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Molecular Evolutionary Biologist

a Molecular Evolutionary Biologist.Within WBVR, the department of Virology has a vacancy for a scientist in the field of molecular virus evolution. The …

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


a Molecular Evolutionary Biologist.
Within WBVR, the department of Virology has a vacancy for a scientist in the field of molecular virus evolution. The position requires skills in genetic analysis, phylogenetics and molecular epidemiology. You will design sampling strategies and interpret viral genome sequences to answer evolutionary and epidemiological questions. This research will initially focus on Avian Influenza and Swine Fever viruses, in particular during disease outbreaks.

Full genome sequences of the viruses are generated by next generation sequencing strategies, and large datasets of viruses with complex genome organisation need to be analysed in a geospatial and temporal context. The generation and interpretation of phylogenetic trees in relation to specific research questions is one of your key tasks. This analysis is aimed to provide insight in the source of introduction of the virus and its network of transmission, or in the functional properties (pathogenicity) related to underlying genetic features.

This position will involve close collaboration with virologists, computational biologists and epidemiologists.

Tasks and responsibilities:
  • Analyse the genetic evolution of Avian Influenza and Swine Fever viruses.
  • Answer questions on the source of virus introduction and transmission in outbreak situations.
  • You contribute to a culture of scientific excellence and state-of-the-art knowledge of virus evolution.
  • You publish your results in scientific journals, and present at (inter)national meetings.


  • PhD in an appropriate discipline (biology, virology, molecular evolution), or equivalent experience.
  • Experience in genetic analysis, phylogenetics, molecular evolution or molecular epidemiology.
  • Experience in virology.
  • Familiar with (phylo)genetic analysis software such as Mega, Network, BEAST etc.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, and preferably also in Dutch.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, with short deadlines (in outbreak situations).
  • Required competences: analytical, result-driven, critical, flexible, cooperation, team work.
We will ask you to obtain a "verklaring omtrent gedrag" (certificate of conduct).


  • A full-time position (36 hours) for two years, with a go-no-go decision for continuation after one year. After two years a permanent position can be considered.
  • A stimulating work environment and integration in a team of experts to develop on-the-job skills.
  • The position is valued as WR researcher 3 (salary scale 11) with a maximum salary of € 4847,- gross a month, depending on education and experience.
  • We have modern employment conditons with 23 days of leave, with the possibility to build up another 25 (compensation) days when you choose to work 40 hours a week.

Additional information

Additional information:
For information regarding this job you can contact Nancy Beerens (nancy.beerens@wur.nl/tel. 0320-238217).

How to apply
You can apply until June 29th. Please don't email directly to the persons mentioned above, but use the website of Wageningen University & Research: www.wur.nl/nl/Werken-bij/Vacatures.htm