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Training position to become an expert on viral veterinary diseases

Do you want to become an expert on veterinary viral diseases and work in a unique institute? And do you have good communication skills in Dutch and English? …

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


Do you want to become an expert on veterinary viral diseases and work in a unique institute? And do you have good communication skills in Dutch and English? Then we would like to talk to you! Read on and respond quickly!

We offer an exciting vacancy at the department of Virology and Molecular Biology of WBVR to become this expert on veterinary viral diseases. You will follow an internal training program of multiple years in order to gain broad expertise in the field of viral diseases, including zoonotic viral diseases of livestock and animal viral diseases transmitted by vectors (e.g. tick, midge, mosquito). The training program prepares you to become responsible for the diagnostic tasks of specific notifiable diseases within the Statutory Tasks Unit for Transmissible Animal Diseases (WOT-BD), to become expert on veterinary viral diseases and to become project leader within the WOT-BD program. Tasks include research, advice of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, compliance with (inter)national law and regulations and diagnostics of these viral diseases in animals.

Tasks and responsibilities:
  • Junior Project Leader.
  • Expertise on veterinary exotic viral diseases.
  • You contribute to a culture of scientific excellence and state-of-the-art knowledge in the field of veterinary virology.
  • Writing of proposal for public funding.
  • Publish results in scientific journals, and present at (inter)national meetings.
  • You will comply with (inter)national law and regulations related to transmissible diseases.
  • You will be responsible to develop, execute, maintain and improve diagnostics related to diseases within your project and comply with ISO17025 regulations.
  • Participate, by rotation, in the 24/7 service for diagnostics on notifiable diseases.


  • PhD in the field of microbiology.
  • Preferably experience with viral diseases, including vector borne diseases.
  • Affinity with infectious veterinary diseases.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in Dutch and English.
  • Ambition to become a specialist and senior project leader in the field of veterinary viral diseases.
  • Enterprising/pro-active.
  • Quality consciousness.
  • Required competences: analytical, result-driven, critical, flexible, cooperation, teamwork.
Because some of the work will take place in buildings with a specific biosafety classification, you will be subject to an additional quarantine restriction after leaving these buildings (based on EU regulations). This means that you will not be allowed to keep cloven-hoofed animals. You will also not be allowed to have contact with these animals or to visit poultry farms for 72 hours after working in such classified buildings.


Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
  • 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;
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and paid parental leave;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you participate at the activities organized on-line;
  • a fixed December bonus of 3%;
  • a holiday allowance of 8%;
  • excellent training opportunities;
  • 171 vacation hours by fulltime, the opportunity to buy additional and attractive additional leave arrangements;
  • an option model to determine part of your employment conditions yourself, e.g. a bicycle plan or the option to buy or sell vacation hours;
  • excellent pension scheme.
In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will of course receive a good salary.
We offer a full-time position (36 hours) for two years. After two years a permanent position will be considered. The initial position is valued as WR researcher 3 (salary scale 11) with a maximum salary of € 5183,- gross a month, depending on education and experience. Perspective to move into salary scale 12 as senior project leader (WR researcher 2) in accordance with the CLA Wageningen Research.
WBVR is located in Lelystad, the Netherlands.

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 multi-faceted 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

A pre-employment screening will be part of the selection procedure. We ask for a Certificate of Conduct when entering employment.

Do you want more information?
For information regarding this job you can contact Riks Maas, head of Department of Virology and Molecular Biology, tel. +31(0)320-238891); e-mail: riks.maas@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 August 29th, 2021. We hope to schedule the first job interviews soon after the closing date.

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.

We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.