Assistant Professor in Agrarian Sociology (Wageningen University)

RHN 160/2018 | Opportunity

Assistant Professor in Agrarian Sociology (Tenure Track), Rural Sociology Group of Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Closing date for applications: 14 November 2018

We are looking for
The Rural Sociology Group of Wageningen University seeks a candidate for the position of assistant professor (tenure track; 0.8 – 1.0 fte) in agrarian sociology, with a focus on the domain of critical agrarian and rural studies. You will undertake independent research and participate in (international) research projects, focusing on topics such as inclusive agricultural and rural development, rural-urban transformations, agri-food system dynamics, international comparison of agrarian change, the practices and politics of agroecology, or the role of agriculture in circular economies. You will teach and coordinate one or more courses for the Bachelor and Master programs International Development Studies, the Master program Organic Agriculture, and the Gastronomy specialization of the Master program Food Technology. You will also supervise Bachelor and Master thesis students for these programs. Other aspects of the job include project acquisition, training and supervision of PhD students and participation in research or education committees.
Approximately 40-45% of your time will be spent on research, 40-45% on education and 10-20% on management and service activities. Candidates with research experience in the global south are particularly encouraged to apply.

We ask
We are looking for candidates that have

  • A PhD degree in agrarian or rural sociology, human geography, anthropology, or related social science discipline;
  • An inspiring vision on agrarian sociology and the future challenges and priorities of farming and agriculture from a critical perspective;
  • Evidence of high quality research in agrarian/rural sociology, preferably proven by the ability to publish in leading scientific journals or with top academic publishers;
  • A relevant international academic network, combined with good connections with grassroots networks and policymakers (at different levels);
  • Ample empirical research experience in different geographical settings (at least partly in the global South), allowing for a comparative perspective;
  • Ability to develop high-quality research proposals and to be(come) successful in the acquisition of externally funded research grants;
  • Ability to work in interdisciplinary and international teams;
  • Good didactic qualities and the capacity to motivate and inspire students;
  • Teaching competences that comply with the Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Program (LTHEP, in Dutch referred to as BKO, a system adopted by all Dutch universities) or willingness to follow the LTHEP;
  • Strong communicative and interpersonal skills and a flexible and collaborative attitude.
  • Fluency in English and willingness to learn Dutch.

We offer
We offer talented scholars a challenging career trajectory called Tenure Track. You will be given the opportunity to build up your own research line. From the position of Assistant Professor you can grow into the position of a Professor holding a Personal Chair in twelve years. Training and coaching are provided and interdisciplinary (international) cooperation is stimulated.

The Tenure Track starts with a temporary contract for 0.8 to 1.0 fte, with the possibility of extension, and should lead to a permanent employment contract. The gross salary for an Assistant Professor ranges from € 3.545 to € 4.852 per month based on full time employment and depending on qualifications and experience. In addition we offer an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end- of-year bonus (8.3%), the ABP Pension scheme and training and career development. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may also qualify for a temporary special tax relief, in which 30% of their salary is exempt from tax.

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More information

Additional enquiries should be addressed to the chair of the Rural Sociology group, Prof. dr. Han Wiskerke (Telephone number: +31 317 482679/4507;  E-mail address: A more detailed profile of the Rural Sociology Group can be obtained from him upon request.
Information about Wageningen University, the Rural Sociology Group, the sub-department SADE and CSPS can be obtained through one of the following links.

To apply, please upload the following via our online application button on the Wageningen UR vacancies webpage ( before 14 November 2018:

  • Letter of motivation
  • A current Curriculum Vitae, including a list of publications
  • Names and contact details of two referees
  • One selected publication
  • A teaching dossier or statement of teaching interests and experience (including teaching outlines and evaluations if available)

You will receive an automatic e-mail confirmation within 24 hours. Please note that only applications sent through the online application button can be taken into consideration.
Job interviews will be held on 21 or 22 November 2018. A second interview including a (public) lecture will be held on 12 or 13 December 2018. Candidates invited for a second interview will also be asked to submit  a written statement on their research vision of the advertised position and its relation to the research domain of the Rural Sociology Group and of the Centre for Space, Place & Society (1000 words max).