Lead healthy Livestock

Lead healthy Livestock

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13 Sep 9 Oct Wageningen

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Job description

As Senior Scientist you can be the frontrunner on the focus point of healthy livestock and coordinate research on the themes of animal health, prevention of disease and strategies to reduce infectious diseases and antibiotic usage (preventive medicine).

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

Seize the opportunity as a Senior Scientist to lead the charge in promoting healthy livestock. You'll spearhead groundbreaking research on animal health, disease prevention, and innovative strategies to minimize infectious diseases and antibiotic usage.

Your responsibilities include:
  • Coordinate research and development activities related to healthy livestock, with a focus on promoting animal health, intestinal health, and improving the quality and safety of animal-derived products.
  • Initiate and buildpartnerships with key stakeholders in the veterinary and animal health industry, including government agencies, academic institutions, and industry partners.
  • Publish research findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals and present research at national and international conferences.
  • Provide scientific guidance and leadership to junior researchers and colleagues, and collaborate with multidisciplinary teams to develop innovative solutions to complex problems.
  • Develop and implement strategic plans on healthy livestock and contribute to research grants and other funding opportunities.


Wageningen University & Research


You are a dynamic and driven senior researcher with a PhD and your extensive network in the field showcases your dedication to making a difference.
You are used to work with and within an interdisciplinary team. You have experience in setting up healthy livestock related projects like vaccination trials, prevention of disease and infection. Your entrepreneurial mindset enables you to explore opportunities with stakeholders in the workfield of healthy livestock and disease prevention. You are a teamplayer willing to share knowledge and eager to learn from others.

You also possess:
  • PhD in veterinary medicine or animal science.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in the field of animal health or intestinal health with a focus on healthy livestock.
  • Proven track record of scientific excellence,
  • Strong leadership and management skills, with a demonstrated ability to lead and mentor a team of scientists.
  • Demonstrated success in securing external funded projects and other funding opportunities.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams, and to foster partnerships with key stakeholders in the veterinary and animal health industry.
  • Key competencies: pro-active, collaborative, flexible, client and result oriented.

As you can see; there are plenty of challenges ahead of you. If you are a visionary and accomplished scientist with a passion for healthy livestock, we’ld like to encourage 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.

If this position doesn't exactly match what you're looking for and you're interested in a similar role with a different focus area, please take a look at this position within WBVR:

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 € 4.344,- and € 7.306,- 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 upon in mutual enthusiasm.

The work location is Houtribweg 39, Lelystad, The Netherlands

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.

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!

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.


  • Management
  • Agriculture
  • max. 36 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • P1227635-21


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