Full Professor Nematology

We are searching for a full professor (0.8 - 1.0 fte) to lead the chair group Nematology at Wageningen University & Research, one of the world’s leading universities working on food, health and environment.

Sollicitatie mogelijk van 4-9-2019 tot 16-10-2019, Locatie: Wageningen

We are searching for a full professor (0.8 - 1.0 fte) to lead the chair group Nematology at Wageningen University & Research, one of the world’s leading universities working on food, health and environment.

The Nematology group studies the biology of nematodes with the aim of understanding and predicting their function in agricultural and natural ecosystems. The group focuses on hypothesis-driven research on the molecular and genetic interactions between nematodes and their environment, including both biotic (e.g., bacteria, plants and animals) and abiotic factors (e.g., temperature and drought). The research

. The full ‘leeropdracht’ (chair description) of the Nematology chair position is available on request.


Nematology is part of the Plant Sciences Group of Wageningen University & Research, one of five science groups at Wageningen., 18 chair groups and 7 applied research groups work together within the Plant Sciences Group. Nematology actively participates in two Graduate Schools, Experimental Plant Sciences (EPS) and Production Ecology and Resource Conservation (PE&RC). 


We are looking for a scholar with a PhD degree in a relevant research field to lead the chair group Nematology. As a successful candidate you will be able to demonstrate your capacity for strategic leadership with a scientific track record of publications, teaching and funding acquisition. In addition, you have an inspiring, collegiate, and unifying leadership style characterized by a passion to coach professionals, to build teams and to find opportunities to collaborate. 

Other relevant requirements for this position are:

  • You have an inspiring, long-term vision on the development of the field of nematology.
  • You have excellent interpersonal and networking skills as demonstrated by a broad international network.
  • You are an inspiring teacher and supervisor for students from diverse backgrounds, with the ability to develop courses at Bachelor, Master, and PhD level, and an interest, vision and capacity to develop and apply innovativee teaching methods.
  • You have a demonstrable capacity to obtain research funding.

You will be working for a dynamic and inspiring international organisation with a large number of interdisciplinary projects all over the world. A strong commitment to teaching and fundamental research, combined with innovative applied research, creates a rich learning environment. Our students – the innovators of tomorrow – also benefit from first-class research and educational facilities.

The scientific quality of Wageningen University is affirmed by the prominent position we occupy in international rankings and citation indexes. Dutch students voted Wageningen University & Research as the best university in the Netherlands for fourteen years in a row.

We offer you a challenging position as full professor and Chair of Nematology. 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.

Wageningen is a centre for research and entrepreneurship. 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. It is a historic university town of about 36,000 residents in the central Netherlands. The academic community hails from more than 100 countries, giving the town a lively, international feel.

Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, by which 30% of their salary is exempt from tax for the first five years.

Our 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.

The Wageningen University & Research's International Community page (

) contains practical information about what we do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen.

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

Further information about the position and the Nematology Chair Group is available upon request (via

). Professor dr. Monique van Oers will chair the Appointment Advisory Committee.

You are invited to send your complete application via the respond-button on top of this page. Please include an application letter with curriculum vitae, a separate list of publications and a 1000-word (max) statement of research and education interests and intended direction. The deadline for applications is October 15, 2019.

The Appointment Advisory Committee will interview selected candidates for this position on December 6, 2019. The Committee will thereafter invite short-listed candidates for a second interview and a trial lecture on January 16, 2020.

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, 5500 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 www.wur.nl/career.