A PhD candidate in the field of history or economic history to develop a
research project on the historical relationship between food and health from a
long-term perspective. The project will focus on the period since 1850, which
has been characterized by major technological transitions affecting the global
production, distribution and consumption of food crops, as well as the
treatment and prevention of disease. In a context of imperialism and growing
global inequalities, these transitions have had a highly uneven impact on
different regions, for example in the extent to which they have continued to
face recurrent famines.
For this PhD position you will develop your own research project under
supervision of scholars at the Rural and Environmental History Group. You will
participate in the research program of this Group, and follow the PhD-
education programmes of Wageningen University and the N.W. Posthumus
Institute. You will be able to develop your personal research CV and will co-
lecture one or two courses in economic, global and/or environmental history to
social science students.
You are an ambitious, enthusiastic scholar and a team player, devoted to
research and education in an international and interdisciplinary academic
You also have:
a completed MA/MSc in history, economic history or economics;
demonstrable research skills (e.g., statistical, archival, writing);
excellent command on English in oral and written form; proficiency in
other languages would be considered an advantage, depending on the chosen
good organizational skills and the proven capacity to work with deadlines;
enthusiasm for teaching and working with (international) students in a
variety of programmes;
strong motivation to develop your own research design;
ability to work both independently and in small teams;
great interest and curiosity in societal issues such as the causes and
consequences of global inequality.
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.
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.
These are the points our employees list as good reasons to come work at WUR:
read the 5 reasons to come work at WUR.
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, please upload - next to your letter of motivation and your cv - the
following documents via 'others':
Full transcript of grades obtained during (Res)MA/MSc studies
Two recent letters of reference, one of which preferably written by your
A 1.000 word outline of your research ideas related to the PhD project
An important element of the application file includes a 1.000 word
(maximum) outline of your research ideas. In this outline, you may
discuss the geographic area and time frame you would focus on, the
research question(s) you would be interested in and how you intend to
tackle that question/those questions. Provide a justification for your
research question(s) as well as the chosen region(s) and time period
on the basis of the relevant academic literature,. In addition, discuss
the research methods you intend to use, why you have chosen these methods,
and which possible sources you intend to study. Applications without a
research outline will not be taken into consideration.
We prefer a candidate who is available as soon as possible, but the starting
date is negotiable.
Do you want more information?
For more information about this position, please contact Dr Daniel Gallardo
Albarran, firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr Ingrid de Zwarte,
For more information about the procedure, please contact Sandra Willemsen,
Corporate recruiter or Bianca Aversteeg, Recruitment support via
This vacancy will be listed up to and including the 15th of September,
2021. We will schedule the first job interviews soon after closing date.
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.