Tenure Track Assistant or Associate Professor candidate in the Cell and Developmental Biology group

Tenure Track Assistant or Associate Professor candidate in the Cell and Developmental Biology group

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Are you passionate about cell Biology and development? Do you want to unravel cellular mechanisms that drive development and pursue a career in science? Do you want to make a difference as an innovative researcher and an inspiring teacher? Do you have a strong track record in developmental cell Biology? Then we invite you to apply for a Tenure Track position at Cell and Developmental Biology.

Wageningen University & Research is looking for an Tenure Track Assistant or Associated professor candidate (0.8 - 1.0 fte) in the Cell and Developmental Biology group which is embedded in the Plant Sciences Group of Wageningen University, one of the leading universities on food, health and environment worldwide.

The embedding of an Assistant or Associate Professorship offers access to state-of-the-art tools and facilities and numerous opportunities for collaboration with other leading 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 that consists of 18 chair groups and 7 applied research groups. The 'Cell and Developmental Biology' group is affiliated with the Graduate School 'Experimental Plant Sciences' (EPS).

We offer you a position as an assistant or associated tenure track professor in the Cell and Developmental Biology group. With this position we offer:
  • State of the art light microscopy facilities.
  • Access to state of the art greenhouse facilities.
  • Access to a broad range of other facilities and equipment.
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.

In this challenging career trajectory:
  • you acquire, lead and implement innovative and creative(inter-) national research projects in 'Cell and Developmental Biology' group;
  • you collaborate with colleagues and supervise PhD students, BSc and MSc theses and you develop and teach courses;
  • you contribute to the further development of the 'Cell and Developmental Biology' group.
Tenure Track is a career path for hardworking scientists who pursue to excel in education and research. We seek to attract scientific talent and to stimulate and support their development.


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 program 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 motivating students in teaching and supervising students with diverse backgrounds. You have an affinity for developing courses at Bachelor's, Master's, and PhD levels, and are interested in innovative teaching methods.
  • For this position your command of the English language is expected to be at C1 level. Sometimes it is necessary to submit an internationally recognised Certificate of Proficiency in the English Language. More information can be found here.

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 partially 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 compensation / 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 be offered a fixed-term, 7 year contract which, upon positive evaluation based on criteria elaborated in the University's Tenure Track policy, can lead to a permanent employment contract as professor. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive gross salary of between € 3.974,-- and € 7.362,- for a full-time working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 11-14).

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 & 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 (6,400 fte) and 13,200 students and over 150.000 participants to WUR's Life Long Learning, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. The unique Wageningen approach lies in its integrated approach to issues and the collaboration between different disciplines.

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

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 intrinsic 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, such as trafficking, polarization and control of gene expression, drive the key processes that determine cell identity and morphogenesis. We are excited to recruit a new Assistant or Associate professor who offers complimentary and/or novel research approaches in this research field. In a tenure track position, you will have the opportunity to establish your own research line in plant cell and developmental biology, preferably complementary to the existing research lines. An essential aspect of the position is the acquisition of research projects, both at national and international levels. Teaching at BSc and MSc level will be an important part of your responsibilities.

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
  • P1098651-1


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