Professor and Chair of Applied Mathematics (0.8-1 fte)

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July 18, 2019
Location Wageningen
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We are looking for

We are looking for an innovative, dynamic and inspiring scholar to lead the Applied Mathematics Chair Group at Wageningen University & Research (0.8-1 fte).
Successful candidates should have a strong background and training in mathematics and should be eager to apply this knowledge to address critical questions and problems in the field of Life and Environmental Sciences as well as contributing to developing new mathematical tools to tackle these questions.
Furthermore the chair is responsible to translate the research activities into the Wageningen University curriculum in which it strives towards better training in mathematics and quantitative (data) methods. Although the chair is responsible for all mathematics courses there is close collaboration with other chairs in setting up the mathematical curriculum.

Role of the chair holder
As head of the Applied Mathematics Chair Group, you will strengthen and innovate the research and education programme, and effectively and constructively manage the group. You will ensure that the group continues to develop and generate a supportive working environment for both young and established academics. Acquisition of external funding for research and attracting PhD candidates will be key elements of your responsibility. You will be expected to strengthen the profile of the Chair Group in national and international networks, thus enhancing the group’s successes in generating impact both within and outside academia.

We ask

As a successful candidate you:

  • Have a PhD degree with an international track record in mathematics
  • Have a vision on future research and education in mathematics in the domain of life sciences
  • Have demonstrated unifying management, leadership, and coaching skills
  • Are an inspiring teacher, supervisor and mentor for students.

We offer

You will be working for an inspiring international organisation with a large number of interdisciplinary projects all over the world. The scientific quality of Wageningen University is affirmed by its prominent position in international rankings and citation indexes. We offer you a challenging position as full professor and Chair Applied Mathematics. In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a number of additional benefits, such as an end-of-year- extra month’s salary, a holiday allowance and a pension plan with the Dutch pension fund for government and education. For detailed information about the salary contact Dr Claudius van de Vijver.

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.

Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, by which 30% of their salary is exempt from tax. Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family. A specialized staffing agency will help your partner to find a job.
Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. The following webpage contains (practical) information about what we can do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen (
Equal opportunities employer

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

More information

Further information can be obtained from Professor Bas Zwaan (Chair of the Appointment Advisory Committee:, +31317484619) or Dr Claudius van de Vijver (Executive secretary of the Appointment Advisory Committee:, +31317485116).
You are invited to send your application to Dr Claudius van de Vijver ( The application should include:

  • An application letter
  • Your curriculum vitae
  • A separate list of publications
  • Your vision on research and education in the domain of the Chair (Max 2 pages).
 The closing date for applications is 1 October 2019.
The Appointment Advisory Committee will interview selected candidates for this position in the beginning of October 2019. The Committee will thereafter invite short-listed candidates for a second interview and a public lecture, no later than mid November 2019.

We are

Wageningen University and 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.
For further information about working at Wageningen University & Research, take a look at

Organisation / Embedding
The chairs Mathematics and Statistics together with the Wageningen Research business unit Biometris, form the cluster Biometris. This consists of about 80 staff members. The activities of Biometris are characterized by the mission slogan “Quantitative methods brought to life”, and comprise participation in nearly all quantitative education and research in Wageningen. Biometris has a strong internal cohesion, leading to much cooperation and exchange of knowledge and expertise between the three constituting groups. The strength of this construction is that Biometris covers a whole line of research, from fundamental development of mathematical methods to commercial application of this knowledge. This broad scope has the advantage that the research activities may easily inspire the educational activities, ranging from basic courses in the first years, to post graduate courses for PhD’s and staff. The research output and the societal relevance of Biometris are judged as ‘excellent’ by recent international peer review committees.
Research and PhD training primarily is embedded within the Graduate School Production Ecology and Resource Conservation (PE&RC).

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