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Junior Researcher Nutrition and Health of dairy cattle, young stock and veal calves

Do you oversee nutrition-health interactions? Are you passionate about cattle? Are you eager to develop a career as a researcher?Wageningen Livestock Research …

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Droevendaalsesteeg, Wageningen, Gelderland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 36 uur


Do you oversee nutrition-health interactions? Are you passionate about cattle? Are you eager to develop a career as a researcher?

Wageningen Livestock Research (WLR) creates science-based solutions for a sustainable and profitable livestock sector. Together with our clients, we integrate scientific knowledge and practical experience to develop livestock concepts for future generations. WLR carries out fundamental and applied research in the fields of animal production and food security, systems innovations, economy, ecosystem services, environment, grass & forage systems, animal nutrition, aquaculture, breeding and animal welfare & health.

To strengthen our team "Animal Nutrition" we are looking for you as Junior Researcher who has a background in ruminant nutrition and health. Dairy cattle will be the major animal species to study, but expertise and interest in young stock and (veal) calves is welcomed as well. As a highly-motivated and energetic researcher you will contribute to both fundamental as well as applied research within the livestock sector by studying healthy and sustainable diets for ruminants, digestive and metabolic processes, and nutrition-health interactions.
  • You will set up and perform research projects for our clients and research partners, primarily in the area of nutrition and health of dairy cattle, young stock and (veal) calves. Most studies will have an interdisciplinary set-up, and will require close collaborations with other researchers or partners.
  • You use your skills as a communicator. This includes the interaction with customers to transform a research question into a project; interaction with clients and colleagues during the project; as well as external project communication, such as publications in peer reviewed scientific journals, contributions to technical magazines, news items at websites and social media, presentations at seminars and international conferences.
  • You collaborate with:
    • partners in the industry, stakeholders and end-users
    • researchers within Wageningen University & Research and other (inter)national knowledge institutes
    • innovation centres, research facilities and labs.


  • a result-oriented and enthusiastic researcher at MSc or DVM level;
  • expertise and ideas on ruminant physiology and nutrition, and health;
  • a passion for science-based applied research;
  • ability to work and connect across disciplines;
  • proactive attitude and good communication skills;
  • fluency in English and preferably Dutch language
In this role you can express and further develop your key competences: pro-active, analytical, collaborative, flexible, client and result-oriented.


  • A meaningful job in an international setting with varied work and plenty of opportunity for personal development in a pleasant and open working environment.
  • An initial 1-year contract, with a possibility for extension, depending on your performance and our future research portfolio.
  • Depending on experience, the salary is based on scale 10 (min. €2.722 - max. €4.438), of the collective labour agreement of Wageningen Research on full-time basis (36 hours).
  • We offer 23 days of leave for a full-time position of 36 hours per week, with the option of accruing another 25 extra days (compensation leave) for a 40-hour working week.
  • 8% holiday allowance and a fixed 3% end-of-year bonus.
  • The arrangements for special leave, parental leave and sick leave are above average, as is the employer's pension contribution.
  • You can arrange the optimum balance between work and private life.
  • We offer good training and education opportunities
  • Sports facilities at reduced prices are at your availability
This position is based at Wageningen Campus, and there will be frequent interactions with Dairy Campus in Leeuwarden.

Additional information

Applications can be sent online via the application button above until 13-10-2019.
We are looking forward to receiving your details and motivation.

If you wish to receive more information feel free to contact:
Gert van Duinkerken, Head of Department Animal Nutrition, via +31 (0)317 480702 or gert.vanduinkerken@wur.nl
Roselinde Goselink, Researcher Dairy cattle nutrition and health, via +31 (0)317 480705 or roselinde.goselink@wur.nl