Cluster leader Applied Bioinformatics

Gepubliceerd op
18 mei 2018
Locatie Wageningen
Expertisegebied Agriculture
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We are looking for

We are looking for a team (cluster) leader Applied Bioinformatics that:

  • Will be an inspiring manager for a young and enthusiastic team (10 permanent staff and ca. 2 PhD’s and post-docs).
  • Will take the lead / coordinate important project acquisition activities including applied research projects with industrial partners.
  • Will be responsible for achieving financial targets for the group.
  • Will be responsible for the quality of scientific research and project management in the group.
  • Has a clear vision on how bioinformatics needs to be developed to meet future needs; is able to translate this vision into a consistent line of research projects.
  • Has and will build a stable network with research institutes and internationally operating breeding companies based on personal reliance and scientific quality.
  • Will design and initiate new research projects, through interactions with other research groups, especially with the chair groups Bioinformatics, Plant Breeding and the BU Biometris.
  • Will make a vital contribution to the development of the team by regular coaching and by yearly result evaluations of individual team members.
  • Will be an active member of the management team of Bioscience and play a role in the ongoing professionalization of the BU as a whole by contributing to long term business and strategic personnel plans.

We ask

Key demands are:

  • PhD degree in genome bioinformatics, comparative genomics and/ or systems biology.
  • Broad experience in acting as project leader.
  • Extensive network in bioinformatics.
  • Convincing track record in scientific publications and patents.
  • Skilled empathic manager, familiar with managing a team of professionals in a research organisation.
  • Experience in initiating, acquiring and managing multi-stakeholder or international research projects.          
  • Competences: team-orientated leadership; initiative; result-driven; well developed awareness of science, policy and business environments; excellent communicative and interactive personal skills; service oriented; good command of the English and preferably also Dutch language.

We offer

The work will be carried out at Bioscience in Wageningen. We provide a stimulating working environment within a highly dynamic group. We offer a full-time position, temporary for a period of one year with a possibility to extension (good performance). The level of the position depends on training and experience. The maximum gross wages per month are € 6.058,- (scale 13) for a fulltime appointment.

More information

For more information about this position, please contact dr. Ingrid van der Meer, manager business unit Bioscience, Wageningen University & Research, +31 317481363,

You can apply up and until June 7, 2018
For this position you can only apply on line:

Don’t e-mail directly to the person mentioned above but use the website to apply.

We are

Wageningen University & Research is an internationally renowned research organisation in the fields of life sciences and sustainable production. It is a collaboration between Wageningen University and the Wageningen Research foundation. The mission of Wageningen UR is ‘To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life’. The Plant Sciences Group is part of Wageningen UR and explores the potential of plants as a source of food, feed, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and energy.

The business unit Bioscience is part of the Wageningen Research foundation of the Plant Sciences Group. The business unit (BU) Bioscience has 46 staff members, over 25 post-docs, long-term guest-workers and PhD’s (in collaboration with Wageningen University, and a turn-over of about €7 million. Bioscience research is focused on gaining a better understanding at the molecular and genetic level of the developmental and metabolic processes in plants and the effect of plant metabolites on humans and animals. The BU houses state-of-the-art facilities, comprising next generation DNA sequencers, Optical Mapping equipment, LC/MS and GC/MS for proteomics and metabolomics, and a bionano-receptor platform. Bioscience has an excellent scientific track record and patent portfolio. It operates market-driven, both in (inter)national consortia as well as in bilateral partnerships with industry. Bioscience comprises three research clusters: Plant Developmental Systems, Applied Metabolic Systems and Applied Bioinformatics (AB). A major research theme for AB, that also houses the genomics sequencing facility, is genome bioinformatics including assembly, annotation and comparative genomics. Its bioinformatics research activities contribute to mining genetic diversity (incuding metagenomics), phylogenomics, structural variation analysis, synteny analysis and bioinformatics tool development. Together with the other clusters of Bioscience, AB works on regulatory networks, system biology and the bioinformatics of metabolomics and proteomics data. There is a strong collaboration with other university research groups and especially with the chairgroup of Bioinformatics and BU Biometris.