Assistant Professor on Artificial Intelligence in environmental politics

Assistant Professor on Artificial Intelligence in environmental politics

Published Deadline Location
7 Nov 9 Jan Wageningen

Job description

We are looking for an emerging scholar in the field of Artificial Intelligence and the politics of environmental change. Your research will contribute to political science debates around the design, application and implications of artificial intelligence on the governance of environmental change. You have an emerging record in developing theoretical perspectives to understand the role of digital technologies, including AI, in shaping regional and global environmental and/or natural resource governance regimes. You also have demonstrated ambitions to develop new methodologies for the social and/or political scientific analysis of these technologies.

You will develop, supervise and carry out high-quality research in collaboration with your own international network, as well as with colleagues at the Environmental Policy Group and Wageningen University. You will also be pro-active in acquiring funding from a mix of government, EU and private sources and publish regularly in leading international academic journals. Over the medium term, you will be supported to develop an individual research grant application to either the Dutch Innovational Research Incentives Scheme or the European Research Council.

You will contribute to a strongly internationally oriented teaching programme at Wageningen University. In the short term, you will be expected to adapt existing courses taught by the Environmental Policy Group in (for example) the Msc Sustainability Governance or MSc Environmental Sciences programmes. Over the long term, opportunities will emerge to develop your own courses and contribute to the design and policy of MSc and BSc programmes at the University.
The successful candidate will proceed through the tenure track system at Wageningen University. Within a maximum of 12 years of being appointed, you have the opportunity to reach the level of Professor in your own field. On the path to professor you will develop an internationally visible independent research line and identify where your research makes a societal impact.
You will also be a strong team player. The Environmental Policy Group has five thematic research areas. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues and students in any of these themes focusing on Governing Climate Futures, Sustainable Urban Infrastructures, Environmental Mobilities, Marine Governance and Sustainable Food Transformations. Above all, you are a personable, social colleague willing to balance your personal interests with those of the group.

Specifications

Wageningen University & Research

Requirements

  • A PhD degree in political sciences or a discipline related to the social dimension of environmental science.
  • A clear vision on studying how artificial intelligence related technologies affect attempts to transition the world to more sustainable outcomes.
  • A strong background in qualitative research design and methods and methodologies
  • A demonstrated interest in building bridges with other disciplines (incl data science and life sciences) and in contributing to the development of social science expertise on AI and its relation to environment and natural resources.
  • Excellent communication and social skills, a coaching leadership style and experience in acquiring and leading internationally oriented research projects.
  • A demonstrated international publication record.
  • Demonstrated ability to inspire and supervise MSc students and PhD scholars.
  • Demonstrated experience and affinity with delivering high quality education at both BSc and MSc levels; A Dutch university teaching qualification (BKO) or equivalent will eventually be required.
  • Proven capacity to develop an international network in your specific field.
  • A strong team player willing to contribute to the wider interests of the group.

Conditions of employment

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and partially paid parental leave;
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional compensation / holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.
In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will be offered a fixed-term, 7 year contract which, upon positive evaluation based on criteria elaborated in the University's Tenure Track policy, can lead to a permanent employment contract as professor. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive gross salary of between € 3.974,- and € 5.439,- for a full-time working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 11).

Wageningen University & Research encourages internal advancement opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a unique position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

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.

Coming from abroad
Wageningen University & Research is the university and research centre for life sciences. 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. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, known as the 30% ruling. Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.
Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen University & Research's International Community page contains practical information about what we can do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. Furthermore, we can assist you with any additional advice and information about helping your partner to find a job, housing, schooling, and other issues.

We offer a tenure-track position (1.0 fte) initiated at the Assistant Professor level. Training and coaching during the Tenure Track is aimed to lead to the position of Professor holding a Personal Chair in your own field. Career steps follow an assessment of performance at predefined times by a tenure track committee. See here more information on the Wageningen Tenure Track system.
We offer you a temporary contract for 38 hours per week for 7 years, which can lead to a permanent employment contract after a positive assessment by the tenure track committee. Salary details to follow.

Employer

Wageningen University & Research

The mission of Wageningen University & 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, 7,200 employees (6,400 fte) and 13,200 students and over 150.000 participants to WUR's Life Long Learning, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. The unique Wageningen approach lies in its integrated approach to issues and the collaboration between different disciplines.

Read the 5 reasons why your future colleagues en joy 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.

The Environmental Policy Group in Department of Social Sciences at Wageningen University has an internationally recognised reputation in the area of environmental social science and policy research and education. Our 14 tenured staff, 5 teaching staff, 4 Postdocs and over 35 PhD students focus on the social and political science of environmental transformations. The research of the group has a strong international orientation, being conducted at both the global level as well as in number of countries across Europe, Africa and Asia. The staff profile of the group is also international, with more than 12 nationalities employed. For further details see www.wageningenur.nl/enp

Additional information

For more information about the vacancy, please contact dr. Sanneke Kloppenburg by email (sanneke.kloppenburg@wur.nl).

For more information about this procedure, please contact Jouke van Oostenbrugge, Corporate recruiter, by e-mail jouke.vanoostenbrugge@wur.nl.

Do you want to apply?
Address your application, including a covering letter with your motivation, your CV and a one page research statement to the chair of the search committee Dr. Sanneke Kloppenburg. You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval.
This vacancy will be listed up to and including 10 January 2023. The first job interviews will be scheduled on 23 and 24 January 2023.

Equal opportunities
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. For more information please go to our inclusivity page. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.

Specifications

  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Natural sciences
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • P1099346-1

Employer

Wageningen University & Research

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For more information about the vacancy, please contact dr. Sanneke Kloppenburg by email (sanneke.kloppenburg@wur.nl).

For more information about this procedure, please contact Jouke van Oostenbrugge, Corporate recruiter, by e-mail jouke.vanoostenbrugge@wur.nl.

Do you want to apply?
Address your application, including a covering letter with your motivation, your CV and a one page research statement to the chair of the search committee Dr. Sanneke Kloppenburg. You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval.
This vacancy will be listed up to and including 10 January 2023. The first job interviews will be scheduled on 23 and 24 January 2023.

Equal opportunities
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. For more information please go to our inclusivity page. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.

Application procedure

Application procedure

For more information about the vacancy, please contact dr. Sanneke Kloppenburg by email (sanneke.kloppenburg@wur.nl).

For more information about this procedure, please contact Jouke van Oostenbrugge, Corporate recruiter, by e-mail jouke.vanoostenbrugge@wur.nl.

Do you want to apply?
Address your application, including a covering letter with your motivation, your CV and a one page research statement to the chair of the search committee Dr. Sanneke Kloppenburg. You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval.
This vacancy will be listed up to and including 10 January 2023. The first job interviews will be scheduled on 23 and 24 January 2023.

Equal opportunities
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. For more information please go to our inclusivity page. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.

Make sure to apply no later than 9 Jan 2023 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).