Officer Research Programming Networks

Officer Research Programming Networks

Published Deadline Location
9 May 29 May Wageningen

You cannot apply for this job anymore (deadline was 29 May 2023).

Browse the current job offers or choose an item in the top navigation above.

Job description

Do you want to take up the challenge of addressing grand societal challenges through joint programming of research that underpins policies for societal transformations? Are you used to work in an international research policy environment, the best in networking, and do you have a PhD degree in life sciences or social sciences? Please read further!

We are looking for an Officer Research Programming Networks within Corporate Strategy & Accounts (CSA). CSA is one of the staff departments of Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and is among other responsible for strategic international collaboration.

As Officer Research Programming Networks at WUR-CSA you contribute to coordination, management, and implementation of intergovernmental initiatives and public research programming networks as well as overall promotion of joint programming principles and achievements.

Research and innovation partnerships have been introduced into the European R&I landscape to develop the European Research Area. Such partnerships aim to deliver on global challenges through concerted research and innovation efforts, working with Member States, the EU, the private sector, foundations and other stakeholders.

Corporate Strategy & Accounts is involved in the governance, coordination and management of various networks in the life sciences domain. Joint programming cycle consists of (1) identification of challenges to be jointly tackled, (2) orientation and co-design, (3) programming through developing strategic research and innovation agenda and implementation plans, (4) developing a research and innovation programme through calls and projects, and (5) evaluation which feeds into a next cycle. Funders, programme managers, scientists, end-users and other stakeholders are engaged throughout the process.

As an Officer Research Programming Networks you will team up with other colleagues active in research programming networks, such as: the Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate FACCE JPI, the Food Systems and Climate ERA-NET FOSC, the Green ERA-Hub initiative, the European Joint Programme on agricultural soil management EJP SOIL partnership, and in new partnerships such as on agroecology and on sustainable food systems. The activities and responsibilities of these teams and officers include:
  • analyze drivers, trends, policies and research needs and organize stakeholder involvement in the joint programming processes;
  • conceptualize and elaborate multi-annual strategic research and innovation agendas;
  • develop content of strategic plans, through ex ante impact assessment and the alignment of goals, building on explorative workshops on emerging topics, scoping for joint calls, surveys assessing interest and commitments, and interactions with other initiatives;
  • organize science-policy dialogue, construct co-creating processes and synthesize foresight reports and policy briefings;
  • write substantive content for websites and information brochures and leaflets;
  • connect transnational networks with institutional programmes;
  • feed into international and national work to further raise the visibility of joint programming and partnerships through a range of medias and channels, trackers and platforms;
  • be a focal point for the relation with other institutes, programmes, and countries involved.

The activities contribute ultimately to joint strategic research agenda’s, implementation plans, and research excellence in transnational collaborations on challenges such as coping with climate change, transforming food systems, and sustainable agriculture. The officers will be part of a self-directed working team with six other professionals that reports to the Head of Department.


Wageningen University & Research


We are looking for an enthusiastic colleague working with passion and endurance for international networks in the domains of healthy food and living environment. In addition, you need to fulfill the following requirements:
  • PhD degree in life sciences or social sciences;
  • Broad general knowledge of some scientific areas of the Wageningen UR research domains such as climate research, food systems, biotechnologies, agricultural economics, human geography, political sciences, agrotechnology, ecology and biodiversity;
  • Capacity to analyze and structure information;
  • As an Officer Research Programming Networks you have the ability to work collaborative to conceptualize problems and identify and implement solutions;
  • Ability to work proactive, committed, and deliver in a structured way;
  • Knowledge sharing, constructive teamwork, flexibility, organisation sensitivity, integrity, good organization skills;
  • Excellence in writing for non-specialist audiences, preferably science – policy interface, and proficiency in English (C1);
  • Experience in working with Microsoft Office, website CMS, and social media;
  • Willingness to occasionally travel abroad.

Conditions of employment

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
  • 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 hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and partially paid parental leave;
  • 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 4%;
  • excellent pension scheme.

In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will of course receive a good salary. We offer, depending on your experience, a competitive gross salary of between €3.527,- and €5.479,- for a full-time working week of 36 hours, in accordance with the CLA Wageningen Research (scale 11). A working week with a minimum of 0.8 FTE is possible. We start with a one year employment contract with a possibility to extend it to a maximum of three years.

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. For this position both external and internal candidates are invited to apply. Internal candidates can be placed through internal secondment. We are offering a multi-faceted 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 18th 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.


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.

Corporate Strategy & Accounts
At the department Corporate Strategy & Accounts (CSA) knowledge and expertise are combined to develop the WUR-strategy and translate this to policy for education and research, both national and international. Within the department, knowledge about strategy and policy is brought together with knowledge about international developments and partners. We actively follow the external changes on these domains (permanent analyses of the environment) and translate these advises for the executive board of WUR, to the other corporate departments and the Science Groups. We advise them about strategic changes, new policies, partner selection and the agenda for the next period. Besides that, CSA is responsible for managing the relations with important national and international collaboration partners.

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

For further information about working at Wageningen UR, take a look at


  • Management
  • Agriculture
  • max. 36 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • P1223974-1


Wageningen University & Research

Learn more about this employer


Droevendaalsesteeg, 6708 PB, Wageningen

View on Google Maps

Interesting for you