Postdoc Researcher: Advancing sustainable process industries through data innovation with and for end-users

Postdoc Researcher: Advancing sustainable process industries through data innovation with and for end-users

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12 Sep 2 Oct Wageningen

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Job description

The Education and Learning Sciences (ELS) Group at Wageningen University is seeking a driven, socially engaged postdoc researcher who is passionate about sustainability transitions, has keen interest in process data and its application for and co-creation with end-users (i.e., operators and their managers).Furthermore, you show a real passion for linking scientific rigor with relevance for practice.

As advancements in technology reshape our world, industries often find themselves struggling to fully embrace the innovations of Industry 4.0 and Industry 5.0. This affects their strides toward sustainability. A core challenge? The limited engagement of end-users like operators, managers, and stakeholders in the creation and implementation of data-driven models

In collaboration with Radboud University, ISPT, and various industry partners (via projects M4M - Measurements 4 Management – ISPT and EBI - EBI - Engineering Business Intelligence ), we're spearheading a transformative research venture. This mission seeks to address these industry challenges through the theories of learning organizations and meaningful work. We are seeking to expand our team with you as our new researcher to work in these projects.
  • Synthesize literature on learning organizations, employee-driven innovation, and meaningful work;
  • Translate research findings into innovative interventions;
  • Collaborate with end-users, employees, and managers to co-create data process models with a responsible innovation approach;
  • Implement designed interventions in various stages of process development within industrial settings and across diverse stakeholder groups;
  • Evaluate intervention effects and underlying factors on multiple levels;
  • Analysis of the responsibility of the industry with regard to process model systems, especially when taking into account sustainability values and norms;
  • Actively engage in discussions on the adoption and implementation of process data models, and disseminate research outcomes.


Wageningen University & Research


The ideal candidate must have the following qualities:
  • Ph.D. in fields such as learning sciences, organizational behavior, or innovation studies, with a track record of interdisciplinary research and a thirst for scientific advancement;
  • Affinity with sustainability transitions, Industry 4.0/5.0 complemented with an ambition to publish in scientific journals;
  • Creative and innovative mindset;
  • Exceptional networking skills and a knack for thriving in international, collaborative environments;
  • Dedication, openness to feedback, and the ability to empathize with others;
  • Knowledge of Dutch language is desirable but not compulsory;
  • Excellent English language proficiency (minimum CEFR C1 level. Sometimes it is necessary to submit an internationally recognised Certificate of Proficiency in the English Language. More information can be found here.

Conditions of employment

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
  • 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 of course receive a good salary. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive gross salary of between € 3.226,- and € 5.090,- for a full-time working week of 38 hours, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 10). Initially, we offer you a one-year contract, which will then be extended to an open-ended contract if there is mutual enthusiasm. Of course, we would be happy to discuss this with you if you have any questions.

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 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.
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. For instance under the "30% rule", certain categories of international staff can receive tax exemption on approximately 30% of their gross salary.


Wageningen University & Research

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.. 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.

These are the points our employees list as good reasons to come work at WUR: read the 5 reasons to come work at WUR

You will work here:
Education and Learning Sciences is a vibrant groups of researchers and teachers. Our core mission is to understand and facilitate the unfolding of human potential in response to global challenges. Within ELS you will work together with dr.Yvette Baggen and dr.Renate Wesselink.

We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.
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
  • P1282966-7


Wageningen University & Research

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