Project Leader soil and crop proficiency testing WEPAL (0.8 fte)

Project Leader soil and crop proficiency testing WEPAL (0.8 fte)

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24 Jan 18 Feb Wageningen

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Job description

Do you want to be part of WEPAL-QUASIMEME as project leader? Do you want to help the team and the participants in WEPAL-programs with your knowledge about soils and plant material? Are you interested in fulfilling the role of promotor of our work both in The Netherlands and abroad, to conduct market research and expand our programs? Then we may be looking for you!

As a project leader at WEPAL-QUASIMEME, you will work in a small team that organizes certified proficiency tests, produces test materials and sells reference materials to support the quality assurance of (environmental chemical) laboratories.

In this position you are responsible for the content and organization of the WEPAL program within the WEPAL-QUASIMEME team, you are the first contact for the professional questions of the participants and together with the program leader of QUASIMEME you will take care, among other things, of the statistical processing and reporting of proficiency tests.

As a project leader, you will also be responsible for the development of new proficiency tests that meet the current needs of environmental laboratories. You will represent WEPAL-QUASIMEME at home and abroad, organize annual meetings of the Scientific Advisory Board, and actively participate in conferences and other international meetings in the field of proficiency testing.

Based on this, you will identify new developments and opportunities within and outside the Netherlands for renewal of the proficiency research programs.

Your duties and responsibilities include:
  • Organizing and participating in meetings/conferences/workshops.
  • Maintaining contacts and establishing partnerships with the soil groups of WU and WENR, ISRIC, and the Soil Chemistry and Soil Biology laboratories of WU.
  • Statistical analysis and reporting of proficiency tests.
  • Evaluation of the performance of the participants.
  • Selection of sample material for the exchange rounds of current and new programs and their planning.


Wageningen University & Research


  • Academic training in the field of soil science, earth or environmental sciences
  • Theoretical and practical experience in the fields of soil and crop analysis and soil chemistry
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of statistics with regard to laboratory analyses
  • Experience with quality assurance systems (ISO 17043 and/or ISO 17025) is a plus
  • Excellent knowledge of the English language, both oral and written (min. C1 level)

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.

You will work here
The organization of Interlaboratory Studies by WEPAL-QUASIMEME, part of Wageningen University is accredited by the Dutch Accreditation Council RvA since April 26, 2000. The accreditation is based on the ISO17043 requirements and covers the quality system of the organization as well as the determinant groups mentioned on the website of the RvA.

Within WEPAL-QUASIMEME, WEPAL covers proficiency tests related to the terrestrial environment (soil, plants, manure, compost and biomass) and freshwater sediment. QUASIMEME organizes proficiency tests for compounds and matrices in the marine environment (seawater, marine sediment, biota and shellfish toxins).

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, 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 8,3%;
  • 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 €3088 and €5737 for a full-time working week of 36 hours, in accordance with the CLA Wageningen Research (scale 10 - 11). You will initially receive a one-year contract, which will be extended to an open-ended contract upon in mutual enthusiasm.

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 19th 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.


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

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


  • Research, development, innovation
  • Agriculture
  • max. 32 hours per week
  • €3088—€5737 per month
  • University graduate
  • P1418086-1


Wageningen University & Research

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