Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Vacancy, Wageningen University: Assistant/Associate Professor in Disaster and Crisis Studies (Tenure Track)

The Sociology of Development and Change (SDC) chair group has a vacancy for an assistant or associate professor with demonstrated excellence in teaching and research in the area of crisis and disaster studies. This position contributes to the chair group by focusing on crises and disasters within the context of contemporary processes of development and social change. The chair group is characterized by its interdisciplinary character, its ethnographic and its critical approach to studying development and change in diverse settings. The candidate will contribute to and further a research agenda focusing on challenges related to natural and human-made hazards, crises, conflicts, and their effects against the background of broader political, economic, social, cultural and environmental change, including climate change and migration. As these developments will increasingly play out in highly populated areas, peri-urban and urban settings, they bring new conceptual and policy challenges that the SDC group is keen to study and address.

The position entails research, teaching and supervision of Bachelor's, Master's and PhD students, acquisition and other service or management tasks. We expect the candidate to have an affinity with educational innovation and to be able to contribute to improving the disaster and crisis studies course portfolio.

The candidate must have:

  *   a PhD degree in a relevant social science field (anthropology, sociology, geography, development studies, political science) with a focus on conflict or disaster studies,
  *   relevant fieldwork experience,
  *   a strong international network and a promising (assistant professor) or excellent (associate professor) publication record,
  *   an innovative and creative approach to opening up new avenues for research and the acquisition of funding.
Ideally, the candidate should also be able to connect the field of crisis and disaster studies to the fields of critical development studies and/or political ecology. In addition, we expect the candidate to have experience with interdisciplinary work and connective capacity in creating a team-building atmosphere. The candidate should have a passion for education, proven by a track record of academic teaching and supervision. Interpersonal skills and the ability to enthuse students and colleagues are also key assets. The candidate should be fluent in English. Foreign candidates are expected to learn Dutch.

We offer
We offer a tenure track position as assistant or associate professor, depending on experience (for more information about the Tenure Track at Wageningen UR visit www.wageningenur.nl/tenuretrack<http://www.wageningenur.nl/tenuretrack>). We are looking for high potentials who excel in education and research. The position is a temporary one, with a possibility for a permanent contract after 6 years. A part time position of 0.8 fte is negotiable.
Gross salary: from € 47436 per year (holiday allowance and end-of-year bonus included) , based on full time employment and dependent on expertise and experience.

Dienstverband: Temporary, Onbekend

We are
Sociology of Development and Change (SDC) focuses on the structures and practices of development and change with a particular scientific interest in inequality, marginalization and political agency. The group's vision is to be a world-leading, politically engaged and interdisciplinary research and educational centre in development studies, political ecology, anthropology of law and crisis and disaster studies. Our mission is to gain and communicate a deeper understanding of inequality and marginalisation generated by global and local structures of power and political-economy and so contribute to social and environmental justice. At the same time we study how actors generate forms of agency and practices that enable them to deal with these dynamics and create new opportunities.
For more information visit the SDC Group webpage: www.wageningenur.nl/sdc<http://www.wageningenur.nl/sdc>.

Wageningen University and Research Centre
Wageningen University & Research centre aims to deliver a substantial contribution to the quality of life. That's our focus - each and every day. Within our domain, healthy food and 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, 6,500 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 UR, take a look at www.wageningenur.nl/career<http://www.wageningenur.nl/career>.
Additional information
A more detailed profile can be obtained from Ms Marielle Takes (mari<mailto:marielle.takes@wur.nl>elle.takes@wur.nl<mailto:marielle.takes@wur.nl>), and from www.wageningenur.nl/dis<http://www.wageningenur.nl/dis>. Additional enquiries should be addressed to the chair of the SDC group,
Prof. Dr Bram B├╝scher (bram.buscher@wur.nl<mailto:bram.buscher@wur.nl>).

To apply, please upload the following materials via the online 'respond' button (via https://www.academictransfer.com/employer/WUR/vacancy/32113/lang/en/), before 1 March 2016:

  *   Letter of motivation and CV
  *   Names of two referees
  *   One selected publication
  *   Teaching evaluations
  *   Statement on your research vision of the advertised position within the research themes of the chair group (500 words maximum)

You will receive an automatic e-mail confirmation within 24 hours. Interviews will be held around mid to late march 2016.

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