Bio Statistican

Bio Statistican

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Job description

Would you like to play a central role in research into the effect of human activities on the ecosystem? Do you consider it a challenge to support scientists with state of the art statistical techniques interpreting the complex data collected daily out at sea? Do you want to do research that really matters and makes a difference in real life? Then we have an interesting vacancy for you at Wageningen Marine Research as a bio-statistician.

The successful candidate:
  • Can successfully deploy his or her expertise in research projects focusing on interpreting statistical results in light of biological/ecological context, while being supported by experts that hold extensive knowledge on the species under study.
  • Knows how to interpret statistical results in light of biological/ecological processes.
  • Holds a strong interest in statistics, including tracking the development in this field.
  • Is an appreciated team-member, who helps to improve our research and the statistical knowledge of colleagues.
  • Actively seeks out collaboration with other researchers within the institute.
  • Actively contributes to apply innovative statistical techniques.
  • Publishes regularly as co-author and sometimes as first author in peer reviewed papers.
  • Contributes to the acquisition of new research projects within the described area of expertise.


Wageningen University & Research


  • A completed and relevant academic degree, MSc (or equivalent) in statistics and/or
  • biology/ecology'. A PhD in the field relevant to this position is an advantage.
  • Existing relevant experience as a biological statistician.
  • Your knowledge of commonly used statistical techniques in ecology is excellent and you
  • make an effort to follow developments in the field of statistics to maintain a state-of-the-art
  • know-how.
  • You have a thorough knowledge of statistical analysis of large datasets with ecological
  • information and the practical application of statistical techniques to real world problems.
  • You constantly work to further develop your understanding of these techniques.
  • Experienced in coding in R.
  • Demonstrated experience in supporting academic staff in undertaking statistical analyses is
  • an advantage.
  • You are customer-oriented, enterprising, result-oriented, flexible and stress resistant.
  • You have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to explain novel
  • and standard statistical methods to colleagues.
  • You can describe research in clear and high-quality reports and you can translate results
  • into concrete advice to users and other stakeholders.
  • You have a good knowledge of the English language and preferably also the Dutch language, both orally and in writing (level C1).

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 determined in consultation, so that an optimal balance between
  • work and private life is possible; partial working from home is possible;
  • the possibility to build up extra holiday hours by working more, a maximum of 40 hours a week;
  • sabbatical leave, study leave and paid parental leave;
  • much attention is paid to vitality;
  • a structural year-end bonus of 4%;
  • excellent pension scheme through ABP;
  • the option of partially paid parental leave;
  • the possibility to work part-time.
These excellent fringe benefits also come with an appropriate salary. Depending on yourexperience, we offer a salary in line with the market up to a maximum of € 4.624,- for a full working week of 36 hours in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 10/Hay profile WR researcher 4). You will be employed by a payroll organization and get a contract for one year. If you are performing well and sufficient work is available withing your work field and the institute as a whole, extension of your contract is possible.

The location is IJmuiden.

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 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.


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, 7.200 employees and 13.200 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 Marine Research (WMR) is a leading, independent research institute that focuses on strategic and applied marine ecological research. The institute was established in 2006. Products and services are executed on a project basis (more than 400 research projects) and show a wide diversty: field research, experiments on a realistic scale, on lab scale, data management and modelling. The institute has modern research facilities and is ISO 9001 certified.

The research in our organization focuses on sustainable use of the sea and other large bodies of water and on understanding the consequences of human activities on the (marine) ecosystem. To this end, field data is collected and used to develop or improve risk assessment methods, mathematical and statistical models. We use various statistical methods and techniques in our data analyzes. These are used for integrated state assessments, ecosystem-based management and policy advice based on advanced science.

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


  • Research, development, innovation
  • Natural sciences
  • max. 36 hours per week
  • €2836—€4624 per month
  • University graduate
  • P981866-1


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