Extra Tenure Track positions in the field of Chemistry, Physics & Engineering

Wageningen University & Research offers young talented scientists a challenging career trajectory: Tenure Tracks. A total of 13 new Tenure Track positions have been realized as part of the sector plans for the science/technology sector. WUR offers these extra positions in the fields of:

  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering

For more detailed information about this special trajectory, please take a look at our Tenure Track information page.

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Beta-sciences within Wageningen University

The beta-sciences in Wageningen University (WU) are nationally unique in two ways: 1) the seamless integration of the disciplines Chemistry and Physics, and 2) the opportunities to apply our fundamental science via the inherent presence of the TO2 institute Wageningen Research in the overall organization Wageningen University and Research (WUR).


WU Chemistry has various chair groups in the focal areas of this Sectorplan. Two of them (Physical Chemistry and Soft Matter, and Organic Chemistry) are long-established and scored maximally on all aspects in recent peer reviews, have 1 ERC Consolidator, 1 NWO Start Up, multiple VENI and VIDI laureates and a range of international acclaim.


Physics has three established chair groups in the focus areas of this sector plan. Physical Chemistry and Soft Matter scored excellent in all criteria in the most recent peer review, and Biophysics and Physics and Physical Chemistry of Foods scored very good to excellent. The new chairs Bionanotechnology and Biobased Chemistry and Technology complement this.

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanization and automation has revolutionized the production and processing of foods, making the Netherlands the most productive country in this field, with a food industry that is second to none. Wageningen is internationally recognized to be world-leading in the two fields of relevance, agronomy (primary food production) and postharvest food processing. In international peer reviews, the groups involved here have been assessed as excellent on all three criteria (scientific quality, relevance and viability). The groups collaborate with virtually all international industries in the field, in addition with many SME’s and academic and research institutes around the world.

Civil Engineering

Wageningen University has a growing number of students and is expanding its research scope to address contemporary challenges in times of global change. Multi-stakeholder problems in river deltas and metropolitan landscapes where WUR is active motivate to invest in civil engineering.

The university chooses to strengthen the focus area Fluid Mechanics, because profound expertise in this field is needed to cope with contemporary problems in deltas and metropoles including flood hazards, droughts, pollution and land scarcity. Fluid Mechanics is embedded in the Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management Group (HWM), where a VICI grant was awarded in 2018, and the Environmental Technology (ETE) group with two chairs on purification and recovery technologies and urban system engineering.

Electrical Engineering

The focus of Wageningen University within the discipline electrical engineering is related to the area of distributed electrical energy supply. We develop energy storage technologies that use naturebased materials (rather than rare-earth metals that are considered to become scarce), and we develop dynamic system models to evaluate the requirements for storage.

Good to know

  • The sector resources remain structurally available after 6 years if they are spent on permanent appointments and other structural investments.
  • The universities have the ambition to fill at least 50% of the new positions with female scientists.
  • The universities explicitly opt for positions for young and talented researchers (about three-quarters of the positions requested)