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Lecturer in Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation

Do you have a passion for ecology and education? Do you enjoy teaching students how plant- and animal species interact with their environment? Do you enjoy …

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


Do you have a passion for ecology and education? Do you enjoy teaching students how plant- and animal species interact with their environment? Do you enjoy showing them how we can apply this knowledge to predict consequences of climate and land-use change and safeguard biodiversity? Then we invite you to apply to become a lecturer in our team!

At the Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation group, we work together to connect science and education from BSc to MSc level. We teach the general principles, latest developments, insights and ideas as well as the research skills necessary to understand, predict and manage the functioning of ecosystems and the services they provide. We are currently looking for a lecturer who is keen to join our teaching team. Your focus will be on organising and teaching (field) practicals for groups of students as well as supervising individual students with their BSc and MSc theses. Other duties will range from course coordination, lecturing and student supervision to developing exams. Besides teaching you are encouraged to advance your own research and integrate it with your teaching activities. The position is initially for three years, but with possibilities for continuation.


  • PhD degree in ecology, conservation biology, nature conservation, biology or similar;
  • passion for teaching and contacts with students from different backgrounds;
  • extensive knowledge, including field expertise, of Dutch habitats and ecosystems;
  • team player;
  • good organizational and communication skills;
  • an analytical mindset;
  • fluency in English and Dutch (or willingness to learn Dutch through an intensive course);


Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and 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 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 contract for 1,5 years and a gross salary between €2.790,- and €4.402,- for a full-time working week of 38 hours, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 10).

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 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. Our highly qualified team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for you and your family.

The WUR International Community page contains practical information about what we do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. And watch this video about our green bustling campus https://youtu.be/ApLORCXXhm4

Additional information

To learn more about this position, please contact Prof. dr. D. Kleijn; tel: +31 (0)317485807; e-mail: david.kleijn@wur.nl
For additional information about the process please contact Edgar Tijhuis, corporate recruiter, e-mail: edgar.tijhuis@wur.nl

You can upload your application up to and including 26 September 2021. Interviews are planned for first half of October. Applications must include (1) a cover letter summarizing your motivation to apply, (2) your CV, (3) the names of two references, you can mention this on your CV.

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