Researcher in Aquaculture/Marine Economy
Wageningen University

Researcher Aquaculture or Marine Economist

Published on
November 4, 2021

Location Wageningen

We are looking for

Are you the promising aquaculture specialist researcher who will support public and private policy makers with respect to the international position of aquaculture for food systems of deltas whilst balancing economic, social and ecological impacts?

We are looking for a talented colleague with a market- and customer-oriented attitude and a great affinity for applied scientific research. Experience in conducting research projects involving the position of aquaculture for sustainable food security or willingness to eagerly learn this expertise is a must. You should also have the ambition to lead and develop projects in the field of marine economy. Your most important activities in doing so will be:

  • Conducting research activities, including international projects, with an emphasis on aquaculture as a mechanism for growth. Also other topics regarding marine governance, marine spatial planning or sustainable development of marine environments can be part of your portfolio.
  • Working in project teams that vary in size and complexity. These may vary from a few colleagues at Wageningen Economic Research to larger teams consisting of researchers from different organisations. An example of this would be other organisational divisions such as Wageningen Marine Research, but also international consortia.
  • Maintaining regular contact with your clients, whereby you proactively and sufficiently adapt to their wishes and needs. Clients include the Ministries of LNV and I&W, international organisations and business, and the European Commission (incl. DG MARE).
  • Contributing to the acquisition of new research projects, using your active network in aquaculture as well as actively contributing to knowledge development and method/product innovation.
We have seven expertise groups at Wageningen Economic Research. You will be working in the expertise group Green Economy and Land Use. This expertise group is focused on a national and international market of governments, NGOs and business with research advice. The group works on the economic perspective and sustainable development of green and blue growth via integral explorations, cost-benefit analyses, evaluation methods, and business models.

Place of employment is The Hague or Wageningen, with willingness to regularly travel to the other location.

We ask

You have:

  • completed a MSc in economics, preferably with a focus on aquaculture or marine economy, plus 1 to 5 years of research experience;
  • highly developed analytical skills and knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods;
  • a client-driven interest in applying economic research in public and private domains;
  • having or having interest in building a network in aquaculture;
  • the ability and experience to work as a team-player in international, multidisciplinary teams in complex project environments;
  • the capacity to communicate and collaborate engagingly, as well as spoken and written communication skills in English and Dutch (or the willingness to learn Dutch);
  • Interest in publishing research results in reports and peer-reviewed journals.

We offer

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:

  • A position for 32 to 36 hours per week. It is a permanent position, initially on a one-year contract;
  • 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% (as of December 2021);
  • 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 maximum €5.268,- for a full-time working week of 36 hours, in accordance with the CLA Wageningen Research (scale 10-11). 

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 multi-faceted position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

A challenging job in an international environment. Your work activities are extremely diverse. You will receive plenty of room for personal development and work in an enjoyable and open professional atmosphere. We fully support our employees in training and degree programmes.

More information

For more information about this position, please contact Roula Dambrink, head of Green Economy and Land Use, via +31 703358136 / +31 634329981 /

For questions about the recruitment process you can contact Jeanine van ‘t Veer-Drost, Corporate Recruiter or Bianca Aversteeg, Recruitment Support via

Do you want to apply?
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.

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.

We are

Wageningen University & Research
The mission of Wageningen University and 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, 6.800 employees and 12.900 students, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. 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.

Read the 5 reasons why your future collaegues 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.

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