Environmental Economics Researcher

Wageningen Economic Research
Wageningen, Netherlands
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Company information

an independent and internationally leading socio-economic research institute. Wageningen Economic Research offers governments and companies (socio)economic insights and integral advice for sound policies and better decision-making in an innovative way. We have been an expert in the field of sustainable agriculture & food, healthy nutrition, lifestyle and the living environment for over 75 years, and are known as a knowledge institute that provides insight into the capacity of our planet on the one hand, and human actions on the other. For this we make use of and develop, among others, policy analysis, future studies, chain and consumer research, evaluations and monitoring systems, based upon our data, models and knowledge.

Within Wageningen UR and together with the Centre for Development Innovation (CDI) and the University’s Department of Social Sciences (DMW), Wageningen Economic Research is part of the Social Sciences Group. DMW, Wageningen Economic Research and CDI comprise the entire knowledge chain of fundamental scientific research (DMW), applied scientific research (Wageningen Economic Research) and consultancy and capacity building (CDI). As a result, Wageningen Economic Research provides access to this comprehensive range of expertise.

Function description

Are you the promising researcher who will support public and private policy makers on how to integrate economics and impacts of food production on climate, energy, water and other natural resources?
We are looking for a talented colleague with a market- and customer-oriented attitude and a great affinity for applied scientific research. Experience in conducting research projects involving the economic and econometric modelling of the social and environmental aspects of food systems that contribute to sustainable inclusive growth, food security, a circular and bio-based economy, preservation of natural resources and biodiversity, and climate targets is a must. You should have the capability and the ambition to execute projects in that field. Your most important activities in doing so will be:

  • Conducting research activities, including quantitative projects on economic and econometric modelling of impacts of food production on natural resources with an emphasis on cost-benefit and cost effectiveness analyses and micro-economic simulations.
  • Working in project teams that vary in size and complexity. These may vary from a few colleagues at Wageningen Economic Research to larger teams consisting of researchers from different organisations. An example of this would be other organisational divisions such as Wageningen Environmental Research, but also international consortia.
  • Maintaining regular contact with your clients, whereby you proactively and sufficiently adapt to their wishes and needs. Clients include the Ministries of LNV and I&W, PBL, the European Commission (incl. H2020) and international organisations.
  • Contributing to the acquisition of new research projects, including from your active network in environmental economics as well as actively contributing to knowledge development and method/product innovation.

We have seven expertise groups at Wageningen Economic Research. You will be working in the expertise group Green Economy and Land Use. The expertise group is focused on the economic perspective and sustainable development of green and blue growth via integral explorations, cost-benefit analyses, evaluation methods, and business models.

Place of employment is Wageningen.

Function Requirements

  • completed a university degree programme in environmental economics, plus three to ten years of research experience (including PhD research);
  • highly developed analytical skills and knowledge of quantitative research methods, particularly cost-benefit and cost effectiveness analysis;
  • a client-driven interest in applying economic research in public and private domains;
  • an interest in and network involving environmental economics;
  • the ability and experience to work as a team-player in international, multidisciplinary teams in complex project environments;
  • insight into the domain and the entrepreneurial capacity to transform innovative ideas into concrete projects and products;
  • team- and result-driven project leadership capabilities and experience with leading international project teams;
  • the capacity to communicate and collaborate engagingly, as well as spoken and written communication skills in Dutch and English;
  • experience in publishing research results in reports and peer-reviewed journals.

Job conditions

  • A challenging job in an international environment. Your work activities are extremely diverse. You will receive plenty of room for personal development and work in an enjoyable and open professional atmosphere. We fully support our employees in training and degree programmes. You will discuss your development with your supervisor frequently.
  • A position for 32 to 36 hours per week. It is a permanent position, initially on a one-year contract. Extension of the contract is contingent upon whether you show yourself to be the right fit for the position and if there is a full order portfolio.
  • A full-time work week with us is 36 hours. Your salary depends on your experience: between €3,120 and € 5,509 gross per month (scale 11 or 12 in the Wageningen Research Foundation Collective Labour Agreement or CAO) on a full-time basis.
  • We offer 23 holidays with the option of accumulating 25 additional (compensation) days during a 40-hour work week as well.
  • In addition to an 8% holiday allowance, we also offer a fixed December bonus of 3%.
  • Our schemes for special leave, parental leave, and sick leave are well above average. For example, you get paid 62.5% for parental leave. The employer contribution to the pension is above average as well.

Contact information

If you have any questions, please contact Volkert Beekman, head of Green Economy and Land Use, via + 31 70 335 8241. For questions about the recruitment process you can contact Linda van der Tang, HR Advisor, via + 31 70 335 8415.

Will you be our new colleague? Please submit your application no later than Monday 17 September 2018 9:00. Please apply online via http://www.wageningenur.nl/nl/Werken-bij/Vacatures.htm
Only applications via this apply button will be considered.

There will be two rounds of interviews for this position The Hague. The first round will be on 24 September and the second one on 3 October , so be sure to keep these dates free.