Full Professor and Chair Systems and Synthetic Biology

Published on
September 27, 2021
Location Wageningen
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We are looking for

Wageningen University & Research (WUR) is recruiting a full professor to chair the Systems and Synthetic Biology (SSB) group. The mission of the SSB group is to contribute to the elucidation of the mechanisms underlying basic cellular processes, evolution and interactions among cells, organisms and their environment and to translate this knowledge into applications of biotechnological, medical and environmental interest. The approach is characterized by combining expertise on specific biological systems with extensive expertise in methods for data generation, integration and modelling. A key strength is the combination of fundamental computational expertise in systems biology with a laboratory that allows extending findings and testing hypothesis in a synthetic biology setting. The group further applies this approach to a broad range of systems through collaboration with experts. These systems encompass viruses, bacteria, fungus, microalgae, bacterial communities, host-microbe and host-microbiome interactions, and animals and humans.

The position of chair of the SSB group provides you the opportunity to further develop your own research line and your leadership profile. Together with other staff members, you are responsible for the academic and operational management of this chair group. You will define the research strategy, lead the team of scientists, lecturers and support staff, and further strengthen the national and international position of the group. You are also responsible for teaching and innovations in BSc, MSc and PhD courses, with the objective to contribute to the strong reputation and position of WUR in higher education.
The SSB group currently consists of 25 persons, including 4 tenured and scientific staff members, 2 lecturers, 1 technician, 15 PhD students and 2 post docs. More information about current research and teaching of the group can be found at Systems and Synthetic Biologyy and a description of the chair is available on request.

We ask

As a successful candidate,

  • you are a scholar with a PhD degree and an internationally proven scientific track record in the field of systems and synthetic biology;
  • you have concrete long-term ideas on the development of the field of systems and synthetic biology;
  • you have experience in developing and maintaining a broad international network;
  • you have experience and were successful in attracting funding;
  • you have experience with interesting and motivating students in teaching and with supervising students with diverse backgrounds. You also have experience in developing courses at Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD level, and you are interested in innovative teaching methods;
  • you have experience in leading professionals in a multidisciplinary team. You bring empathic and inclusive leadership with a focus on people’s development, team building and creating synergy.

We offer

You will be working for an inspiring international organization with a large number of interdisciplinary projects all over the world. The scientific quality of Wageningen University is affirmed by the prominent position we occupy in international rankings and citation indices.

We offer you a position as Full Professor of the Chair of Systems and Synthetic Biology. Besides 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. International candidates moving to the Netherlands may benefit from a special tax relief, by which 30% of their salary is exempt from tax for 5 years. Have a look on Working hours can be discussed to optimize the work-life balance.

Coming from abroad
We are a globally leading university in the life sciences. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen University, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees.

The university’s highly qualified 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. Furthermore, we can assist you in finding schools for your kids and assist you with finding housing in the region or elsewhere in the Netherlands. The Wageningen University & Research's (WUR) International Community page ( contains practical information about what we do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen.

More information

Further information about the position can be acquired from prof. dr. Edith Feskens, Chair of Global Nutrition, Email:

You are encouraged to upload your complete application via our website and address this to Ineke Ammerlaan, the secretary of the Appointment Advisory Committee. Four documents should be uploaded:

  • A motivation letter
  • A curriculum vitae including the names of 4 references (in total max 4 page A4)
  • A teaching statement (in total max ½ page A4)
  • A list of publications
The closing date of the vacancy is November 8, 2021
The Committee will interview selected candidates for this position on January 12, 14 and 18, 2022. The Committee will thereafter invite short-listed candidates for a second interview and a public lecture on February 8, 9 and 11, 2022.

Equal opportunities
WUR employs many people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who encourage and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organization and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. For more information please go to our inclusivity webpage. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.

We are

Wageningen University & Research
The mission of Wageningen University and 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, 6.800 employees and 12.900 students, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. 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.

Read the 5 reasons why your future collaegues enjoy working at WUR and watch this video to get an idea of our green campus!

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

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