Lecturer in Food Microbiology

Lecturer in Food Microbiology

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Job description

We are looking for a lecturer in the laboratory of Food Microbiology. Are you going to help us to give our students the feedback they need, and maintain small scale education?
We are looking for a colleague at academic level to contribute and co-supervise various courses offered by the laboratory of Food Microbiology.

  • Will be involved in various teaching roles like supervision of lab classes, supervision of group work, lecturing and supervising MSc and BSc thesis students and internships;
  • will also implement knowledge on various aspects of foods and microbiology into new learning materials.
Our mission is to generate and disseminate knowledge of food associated microbes to assure quality and safety of food (see the video below). In order to control food safety and quality from primary production to consumption, solid knowledge of Food Microbiology is necessary and both positive (fermentation) and negative aspects (spoilage, disease) of micro-organisms are studied. Quality and safety of food is relevant for public health, sustainability and also for enjoying life. This is what we teach and research.
This we do in a dynamic, international group of people with state of the art infrastructure and many national and international collaborations.


Wageningen University & Research


  • You have an MSc or preferably a PhD in Food Microbiology, Food Technology, or Biotechnology;
  • you have intrinsic motivation for continuous improvement of education;
  • you have didactic qualities and enthusiasm for teaching and working with students;
  • you have the ability to implement knowledge on various aspects of foods (processing, quality, safety) and microbiology into challenging educational modules and thesis topics;
  • you are a team player, accurate and fluent in English;
  • you are a good communicator, organiser and researcher.

Conditions of employment

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
  • Sabbatical leave, study leave, and 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 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 € 2.836,-. and € 4.474,-. for a full-time working week of 38 hours, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 10). 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 16th 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.


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 collaegues 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
  • Natural sciences
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • 805585


Wageningen University & Research

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