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Postdoctoral Researcher Capsicum pan-genomics

A postdoctoral researcher to explore the complex genetic variation underlying agronomic traits in Capsicum, using a pan-genomic approach. Are you experienced …

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


A postdoctoral researcher to explore the complex genetic variation underlying agronomic traits in Capsicum, using a pan-genomic approach. Are you experienced in plant genomics and do you have strong computational skills? Then this may be the right position for you.

Crop improvement critically depends on the use of genetic variation in crops and their wild relatives. There is increasing evidence for the important role of complex structural variations (SVs), such as inversions or copy number variations. Mining SVs and linking them to traits is difficult with conventional bioinformatics tools. In this project, we will use state-of-the-art pan-genome technology to chart the genetic variation in Capsicum species to address research questions in Capsicum breeding. We develop and apply pan-genomics techniques to analyze data from 108 different Capsicum accessions, generated within the Capsicum Genome Initiative. We will focus on the characterization of the core and dispensable genome, the inventory of (structural) variations, and the identification of candidate genes underlying traits like disease resistance, stress tolerance, seed weight, or fruit development.

The postdoc will be part of the project team in a public-private partnership (TKI project), entitled "Pan-genome architecture and differentiation of agronomical traits in the Capsicum clade". This project is a collaboration between Wageningen Plant Research (Bioscience, cluster Applied Bioinformatics), Wageningen University (Bioinformatics Group), the Centre for Genetic Resources (CGN), and several plant breeding companies. The projects results should directly impact breeding practice, which requires the candidate to have strong collaborative skills.

This 2-year position offers the opportunity to apply your research skills in the domain of plant (pan-)genomics and includes time for personal development. Are you challenged by complex structural variation and ready to contribute to this next-level genomics project with your extensive bioinformatics experience? We look forward to your application.


  • a PhD degree in bioinformatics, plant biotechnology/genomics or related field;
  • strong programming skills (in Java and Python, or willing to learn one of these) and fluency in Linux command-line use;
  • strong communication skills, connecting technology to biology and developers to end users;
  • experience in the use of genomics tools, preferably with additional experience in algorithm development and/or pangenomics;
  • affinity with crop research and plant breeding;
  • curiosity, a critical research attitude, and an interdisciplinary mindset.


A challenging postdoc position with, depending on your experience, a competitive salary from a minimum of € 3111 to a maximum of € 4474 for a full working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement Dutch Universities (scale 10).
In addition, we offer:
  • 8% holiday allowance;
  • a structural year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent training opportunities and secondary employment conditions;
  • flexible working hours and holidays can possibly be determined in consultation so that an optimal balance between work and private life is possible;
  • excellent pension plan through ABP;
  • 232 vacation hours, the option to purchase extra and good supplementary leave schemes;
  • a flexible working time: the possibility to work a maximum of 2 hours per week extra and thereby to build up extra leave;
  • a choice model to put together part of your employment conditions yourself, such as a bicycle plan;
  • a lively workplace where you can easily make contacts and where many activities take place on the Wageningen Campus. A place where education, research and business are represented;
  • make use of the sports facilities on campus for a small fee.
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. 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.

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 function, please contact prof. dr. Dick de Ridder, Professor in Bioinformatics, by email: dick.deridder@wur.nl.

For more information about the procedure, please contact vacaturemeldingen.psg@wur.nl.

General information about the Bioinformatics Group can be found on http://www.bif.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 January 2, 2022.
We hope to schedule the first job interviews on January 18, 2022.

In this first round please only send your resume and motivation letter. Any other documents will not be taken into consideration at this stage.

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.