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Postdoc - Modelling to explore natural variation to improve photosynthesis and productivity of rice under stress

Do you have a passion for genetic analysis and physiological modelling of efficient water use, photosynthesis and crop productivity? Do you hold a a PhD and …

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


Do you have a passion for genetic analysis and physiological modelling of efficient water use, photosynthesis and crop productivity? Do you hold a a PhD and do you have mathematical modelling experience? And do you want to be part of our crop physiology team of experimenters and modellers? Then we are looking for you!

The post-doctoral candidate will be responsible for implementing a component of the interdisciplinary project "Adaptive Rice Cultivation for a Changing ClimatE (Ad-RiCCE)" funded jointly by NWO (Dutch Research Council) and DBT (Indian Department of Biotechnology).

In this project component, the aim is to combine genetic mapping and physiological modelling to design rice ideotypes for the high performance in terms of photosynthetic traits, water use efficiency and grain yield of rice crops under drought in the context of climate smart agriculture. Therefore, you will be expected to:
  • use and develop modelling tools to identify relevant traits;
  • to investigate natural variations in these traits of rice association panels;
  • to conduct GWAS (genome-wide association study)
  • subsequent model-based design of crop genotypes to support breeding activities
You will also work collaboratively with multi-partners (including molecular geneticists and breeders) in India, as well as with researchers in University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, to achieve the overall project objective, i.e. to develop and disseminate water saving practices and water-productive varieties to improve rice production in resource-poor environments.

The post-doctoral position will be under the daily supervision of Dr. Xinyou Yin in the Centre for Crop Systems Analysis (CSA), Wageningen University & Research. The position will be co-supervised by Prof. Paul C. Struik (CSA) and Prof. Sheshshayee Sreeman (Department of Crop Physiology, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru, India).

This is a position within the Centre for Crop Systems Analysis (CSA), part of the Department of Plant Sciences, Wageningen University. The Centre is a federation of two chair groups, which are closely interacting in all aspects of their daily activities. The chair groups include Crop Physiology and Crop and Weed Ecology. The candidate will be a member of the Crop Physiology chair. Both chairs are strongly committed to excellent research and teaching providing the scientific basis for the development of high-quality plant production in sustainable agro-ecosystems. CSA focuses on understanding the functioning of crops from underlying physiological and community ecological processes.


  • A PhD in plant science, biology, or related fields, with an interest in both crop physiology and genetics;
  • Expertise and experience with modelling within a biological context, and handling, analysing and interpreting complex data sets;
  • Experience with physiological modelling and genetic mapping analysis (preferred);
  • Willingness to travel to, and to spend a large part of the time in, partner institutes in India;
  • A collaborative worker with good interpersonal communication skills and awareness of the interdisciplinary nature of the project;
  • A good command of both spoken and written English language.


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 €2836 and €4474 for a full-time working week of 38 hours, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 10). The job is for a period of 4 years (initially for 1 year, and extension for another 3 years after a positive evaluation).

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 17th 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

Do you want more information?
For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Xinyou Yin, by e-mail: Xinyou.yin@wur.nl, or Prof. Paul Struik, by e-mail: Paul.struik@wur.nl
For more information about the procedure, please contact vacaturemeldingen.psg@wur.nl.
General information about the Centre for Crops Systems Analysis can be found on www.csa.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 15-02-2022. We hope to schedule the first job interviews on 01-03-2022.

Applications should include: a cover letter including a statement about your motivation to apply and how you meet the requirements for the position, curriculum vitae, copies of your University PhD degree and contact details of three references.

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.