Postdoc position: Exploring diversity in a rose pangenome

Postdoc position: Exploring diversity in a rose pangenome

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8 Nov 30 Nov Wageningen

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Do you have an interest in genetic diversity in one of the world's most well-known plant species? Do you enjoy discovering new biological insights from large and complex datasets? Are you fascinated by the diversity in rose genomes and ready to contribute to this state-of-the-art genomics project with your extensive bioinformatics experience? We look forward to your application.

As a Postdoc you will join a multi-disciplinary research project in the Genome Biology Unit cluster of the Plant Sciences group of Wageningen University & Research. The project involves building and analyzing a pangenome for Rosa, a genus that includes cut roses (Rosa x hybrida) and related wild rose species. You will analyze the genomic diversity in over 50 rose accessions, refine the rose phylogeny, and investigate links to rose traits. The generated knowledge on the genetic makeup and evolution of roses will be instrumental in rose breeding.

This 2-year position offers you the opportunity to apply your research skills in the domain of plant (pan)genomics and includes time for personal development. On this multi-disciplinary project you will work closely with researchers from the four chair groups in the Genome Biology Unit. Therefore, good collaboration and communication skills are required. Previous bioinformatics experience with the handling of next-generation sequence data is necessary, while experience with pan-genomics and associated software tools is considered a plus. You should also demonstrate a knowledge and interest in downstream biological applications such as phylogenetic analyses, genotype-phenotype associations or evolutionary aspects. Previous experience in the genetic analysis of polyploid species is also considered relevant.


Wageningen University & Research


Your profile demonstrates:
  • a PhD degree in a relevant field, e.g. bioinformatics, computational biology, biosystematics, plant sciences, plant breeding or genetics;
  • proficiency in bioinformatics and demonstrable experience in working with next-generation sequencing data;
  • affinity with plant science;
  • project management skills;
  • a strong motivation to work flexibly and creatively in a cross-disciplinary environment;
  • good communication skills and the ability to interact constructively with colleagues;
  • a proven ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals.
  • 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 of course receive a good salary. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive gross salary of between € 3.413,- and €4.670,- 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 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.
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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.

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


  • Postdoc
  • Agriculture
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • P1101332-1


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