Lead high tech animal models (including the 3R's)

Lead high tech animal models (including the 3R's)

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15 May 13 Jul Wageningen

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As an accomplished and visionary Senior Scientist with a strong focus on high tech animal models and your deep understanding of the 3 R's (replacement, reduction, and refinement) in animal research you will enable to initiate and execute science-based research for various stakeholders. Your expertise in animal models will be applied towards developing cutting-edge technologies and methodologies that are essential in advancing our research in biomedical science.

You as Scientist will contribute together with Wageningen Bioveterinary Research to a society where animals and humans live a healthy life by scientific research to prevent the spread of animal diseases and promote health.

Your responsibilities include:
  • Coordinate research and development activities related to high tech animal models for veterinary and human research, including infectious disease models, sensoring, imaging, and data integration.
  • Collaborate with multidisciplinary teams to advance our understanding of veterinary and human health.
  • Become a leader in high tech animal models in the scientific community, representing our organization at national and international conferences, and maintaining visibility in relevant Dutch and international European networks.
  • Demonstrate project leadership skills by leading projects or programs, coordinating activities, and communicating progress and outcomes to stakeholders.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with key stakeholders in the veterinary and animal health industry, including government agencies, academic institutions, and industry organizations.
  • Stay abreast of the latest advancements in high tech animal models and related fields, and apply the knowledge to develop novel approaches and solutions for veterinary and human pharmaceutical research.


Wageningen University & Research


You are a result-oriented and enthusiastic senior researcher at PhD level, with a large network in this field. You are a proactive teamplayer that is used to work within interdisciplinary teams. You have experience and preferably with sensor techniques to refine and reduce animal models, integrating data and the application of in vitro analyses. Your entrepreneurial mindset enables you to explore interesting opportunities in the workfield including contract research.
You also possess:
  • PhD in life sciences like veterinary medicine, animal science, pharmacology, or a related field.
  • Proven expertise in high tech animal models, , sensoring, imaging, and data integration.
  • Strong understanding of the 3 R's (replacement, reduction, and refinement) in animal research, and ability to apply these principles in research design and execution.
  • Demonstrated project leadership skills, with the ability to lead projects or programs, coordinate activities, and drive research initiatives.
  • Fluent in English and Dutch language (English level C1/C2) to effectively communicate with colleagues and partners.

You can see that there are plenty of challenges ahead of you. If you are a dynamic and influential Senior Scientist with expertise in high tech animal models, and a passion for advancing veterinary and human research, we invite you to apply for this exciting opportunity. These challenges can also be seen as development opportunities. So if you do not yet have the track-record required in the vacancy, but do have solid work experience, we would also like to invite you to apply.

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 discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional compensation hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and partially paid parental leave;
  • 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 4%;
  • excellent pension scheme.

In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will of course receive a good salary. We offer, depending on your experience, a competitive gross salary of between € 4.149,- and € 6.978,- for a full-time working week of 36 hours, in accordance with the CLA Wageningen Research (scale 12/13).. You will initially receive a one-year contract, which will be extended to an open-ended contract upon in mutual enthusiasm.

The work location is Houtribweg 39, Lelystad.

The work will take place partly in buildings with a quarantine regulation. As a result, contact with foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) sensitive animals and poultry production companies is not allowed for three days after the work

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 multi-faceted position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

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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.
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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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Wageningen Bioveterinary Research
Wageningen Bioveterinary Research (WBVR) is a leading research institute in the field of animal health, and public health. Its unique selling point lies in its interdisciplinary approach to research and its focus on innovative solutions for complex problems in these fields.

WBVR has a unique position in the Netherlands, as it is the only research institute that is allowed to work with the most animal viruses and bacteria up to level vBSL4 (vDM4), such as foot-and-mouth disease and African swine fever in laboratories and animal facilities, were large livestock animals (o.a. cattle) and smaller rodents can be housed. Also, facilities are in place to de research and animal experiments for BLS3 pathogens as avian influenza and Coxiella, With different experts on specific pathogens, host responses, bioinformatics, pathology, epidemiology and diagnostics allows WBVR to work on the mission and vision of WBVR.

WBVR contributes to a society where animals and humans live a healthy life by scientific research to prevent the spread of animal diseases and promote health.

WBVR adds value to the agricultural and life sciences value chains by conducting contract research, R&D, and statutory research tasks. We serve the interests of the Dutch agro-food sector, (veterinary) public health, and the life sciences & health sectors. As contract-research organization we focus on market needs in the animal and human life sciences sectors

WBVR has 3 focuspoints, healthy livestock, one health and high tech animal models (including the 3R’s)

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


  • Research, development, innovation
  • Agriculture
  • max. 36 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • P1227637-1


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