Researcher Animal Health & Welfare

Researcher Animal Health & Welfare

Published Deadline Location
9 Mar 3 Apr Wageningen

You cannot apply for this job anymore (deadline was 3 Apr 2023).

Browse the current job offers or choose an item in the top navigation above.

Job description

Do you have a strong affiliation with animal health and physiology including animal welfare? Are you a skilled researcher and do you like to work in multidisciplinary teams? The department Animal Health and Welfare is looking for a researcher to join our team in Wageningen.

As a researcher you will play a role in animal health, prevention and strategies to increase animal resilience. You will work in an interdisciplinary set-up and collaborate with researchers within Wageningen University & Research and from (inter)national knowledge institutes. You will also work with private partners (industry) and end-users, in- and outside the organization.


Wageningen University & Research


Your duties and responsibilities include (max 6):
  • Contribute to the development of research proposals and project plans
  • Execute projects; e.g. setting up and running experiments, collect and collate data
  • Statistical analyses of collected data
  • Contribute to and write scientific papers
  • Present results to the sector, stakeholders and/or at (inter)national conferences
Your Qualities
  • You are a result-oriented and enthusiastic researcher with a strong affiliation to aspects of animal health and welfare such as resilience and one health, animal physiology/immunology, microbiome analyses and/or understanding the biology underlying complex phenotypes for health and welfare.

    You also possess:
  • A master or PhD degree (postdoc) in animal health, veterinary medicine or related field, including an article 9 certificate
  • Demonstrable expertise in the livestock health and welfare field
  • Good organizational and excellent communication skills
  • The ability to work in multidisciplinary teams
In our international working environment there is an increasing amount of communication in English. For this position it is about language level C1. If you do not yet have this level, we will of course help you and you can go to our language center Wageningen in'to Language

Don't meet every single requirement? At WUR we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you're excited about this role but your past experience doesn't align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

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 € 2.949,- and € 5.479,- for a full-time working week of 36 hours, in accordance with the CLA Wageningen Research (scale 10 or 11). Additionally, a contract for 32 hours can be discussed

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.

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!

You will work here
The Department Animal Health and Welfare is an enthusiastic team of about 45 employees working on innovation, research and knowledge exchange. Many research challenges have an interdisciplinary character and concern major themes like reduction of antibiotic usages, one health, animal welfare, transport, responsible livestock farming and animal health. The department works on welfare and health of cattle, swine, poultry and fish, and on smart livestock farming with sensor technology and big data analyses.

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


  • Research, development, innovation
  • Agriculture
  • max. 36 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • P1180282-1


Wageningen University & Research

Learn more about this employer


Droevendaalsesteeg, 6708 PB, Wageningen

View on Google Maps

Interessant voor jou