Junior scientist with expertise in quantitative genetics

Junior scientist with expertise in quantitative genetics

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16 Mar 3 Apr Wageningen

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Job description

As a researcher you will contribute to the research in the following fields: animal breeding, and quantitative genetics.

Your will be:
  • working on a few ongoing projects within the Animal Breeding and Genomics group.
  • supporting the day-to-day management of a few ongoing projects.
You will work in a team within the Animal Breeding and Genomics Group.


Wageningen University & Research


  • A Master's degree in Animal Breeding, preferably with a focus on quantitative genetics.
  • You have expertise in programming and statistical analysis of data.
Further preferred skills:
  • Interest in quantitative genetics and statistics
  • Good organizational and excellent communication skills (both spoken and written in English)
  • Ability to work in a team of diverse scientists and multidisciplinary teams.
You should have:
  • A proven affinity for working on animal breeding related research questions.
  • A strong interest in fundamental and applied research.
  • Be creative and innovative.
  • A pro-active working attitude, taking responsibility and initiative.
  • Good organisational and (written and spoken) communication skills in English, as well as a proven ability to collaborate with others.
In our international working environment communication is increasingly in English.
For this position your command of the English language is expected to be at B2 level. If you do not yet have this level, we will of course help you and you can go to our language center Wagenigen in'to Language.

At WUR we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you're excited about this role but your past experience doesn't align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

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 € 2.471,- and € 3.336,- for a full-time working week of 38 hours, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 7).This is a full time position, but less hours can be discussed. You will initially receive a one-year contract, which will be extended with an additional year upon mutual enthusiasm.

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 18th 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.
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. For instance under the "30% rule", certain categories of international staff can receive tax exemption on approximately 30% of their gross salary.


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!

Animal Breeding and Genomics
Wageningen University & Research Animal Breeding and Genomics (WUR-ABG) is the centre of excellence for all national and international animal breeding and genomics research and education of Wageningen University & Research (http://www.wur.nl/en/Expertise-Services/Collaboration-and-partnerships/Animal-Breeding-and-Genomics-Centre.htm)

Animal Breeding and Genomics comprises almost 100 employees, including professors, lecturers, senior and junior scientists, post-docs, PhD students and support staff. We perform research in quantitative genetics, genomics, breeding programs and genetic diversity, across the major livestock species and fish. Many of the research projects are undertaken in close collaboration with the breeding industry, for a large part under the umbrella of Breed4Food.

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


  • Research, development, innovation
  • Agriculture
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • P1185236-1


Wageningen University & Research

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