PhD Programme coordinator Graduate School PE & RC

PhD Programme coordinator Graduate School PE & RC

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1 Jun 26 Jun Wageningen

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Job description

A motivated and enthusiastic PhD graduate who has a strong affinity with training, teaching and event organisation at the higher level of academia (PhD, postdoc and tenured staff). The candidate must be a good communicator, be a team player but at the same time be able to work independently, have a flexible work ethic, be stress tolerant and an out-of-the-box thinker. Given the fact that PE&RC is a national graduate school, the candidate must be willing to also work at partner institutes in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Leiden and Nijmegen.

As PhD Programme coordinator within PE&RC you will:
  • Contribute to the setting up, coordination and organisation of PE&RC training activities, conferences, symposia and workshops (at first supporting, later more independent).
  • Support PhD candidates during their PhD process (intake / introduction meetings, confidential advice).
  • Facilitate PhD candidates in defining a solid PhD training and education programme as documented in the Training and Supervision Plan (TSP).
  • Help organise and teach specific training activities related to the PhD process (e.g. PhD retreats).
  • Support in maintenance and development of the PE&RC website and social media.


Wageningen University & Research


  • A PhD graduate who:
    • Has experience in teaching (didactical skills)
    • Has experience in the organisation of events (courses, workshops, symposia and/or conferences)
    • Is fluent in both English and Dutch (spoken and written)
    • Has insight in the PhD process and related challenges
    • Has affinity with the PE&RC research domain
    • Has experience with software for website editing, databases and development of PR material (posters and flyers)
    • Is flexible (i.e. working hours, tasks, responsibilities, hybrid working)
    • Can cope with a diverse workload and related challenges
  • excellent English language proficiency (a minimum of CEFR C1 level). For more information about this proficiency level, please visit our special language page

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.
We offer you a 0.8 to 1.0 fte challenging position with and 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 € 2.846,= and € 4.490,= gross for a full-time working week of 38 hours, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 10). We offer a one year contract with a possible extension for another 1 or 2 years. The intention is to make the position permanent.

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 17th 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.

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. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.


Wageningen University & Research

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.

These are the points our employees list as good reasons to come work at WUR: read the 5 reasons to come work at WUR

The Graduate School for Production Ecology & Resource Conservation (PE&RC) is a collaborative research and PhD training institute, coordinated by Wageningen University (WU). Members of PE&RC are academic staff, postdocs and PhD candidates of Wageningen University, Utrecht University, University of Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Radboud University, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, and the Netherlands Institute of Ecology. Central focus of the collaboration is the PhD programme that is embedded in a coherent and productive research environment that aims to perform frontier academic research of the highest quality. For more information, click here.

The Graduate School Office is based at Wageningen University which will also be the employer of the candidate. Note that the candidate will not only be working in Wageningen but also at other PE&RC institutes (Amsterdam, Leiden, Utrecht and Nijmegen). The candidate will be part of an inclusive and vibrant PE&RC team consisting of the executive secretary, head of the PhD Programme, a PhD programme coordinators and 2 PhD Programme assistants. The team is very interactive and vibrant, picking up the workload together in a collaborative and pleasant way.

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


  • PhD
  • Agriculture
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €2846—€4490 per month
  • University graduate
  • P974967-1


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