Can you imagine a future with autonomous crop production systems that provide nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables locally and on-demand? Are you devoted about bringing together crop physiology and data science? Then the chair group Horticulture and Product Physiology of Wageningen University & Research is offering a Tenure Track position which is the opportunity you are looking for.

Your work will focus on controlled environment agriculture (greenhouses and vertical farms), where you will develop novel methodologies to predict fruit and vegetable quality based on their growth conditions. Your starting package includes a PhD position, who will work on this topic under your supervision.

The job also requires teaching at BSc and MSc level and advising of students, which amounts to approximately 40% of the time. they are clearly connected with our research. Interesting to note here is the recognition of the excellent education offered in Wageningen. Our university was chosen as the best institution for higher education in the Netherlands for the 17th time in a row. Besides that, we are ranked as university as number 1 worldwide in the fields of agriculture, ecology and environment, as well as excellent rankings in other fields.

The chair group Horticulture and Product Physiology of Wageningen University & Research (WUR) is keen to hire an  Assistant Professor (0.7-1.0 fte). As an Assistant Professor, you will have the opportunity to establish your own research and education on the qualitative (nutritional value, aroma) and quantitative (growth, yield) prediction of fresh fruit and vegetable production based on cultivation conditions in greenhouses and vertical farms.

Information about the programme
This position is part of a multi-disciplinary programme entitled ‘High-tech & data-driven agri-food system of the future’. Together with four other tenure trackers of the four Dutch technology universities (4TU), industry partners and government stakeholders you will contribute to novel high-tech local food systems which can be scaled to many urban environments in the world.

In this challenging career trajectory:

  • You cooperate with colleagues and establish a personal research portfolio that is embedded in the Horticulture and Product Physiology group
  • You will perform experimental and modelling research on predicting product quality and yield of vegetables and fruits. This prediction will be based on growth conditions in greenhouses and vertical farms
  • Your research will be at the organ, whole-plant as well as crop levels.
  • You will acquire, lead and implement together with the chair holder and other staff members innovative and creative (inter-)national research projects for our group.
  • You will supervise BSc, MSc, and PhD students. You will also develop and teach courses (lectures, practicals) on crop and data science applied in vertical farms and greenhouses.
  • You undertake research that leads to high quality research output.
  • Your research contributes to improving quality, yield and sustainability of horticultural crops produced locally and on demand.

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

We ask

  • You hold a PhD degree in plant science, biological science, data science, or a related field
  • You are a plant physiologist with a proven interest in modelling
  • You have published research in high-quality journals and are keen to develop your skills in teaching and grant proposal acquisition
  • You are a strong communicator

We offer

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

  • 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 ABP pension regulations.

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 salary of between € 3.821,- and € 5.230,- (assistant professor position) for a full-time working week of 38 hours in accordance with the the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 11). The position can be part-time or fulltime (0.7-1.0 fte).

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

For more information about this function you can contact Prof. dr ir Leo Marcelis, e-mail:

For more information about the procedure, please contact Ine van’t Land corporate recruiter by

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.

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.

The chair group Horticulture & Product Physiology
The chair group Horticulture and Product Physiology conducts high impact research and educates students providing the scientific basis required to answer questions that are of utmost importance for sustainable crop production and product quality in horticulture.

The research focus is on how physiological processes in crops, plants and plant organs interact with the abiotic environment and how this affects crop production and product quality. Questions arising from horticultural practice are translated into fundamental research topics, aiming to explain mechanisms. The research and education contribute to sustainably feeding the World with healthy and high-quality products.

The chair group is an international team consisting of 17 permanent staff members, about 25 PhD candidates and postdocs and a number of guest researchers. Each year about 40 MSc students conduct their thesis study (a 6-month research) at our group. We organize and participate in a variety of courses for BSc and MSc students to transfer knowledge on horticulture (pre- and post-harvest), environmental physiology and product quality.

Apply now

This vacancy will be listed up to and including 18 September 2022. We hope to schedule the first job interviews soon after the closing date.

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