Within the chair group Crop Physiology, we offer an assistant professor position. The position includes teaching (45%), research (45%) and general management tasks and service to society (10%). The teaching will be in the area of crop science and crop physiology and will be at the level of BSc, MSc and PhD students.

Supervision of PhD candidates is also a major part of the job. The candidate will develop, in consultation and collaboration with the other team members, her/his own research line that matches the long-term strategy of both the Crop Physiology team and the Centre for Crop Systems Analysis in which Crop Physiology is embedded. An integrated approach including a combination of experimentation, data analysis and modelling will be required. Activities include writing research proposals for external funding. 

We seek a highly motivated plant/crop physiologist with an interest in contributing to sustainable crop systems on the basis of in-depth research on crop ecophysiology. We are particularly interested in research aiming to integrate knowledge across scales from genes to cropping systems, from roots to canopies and from controlled to field environments, to complement the group’s research into understanding the ecophysiology of crops under diverse environmental and management conditions.

The ideal candidate has a strong interest and ambition to develop expertise in utilizing sensing technologies (e.g., LiDAR, SIF, hyperspectral and thermal imaging, airborne imagery). The candidate’s research focus should ideally encompass managing and analyzing large, complex datasets. The candidate’s research focus should be complementary to ongoing research in the field and involve collaboration with public and private partners, both in the temperate and (semi-)tropical regions. For example, we have a world-wide network with CGIAR institutions, universities, and private companies on all continents.

We ask

We are looking for a candidate with the following qualifications:
You should have a strong track record in research, to be demonstrated by work done in PhD and postdoc positions. You are a motivating teacher with proven experience. You have demonstrated experience and have been successful in obtaining research grants in competitive funding schemes to fund your own research. You are a team player and team builder with a keen interest in collaborative research and willing to contribute to the general tasks of the chair group.

You will strengthen our research capacity in the knowledge chain from lower integration levels (e.g., genetics, molecular plant physiology, metabolomics, molecular biology), via physiology at the crop level to crop ecology. These fields currently generate large data sets now available in databases at low integration levels. The group’s challenge is to connect these data across scales and potentially identify novel physiological mechanisms of crop performance under current and future climatic conditions.

In summary we look for:

  •          A PhD in the area of plant/crop physiology or crop science
  •          Interest in sensing technologies and the analysis of large datasets
  •          Proven affinity to and experience in teaching
  •          Highly developed interpersonal and intercultural skills
  •          A strong publication record in top quality journals
  •          Well-developed experimental, data analysis and modelling skills
  •          Preferably, experience in acquiring and managing externally funded research projects

This position requires an excellent English language proficiency (a minimum of CEFR C2 level). For more information about this proficiency level.

We offer

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

  • sabbatical leave, 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 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. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive gross salary of between € 3.821,- and € 5.230,- per month based on a a full-time working week of 38 hours and 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 17th 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. 

More information

Do you want more information? 
For more information about this position, please contact prof. Paul Struik  by phone +31 317 484 246 or by e-mail paul.struik@wur.nl
For more information about the procedure, please contact Ine van’t Land, recruiter by e-mail ine.vantland@wur.nl 

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.  
Please use the online tool to apply and upload the following documents: 

  • Letter of motivation including a short description of your research and education vision 
  • CV including the names of 3 referents and a complete list of publications 
  • A summary your PhD thesis 

Your application will be given full consideration if you apply before 31 July 2022. The starting date will be 1 November 2022 but there is flexibility on this starting date. For international candidates there is enough of time and assistance to come to Wageningen and ‘onboard’ at our University. 

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.

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, 7.200 employees and 13.200 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.

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