Vacancy

Tenure Track Translational Phytopathology

Published on
May 4, 2021
Location Wageningen
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We are looking for

Are you passionate about Phytopathology? Are you keen to be involved in further development and excel in teaching? Do you want to contribute to developing sustainable solutions to future disease management strategies? Do you have a PhD in phytopathology, plant breeding, (molecular) genetics, (molecular) biology or a related field? Then this position could be a perfect fit for you!
 
Teaching is our core business at the Laboratory of Phytopathology. We educate bachelor, master and PhD students, and we do this collectively. 
 
Plant pathogens threaten food production. They impact human societies and destabilize the ecology of natural systems. In this research line, we typically think about solving big problems by developing and contributing to future disease management strategies. These solutions should be sustainable, and our ambition is to foster system changes. This requires multidisciplinary teams to unveil causal microbial complexes of disease syndromes in various crops, combined with disciplinary expertise to unravel fundamental biology revolving around plant – pathogen interactions.
 
Projects include effector discovery aiming at pathogen evolution and dissemination, modulation of ecological niches and tool development for breeding programs in various crops. Consequently, we are keen to identify and deploy resistance genes, and to mechanistically understand how they contribute to durable resistance. Hence, we connect fundamental discoveries with application, mostly in public-private partnerships.
 
Therefore, this new team member has a broad interest and expertise in plant pathology, with a keen interest in perennial crops and is a typical team player, building coalitions, grounded in (inter)national collaboration with other academic institutions, the private sector and universities. 
 
The candidate will be placed in a Tenure Track trajectory and should fulfil the requirements established by Wageningen University for this position about scientific publications, project acquisition and educational activities. 
 
In this challenging career trajectory:
  • You will primarily focus on renewal of teaching modules, the development of new (interdisciplinary) courses and the supervision of (thesis) students, either in group work or individually. Thereby, we can supervise more students and also foster our teaching commitment. Ideally, the teaching is combined with research (50/50) in any of the existing or newly emerging research lines;
  • You collaborate with colleagues and supervise PhD students, BSc and MSc theses and you develop and teach courses;
  • You contribute to the further development of the Laboratory of Phytopathology. 
Tenure Track is a career path for hardworking scientists who pursue to excel in education and research. We seek to attract scientific talent and to stimulate and support their development.

We ask

  • You have a completed PhD in phytopathology, plant breeding, (molecular) genetics, (molecular) biology
  • a good record of scientific publication on peer review international journals;
  • relevant and well-evaluated teaching experience;
  • excellent English language proficiency (a minimum of CEFR C2 level). For more information about this proficiency level, please visit our special language page

We offer

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:

  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and paid parental leave;
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.
In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will be offered a fixed-term, 7 year contract which, upon positive evaluation based on criteria elaborated in the University's Tenure Track policy, can lead to a permanent employment contract as professor. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive gross salary of between € 3.746,- and € 5.127,- for a full-time working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 11).
 
Wageningen University & Research encourages internal advancement opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a unique position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.
 
You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland, and at a university that has been chosen as the “Best University” in the Netherlands for the 16th consecutive time.
 
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, known as the 30% ruling. Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family. 
Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen University & Research's International Community page contains practical information about what we can do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. Furthermore, we can assist you with any additional advice and information about helping your partner to find a job, housing, schooling, and other issues.

More information

Do you want more information?
For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Gert Kema, by phone +31(0) 317.480632 or by email gert.kema@wur.nl
 
For more information about the procedure, please contact Ine van’t Land, recruiter, by phone +31(0)317483096  or email ine.vantland@wur.nl
 
Do you want to apply?
You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval. 
 
This vacancy will be listed up to and including May 28th 2021. We hope to schedule the first job interviews in week 23 (June 7-11) of  2021.
 
Equal opportunities 
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation 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 page. 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, 6.500 employees and 12.500 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.

These are the points our employees list as good reasons to come work at WUR: read the 5 reasons to come work at WUR.

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

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