The Health & Society Group (HSO) has a tenure-track opening for an
innovative researcher and teacher in population health, the social
determinants of health, and health promotion. Our group Health and Society -
WUR uses a social sciences lens to study and intervene on the political,
behavioural and psychological influences affecting health. We conduct
interdisciplinary research across a range of settings (e.g., communities,
organizations) in resource-poor and -rich environments. We equip our students
at all levels with the theories, tools, and methods to address those
influences and improve population health. If you are looking for an
intellectually-vibrant and supportive environment in which to teach and build
your research in the social determinants of health, Wageningen University &
Research and the HSO are the perfect place for you.
The Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in Health & Society has the potential
to deepen and expand HSO research and teaching along a number of dimensions.
Some areas of particular interest include social inequalities in nutrition and
the gut microbiome, health care as a SDOH, global one health, and the
implementation sciences, with a focus on participatory and citizen science
approaches. We will also consider researchers studying more broadly climate
change, biodiversity and health, and the social determinants of mental health
and physical activity. Besides the courses that HSO teaches in the Health and
Society degree programs at WUR (e.g., Systematic Reviews), we are also
offering new courses in the Data Sciences for Health Promotion and Global One
In this challenging career trajectory, you acquire, lead, and collaborate with
others to implement international and national research projects, teach
courses and supervise PhD students and BSc and MSc theses, and contribute to
the further development of the Health & Society Group. In addition, you will
be expected to engage professionally with academic and non-academic audiences
to attain social impact with your research.
To be considered for this position, the candidate should demonstrate the
a completed PhD in the social sciences or public health, with postdoctoral
excellent publication record and funding history for career level;
relevant and well-evaluated teaching experience;
methodological expertise in quantitative or qualitative methods;
expertise in the key areas mentioned in paragraph 2 preferred and,
excellent English language proficiency (a minimum of CEFR C2 level). For
more information about this proficiency level, please visit our special
Conditions of employment
Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few
highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
sabbatical leave, study leave, and paid parental leave;
working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for
the best possible work-life balance;
the option to accrue additional holiday hours by working more, up to 40
hours per week;
there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports
facilities available on campus for a small fee;
a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
excellent pension scheme.
In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will be offered 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 gross salary of between €3.746,- and €5.826,- for a full-time
working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements
for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 11-12).
Wageningen University & Research encourages internal advancement opportunities
and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are plenty of options
for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent
training opportunities. We are offering a unique position in an international
environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.
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 16th consecutive time.
Coming from abroad
Wageningen University & Research is the university and research centre for
life sciences. 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. Applicants from abroad moving to the
Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, known as the 30% ruling. Our
team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa
application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.
Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen
University & Research's International Community page contains practical
information about what we can do to support international employees and
students coming to Wageningen. Furthermore, we can assist you with any
additional advice and information about helping your partner to find a job,
housing, schooling, and other issues.
Wageningen University & Research
Wageningen University & Research
The mission of Wageningen University and Research is "To explore the potential
of nature to improve the quality of life". Under the banner Wageningen
University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research
institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in
contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of
healthy food and living environment.
With its roughly 30 branches, 6.800 employees and 12.900 students, Wageningen
University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. An
integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various
disciplines are at the heart of Wageningen's unique approach. WUR has been
named Best Employer in the Education category for 2019-2020.
These are the points our employees list as good reasons to come work at WUR:
read the 5 reasons to come work at WUR
For more information about this position, please contact prof.dr. Spencer
Moore via email@example.com.
For more information about the procedure, please contact Sandra Willemsen,
Corporate recruiter or Bianca Aversteeg, recruitment support via
Do you want to apply?
You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our
website which will allow us to process your personal information with your
To apply, you will need to submit a letter of interest and cv. Candidates
invited to the second round of candidacy will be invited to a virtugal.
This vacancy will be listed up to and including the 5th of July, 2021. We hope
to schedule the first job interviews the 9th of August, 2021.
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with
very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other.
We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the
same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from
people who are underrepresented at WUR. For more information please go to our
inclusivity page. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be
read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.