Assistant professor Resilient Landscapes

Assistant professor Resilient Landscapes

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Are you a dedicated emerging scholar in the field of wildlife ecology and conservation? Have you explored the complexities of ecosystem functioning, the role of wildlife at landscape level and effects of changes in land use or climate? Would you like to be a part of a diverse team dedicated to creating multifunctional, biodiverse and resilient landscapes? Then we invite you to apply for this position and join us in the Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Group!

This position is part of Wageningen University's commitment to the new "Sector Plan Biology" (SPB) which has been developed to perform fundamental biological research in the framework of evolutionary and ecological theory to connect the various levels of biological organization to understand the dynamics of biological variation (biodiversity).

In this position, you will develop, supervise and conduct high-quality research on multifunctional, biodiverse and resilient landscapes, such as the advancement of scientific understanding on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning that facilitates the conservation of wildlife. You will do this research in a collaborative manner, as part of a team that also includes members of the Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation group and the Forest Ecology and Forest Management group, and by involving other staff members of chair groups involved in the SPB.

As part of this position, you will publish your research in international academic journals as well as reaching out to relevant stakeholders. You will also contribute to education by supervising PhD candidates and thesis and internship students, and by coordinating, teaching and developing courses at BSc and MSc level.

This position falls under the University’s academic career trajectory called “Tenure Track”.
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.


Wageningen University & Research


As an Assistant Professor, you must possess:
  • PhD degree in ecology or a related field;
  • experienced in acquiring funding and actively involved in internationally oriented research projects or collaborations;
  • experienced in working in multi-disciplinary research teams;
  • experienced in delivering high quality education, including supervising BSc and MSc students;
  • experienced in supervising PhD candidates;
  • excellent research qualities, as shown by publications in international peer-reviewed journals and proceedings of renowned conferences;
  • team player;
  • cross-cultural sensitivity and committed to an inclusive working environment;
  • good command of spoken and written English (C1 level).

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 € 4.332 and € 6.737 for a full-time working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 11 or 12).

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.. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of Wageningen’s unique approach. WUR has been named Best Employer in the Education category for 2019-2020.

These are the points our employees list as good reasons to come work at WUR: read the 5 reasons to come work at WUR

The Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Group at Wageningen University & Research is working to understand how changing environments affect wildlife densities, distributions, and interactions. We study how humans influence wildlife by examining both direct mechanisms and mechanisms that are more indirect and that are part of larger-scale processes. While the group primarily addresses fundamental scientific challenges, it also contributes to the application of this knowledge to advance evidence-based wildlife conservation and other applied fields including agriculture, forestry, spatial land use planning, and public health. With its focus on wildlife ecology and conservation in both natural and human-dominated areas, the group is a key player in the field of ecology at WUR and contributes to sustainable use of our planet’s resources, one of the main goals of WUR.

Our staff comes from a range of different backgrounds. Currently our group has 14 staff members, 3 education and research support staff, 2 post-docs, 1 secretary, 1 administrator and more than 50 PhD students. The group currently has as an excellent funding base with lots of external grants and projects from a broad range of funding organisations.

Our teaching contributes to three different BSc and MSc Programmes: Forest and Nature Conservation, Biology, and Animal Sciences. Within these programmes we offer a range of courses related to animal ecology, wildlife management, and global impacts on wildlife. A growing number of students is interested in the work of our group and on average we have >60 MSc students per year doing their Master thesis at our group.

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
  • Agriculture
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • P1330191-1


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