Full Professor and Chair of the Cell and Developmental Biology group

Full Professor and Chair of the Cell and Developmental Biology group

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15 Jul 1 Oct Wageningen

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Wageningen University & Research is looking for a full professor (0.8 - 1.0 fte) to lead the Cell and Developmental Biology group which is imbedded in the Plant Sciences Group of our University, one of the leading universities on food, health and environment worldwide.

The Cell and Developmental Biology chair group studies developmental processes at the cellular level. Central to many developmental steps in the plant life cycle are differentiation events that establish the biochemical and physical composition of the cell to regulate growth and division. The current focus of the group is on the identity of regulatory cues, their distribution routes and how they exert their control at the molecular and cellular level. The group aims to elucidate how cellular phenomena, like trafficking, polarization and control of gene expression, drive the key processes that determine cell identity and morphogenesis. We are eager and excited to recruit a new professor who offers complimentary and/or novel research approaches and vision.

As head of this group, you will lead and support a diverse and multidisciplinary team of two permanent research staff, two lecturers and two education and research technicians. You will strengthen the groups position in (inter)national networks by developing new lines of research and by consolidating established research lines and education.

More information about the Cell and Developmental Biology group can be found at this website.

The embedding of the professorship facilitates numerous opportunities for collaboration with other leading (plant) scientists. The Cell and Developmental Biology group and the Developmental Biology of Biotic and Environmental Interactions group together form the Plant Developmental Biology cluster. The group is also part of the Plant Sciences Group, one of five science groups at Wageningen University & Research, and has state-of-the-art tools and facilities. The Plant Sciences Group comprises 18 chair groups and 7 applied research groups and is affiliated with the Graduate School Experimental Plant Sciences (EPS).

More information about your potential future colleagues in the Plant Sciences group can be found on this website and information about the Graduate School of Experimental Plant Sciences can be found on this website.


Wageningen University & Research


  • You are a scholar with a PhD degree in the plant sciences and an internationally proven scientific track record in the field of cell and developmental biology.
  • You have established a research programme in the area of cell and developmental biology.
  • You have concrete and visionary long-term ideas on the development of this field and your own research.
  • You have experience in developing and maintaining a broad international network.
  • You have experience and were successful in attracting funding.
  • You have experience with interesting and motivating students, in teaching, and with supervising students with diverse backgrounds.
  • You have affinity in developing courses at Bachelor's, Master's, and PhD level, and you are interested in innovative teaching methods.
  • You have experience in leading professionals in a multidisciplinary team in a collegial, unifying and supporting leadership style characterized by people's development, team building and creating synergy.

Conditions of employment

Wageningen University & Research is a dynamic and inspiring international organization with many interdisciplinary projects all over the world. A strong commitment to teaching and fundamental research, combined with innovative applied research, creates a rich learning environment. Our students - the innovators of tomorrow - also benefit from first-class research and educational facilities.

The scientific quality of Wageningen University is affirmed by the prominent position we occupy in international rankings and citation indexes. Dutch students voted Wageningen University & Research as the best university in the Netherlands for the past fifteen years in a row.

We offer you a position as a full Professor and Chair of the Cell and Developmental Biology group. With this position we offer: In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a number of additional benefits, such as an end-of-year extra month's salary, a holiday allowance and a pension plan with the Dutch pension fund for government and education. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, where 30% of their salary is exempt from tax for the first five years. Working hours can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance.

Coming from abroad
We are a globally leading university in the 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. The university's highly qualified team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if appropriate, for your family. A specialized staffing agency will help your partner to find employment. Furthermore, we can assist you in finding schools for your kids and assist you with finding accommodation in the region or elsewhere in the Netherlands.

The Wageningen University & Research's International Community page that contains practical information about what we do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen.


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, 6.800 employees and 12.900 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.

Read the 5 reasons why your future colleagues enjoy working at WUR and watch this video to get an idea of our green campus!

We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.


  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Agriculture
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • 759875


Wageningen University & Research

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