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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
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
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
* Holds a PhD degree in communication science or has completed a
social science PhD in which communication has been a central
* Possesses a proven capacity of acquiring, leading and managing
externally-funded research projects.
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.
Further information about the position can be obtained from
Professor Dr Simon Bush, Chair of the Appointment Advisory Committee
(Email: (simon.bush /at/ wur.nl) <mailto:(simon.bush /at/ wur.nl)> Tel: +31
317483310). More detailed information on the profile and the COM
Chair Group is available upon request (via (esther.roquas /at/ wur.nl)
<mailto:(esther.roquas /at/ wur.nl)>).
You are invited to send your complete application to Dr Esther
Roquas, (esther.roquas /at/ wur.nl) <mailto:(esther.roquas /at/ wur.nl)>. 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_.
*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
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 www.wur.nl/career <http://www.wur.nl/career>.
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