Are you interested in exploring the genetic potential of plant species to contribute to a Circular Bioeconomy? Do you enjoy the challenge of applying (quantitative) genetics approaches to unravel carbon partitioning in the plant and how does that influence biomass quality? Are you a highly motivated researcher with interest in developing the plants for marginal lands? Then this vacancy may be of interest to you.

Your position
As a postdoc researcher your main responsibilities will be to conduct research in multidisciplinary teams, to develop tools for breeding and to be involved in the supervision of (PhD) students. Depending on the skills and wishes, this postdoc can be involved in the acquisition of grants and/or in teaching activities.

The research
The climate change and growing world population urge the need to reduce the use of fossil resources and to develop a Circular Bioeconomy. Research in this field is covered by the Biobased economy group at Plant Breeding. Given the limited arable land available for the production of food other commodities, such as biobased products, could be produced on marginal land. The postdoc in Plant genetics and Breeding will be working within a European funded project named MIDAS, aiming at developing tools to breed crops for marginal lands.

We ask

You are a researcher with a background in genetics and genomics. You should be able to apply and to understand the mechanisms behind the content and quality of different plant components, and use that knowledge to develop new breeding tools. We prefer candidates with experience in (quantitative) genetics and breeding.
As a candidate you should have most of the following qualifications:

  • a PhD degree in a relevant field, e.g. genetics, plant breeding, computational biology or plant sciences;
  • affinity with plant genetics and breeding;
  • a proven ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals.
  • a strong motivation to work flexibly and creatively in a cross-disciplinary environment;
  • experience and interest in supervision of (PhD) students;
  • good communication skills and the ability to interact constructively with colleagues;
  • for this position your command of the English language is expected to be at C1 level. Sometimes it is necessary to submit an internationally recognized Certificate of Proficiency in the English Language.

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 of course receive a good salary. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive gross salary of between € 3.413,- and € 4.670,- for a full-time working week of 38 hours, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 10). This is a position for 4 years. You will receive a one year contract, which will be extended with an additional three years upon satisfactory performance. Additionally, a contract for 0.8 FTE can be discussed.

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. Dr Luisa M. Trindade, Full Professor Bioresources Breeding and Genetics and Group leader Biobased Economy,
For more information about the procedure, please contact

This vacancy will be listed up to and including 12th December 2022. We hope to schedule the first job interviews on 20th and 21th December 2022. Preferred starting date February or March 2023.

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 & 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 (6,400 fte) and 13,200 students and over 150.000 participants to WUR’s Life Long Learning, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. The unique Wageningen approach lies in its integrated approach to issues and the collaboration between different disciplines.

Plant Breeding, Wageningen University & Research is a merged unit of Wageningen Research and Wageningen University with around 200 people including MSc and PhD students and guest workers. It is a highly international group with more than 30 nationalities, organized in ten research groups. We conduct fundamental, strategic and applied research and provide teaching at all educational (BSc, MSc and PhD) levels. Our research focusses on the genetic basis of traits which are relevant to achieve a sustainable agri- and horticulture. We conduct this research often in partnership with breeding companies, local, regional and state governments.

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