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Full Professor and Chair of Microbiology (F / M)

Wageningen University & Research (WUR) is recruiting a full professor to lead the Microbiology Chair Group. This position provides you with the opportunity to further develop your own research line and your leadership profile. Together ...

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Bornsesteeg, Wageningen, Gelderland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur


Wageningen University & Research (WUR) is recruiting a full professor to lead the Microbiology Chair Group. This position provides you with the opportunity to further develop your own research line and your leadership profile. Together with the other senior staff, 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 prominent position of the chair. You are also responsible for teaching and innovations in BSc, MSc and PhD courses in fundamental and applied aspects of microbiology with the objective to further improve WUR as an attractive place for students to study.

The chair of Microbiology (MIB)
MIB currently consists of 65 scientists, including 6 professors, 35 PhD students and 10 post docs. The chair group is efficiently organised and supported by dedicated secretarial, financial and HR advisors.
The research topics focus on the analysis of microbial activity in complex environments such as the soil, aquatic environments and human & mammalian gut. This also includes the interaction between microbes and other organisms, and consequences of microbial activity for human and animal health. The general scientific objectives of MIB include (i) elucidate fundamental aspects of selected microbe-based model systems at ecological, cellular and molecular levels, (ii) understand the molecular basis of key physiological processes in bacteria, archaea and their viruses, and (iii) apply the obtained insights to develop and optimise processes improving the quality of life. The current research groups are each devoted to particular aspects of the broad research field of microbiology but collaborate extensively with each other. Your own research line is expected to be synergistic and complementary to these research topics. The group is centrally positioned in the scientific community and collaborates in many local, national and international partnerships and consortia. It has an outstanding international reputation and is highly productive, achieving the highest possible metrics. MIB has a broad portfolio of project funding and is financially sound. The chair is well organised. MIB makes a major effort to communicate their activities in research in scientific journals and education programmes as well as to society (e.g. national TV, radio and newspapers). Many patents and spin-outs have been generated, and MIB operates in close collaboration with industry.

More information can be found at www.mib.wur.nl/.


As full professor and chair holder, you are an inspiring and visionary leader, mentor and teacher. You are an ambitious and creative scientist with broad expertise in general microbiology and are recognised as a scientific leader in your specific field. You are devoted to research and education and you aim to reach the highest level in these fields. You are an academic leader capable of heading a team in a synergistic, efficient, effective and motivating manner.

You have:

  • a PhD in microbiology;
  • established an internationally recognised research line in microbiology focusing on fundamental aspects and/or on applications;affinity with anaerobic processes and prokaryotic microbes,
  • skills and novel ideas that will strengthen and extend the future education and research of MIB;
  • a track record in project acquisition and coordination;
  • an international network in industry and academia and affinity for collaboration with these parties;
  • excellent skills in writing, communication and presenting.
You are:
  • an inspiring group leader, with proven skills to lead a team of professionals;
  • a passionate teacher and mentor/coach for students and co-workers;
  • efficient in time-management and organising the chair;
  • preferably bestowed with esteemed awards and other prestigious grants;
  • able to provide high quality in research, teaching and management and can combine this with a lively, open, enthusiastic and positive atmosphere on the work floor.


You will be working for an inspiring international organisation with numerous 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 indexes.

We offer you a challenging position as full professor of the Chair of Microbiology. Besides a competitive salary, we offer several 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.

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 thus Wageningen has a large international community and a lot to offer international employees. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, by which 30% of their salary is exempt from tax.

Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family. A specialised staffing agency will help your partner find a job. 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.

Additional information

Further information about the position can be obtained from prof.dr. M.H. (Marcel) Zwietering, Chair of the Appointment Advisory Committee (Email: marcel.zwietering@wur.nl Tel +31317482233). More detailed information on the profile and the MIB Chair Group is available upon request via ineke.Ammerlaan@wur.nl.

You are invited to send your complete application to the secretary of the Appointment Advisory Committee, ineke.ammerlaan@wur.nl. Please include an application letter with curriculum vitae and a separate list of publications. The closing date for applications is 17 January 2018.

The Appointment Advisory Committee will interview selected candidates for this position on 5, 6 and 8 March 2018. The Committee will thereafter invite short-listed candidates for a second interview and a trial lecture on 3 and 6 April 2018.

The policy of Wageningen University and Research is to increase the number of female professors. Therefore, all woman candidates who fit the profile will be invited for an interview.


Wageningen University & Research

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, 5000 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 please visit www.wur.eu/career