Assistant professor Sustainable Retail and Distribution Networks (Tenure Track)

Assistant professor Sustainable Retail and Distribution Networks (Tenure Track)

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30 Jan 31 Mar Wageningen

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Job description

Do you have a passion for solving operations and supply chain problems in retail and distribution networks using data and quantitative techniques? Do you have experience in multi-disciplinary supply chain research that aims to integrate economic, environmental, and social performance with resilience? And are you a proactive academic with innovative and application-oriented research ideas and the ability to acquire funding for them? We are hiring a tenure track assistant professor in Sustainable Retail and Distribution Networks. Are you the colleague we are looking for?

You are an academic with research and teaching experience in a broad array of topics in the field of sustainable operations and supply chain analytics. You are experienced in a variety of quantitative decision-making techniques, preferably with a focus on sustainable distribution and retail networks in relation to social, environmental, and economic goals, as well as resilience. You have experience in writing grant proposals. You are also a networker: you set up collaborations with adjacent fields of research in business disciplines and beyond, as well as with industry, in order to create unique (multidisciplinary) partnerships.

You will be part of the Operations Research and Logistics Group, which consists of 14 academic research and lecturing staff members and 15 PhD candidates. The group is part of a section of business-oriented research groups at Wageningen University (the Business Science section).
You will take part in acquiring and executing innovative and creative (inter-)national research projects together with colleagues from the Operations Research & Logistics group as well as adjacent research groups. You will supervise PhD students, as well as BSc and MSc students, and you develop and teach courses at the BSc, MSc and PhD level. You will proactively contribute to connecting parties in and outside of Wageningen University. Depending on your seniority, you also contribute to a variety of administration activities and to the further development of the Operations Research and Logistics group.

Tenure Track is a career path for hardworking scientists who pursue to excel in education and research. We seek to attract scientific talent and to stimulate and support their development.


Wageningen University & Research


We hope you have:
  • completed a PhD in Operations Research, Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, or related fields in the Industrial Engineering / Management Sciences domain;
  • experience with a variety of methodologies in the Operations and Supply Chain domain, including empirical methods, simulation, and optimization;
  • published your work in high-quality journals
  • relevant and well-evaluated experience in teaching;
  • proven interest in grant proposal writing and acquisition,
  • a very good command of spoken and written English as well as a willingness to learn the Dutch language.

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 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 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. Your salary will depend on expertise and experience and the maximum gross salary for Assistant Professors is € 5.439,- per month (scale 11). Both based on a full working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU).

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 16th 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

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 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.


  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Behaviour and society
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • P1152365-1


Wageningen University & Research

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