Chair Professor of Social Sciences

Wageningen University

Netherlands

Chair of Social Sciences

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April 4, 2024
Location Wageningen
End date Wed 5 June 2024
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Wageningen University is recruiting an inspiring professor and chair holder to lead the Consumption and Healthy Lifestyles Group. The Consumption and Healthy Lifestyles Group focuses on the design and evaluation of theory-based interventions to foster healthy lifestyles and in particular food consumption. The Group aims to understand the drivers of healthy consumption and lifestyles among individuals and groups, and how smartly designed intervention strategies (also including policy interventions) can enable desired behavioural change. There is a focus on food consumption in everyday behaviour of the general population.

The Chair Group has strong expertise in theories of behavioural change in its application towards health and healthy behaviour of diverse target groups in the Netherlands and Europe. The Group takes on a social-ecological perspective towards fostering public health, with due attention to individuals, the social groups in which they operate and the environmental factors that may facilitate or hinder behavioural change. Intervention design and evaluation addresses social, psychological and technological mechanisms in everyday food consumption behaviours in different contexts (including care and workplace). The Group works in close collaboration with other chair groups at WUR such as the Health and Society Group and the Division of Human Nutrition and Health, as well as with stakeholders within the public health domain.

The new chair holder will foster a vibrant academic climate, provide a supportive working environment for academics and early career scholars, and help maintain the Group’s good track record in publications, acquisitions, education, and societal impact.

The chair holder will enable the Group’s research ambitions by further strengthening its position in national and international networks, strategically develop collaboration within and outside Wageningen University & Research and strengthening and aligning the established research lines as well as pursuing novel ideas. Strategically and organizationally, with the Chair of the adjacent Health and Society Group, the new chairholder will drive the establishment of a “Health Centre” to integrate and synergize the health-related research within the Department of Social Sciences and WUR.

The Chair Group teaches a range of bachelor and master courses and supervises students of 3 interdisciplinary BSc and 5 MSc programmes of Wageningen University. The successful applicant will play an active role in strengthening the Group’s education programme and contribute to novel educational strategies at Wageningen University.

Take a look at the Group’s website to learn more about our ground-breaking research projects, education and outreach activities.

Your qualities

As a successful candidate, you:

  • Have a strong background in intervention research to facilitate healthy lifestyles and notably food consumption practices; with a PhD degree in a relevant field of social sciences;
  • Are a renowned scholar with profound knowledge of socio-ecological and behavioural change theories to encourage healthy behaviour of the general population and its diverse groups (e.g., inhabitants of municipalities, students, ethnic minority and disadvantaged groups, older individuals);
  • Have a track record of scientific publications of recognized international quality that show your interest and experience in inter- and transdisciplinary research;
  • Are an inspiring teacher and supervisor for students and young scholars of diverse backgrounds, with proven ability to develop courses at Bachelor, Master, and PhD level, and a vision on and capacity to innovate teaching methods;
  • Have an inspiring vision for future research and education of the Consumption and Healthy Lifestyles Group;
  • Enjoy leading a vibrant academic chair group with passion to develop people and create synergy;
  • Have experience in leading academic professionals with an inspiring, unifying, supportive and inclusive leadership style and proven financial and operational management skills;
  • Possess a proven capacity of acquiring, leading, and managing externally funded research projects.
If you recognize yourself in the majority of this profile, have demonstrable affinity and relevant experience, and are open to further develop yourself, we invite you to apply.

 

We offer you

You will be working for an inspiring international organisation actively engaged in a large number of interdisciplinary projects all over the world. The scientific quality of Wageningen University & Research is affirmed by the prominent position we occupy in international rankings and citation indices.

We offer you a position as Full Professor and Chair of the Consumption and Healthy Lifestyles Group. Besides a competitive salary (maximum gross salary for starting chair holders is € 9,680 per month), we offer a number of additional benefits, such as an end-of-year extra month’s salary, a holiday allowance and a pension plan with the Dutch pension fund for government and education. International candidates moving to the Netherlands may benefit from a special tax relief, by which a part of their salary is exempt from tax for several years.

Working hours can be discussed to optimize the work-life balance (32-38 hours per week).

Coming from abroad
We are a globally leading university in the life sciences. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world. Wageningen University, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees.

The university’s highly qualified team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family. For partners we have a dual career program to help them find work in the Netherlands. Furthermore, we can assist you in finding schools for your children and assist you with finding housing in the region or elsewhere in the Netherlands.

Do you want more information?

Further information about the position can be acquired from Prof. Hans van Trijp, Chair of the Appointment Advisory Committee, email hans.vantrijp@wur.nl, tel. +31317482963

More detailed information on the profile and the CHL Group is available upon request via the executive secretary of the Committee, Esther Roquas, esther.roquas@wur.nl

Application
You are encouraged to upload your complete application via the respond button on top of this page. Please include in separate documents (pdf) an (1) application letter, (2) curriculum vitae and a (3) list of publications.

Applications can be sent until and including, 5 June 2024.

Selected candidates will be interviewed for this position on 11 September 2024. In case you are short-listed for a second day of interviews the Committee will also invite you for a trial lecture on 4 October 2024.

WUR’s policy is to increase the number of female professors. Therefore, all female candidates matching the profile are especially invited to apply, and we want at least one of the final candidates to be female.

We are

Wageningen University & Research
The mission of Wageningen University & 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, 7,600 employees (6,700 fte) and 13,100 students and over 150,000 participants to WUR’s Life Long Learning, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. The unique Wageningen approach lies in its integrated approach to issues and the collaboration between different disciplines.

The Chair Group Consumption and Healthy Lifestyles is currently composed of 1 personal professor, 2 associate professors, 4 assistant professors and, 7 lecturers from different disciplinary backgrounds. The Group has 3 support staff members and hosts 5 postdocs and 20 PhD candidates. The Group is one of the 21 chair groups of the Department of Social Sciences. The new chair holder will establish close collaboration and alignment with the adjacent Health and Society Chair Group of Wageningen University & Research in a “Health Centre” to integrate and synergize the health-related research within the Department of Social Sciences and Wageningen University & Research.

We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves and do not appreciate being contacted by agencies. However, sharing in your network is much appreciated.

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