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[ecrea] Vacancy announcement: Professor and Chair of Strategic Communication at Wageningen University and Research

Thu Sep 27 18:14:44 GMT 2018

*Professor and Chair of Strategic Communication (COM), Wageningen University & Research (F/M)*

Published on September 20, 2018




*Scientific field*


Behavior and Society



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*We are looking for*

An innovative and dynamic scholar focused on the role of communication as a driver for change in the domains of food, health and the living environment to lead the Strategic Communication Group (0.8 - 1.0 fte) at Wageningen University & Research.

The Strategic Communication Group at Wageningen University has a strong 50-year tradition in researching and teaching critical, engaged, focused and reflexive scholarship. Within the life sciences theme of Wageningen University, the group’s research and teaching focuses on communication related to food production, climate change, nature conservation, land use planning and health. As such, collaboration with social and natural scientists is a defining element of the group’s work. Within these domains the group focuses on the role of communication in planned and unplanned change, taking into account dynamics at the micro level (e.g., conversations and dialogue) and macro level (e.g., public debates), through both mediated (e.g., social media) and non-mediated (e.g., expert-lay interactions) forms of communication.

As head of the group, the new chair holder is expected to further advance an innovative research and education programme at Wageningen. The chair holder will ensure the group continues to grow into a supportive working environment for a diverse group of young and established academics. The successful applicant will also further strengthen the groups profile in national and international networks, as well as effectively and constructively manage the group’s internal processes.

*We ask*

The successful candidate:

  * Has a proven scientific track record in the broad field of
    communication sciences, with a vision for future research and
    education on communication and change in the life science domains of
    food, health and environment;
  * Has experience with communication themes such as framing, trust,
    risk, conflict, cooperation, (citizen) engagement, and advocacy;
  * Has experience with qualitative and quantitative research methods;
  * Demonstrates an ability to lead research in a theoretically and
    methodologically diverse group and shows the capacity to produce
    work of recognised international quality;
  * Enjoys managing professionals and demonstrates an inspiring,
    collegial, and unifying leadership style characterized by the
    passion to develop people, to build teams, and to create synergy;
  * Is an inspiring teacher and supervisor, with proven ability to
    develop courses at Bachelor, Master, and PhD level, and with an
    interest and capacity to innovate teaching methods;
  * Has the ability to effectively interact with communication
    professionals and societal partners in the development of research
    and education;
  * Holds a PhD degree in communication science or has completed a
    social science PhD in which communication has been a central
    research topic;
  * Possesses a proven capacity of acquiring, leading and managing
    externally-funded research projects.

    *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
    Strategic Communication. 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.

    *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.

    *More information*

    Further information about the position can be obtained from
    Professor Dr Simon Bush, Chair of the Appointment Advisory Committee
    (Email: (simon.bush /at/ <mailto:(simon.bush /at/> Tel: +31
    317483310). More detailed information on the profile and the COM
    Chair Group is available upon request (via (esther.roquas /at/
    <mailto:(esther.roquas /at/>).

    *Application *
    You are invited to send your complete application to Dr Esther
    Roquas, (esther.roquas /at/ <mailto:(esther.roquas /at/>. Please
    include an application letter with curriculum vitae and a separate
    list of publications. The deadline for applications is _5 November

    The Appointment Advisory Committee will interview selected
    candidates for this position on _17 December 2018_. The Committee
    will thereafter invite short-listed candidates for a second
    interview and a trial lecture on _30 January 2019_.

    *We are*

    *Wageningen University & Research *
    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.

    For further information about working at Wageningen University &
    Research, take a look at <>.

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