We invite applications for a PhD position within the European Training Network
"REFLOW" entitled ' Phosphorus Recovery for Fertilisers from Dairy
Processing Waste' , in which a large number of European research institutes
and stakeholders participate. The early stage researcher (ESR) will work on
the 'Techno-economic assessment of the commercial viability of organic
fertilizer production processes and products'. The PhD research is multi-
disciplinary and involves close collaboration with other research areas,
particularly within the project. The research is focused on four main
Compare different phosphorus recovery technologies and products from techno-
Analyze the economic viability of an investment in phosphorus recovery
from dairy processing wastewater using a stochastic simulation approach.
Explaining investment behavior in phosphorus recovery technologies in the
dairy processing industry using the real options approach.
Evaluate the impacts of policies on the viability of investing into
phosphorus recovery and investment decisions.
The ESR will be required to undertake PhD studies and must fulfil the
requirements of the university's doctoral training programme. She or he will
have opportunities to visit other network partners for secondments, and attend
the research and training events of the network. All costs will be fully
funded (100% employment) for two years by the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions
programme which also offers highly competitive and attractive salary and
working conditions. The REFLOW Training Network is coordinated by the
University of Limerick.
The successful candidate is expected to have an MSc in either (1) economics
(e.g. agricultural economics, quantitative economics, general economics) or
(2) Agricultural or environmental science.
At the core of the MSCA-ETNs is researcher mobility. The recruited Early-Stage
Researcher (ESR) must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity
in the country he/she will be employed for more than 12 months in the 3 years
immediately prior to the recruitment date.
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 receive a fully
funded PhD position and you will be offered a course program tailored to your
needs and the research team.
The gross salary for the first year is € 2.395,- per month rising to € 3.061,-
in the fourth year in according to the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch
Universities (CAO-NU) (scale P). This is based on a full-time working week
of 38 hours. We offer a temporary contract for 18 months which will be
extended for the duration of the project if you perform well.
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
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
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.
Read the 5 reasons why your future collaegues enjoy working at WUR and watch
this video to get an idea of our green campus!
For more information about this function and procedure, please contact Tobias
Dalhaus, member of the chair of Business Economics, email@example.com
For more information about the procedure, please contact Jeanine van 't Veer,
Corporate recruiter or Bianca Aversteeg, Recruitment support via
General information about Business Economics can be found on
https: // www. wur.nl/en/Research-Results/Chair-groups/Social-Sciences/Business-
To apply for this position upload your CV and a letter of motivation before
August 30, 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.