Tenure Track position in Polymer Science or Soft Matter

Tenure Track position in Polymer Science or Soft Matter

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25 Apr 29 May Wageningen

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Job description

Are you a scientist with a strong track record in physical chemistry, polymer science or soft matter? Do you have a passion for research and teaching? We are looking for a Tenure track Assistant/Associate Professor in Soft Matter.

Within the chair group physical chemistry and soft matter, you will build your own research group that is complementary to the current research lines in the group. You have a strong track record in experimental physical chemistry, polymer science, and/or soft matter science that is scientifically excellent, as proven by a strong publication record, participation in collaborative networks, and capability to attract funding. Possible areas of expertise include (but are not limited to) physical chemistry or mechanics of biomaterials, sustainable polymer materials or coatings, (applied) colloid science, or rheology of soft materials.

As a tenure tracker in polymer / soft matter science, you will develop your own research line and contribute to teaching of the chair group.

You will work here:
The research is embedded within the chair Physical chemistry and soft matter, which is led by Prof. Jasper van der Gucht.

In this challenging career trajectory:
  • you acquire, lead and implement innovative and creative(inter-) national research projects in the chair group Physical Chemistry and Soft Matter;
  • 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 chair group.

Tenure Track is a career path for scientists who pursue to excel in education and research. We seek to attract scientific talent and to stimulate and support their development. We also offer the option for an appointment with a larger emphasis on teaching. Training and coaching is provided to accomplish all this.


Wageningen University & Research


You are an ambitious and enthusiastic scientist. You are a team player, devoted to both research and education. To further strengthen our group, your profile should signal:
  • a PhD in experimental physical chemistry, materials science, soft matter chemistry or physics or a comparable discipline;
  • knowledge and expertise in polymer science, colloids, soft matter;
  • outstanding research achievements and an excellent track record of publications in leading journals;
  • experience with management of complex projects;
  • experience with acquisition of research funding, as shown for example by awarded scholarships or grants;
  • excellent communication skills;
  • an (international) network and the communication skills required for competitive (international) project acquisition;
  • didactic qualities and enthusiasm for teaching and working with students.

Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply for this position. In the case of equal suitability of candidates, preference will be given to female candidates.

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 € 3974,- and € 5439,- for a full-time working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 11).

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 The Netherlands, 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

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!

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
  • Natural sciences
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • P1215030-1


Wageningen University & Research

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