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Lecturer for Crop Systems Analysis

Are you an ambitious crop scientist, plant ecologist or ecophysiologist with a keen interest in small-scale university education and the use of modelling …

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


Are you an ambitious crop scientist, plant ecologist or ecophysiologist with a keen interest in small-scale university education and the use of modelling approaches? Then we have an interesting lecturer position at Wageningen Plant Science for you.

You will join the Centre for Crop Systems Analysis (CSA), a dynamic and committed team of staff working together on various aspects of crop physiology, crop ecology, weed ecology, and the agro-ecology of pests and diseases. Your focus will be to contribute to education by improving current courses and developing teaching tools that optimally make use of the digital environment, in a structured manner. As our field has moved into the age of quantitative biology, it is more imperative than ever to train students in use and development of quantitative techniques. But the challenge lies in doing this in an effective way that tailors to individual knowledge and skills of course participants. This falls in line with the ambition of Wageningen University to enhance the small-scale character of its education with the help of digitization. Small-scale education and the digitization contribute to a positive work environment and an effective and attractive process of skills and knowledge transfer.

You will spend about 70% of your time on coursework and field-based teaching but will also be encouraged and supported to pursue your own scientific research (30% of time).

For your teaching and research, you will have access to world-class experimental facilities and instruments. The majority of your teaching will be in English. To support you in your role, you will join the Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Program that is adopted by all universities in the Netherlands.


  • A PhD in the areas of crop science, ecology or ecophysiology. Postdoc research experience is a pre;
  • A promising education career record in the area of plant or crop science. And affinity with small-scale education, educational innovation and life/plant sciences;
  • Knowledge of and affinity with didactics, digital educational resources and educational platforms;
  • Ability to connect with international students from different backgrounds;
  • Strong communicative and interpersonal skills and a flexible and collaborative attitude;
  • Excellent command of English and willingness to learn Dutch.


We offer a lecturer position of 0.8-1.0 fte for a period of three years with prospects for continuation depending on developments within the Centre for Crop Systems Analysis. Typically, this position constitutes at least 70% teaching and at most 30% research.

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and partially 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 compensation / 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 of course receive a good salary. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive gross salary of between €2.836,- and €4.474,- for a full-time working week of 38 hours, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 10). Additionally, a contract for 0.8 FTE can be discussed.

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.

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact Paul Struik, professor of Crop Physiology, +31 317 48 42 46, paul.struik@wur.nl, or Niels Anten, professor of Crop and Weed Ecology, +31 317 48 47 72, niels.anten@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 13 December 2021. We hope to schedule the first job interviews on soon after closing date.

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 ourinclusivity page. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.