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Professor and Chair to lead the Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group

Wageningen University

Location: Wageningen - Netherlands
Salary: Competitive salary.
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 20th March 2019
Closes: 8th May 2019

We are looking for

The Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group (FNP) develops knowledge and expertise, and teaches on forest and nature conservation policies and governance. The Chair Group has a specific focus on: 

  • Forest and nature conservation governance, including the role of power and knowledge;
  • Human-nature interactions, including peoples’ experiences and values of nature;
  • Management of forest value chains and markets, including the role of business actors. 

As the new chair you will further advance an innovative research and education programme at Wageningen University. You will acquire research funding and teach and supervise students and PhD candidates. You will develop an internationally relevant research programme, drawing on the expertise of the current team. The new chair must therefore be able to and willing to encourage research from different theoretical and methodological research traditions, and stimulate the development of a shared mission and vision.

We ask 

  • you hold a PhD degree in social or political science, or a related discipline;
  • you have profound knowledge of forest and nature conservation policies and governance
  • you are receptive to both the social and natural sciences perspective;
  • you have a proven scientific track record with publications of recognised international quality;
  • you are perfectly able to demonstrate an inspiring, collegial, and unifying leadership style characterized by the passion to develop people, to build teams, and to create synergy;
  • you possess a shown capacity of acquiring, leading and managing externally-funded research projects;
  • you are an inspiring teacher and supervisor, with the ability to develop courses at Bachelor, Master, and PhD level, and with an interest and capacity to innovate teaching methods;
  • you have affinity with transdisciplinary research and with working on policy-relevant issues.

We offer

In addition to 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. 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 for detailed information about the remuneration package feel free to contact Jacqueline Huisman MSc, Sr Recruiter via +31 (0) 621 563413. 

Coming from abroad 

Wageningen is a centre for research and entrepreneurship. 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. It is a historic university town of about 36,000 residents in the central Netherlands. The academic community hails from more than 100 countries, giving the town a lively, international feel. Our highly qualified team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family. A specialised staffing agency will help your partner to find a job.

The Wageningen University & Research's International Community page ( contains practical information about what we do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. 


You are invited to send your complete application via the 'Apply' button. Please include an application letter with curriculum vitae and a separate list of publications. The deadline for applications is 8 May 2019.

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