Assistant Professor in Experimental Synthetic Biology (TT)

Assistant Professor in Experimental Synthetic Biology (TT)

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13 Mar 30 Apr Wageningen

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Job description

In a challenging career trajectory you are, as Assistant Professor in Experimental Synthetic Biology responsible for the organization, implementation and coordination of new research and teaching activities in this field, as well as building up a leading international position. In this position you will also be motivating and teaching students and develop new courses. Training and coaching is provided for the Assistant Professor to accomplish all this.

You will be part of the Laboratory of Systems and Synthetic Biology and embedded in the Wageningen Centre for Systems & Synthetic Biology. As all the other scientific staff members, you are expected to attract funding and to participate in the teaching and supportive activities of the Laboratory.

Information Tenure track Wageningen University & Research
Wageningen University offers talented young scientists a challenging new career trajectory, the Tenure track. By introducing this trajectory, our aim, is to attract top talent and to stimulate excellence.
From the position of Assistant Professor, candidates can grow into a Professor holding a personal chair in a maximum period of twelve years. In addition, they will be given the chance to build up their own research line. It goes without saying that candidates will be intensively supervised and coached during the trajectory. Moreover, this transparent career path can lead to a permanent employment contract upon positive assessment.

As we will be selecting only candidates of high potential to take part in the Tenure Track trajectory, for all participating candidates, this will be a good stepping stone to a further career within Wageningen University & Research or elsewhere.
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Wageningen University & Research


As Assistant Professor you are an ambitious and enthusiastic scientist, and a team player, devoted to research and education in Systems & Synthetic Biology.

You also have:
  • a PhD in Synthetic Biology, Microbiology, Biotechnology or related (with focus on Synthetic Biology);
  • solid knowledge if physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology (prokaryotic expertise being a bonus);
  • some computational competences such as scripting and experience in interacting with modelers would be advantageous;
  • several years of postdoctoral experience at high level and
  • an excellent track record according to the Tenure Track systems in place at the WUR
  • experience with supervision of PhD projects;
  • experience with management of multi-team projects
  • proven ability in acquiring research funding;
  • excellent communication skills;
  • excellent didactic qualities and enthusiasm for teaching and working with students.

Conditions of employment

We offer you a temporary contract for 38 hours per week, which can lead to a permanent employment contract.

For the position of Assistant Professor, we offer a gross salary of € 3545,- to € 5513,-per month, depending on expertise and experience (scale 11 - 12 of the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities), including 8% holiday pay and 8.3% end of year remuneration.


Wageningen University & Research

Systems Biology is one of the spearheads of the Wageningen University & Research, which invests considerably in this area. The mission of the Laboratory of Systems and Synthetic Biology is to contribute to the elucidation of the mechanisms underlying basic cellular processes, evolution and interactions among microbes and between microbes and their environment (including the human host) and to translate this knowledge into applications of biotechnological, medical and environmental interest. More information at

The Agrotechnology & Food Sciences Group is part of Wageningen University & Research, an organisation that brings together fundamental and applied scientific research. We work on creating 'healthy food in a biobased society' with private sector companies, research institutes and government agencies in the Netherlands and abroad. Our innovations play a crucial role in solving the major issues which affect society today. Entrepreneurship and professionalism are key in all that we do. In short, we are a major international employer offering considerable potential for your career.

Wageningen University & Research
Delivering a substantial contribution to the quality of life. That's our focus - each and every day. Within our domain of good and safe food & food production, food security and a healthy living environment, we search for answers to issues affecting society - such as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy. Of course, we don't do this alone. Every day, 5000 people work on 'the quality of life', turning ideas into reality, on a global scale.

Could you be one of these people? We give you the space you need.

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Acquisition regarding this vacancy is not appreciated.


  • Professors, associate professors, assistant professors and lecturers
  • Natural Sciences
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • University Graduate
  • 445726


Wageningen University & Research

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