Junior and Senior Bioinformatics Scientists

Junior and Senior Bioinformatics Scientists

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23 Jul 8 Sep Wageningen

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Job description

Do you have a passion for research and do you want to work with enthusiastic colleagues? And do you want to contribute to our research? Then we would like to talk to you! Read on and respond quickly!

We are looking for both a junior (minimum MSc level) and a senior bioinformatician (PhD level) to complete and extend the expertise team in the challenging multi-disciplinary field of bioinformatics, omics and evolutionary microbiology. Both will become part of the bioinformatics / multi-omics expertise team.

As an (applied) bioinformatician you will:
  • Contribute with your bioinformatics to ongoing multi-disciplinary research projects on understanding and controlling infectious diseases including zoonoses.
  • Analyze complex research questions by combining bioinformatics, omics, microbiology and evolutionary skills mostly around microbial, microbiome and metagenomics applications.
  • Act as a bioinformatics support hub within the institute and help standardizing analysis pipelines.
  • Have relevant expertise beside computational biology includes working in UNIX bash, R, (perl/python), version control (git) and FAIR data management.
  • Have good communication skills, including communicating results in spoken and written form, at least in English but preferably also in Dutch).


Wageningen University & Research


Specific for the junior position:
  • Primary positioned to contribute to ongoing bioinformatics projects in genomics and microbiome related topics.
  • Besides working in UNIX also affinity with system administration (HPC) and preferable set-up and interconnect (decentral) databases (FAIR)
Specific for the senior position:
  • Pro-actively seek to initiate new research projects and connect these to WUR overarching topics like circularity, microbiome and metagenomic surveillance.
  • Contribute to maintaining and extending our (inter)national network of clients and peers.
  • Communicate research findings through reports, peer-reviewed publications and presentations.

Conditions of employment

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 holiday hours by working more;
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and paid parental leave;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you participate at the activities organized on-line;
  • a fixed December bonus of 3%;
  • a holiday allowance of 8%;
  • excellent training opportunities;
  • 171 vacation hours by fulltime, the opportunity to buy additional and attractive additional leave arrangements;
  • an option model to determine part of your employment conditions yourself, e.g. a bicycle plan or the option to buy or sell vacation hours;
  • excellent pension scheme.
In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will of course receive a good salary. We offer an appointment for 32-36 hours per week initially for one year, with foreseen extension and possible permanent position(s). We offer, depending on your experience, a competitive gross salary scale 10-11 (junior) of between € 2790,- and € 5183,- and a gross salary scale 11-12 (senior) of between € 3336,- and € 5892,- for a full-time working week of 36 hours, in accordance with the CLA Wageningen Research. WBVR is located in Lelystad, the Netherlands.

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.


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!

Wageningen Bioveterinary Research (WBVR) in Lelystad is the Dutch national reference laboratory for notifiable animal diseases and a contract research organization for various partners nationally and internationally. Our mission is safeguarding animal and human health through bio-veterinary research. WBVR is a knowledge-driven project organization with an excellent international reputation in the field of animal disease control and fundamental animal health research. It undertakes fundamental and applied research for a large diversity of clients including the government. WBVR is part of Wageningen University and Research.

The bioinformatics and multi-omics expertise team within the department of epidemiology, bioinformatics and animal models, has developed itself into various directions including microbial, microbiome, metagenomic-surveillance, molecular epidemiology, machine-learning and genomics-driven pathogen-characterization approaches. Besides our own computational biology oriented projects, it also provides bioinformatics support to a large variety of projects within and outside WBVR. Many of these are linked to processing of high-throughput sequencing data and involve the integration, modelling and visualisation of large (usually) omics-oriented datasets in veterinary and One Health context.

Click here for more information about working at Wageningen Bioveterinary Research.


  • Research, development, innovation
  • Natural sciences
  • max. 36 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • 763873


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