Do you want to use your passion to address challenges in precision agriculture developments and applications? Do you have a flair for interacting and serving with farmers and other stakeholders? Are you interested to contribute to sustainable, data-driven farming systems, well embedded in society, and bring science and technology to farms, e.g. by means of apps? Then read on!

The new farming management concepts we are working on will be important vehicles to increase the profitability of farming, increase food security and safety, look for nature inclusive opportunities and reduce the impact of agriculture on the environment. We develop and implement science-based systems to support farmers’ decision making and we help stakeholders with their development of new precision farming systems.

These systems necessarily consist of agronomic knowledge encoded as decision rules; an ICT infrastructure to collect, manage, process, and responsively govern data; sensing systems and equipment capable of precise application of inputs (this includes automated machines and robotics). You will work within a multidisciplinary team of scientists and programmers in strong interactions with farmers and other stakeholders. For that reason good communication skills in Dutch is a must.

Your qualities

You are an experienced professional or someone who would like to develop to such. You are keen to integrate your interest and experience in the development of our apps and decision support systems for e.g. variable rate application of fertilizers and crop protection agents. Your skills, ambitions, enthusiasm and positive attitude in life will contribute to our research at WUR.

  • A scientist with an appropriate MSc in plant sciences, agrotechnology, biosystems engineering, data and model handling or a related field.
  • You have good knowledge of agronomy, crop production systems, and precision farming.
  • You have already some experience with databases, GIS and computer programming. Experience in C# and Angular is a valuable asset.
  • You want to contribute to team efforts in new developments in our research, e.g. to the development of farming systems as a whole, and to app development in particular.
  • You are happy to share your experience and insights with the scientific world and colleagues, and are curious to learn from them.
  • You are result oriented, show analytical capacities and are able to handle data, and to publish in scientific journals
  • You speak and write in Dutch and English (C1 Advanced) If you do not yet have this level, we will of course help you and you can go to our language center Wageningen in’to Language.You can see that there are plenty of challenges ahead of you. These challenges can also be seen as development opportunities. So if you do not yet have the track-record required in the vacancy, but do have solid work experience, we would also like to invite you to apply.

If you recognise yourself in our ambitions, but do not yet meet all requirements, we would like to encourage you to respond and convince us that you are able to reach the expected skills within reasonable time.

You will be part of a dynamic team and business unit of the plant science group, embedded in a unique organization with an outstanding reputation – Wageningen University & Research. We exchange and collaborate among others, based on the values of sound science, trust, transparency, and togetherness. We are curious to get to know you!

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

  • 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%;
  • excellent pension scheme.

We offer you a meaningful job, and depending on your experience, a competitive gross salary dependent on experience between € 2.949,00- € 4.809,00,- (scale 10) or € 3.527,00- € 5.479,00 (scale 11) for a full working week of 36 hours in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Wageningen Research. You also have the opportunity to work part-time (e.g. 32 hours per week). Evaluation on job performance is every year and a positive outcome will continue in a permanent position after 2-3 years.

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.

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.

Do you want more information? For more information about this function, please contact Dr Bert Lotz, team lead, e-mail:, T +31 317 480556 or Dr Raymond Jongschaap, business unit manager, e-mail:, T +31 317 480570. You can apply up to and including August 1 2023.

Please do not send your application directly to Dr Lotz or Dr Jongschaap. Please note: at least half of the candidates that are invited for the personal job interviews will consist of women. First job interviews physically or by MS Teams are planned for the second and third week of August, 2023. For more information about the procedure, please contact

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.

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.

Agrosystems Research

Agrosystems Research is part of the Plant Sciences Group of Wageningen University & Research. We advise the public and the private sector and provide training in areas of our expertise. We are a community of scientists working on safe and sustainable agricultural systems, well embedded in society and contributing to the quality of life. We work in a demand driven contract research organization, where stakeholders’ needs are explored and served. Acquiring new research projects is an intrinsic part of our work.

Our core business is understanding and quantifying the soil-crop-environment continuum at both the process level and the ecosystem level, which we assess with mixed methodologies like integrated assessments, the analysis of big data, precision agriculture, sensing, and robotics. We do this by means of experimental design and computer modelling, ICT, on-farm testing and implementation in interaction with stakeholders.

Our research and knowledge-intensive advisory systems are based on agronomy and ecology as our main scientific disciplines, which are increasingly complemented by social science research. Our vision of agroecology is to integrate agronomy, technological and social research in interaction with stakeholders. This requires an integrated, inter- and transdisciplinary perspective for the study and development of food systems.

Our objective is to raise the productivity of agriculture in a sustainable and socially acceptable manner and increase the resilience of systems to deliver food security, feed, fuel, fiber and other services under current and future climate and resource availability.

As guiding principles we work synergistically in teams, like to express and base our opinions on sound science and operate self-conscientiously in our networks to have impact, and to attract and serve our clients’ needs. We strongly believe in diversity and inclusiveness to strengthen our teams, their modus operandi and their impact.

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