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Tenure Track Assistant Professor Microstructure and Dynamics in complex soft matter systems

Are you ready for the next step in your scientific career to step into this challenging and meaningful Tenure track position? Do you want to apply your …

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


Are you ready for the next step in your scientific career to step into this challenging and meaningful Tenure track position? Do you want to apply your knowledge to contribute to global food challenges? Are you eager to explore the next steps in this scientific field and willing to inspire, teach and motivate our students?

We are looking for a highly motivated, open-minded researcher and teacher at an Assistant Professor level to explore the microstructure and dynamics in complex soft materials. We ask you to bring in your experience and talent in experimental physics to gain insights on a microstructural level in the dynamics of complex mixtures of components, varying in size and shape, during structure formation and non-equilibrium response to external mechanical stimuli. The focus will be on mixtures of components relevant to foods, i.e. on mixtures of nano-meter to milli-meter sized objects of cylindrical, planar and spherical shape.
We have the ambition to model out-of-equilibrium behavior of such complex systems, allowing to define conditions that bare relevance to the sustainable production of tasteful and healthy food, a core strategic focus of Wageningen University. The position focusses on microstructural dynamics, which is complementary to the other main research lines within the chair group of Physics and Physical Chemistry of Foods, i.e. rheology and fracture of composite materials, complex systems, dairy systems, interface dominated materials, supra-molecular formation/behavior of microstructures of varying size and shape. The chair group focusses on the physics of food relevant materials at the meso-scale in relation to the molecular and macroscopic scale as a function of composition, temperature, time and externally applied conditions. Applications range from areas relevant to harvesting, processing, storage, transport, consumption to digestion.


  • you have successfully completed an academic study (MSc level with recognition in The Netherlands) in experimental physics, or related fields;
  • you have a PhD in experimental physics, preferably optical techniques combined with soft matter;
  • you have knowledge and expertise in physics/physical chemistry/material science;
  • you have developed you management skills and you are experienced in leading complex projects;
  • you are successful in acquisition of research funding;
  • your communication skills are excellent;
  • you have didactic qualities and enthusiasm for teaching and working with students;
  • you are an ambitious and enthusiastic scientist who aims to develop yourself further;
  • you recognize the strengths of the team and want to contribute to the team goals as a great team member.


Our group offers an excellent, collaborative working environment. We have an enthusiastic, dedicated staff with expertise in complementary expertise's. As a group, we value (inter)national collaboration and strive for excellence in education and research. Our teaching portfolio covers (advanced) MSc courses and thesis projects in the Master's Programme in Education of Physics and Physical Chemistry of Foods, introductory courses in a Food Science and Technology BSc and MSc courses.

You will work within the Wageningen tenure-track system, which provides an excellent opportunity for academic development. It offers support for personal growth in research, acquisition, education (University Teaching Qualification), and leadership. If you fulfil the requirements, you will get tenured as an associate professor after six years of tenure track as an Assistant Professor. However, you can continue to grow into the role of personal professor. As the development of a research and education vision and an independent research line are important in this process, you will receive extensive coaching during. If you want to read more on the Wageningen UR tenure track, please follow this link.

This is a challenging position on an Assistant Professor level with, depending on your experience, a competitive salary from a minimum of € 3637,-. to a maximum of € 4978,-. for a full working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement Dutch Universities (scale 11). 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 settled 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.
We offer a versatile job in an international environment with varied activities in a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

Wageningen University & Research stimulates internal career opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are ample opportunities for own initiative in a learning environment.

Additional information

If you are a talented researcher and have the ambition to make scientific and societal impactful contributions to in , then please respond to this vacancy through our website: https://www.wur.nl/en/Jobs/Vacancies.htm.

Do you want to learn more about the position? Please get in touch with Erik van der Linden, professor of Physics and Physical Chemistry of Foods, by phone, +31620385392, or by e-mail; erik.vanderlinden@wur.nl

For more information about the procedure, please contact Linda Broenink, HRM manager, linda.broenink@wur.nl.
General information about the group of Physics and Physical Chemistry of Foods can be found on http://www.fph.wur.nl/UK/

This vacancy is open until September 15 th 2019. We want to schedule the first job interviews on October 1st 2019.

For further information about working at Wageningen University & Research, take a look at: https://www.wur.nl/en/Jobs.htm