Senior Expert Water & Food (repeated call)

Research / Academic


For the team Water & Food at Wageningen Environmental Research we are looking for an enthusiastic, committed and highly experienced Senior Expert Water & Food who will also function as a topic leader Water-Food-Energy Nexus within the Sustainable Water Management program of WENR and who will build propositions for applied research in the international domain of water and food.

As a senior Water & Food Expert your main tasks will be to:
  • Support the development of competitive advantages and propositions to the international market;
  • Acquire large multi-annual strategic projects;
  • Foster effective links with climate and agronomic (eg. crop growth) research;
  • Lead complex and multi-disciplinary research projects;
  • Translate research findings into high-level policy recommendations;
  • Maintain and broaden the team's networks within and outside Wageningen University & Research;
  • Represent the team in relevant fora and media.


The ideal candidate has/is:
  • A university degree (MSc) in environmental sciences such as water management, irrigation, agronomy, hydrology, land use planning or relevant topics with international experience, a PhD is a pre;
  • A highly experienced researcher with at least 15 years relevant working experience, of which at least 10 years internationally, in the above mentioned fields;
  • Experience in the MENA-region, Africa and/or Asia;
  • Proven major contribution to the acquisition of at least 3 international projects of more than 1 million EUR/USD on relevant topics;
  • Experience in) working with Dutch Embassies and Dutch Ministries;
  • Able to translate societal and business needs into projects and consortia;
  • Excellent analytical capabilities with a proven track-record on scenario development and model/GIS-applications;
  • Proven ability to build cohesive research groups over the various disciplines;
  • Excellent international network and networking skills;
  • Excellent communications skills. Can present (scientific) knowledge in accessible language for various stakeholders, including policy makers;
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills in English and preferably other languages. Dutch is a pre.

Salary Benefits:

We offer a full-time position (32-36 hours). Salary depends on skills and experience. The position is initially for 4 years after which a go/no-go decision will be taken for a permanent position. The CAO of Wageningen Research is applicable.
We offer excellent secondary terms of employment, for example a structural -end-of- year bonus and flexibility in many respects.
Work Hours:

36 hours per week