Assistant Professor of Law

Wageningen University



Assistant Professor in Law (Tenure Track)

Published on
December 19, 2019

Location Wageningen

We are looking for

We are looking for a hardworking and ambitious assistant professor in Law. Are you a promising legal scholar with an interest in interdisciplinary research? Would you love to support our teaching in the nexus between agri-food, consumer interest and/or environmental protection? Then please apply!

You are interested in exploring how law can be shaped to contribute to positive outcomes for societal concerns, such as public health, circular economy, consumer safety or environmental quality. A background in European Union law is particularly relevant for the work of the group, ideally with a specialization in food law, or related areas such as consumer law, internal market law, environmental law, intellectual property and/or trade. There is a specific teaching need in the area of food law regulation. Demonstrated experience in this field is an advantage but not a requirement.

You will develop, supervise and carry out global-level high-quality research in collaboration with your own international network, as well as with colleagues at the Law Group and Wageningen University. You will publish regularly in leading international academic journals. Over the medium term, you will be supported to develop an individual research grant application to either the Dutch
Innovational Research Incentives Scheme or the European Research Council

The Law Group combines scholars with expertise on environmental law, food law, EU (internal market) law, human rights law, WTO law, intellectual property rights law, and business law. You will be encouraged to collaborate with colleagues across these themes in the development of legal research linked to the living environment. Above all, you are a personable, social colleague willing to balance your personal interests with those of the group.

You will contribute to strongly internationally oriented teaching programmes at Wageningen University. In the short term, you will be expected to adapt existing courses taught by the Law Group in the Food Law and Regulatory Affairs specialization of the Food Safety Programme. Over the long term, opportunities will emerge to develop your own courses and with your team make up the design and policy of MSc and BSc programmes at the University.

The successful candidate will proceed through the tenure track system at Wageningen University. Within a period of 12 years of being appointed as Assistant professor, you are encouraged to reach the level of Professor in your own field. You will therefore establish an internationally visible independent research line and identify where your research makes a societal impact.

We ask

To further strengthen our group, you have:

  • a PhD degree in law (or known graduation date);
  • affinity with WUR’s mission to improve the living environment and related social challenges, and a vision on how law can plan a role in this mission, and the research opportunities this provides;
  • an emerging publishing record in peer reviewed international academic literature;
  • demonstrated interest or ability to work in an interdisciplinary research environment;
  • the will to contribute to the wider interests of the group;
  • proven capacity to develop an international network;
  • excellent communication and social skills;
  • experience and affinity with delivering high quality education at BSc and MSc levels, including supervising BSc and MSc students. WUR offers professional training towards obtaining a university teaching qualification (UTQ).
This position requires an excellent English language proficiency (a minimum of CEFR C2 level). For more information about this proficiency level, please visit our special language page.


We offer

We offer a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level for 38 hours per week, which leads to a permanent employment contract after a positive assessment by the tenure track committee. Training and mentorship during the Tenure Track is aimed to ultimately lead to the position of Professor. Career steps follow an assessment of performance at predefined times by a tenure track committee. See here more information on the Wageningen Tenure Track system.

This is a challenging position with, depending on your experience, a competitive salary from a minimum of € 3.637,- to a maximum of € 4.978,- for a full working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement Dutch Universities (scale 11).
In addition, we offer:

  • 8% holiday allowance;
  • a structural year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent training opportunities and secondary employment conditions;
  • flexible working hours and holidays can possibly be determined in consultation so that an optimal balance between work and private life is possible;
  • excellent pension plan through ABP;
  • 232 vacation hours, the option to purchase extra and good supplementary leave schemes;
  • a flexible working time: the possibility to work a maximum of 2 hours per week extra and thereby to build up extra leave;
  • a choice model to put together part of your employment conditions yourself, such as a bicycle plan;
  • a lively workplace where you can easily make contacts and where many activities take place on the Wageningen Campus. A place where education, research and business are represented;
  • use the sports facilities on campus.
Wageningen University & Research stimulates internal career opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are ample opportunities for own initiative in a learning environment.
We offer a versatile job in an international environment with varied activities in a pleasant and open working atmosphere.


More information

Address your application, including a covering letter with your motivation and a CV, to the chair of the Search Committee for this position, Prof. dr. Josephine van Zeben. Please upload your application online at before March 2, 2020.
You will receive an automatic e-mail confirmation within 24 hours, applications not submitted via the online system are not taken into consideration.

The interviews for this position will take place on 24 and 26 March 2020 in Wageningen.

If you have further questions about this opening, please feel free to contact: Prof. dr. Josephine van Zeben, telephone number +31 (0)317 488059, e-mail address: or dr. Hanna Schebesta, Please do not use these email addresses to apply for this position.

We are

The mission of Wageningen University & Research is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. Within Wageningen University & Research, nine specialised research institutes from the Wageningen Research Foundation and Wageningen University have joined forces to help answer the most important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.

With approximately 30 locations, 6.000 employees, and 12.000 students, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain worldwide. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of the unique approach of Wageningen.

For further information about working at Wageningen University & Research, take a look at the the special career site.

The Law Group in the Department of Social Sciences at Wageningen University has an internationally recognized reputation in the area of legal research and education. Our 7 tenured and educational staff, 2 Postdocs and 6 PhD students focus on legal solutions to social problems, including those studied in life sciences domains. These issues touch on every aspect of the law, which means that we have collective expertise on matters relating to EU law, food law, international law, WTO law, intellectual property law, private law and human rights law. The research of the group is also strongly interdisciplinary, with faculty and students from all over the world. For further details see

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

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