Research/Education Assistant position in Behavioural Ecology.

Research/Education Assistant position in Behavioural Ecology.

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28 Sep 1 Nov Wageningen

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Job description

As a Research/Education Assistant you will contribute to research and education of the Behavioural Ecology Group with several research lines on wild animals (birds and fish) and domestic animals (companion animals). Do you have keen interest in Animal Behavior then we have an interesting position for you at Wageningen University & Research with opportunities for professional growth.
As Research Assistant your work involves a range of diverse tasks.
  • Direct support in education by guiding small groups of students and preparing practicals, support in thesis student supervision;
  • Assistance in (field) research projects and data preparation and analyses;
  • Giving basic support of ongoing logistic aspects of running our research group.


Wageningen University & Research


You possess fundamental knowledge and a keen interest in Animal Behavior and related fields, exhibit flexibility, demonstrate excellent communication skills, and can collaborate effectively within a diverse, international team.
You also possess:
  • MSc (or higher) degree in Biology or related field;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Excellent communication skills in English and preferably Dutch;
  • Good skills in Microsoft Office programs;
  • Since the position will involve also practical contributions to research and education, experience with the following will be beneficial but is no requirement for applying.
    • (1) work with animals in the wild (birds)
    • (2) experience in data analysis
    • (3) experience with audio and/or video analysis software

In our international working environment there is an increasing amount of communication in English. For this position it is about language level B2. 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

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. Training and coaching is provided in support of your professional development.

You will work here
The Behavioural Ecology chair group combines expertise in fundamental and applied animal behaviour with most research using songbirds in the wild and fish as research models ( Our group is part of the Animal Science Department at Wageningen University & Research.

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, 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 of course receive a good salary. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive gross salary of between € 2.693,- and € 4.103,- for a full-time working week of 38 hours, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 7/8). The position is initially for 1 year, but after a positive evaluation a permanent contract may be offered.
Of course, we would be happy to discuss this with you if you have any questions.

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

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


  • Support staff (clerical, administrative, facility)
  • Agriculture
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • P1329463-1


Wageningen University & Research

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