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Full Professor Food Chemistry (F/M 0.8-1.0 fte)

Wageningen University & Research (WUR) is recruiting a full professor to lead the chair group of Food Chemistry. This position provides you with the …

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


Wageningen University & Research (WUR) is recruiting a full professor to lead the chair group of Food Chemistry. This position provides you with the opportunity to further develop your leadership profile and the research line of the Food Chemistry group. 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. You are also responsible for teaching and innovations in BSc, MSc and PhD courses in fundamental and applied aspects of food chemistry with the objective to further improve WUR as an attractive place for students to study.

The chair group of Food Chemistry (FCH)
FCH currently consists of approximately 50 scientists, including a chair holder (vacancy), a personal professor, an endowed professor, 4 assistant and associate professors, 30 PhD students, 5 post docs and 7 technical and education assistants. The mission of the chair group is to understand the molecular basis of the properties of food components and the behaviour of foods and agricultural raw materials during industrial processing as well as during digestion in mammals. The research of the chair group deals with carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, phytochemicals and lignocellulosics present in foods, food intermediates and agricultural raw materials, thereby focusing on analysis, modification and properties of these components, preferably within complex food matrices. The scientific objectives are 1) to identify and understand the importance and (re)activity of individual components in foods and agricultural raw materials during industrial processing; 2) to selectively modify individual food components with enzymes, and/or by fermentation; 3) to unravel the mutual interactions between food components and interactions of individual food components with gastro-intestinal tract inhabitants, such as enzymes and micro-organisms, and 4) to develop analytical methods to achieve the former objectives. Your experience and contribution are expected to be synergistic with and complementary to these research topics. FCH operates in close collaboration with industry and about 60% of the project funding comes from contract research and public private partnerships.
FCH is constantly involved in adapting education to the changing needs of students and to the possibilities offered by (new) media. FCH creates a learning environment in which students feel safe and are taken seriously.
More information can be found at www.fch.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 food chemistry and you 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 food chemistry or related discipline;
  • established an internationally visible research line in analytical and/or food chemistry focusing on fundamental aspects and/or on applications in food technology;affinity with analysis of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, phytochemicals and lignocellulosics in food and raw materials and the ability to conduct mechanistic studies by linking the molecular structure of individual food components to their functionalities;
  • skills and innovative ideas that will strengthen and extend the future education and research of FCH;
  • a track record in project acquisition and coordination;
  • an international network in industry and academia and affinity for collaboration with these parties;
  • excellent written, communication and presentation skills.
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;
  • an efficient time manager and chair group organiser;
  • preferably bestowed with esteemed awards and other prestigious grants;
  • able to provide high-quality research, teaching and management and can combine this with a lively, open, enthusiastic and positive atmosphere on the work floor.


We Offer
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 thirteen years in a row.

We offer you a challenging position as full professor and chair of Food Chemistry. In addition to 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.

Coming from abroad
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 38,000 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. 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 specialised staffing agency will help your partner to find a job. The Wageningen University & Research's International Community page (https://www.wur.nl/en/International-students-and-staff.htm) contains practical information about what we do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen.

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

Additional information

Further information about the position can be obtained from professor Jasper van der Gucht, chair of the Appointment Advisory Committee (Email: jasper.vandergucht@wur.nl Tel: +31 317 483066).
More detailed information on the profile of the Food Chemistry Group is available upon request (via ineke.ammerlaan@wur.nl).

You are invited to send your complete application to ineke.ammerlaan@wur.nl. Please include an application letter with curriculum vitae and a separate list of publications.

The deadline for applications is 17 September 2018.

The Appointment Advisory Committee will interview selected candidates for this position on 20 or 27 November 2018. The committee will thereafter invite short-listed candidates for a second interview and a trial lecture on 10 or 15 January 2019.