Assistant Professor Environmental and Natural Resource Economics (Tenure Track Position)

Wageningen University & Research
Wageningen, Netherlands
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We are looking for

Do you want to contribute to the construction of a sustainable and circular economy, and low-carbon, climate resilient social-ecological systems? And do you want to strengthen the further development of our group, both in research and in teaching?

The Environmental Economics and Natural Resouce Group (ENR)  at Wageningen University and Research (WUR) is part of the Section Economics of the Department of Social Sciences. It is affiliated with two graduate schools, the Wageningen School of Social Sciences (WASS) and the Wageningen Institute for Environmental and Climate Research (WIMEK).

The Groups vision is to become a top team in Europe applying the concepts and principles of environmental and natural resource economics for the construction of sustainable, circular, low-carbon and climate resilient production and consumption systems.

In terms of education, the ENR team has three flagship education themes, namely:
1. economics of Climate Change;
2. economics of Socio-Ecological Systems;
3. microeconomics applied to human-environment interactions.

In terms of research, the thematic focus of the ENR chair group is:

  • the economics of energy transitions, climate policy and the cost of action/inaction:
    • cost and benefits of decoupling economic growth from fossil fuel energy;
    • international climate policy designs: carbon taxes and similar mitigation policies;
    • food security under climate change;
    • role of discounting in the social cost-benefit analysis of policies towards a low-carbon economy.
  • the role of behavioural and economic policy instruments in the transition to sustainable and healthy production and consumption:
    • behavioural economics, and technology uptake under alternative choice infrastructures;
    • designing effective economic policy interventions towards happier, healthier and more sustainable societies.
  • the economics of resilient and sustainable social-ecological systems:
    • economic drivers affecting social-ecological systems:  unravelling the institutional factors that contribute to sustainable use or overexploitation;
    • assessing and evaluating the trade-offs between resilience, and socio-economic goals of key socio-ecological systems.

In this challenging career trajectory:

  • you conduct research that contributes to finding solutions to societal or scientific problems, and suitable for publication in high quality top general science, top field and general economics journals;
  • you contribute to education in environmental economics through lectures, tutorials, and supervision of BSc and MSc theses;
  • you participate in processes to increase the quality of our education;
  • you participate in national and international academic networks, and national and international debates;
  • you assume a central role in the preparation of grant proposals;
  • you successfully supervise PhD students. Progress will be measured at both individual and ENR Group level. At the individual level, there will be a strong recognition of diversity in career paths.

The ENR chair group seeks to fill a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in the area of environment and development economics. Tenure Track is a career path for hardworking scientists who pursue to excel in education and research. We seek to attract scientific talent and to stimulate and support their development.

We ask

The successful candidate must have completed a PhD in economics with a focus, or at least a strong interest on environmental issues. We have a preference for strong quantitative empirical skills (e.g. spatial econometrics, analysis of cross sectional data, design and analysis of experimental data). Previous work on behavioural economics, social-ecological systems, energy or climate policy design is a plus. 

In summary, we search for:

  • a PhD in economics, preferably with strong empirical quantitative skills;
  • affinity with and experience in environmental and natural resource economics is appreciated;
  • a good track-record of writing papers that can lead to good publications;
  • experience in empirical research;
  • a strong team player willing to contribute to the wider interests of the group;
  • willingness to write research proposals, proven experience is even better;
  • experience in teaching and supervision of MSc / BSc students.

You have an excellent English language proficiency (a mininum of CEFR C2 level). For more information about this proficiency level, please visit our special language page.

We offer

We are a dynamic chair group with a clear strategy and a good balance between research and education. 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 €3.746,- to a maximum of €5.127,- 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;
  • 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, you can eventually grow into the position of Professor holding a Personal Chair. 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 15th consecutive time.

Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, known as the 30% ruling.

More information

Do you want more information?
For more information about this function you can contact Prof. Francisco Alpizar at

For more information about the procedure you can contact Sandra Willemsen, Corporate recruiter or Bianca Aversteeg, Recruitment support via

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.

Your application must include:
- your cv;
- a letter of motivation;
- 2 references (only names and contact information);
- 2 examples of written work.

This vacancy is open up to and including the 19th of November, 2020. We want to plan the first job interviews in the week of the 30th of November, 2020. The preferred start date is the 1st of February, 2021.

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 12.500 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.

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