Vacancy: Post-doc One Health

Published on
May 22, 2019

We are looking for

Do you want to combine your communicative skills with data analysis to the benefit of One Health? 

Within the cluster One Health of the Graduate School PE&RC (chair groups Nematology, Virology, Entomology, Genetics, Resource Ecology Group and Center for Crop Systems Analysis) the objective is to deepen our understanding of the ecological, evolutionary, and molecular processes that influence the entry, establishment, and spread of infectious disease. In a recent review of the One Health cluster, the central recommendations were to (1) develop a joint vision on the One Health approach that connects the chair groups in the cluster and (2) to combine the analysis of separate datasets (a key asset of each chair group) to leverage the reach and impact of our research.

To implement these recommendations, we are seeking a postdoctoral researcher with demonstrated experience in at least one of the fields covered by the different chair groups. To implement the first recommendation, the postdoctoral researcher will discuss and develop the One Health approaches that are shared between the groups to generate a position paper. To implement the second, the idea is to combine, analyse and interpret existing datasets, which have become increasingly large and therefore often remain understudied, and publish novel insights regarding joint analysis of infectious diseases. For this joint analysis we are looking for a postdoctoral researcher.  

We are

The mission of our University is to explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life. Within Wageningen University & Research, nine specialised research institutes from the Wageningen Research Foundation and Wageningen University have joined forces to help answer the most important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment. With approximately 30 locations, 5,000 employees, and 10,000 students, it is one of the leading organisations in its domain worldwide. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of the unique approach of 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.   The postdoctoral researcher will be part of a multi-disciplinary team supervised by Dr. S.E. Schoustra and Prof. J.E. Kammenga. He/she will be appointed through the Laboratory of Nematology within the PE&RC theme ‘Global change, food and environment’. The goal of the theme is to deepen our current understanding of the ecological, evolutionary, and molecular processes that influence the entry, establishment, and spread of infectious disease. WU is internationally renowned for its research and education in the fields of life sciences, plant improvement, one health and sustainability. Through these activities it aims to make essential contributions to the quality of life.

We ask

-       Ability to work independently but with a great enthusiasm to participate and take leadership in a team effort;

-       PhD-degree in one of the related fields;

-       Excellent communication skills in writing and in person;

-       Experience in working with large and diverse data sets (big data).  

We offer

A challenging position with, depending on your experience, a competitive salary from a minimum of € €3123,- to a maximum of € 4274.- for a full working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement Dutch Universities (scale 10). In principle this is a 20 month post-doc position at 1.0 fte. A 25 month position at 0.8 fte is also possible. We offer you a temporary contract for 12 months which will be extended if you perform well. There is also a chance that other projects provide chances for further extension. In addition, we offer:

•      8% holiday allowance;

•      a structural year-end bonus of 8.3%;

•      excellent training opportunities and secondary employment conditions;

•      flexible working hours and holidays can possibly be determined in consultation so that an optimal balance between work and private life is possible;

•      excellent pension plan through ABP;

•      232 vacation hours, the option to purchase extra and good supplementary leave schemes;

•      a flexible working time: the possibility to work a maximum of 2 hours per week extra and thereby to build up extra leave;

•      a choice model to put together part of your employment conditions yourself, such as a bicycle plan;

•      a lively workplace where you can easily make contacts and where many activities take place on the Wageningen Campus. A place where education, research and business are represented.

Wageningen University & Research stimulates internal career opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are ample opportunities for own initiative in a learning environment.

We offer a versatile job in an international environment with varied activities in a pleasant and open working atmosphere.    

More information

For questions about this vacancy you can contact Hans Helder ( or Geert Smant (

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Please upload a cover letter, your CV and a research and teaching statement.
You can apply online via up to and including 27 May 2019.

Do you want more information?

Additional information about this project can be obtained from Prof. J.E. Kammenga ( or Dr. Sijmen Schoustra ( .


You can apply up and until June 16 2019
For this position you can only apply online: