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Professor and Chair of Strategic Communication (COM), Wageningen University & Research (F/M)

Wageningen University

Location: Wageningen - Netherlands
Salary: Competitive
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 8th October 2018
Closes: 5th November 2018

We are looking for

An innovative scholar focused on the role of communication as a driver for change in the domains of food, health and the environment to lead the Strategic Communication Group (0.8 - 1.0 fte) at Wageningen University & Research.

Within the life sciences theme of Wageningen University, the Strategic Communication Group focuses on communication related to food production, climate change, nature conservation, land use planning and health. The new chair holder is expected to further advance an innovative research and education programme at Wageningen. The chair holder will ensure the group continues to grow into a supportive working environment for a diverse group of young and established academics.

We ask

The successful candidate:

  • Has a proven scientific track record in the broad field of communication sciences, with a vision for future research and education on communication and change in the life science domains of food, health and environment;
  • Has experience with communication themes such as framing, trust, risk, conflict, cooperation, (citizen) engagement, and advocacy;
  • Has experience with qualitative and quantitative research methods;
  • Demonstrates an ability to lead research in a theoretically and methodologically diverse group and shows the capacity to produce work of recognised international quality;
  • Enjoys managing professionals and demonstrates an inspiring, collegial, and unifying leadership style characterized by the passion to develop people, to build teams, and to create synergy;
  • Is an inspiring teacher and supervisor, with proven ability to develop courses at Bachelor, Master, and PhD level, and with an interest and capacity to innovate teaching methods;
  • Has the ability to effectively interact with communication professionals and societal partners in the development of research and education;
  • Holds a PhD degree in communication science or has completed a social science PhD in which communication has been a central research topic;
  • Possesses a proven capacity of acquiring, leading and managing externally-funded research projects.

We offer

Besides a competitive salary, we offer a number of additional benefits, such as an end-of-year extra month’s salary, a holiday allowance and a pension plan with the Dutch pension fund for government and education.

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More information

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

Further information about the position can be obtained from Professor Dr Simon Bush, Chair of the Appointment Advisory Committee (Email: Tel: +31 317483310). More detailed information on the profile and the COM Chair Group is available upon request (via

You are invited to send your complete application to Dr Esther Roquas, Please include an application letter with curriculum vitae and a separate list of publications. The deadline for applications is 5 November 2018.

The Appointment Advisory Committee will interview selected candidates for this position on 17 December 2018. The Committee will thereafter invite short-listed candidates for a second interview and a trial lecture on 30 January 2019.

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