Professor and Chair of Consumption and Healthy Lifestyles (f/m), 0.8-1 FTE

We are looking for

We are looking for a full professor who will lead the new chair group of ‘Consumption and Healthy Lifestyles’ at Wageningen University & Research (0.8 – 1.0 fte), one of the leading universities on food, health and environment. The new group will be part of the Department of Social Science and embedded in one administrative unit together with the chair group ‘Health and Society’. As head of a new group, the chair holder will have the exciting opportunity to develop an innovative new line of research on the social organisation of consumption with specific attention for consumption practices and lifestyles, that promote human and environmental health and wellbeing. The aim is to produce knowledge and insight on the meso level of analysis (social groups, households and organisations) and to build on knowledge and insights from different social sciences. Moreover, attention should be paid to how the consumption contexts can be influenced and redesigned to enable healthy (and sustainable) consumption patterns and lifestyles.

You will strengthen the group’s innovative research and education programme and you will effectively and constructively manage the group’s internal processes, in collaboration with the chair of ‘Health and Society’. You will ensure the group provides a supportive working environment to young and senior academics. Consolidating the acquisition of external funding for research and attracting PhD candidates are key elements of your responsibility. You will strengthen the profile of the group in national and international networks, and you will further enhance the group’s scientific and societal impact.

We ask

As a successful candidate, you:

  • Are a scholar with a PhD degree in social sciences and a proven scientific track record of recognised international quality in the field of consumption and healthy lifestyles;
  • Have excellent knowledge in qualitative and in particular quantitative research methods relevant to the field and the experience and ambition to combine quantitative and qualitative research;
  • Have the experience in managing professionals and have an inspiring and collegial leadership style, characterized by a passion to develop people and to build teams;
  • Have a demonstrated ability to lead disciplinary and interdisciplinary research across social and natural sciences;
  • Are experienced in transdisciplinary collaboration and redesign with stakeholders in society at large and have a large relevant network;
  • Possess a proven capacity of acquiring, leading and managing externally-funded (international) research projects;
  • Are an inspiring teacher and supervisor for students of diverse backgrounds, with proven ability to develop courses at Bachelor, Master, and PhD level, and an interest, vision and capacity to innovate teaching methods;
  • Have an inspiring vision for future research and education on healthy and sustainable consumption and lifestyles;
  • Are able to establish synergies and enthusiast about collaboration with the ‘Health and Society’ group and other groups in WUR in general.

We offer

You will be working for an inspiring international organisation with a large number of interdisciplinary projects all over the world. A strong commitment to teaching and fundamental research, combined with innovative applied research, creates a rich learning environment. Our students – the innovators of tomorrow – also benefit from first-class research and educational facilities.

The scientific quality of Wageningen University is affirmed by the prominent position we occupy in international rankings and citation indexes. Dutch students voted Wageningen University & Research as the best university in the Netherlands for thirteen years in a row.

We offer you a challenging position as full professor and Chair of ‘Consumption and Healthy Lifestyles’. Besides a competitive salary, 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.

Coming from abroad 
Wageningen is a centre for research and entrepreneurship. 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. It is a historic university town of about 36,000 residents in the central Netherlands. The academic community hails from more than 100 countries, giving the town a lively, international feel.

Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, by which 30% of their salary is exempt from tax.

Our 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. A specialized staffing agency will help your partner to find a job.

The Wageningen University & Research’s International Community page ( contains practical information about what we do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen.

More information

A more detailed description of the profile of the chair group for Consumption and Healthy Lifestyles is available upon request (via Further information about the position can be obtained from Professor Dr Bettina Bock, Chair of the Appointment Advisory Committee (Email: Tel: +31317483275).

You are invited to send your complete application to John ten Böhmer, Please include an application letter with curriculum vitae and a separate list of publications. The deadline for applications is 20 October 2018.

The Appointment Advisory Committee will interview selected candidates for this position on 9 November 2018. The Committee will thereafter invite short-listed candidates for a second interview and a trial lecture on 19 December 2018. An assessment may be part of the selection procedure as well as the contacting of reference persons to be proposed by the candidate. References will only be contacted after consent by the candidate.

Equal opportunities employer 
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.

We are

Delivering a substantial contribution to the quality of life. That’s our focus – each and every day. Within our domain of good and safe food & food production, food security and a healthy living environment, we search for answers to issues affecting society – such as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy. Of course, we don’t do this alone. Every day, 5500 people work on ‘the quality of life’, turning ideas into reality, on a global scale.

Could you be one of these people? We give you the space you need.

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