Lecturer Marine Sciences

Lecturer Marine Sciences

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23 Aug 25 Sep Wageningen

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There is one thing you can do to save the ocean! Become a lecturer in our team!
Help us teach students to study the effects of climate change, how seas and oceans can contribute to the sustainable production of food, and how we can design innovative solutions for coastal defence, reef restoration, and sustainable energy, inspired and supported by nature.

Wageningen University is starting a new Bachelor program in Marine Sciences in September 2023. The BSc Marine Sciences (BMS) program aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of marine socio-ecological systems, including the social, economic, biological, and biophysical processes that govern them. Graduates will have the skills to conduct scientific research and design innovative solutions to the challenges faced in marine environments.

Your activities as a university lecturer will include:
  • Teaching on the ecological aspects of fish, fisheries, and marine resources;
  • Contributing to various BSc and MSc courses, aimed at a large variety of students;
  • (co-)Developing and shaping of new courses in close cooperation with colleagues.
  • You are expected to further professionalise your teaching by following appropriate training.

You will work within the Aquaculture and Fisheries Group (AFI), at the Department of Animal Sciences. AFI studies fish, shellfish, and other aquatic organisms with particular interest in the interface of biology and human use. Our research topics thus range from aquaculture for food production, preserving biodiversity in natural systems, habitat connectivity in aquatic ecosystems, and the sustainable use of natural resources.

This new BSc program prepares graduates to enrol into the already existing Wageningen MSc programs Aquaculture and Marine Resources Management (MAM), Animal Sciences (MAS), and Biology (MBI). Within these MSc programs, courses such as “Life History of Aquatic Organisms”, “Marine Resources Management” and “Fisheries Ecology”, further educate the BSc graduates in these topics relevant to Marine Sciences.


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  • You have a university degree in biology, animal sciences or alike and a PhD degree relevant to marine sciences.
  • You are interested in helping us shape the new BSc program and in teaching e.g. on the ecological aspects of fish and fisheries.
  • It is considered a plus if you are familiar with the theory and concepts behind natural resources management
  • You have a strong interest in sharing your knowledge with a new generation of university students.
  • You have a shown interest and (some) experience with teaching
  • In our international working environment there is an increasing amount of communication in English. For this position it is about language level C2. If you do not yet have this level, we will of course help you and you can go to our language center Wageningen in'to Language

You can see that there are plenty of challenges ahead of you. 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:
  • 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 € 3.226,- and € 5.929,- for a full-time working week of 38 hours, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 10 -11). Initially, we offer you a one-year contract, which will then be extended to an open-ended contract if there is mutual enthusiasm. Of course, we would be happy to discuss this with you if you have any questions.

At WUR we offer an ‘Education Career Path' (ECP) to experienced teachers. The ECP empowers you to expand your teaching repertoire and instruct across program levels, amplifying your impact as an academic educator. Join us in our commitment to elevating educational excellence, recognizing teachers who enhance learning quality at all organizational levels.

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!

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
  • P1302249-1


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