Postdoc researcher TITAN

Postdoc researcher TITAN

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Job description

Do you want to contribute to a more transparent and sustainable food sector in Europe? Do you want to further your academic career in business science? We offer a Postdoc vacancy for an ambitious and high-potential academic who seeks to understand how (agrifood-) supply chain networks can achieve greater transparency via digital innovations, enhancing the world's Sustainable Development Goals.

Business Management & Organisation (BMO) group of Wageningen University & Research (WUR) is excited to kick-off a new Horizon Europe project called TITAN comprising 27 partners, in which WUR serves as consortium partner. We contribute to 3 workpackages.
The objective of TITAN is to provide an extensive platform for the development of a wide range of innovations that aid transparency and address key challenges identified in the European Green Deal.
The TITAN project has a strong multidisciplinary character. The 4-year project comprises a mix of technology providers and research centres linked to agri-food actors and businesses through an interactive co-creation approach. Participants are from the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, France, Belgium, Germany, UK, Greece, Portugal, Norway, Finland, Poland and Switzerland. The TITAN innovations will deliver transparency solutions in the areas of food safety and authenticity, traceability, health and sustainability and improving information to the consumer.
Within TITAN, Wageningen University & Research is responsible for Work Package 2 (WP2), dealing with the management of stakeholder digital transparency interests in EU food supply chain networks.
You will carry out a share of the WP2 work. More specifically, your work includes the following tasks:
  1. develop a conceptualization and a fitting research design;
  2. collect empirical data using different qualitative methods (e.g. interviews, focus group discussions) and analyse the data
  3. identify primary and secondary stakeholder relationships and digital transparency potentials in food supply chain network structures;
  4. evaluate the stakeholders and develop norm strategies;
  5. design a new supply chain network organization framework;


Wageningen University & Research


We are looking for a researcher with the following key qualifications:
  • relevant PhD degree in (agricultural or food) economics, business studies, organisation studies or innovation management;
  • keen interest in organisation, (food) supply chain networks, digital innovation, transparency, collaboration, stakeholder management;
  • knowledge of and experience with qualitative research methods;
  • knowledge of and experience with research on the agri-food sector;
  • experienced in working in international and multidisciplinary projects is an advantage;
  • familiarity with engaged scholarship is an advantage;
  • proven track record of (potential) publications in agri-food economics and/or management, innovation, management and/or organisation studies journals;
  • For this position your command of the English language is expected to be at C1 level.

Conditions of employment

A challenging position with, depending on your experience, a competitive salary from a minimum of €2.709,- to a maximum of €4.274,- for a full working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement Dutch Universities (scale 10). On full-time base the contract will last 1 year. 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 a maximum of 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 a versatile job in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

For this position you will be located at Wageningen, within the Business Management & Organisation Group. More information about our chair group you will find here. The BMO project team consist of Verena Otter and Wilfred Dolfsma.


Wageningen University & Research

You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland, and at a university that has been chosen as the "Best University" in the Netherlands for the 17th consecutive time.
The mission of Wageningen University and Research is "To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life". Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.

With its roughly 30 branches, 6.800 employees and 12.900 students, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of Wageningen's unique approach. WUR has been named Best Employer in the Education category for 2019-2020.

Read the 5 reasons why your future colleagues enjoy working at WUR and watch this video to get an idea of our green campus!

We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.


  • Postdoc
  • Agriculture
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • P989663-1


Wageningen University & Research

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