Assistant Professor Health & Society (Tenure Track position)

Wageningen University


July 8, 2021


Job description

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 Health.

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 following requirements:

  • a completed PhD in the social sciences or public health, with postdoctoral experience preferred.
  • 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 language page.
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    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.


    Employer 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


    Additional information

    For more information about this position, please contact prof.dr. Spencer Moore via

    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 approval.

    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.

    Equal opportunities 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.

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