employees, and 12.000 students, it 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. We have been named Best Employer in Education category 2019-2020.

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 and educational staff, 6 Postdocs and over 45 PhD students focus on the social and political science of environmental transformations. Our research is divided into five research innovation platforms: marine governance, sustainable food transformations, governing climate futures, sustainable urban infrastructures and governing environmental mobilities. 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





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