Veterinary microbiologist in training

Veterinary microbiologist in training

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21 Feb 13 Mar Wageningen

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Job description

Do you have a background in veterinary medicine and are you interested in becoming a veterinary microbiologist? Do you want to take on a new challenge in an inspiring and dynamic environment? Then apply for the Veterinary Microbiology programme at WBVR in Lelystad, part of Wageningen University & Research!

Preventing and combating animal diseases contributes to healthy animal husbandry and reduces the risk of zoonotic diseases in humans. This calls for a good understanding of animal diseases, for which animal diagnostics is essential. To ensure high-quality expertise and diagnostics both now and in the future, we are looking for motivated veterinarians who are interested in specialising in veterinary bacteriology, with a specific focus on diagnostics.

What we are looking for
As a veterinary microbiologist in training, you will further specialise in the field of veterinary microbiology and diagnostics. You will work at the Department of Bacteriology on various tasks and projects related to bacterial infections. You will acquire specialised knowledge of the pathogenesis, diagnostics, clinical treatment and epidemiology of various endemic diseases and diseases subject to mandatory reporting, and you will learn how to advise clients and governments accordingly.

A veterinary microbiology training plan will be developed based on your knowledge and experience. During the programme, you will intern at research and diagnostics laboratories within and outside Wageningen Bioveterinary Research. You will also take several discipline-specific courses. The training plan will be submitted to the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation for approval, to allow for international recognition as a specialist in the future. Preparing for a PhD track is also among the possibilities.


Wageningen University & Research


Your qualifications and competences
  • You hold a degree in veterinary medicine.
  • You preferably have some experience with virological and/or bacteriological research and diagnostics.
  • You have good communicative and collaborative skills.
  • You can establish, maintain and expand partnerships.
  • You are stress-resistant, enterprising and client-oriented.
  • You are willing to work outside office hours to test for suspected cases of animal diseases that are subject to mandatory reporting.
  • You have a good command of the Dutch language or are prepared to take a Dutch language course.
Location: Lelystad, Houtribweg 39. At this location, you will be in contact with people from the High Containment Unit (HCU). As a result, you may not come into contact with animals prone to contracting foot and mouth disease or with commercial poultry farms for three days (72 hours) following your visit to the HCU.

Conditions of employment

We offer a veterinary microbiology programme with ample opportunities for professional and personal development.

This involves a versatile full-time position with varied tasks and responsibilities in an inspiring and open work climate. The salary is subject to your work experience and work history, with a gross maximum of €4,438 per month (scale 10 in accordance with the CLA of Stichting Wageningen Research), based on full-time employment at 36 hours per week. This initially concerns a one-year contract with the possibility of extension and permanent employment in the future. The job is based in Lelystad.

We also offer:
  • a fixed 3% end-of-year bonus;
  • excellent training opportunities;
  • flexible working hours and holiday hours determined in consultation with colleagues to ensure a healthy work-life balance;
  • an excellent pension scheme via ABP;
  • 171 holiday hours with the possibility to purchase more, as well as an excellent leave scheme;
  • a selection model that allows you to choose some of your employment conditions, such as a bicycle scheme and supplemental travel reimbursement.
Wageningen University & Research has an active internal recruitment policy that aims to facilitate internal career development and mobility. We also offer ample opportunities for taking personal initiative in a stimulating and engaging environment.


Wageningen University & Research

The mission of Wageningen University & Research (WUR) is "To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life". 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, 6,000 employees, and 12,000 students, Wageningen University & Research is one of the top ten organisations in its domain worldwide. A coordinated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of the outstanding approach of Wageningen.
Wageningen University & Research combines fundamental and applied knowledge to find solutions to key issues relating to healthy food and a healthy living environment.

Wageningen Bioveterinary Research (WBVR), one of the business units of the division Animal Sciences Group, conducts top-level veterinary and biomedical research for animal and public health. With this mission in mind, WBVR carries out projects on behalf of Dutch and European governments, as well as contract research assignments for a wide range of international clients. WBVR focuses primarily on researching infectious animal diseases subject to mandatory reporting and diseases that can be transferred from animals to humans (zoonoses).


  • Research, development, innovation
  • Natural sciences
  • max. 36 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • 600592


Wageningen University & Research

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