Post Doc in Transdisciplinary Research

Wageningen University Wageningen Institute for Environment and Climate Research

Postdoc on Transdisciplinary Research Approaches

Location Wageningen

We are looking for

Are you an enthusiastic scholar who can help us to strengthen the role of WIMEK in inter- and transdisciplinary research? And do you have a PhD degree such research, ideally in the domain of environment and climate, with demonstrated experience with academic publishing? Then this may be a unique chance for you!

The Wageningen Institute for Environment and Climate Research (WIMEK) is one of the six Graduate Schools at Wageningen University. WIMEK seeks at developing an integrated understanding of environmental change and its impact on people, society and nature. WIMEK aims to be a front runner in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research approaches.

Your main task over a two-year period will be to strengthen Wageningen University’s position as a globally leading knowledge hub on inter- and transdisciplinary theory and methods in the field of climate and environment. In doing so you will help WIMEK to (1) support staff and students in the design of research projects, and (2) assist in crafting larger collaborative research projects which require transdisciplinary knowledge integration and involvement of partners. Moreover, you will advance the treatment of the theory and method of inter- and transdisciplinarity in our PhD course programme as well as the subject matter of staff trainings.

  • Make an inventory of the most important research approaches (real cases) of WIMEK researchers in the past six years
  • Reflect on these research approaches (e.g. co-creation, living labs, citizen science, involvement of partners) from the perspective of current inter and transdisciplinary theory
  • Exchange information and experiences (including practical do’s and don’ts) within Wageningen University by organising lecture series, workshops, seminars, etc.
  • Showcase standard methodologies across a range of media (oral and written: articles, reports, videos etc)
  • Advise WIMEK on how to build a sustainable knowledge hub on inter- and transdisciplinary theory and methods that can strengthen, embed and further develop transdisciplinary research approaches into the future.
  • Develop an inspiring PhD course or training on transdisciplinary research and to develop ways for staff to be trained as well
  • Reflect on these approaches and experiences, and publish the results in international peer reviewed journals

We ask

  • A PhD degree in inter- and transdisciplinary research, preferably in the domain of environment and climate, with a proven track-record in academic publishing
  • Experience or demonstrated ambition to operationalize transdisciplinary theory into practise
  • Demonstrated experience with working in an inter- and multi-disciplinary team
  • A demonstrated affinity (or experience) with collaborations with partners
  • Experience in organising workshops and seminars or similar events
  • A demonstrated capacity for bringing people from different backgrounds together; different scientific fields and partners
  • A pro-active personality; eager to take the initiative
  • Excellent communicative and writing skills in English, and ability to communicate and interact academics and professionals

We offer

A meaningful position for 2 years and 0.8 fte with, depending on your experience, a competitive salary from a minimum of € 3.491,- to a maximum of € 4.402,- for a full working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement Wageningen University (scale 10).

In addition, we offer:

  • 8% holiday allowance
  • a structural end-of year bonus of 8.3%
  • excellent training opportunities and secondary employment conditions
  • flexible working hours that we determine together in good consultation
  • excellent pension plan through ABP
  • 232 vacation hours, the option to purchase extra and good supplementary leave schemes, e.g.
  • the possibility to work 2 hours per week extra for extra leave
  • a flexible model to put together part of your employment conditions yourself, such as a bicycle plan
  • a lively workplace on the Wageningen Campus
  • make use of the sports facilities on campus for a small fee.
Wageningen University & Research stimulates internal career opportunities and mobility with our internal recruitment policy. There are ample opportunities for personal initiative in a learning environment. With us you get an exciting job in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

More information

To learn more about this function you can get in touch with Johan Feenstra, secretary of WIMEK, e-mail:

For questions about the procedure you can contact Edgar Tijhuis, corporate recruiter, e-mail:

Do you want to apply?

This can be done directly via the application button at the vacancy on our website so that we can process your personal data with your permission. This vacancy is open until 15 November 2020. We want to plan the first interviews soon afterwards.

Equal opportunities employer

We are an employer that offers equal opportunities. We are happy to receive applications from all suitably qualified people regardless of race, gender, functional impairment, religion / belief, sexual orientation or age.

We believe that a diverse and inclusive working environment makes us a more relevant, competitive and resilient organization. Click here for more information about working at WUR with a functional impairment.

We are

The mission of our University is to explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life. Nine specialised research institutes from the Wageningen Research Foundation and Wageningen University have joined forces to help answer the most significant questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.

With approximately 30 locations, 6.500 employees, and 12.500 students, it is known as one of the leading organisations in its domain worldwide. A coordinated approach to problems and the cooperation between various subject areas are at the heart of the outstanding approach of Wageningen. We have been named Best Employer in Education category 2019-2020. You can read more about working in Wageningen at our career page. And take a look at Wageningen Campus here.

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