Assistant Professor in Evolutionary and Population Genomics

Assistant Professor in Evolutionary and Population Genomics

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8 Sep 2 Oct Wageningen

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Job description

Human activities have greatly impacted ecosystems of many species. While this has resulted in many species being threatened to become extinct, others have become important in local or worldwide food systems, or have become invasive species threatening native species within ecosystems.

As a scientist you will contribute to explore how this has affected the genomic architecture of such species with particular emphasis on aquatic species. Detailed insight in the genomic architecture is a prerequisite for the ecological and genetic management of these species.

At Wageningen University and Research we have a challenging position for you if you have a clear interest in one or more of the following research fields:
  • functional genomics,
  • population genomics,
  • evolutionary biology,
  • aquaculture,
  • animal breeding,
  • bioinformatics.

Within the chair group Animal Breeding and Genomics, as scientist, you will contribute to population genomics of managed populations, with emphasis on aquatic species.

This position is part of Wageningen University's commitment to the new “Sector Plan for Biology” which aims to further develop the knowledge and educational capacity for this discipline in The Netherlands. Depending on your starting level, you will be appointed as staff scientist or assistant professor, with, pending a one-year evaluation period, opportunities to enter tenure track.

Your duties and responsibilities include:
  • participate in research to enable the genetic management and genomic monitoring of species in the wild and in aquaculture.
  • initiate innovative research initiatives in this domain
  • participate in teaching related to functional and population genomics.


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  • a PhD degree in a relevant biological field (Genomics, bioinformatics, developmental biology or evolutionary biology).

Further preferred skills and experience:
  • Experience in analyses of whole genome sequence data for functional genomic analysis
  • Experience in population genetics and evolutionary genomics
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team.

You also have:
  • A strong interest in comparative biological analysis and computational biology.
  • A strong interest in population genetic concepts and population conservation management
  • A strong interest in fundamental and applied research.
  • A clear interest in aquatic animal species
  • A creative and innovative mindset.
  • Good organizational and (written and spoken) communication skills in English, as well as a proven ability to collaborate with others.

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, 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. In this position, candidates' grading is determined based on careful consideration where we consider both professional background and job requirements. 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.

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.


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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, 7,600 employees (6,700 fte) and 13,100 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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You will work here
The position is available within Wageningen University & Research Animal Breeding and Genomics, that combines the activities of Wageningen Livestock Research and Wageningen University in the field of animal breeding and genomics.

The Animal Breeding and Genomics chair group is world renowned for studying genomic mechanisms of rapid adaptation. More generally, the chair group has a long track record on genetic management of populations, that includes long-term viability e.g related to inbreeding.

Wij werven zelf voor deze vacature. Acquisitie wordt niet op prijs gesteld, maar delen in je netwerk wel.


  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Agriculture
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • P1315018-1


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