Postdoctoral Researcher in Smart Business IT Platforms for the AgriFood Domain
Wageningen University Business Management and Organisation

Postdoctoral Researcher Smart Business IT Platforms for the AgriFood Domain

Location Wageningen

We are looking for

Do you want to use your passion for smart systems and data science for high-quality research on business IT platforms? Would you like to address this in the IT in Agrifood Context? Are you a team player who can carry out multidisciplinary research? Then we are looking for you. Please apply for this 3-year postdoc position.

The use of IT and data science in AgriFood offers excellent opportunities for businesses in addressing global challenges. The currently available and continuously newly generated data can be used to support the decision making processes in management information systems. Smart digital platforms can be developed that include smart software modules and advanced data analytics, thereby creating new momentum for the governance and management of agricultural information systems. With the shared smart platform, we aim to address the related technological and business-governance challenges. Important research questions include but are not limited to: What are the technical and governance requirements that a platform must meet for farmers to profitably integrate the use of the different IT systems? How to translate and align the stakeholder needs and business processes with the technical infrastructure? How to design a smart platform with big data analytics? How to integrate this smart platform with other platforms to create a smart ecosystem?

The post-doc position is a collaborative initiative of two chair groups, including the Information Technology Group (INF) and the Business Management & Organization (BMO) group.

We ask

As the successful candidate you will have:

  • a PhD degree in computer science/artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning/management information systems, or related areas;
  • a solid background and experience in smart platform development and AI;
  • affinity with software engineering;
  • affinity with data science;
  • experience and interest in working in interdisciplinary teams;
  • excellent communication skills and team spirit;
  • good didactic qualities and enthusiasm.

We offer

A challenging position with, depending on your experience, a competitive salary from a minimum of €2.709,- to a maximum of €4.274,- for a full working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement Wageningen University (scale 10). In addition, an appointment of 0.8 FTE is negotiable. This position is for the period of 3 years. Initially you will receive a contract for the period of 1 year, which can be extended for the duration of the project.

In addition, we offer:

  •       8% holiday allowance;
  •       a structural end-of year bonus of 8.3%;
  •       excellent training opportunities and secondary employment conditions;
  •       flexible working hours that we determine together in good consultation;
  •       excellent pension plan through ABP;
  •       232 vacation hours, the option to purchase extra and good supplementary leave schemes, e.g. the possibility to work a maximum of 2 hours per week extra for extra leave;
  •       a flexible model to put together part of your employment conditions yourself, such as a bicycle plan;
  •       a lively workplace on the Wageningen Campus;
  •       make use of the sports facilities on campus for a small fee.
Wageningen University & Research stimulates internal career opportunities and mobility with our internal recruitment policy. There are ample opportunities for personal initiative in a learning environment. With us you get a versatile job in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere, with students and staff from over 100 countries around the world.

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 15th consecutive time.

More information

For more information about this function you can contact Bedir Tekinerdogan (INF) via bedir.tekinerdogan@wur.nlor Prof.dr. Wilfred Dolfsma (BMO) via

For more information about the procedure you can contact Sandra Willemsen, Recruiter SSG or Bianca Aversteeg, Recruitment support via

Do you want to apply?

This can be done directly via the application button at the vacancy on our website so that we can process your personal data with your permission.

This vacancy is open up to and including the 31st of August, 2020. We want to plan the first job interviews on the 7th of September 2020. A possible second interview is planned on the 15th of September, 2020.

Equal opportunities employer

We are an employer that offers equal opportunities. We are happy to receive applications from all suitably qualified people regardless of race, gender, functional impairment, religion / belief, sexual orientation or age.

We believe that a diverse and inclusive working environment makes us a more relevant, competitive and resilient organization. Click here for more information about working at WUR with a functional impairment.

We are

The mission of our University is to explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life. Within Wageningen University & Research, nine specialised research institutes from the Wageningen Research Foundation and Wageningen University have joined forces to help answer the most important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.

With approximately 30 locations, 6,500 employees, and 12,000 students, it is one of the leading organisations in its domain worldwide. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of the unique approach of Wageningen. We have been named Best Employer in Education category 2019-2020.

Wageningen University is an internationally leading institution in the area of life sciences and is part of the 4TU federation, a collaboration of four universities of technology in The Netherlands:

The Information Technology (INF) group at Wageningen University is doing research on the topics of smart systems development, and system-of-systems engineering, which is primarily centered in the life sciences domain. In this context, we focus on software engineering, information management and socio-technical systems.

The Business Management & Organisation (BMO) group studies innovation and entrepreneurship in chains and networks, focusing on the agri-food industry. In a globalising world, where firms face major challenges related to, a.o., global warming, urbanisation and food security, the group provides the knowledge and insights needed to internally organise and govern firms appropriately and for firms to effectively collaborate in chains and networks.

Click here for more information about working at Wageningen University & Research. More information about Wageningen Campus you can find here.

We do the recruiting for this vacancy ourselves. Please do not contact us for sales purposes.

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