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TT Assistant/Associate Professor in Sensory Science and Eating Behavior.

Do you want to contribute to our mission "To improve human health through better nutrition"? We are expanding our activities at Wageningen University & …

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


Do you want to contribute to our mission "To improve human health through better nutrition"? We are expanding our activities at Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands and as part of this development we invite applications for a tenure-track position in the field of 'Sensory Science and Eating Behavior'. This position is part of a program to fulfil five tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in the Division of Human Nutrition and Health. We invite you to become our new colleague and join our highly motivated team of researchers.


We seek a candidate with a background in sensory science, nutrition, physiology, sensometrics, and/or the psychobiology of eating behavior, with experience in human nutrition research. The candidate is expected to focus on the role of sensory perception in the development of eating behaviors and dietary patterns linked to health, well-being and the development of diet-related chronic disease. We are looking for an innovative scientist who pursues new links between sensory perception and nutrition, and integrates novel methods and data from different disciplines to understand how dietary choice and eating behaviors are associated with sensory perception. The candidate will define a research focus that complements the existing expertise of the Sensory Science and Eating Behavior Chair group, to develop a novel focus on research and education within the 'sensory-nutrition' area. The position will be hosted by the chair group Sensory Science and Eating Behavior and more information can be found here.

The Division of Human Nutrition and Health is one of the largest academic units worldwide dedicated to the study of human nutrition. By integrating the complementary expertise of five chair groups, the Division is perfectly organized to pursue a multidisciplinary approach in nutrition research at the level of the cell, the individual, and the population. One of the unique features of this division is the ability to cover the full causal chain from determinants of food choice and dietary assessment, to detailed quantification and characterization of health and disease using state-of-the-art methodology, and investigation of the underlying molecular mechanisms.

Tenure Track
We initially offer a fixed-term, 7 year contract which upon positive evaluation will lead to a permanent employment contract. The candidate is expected to enrol into the Tenure Track program of Wageningen University. Tenure Track is a career path for ambitious scientists dedicated to teaching and research. The career path consists of a number of successive career steps from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor to possibly Full Professor.

Upon enrolment into the Tenure Track system, all candidates are also expected to substantially contribute to teaching and mentoring BSc and MSc students within the degree program in Nutrition and Health, as well as possibly other programs. For your personal development we offer you the 'Development program Tenure Track'. This program supports you in further development of your competences. We also offer you the possibility to gain the Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO) which is a requirement in the Tenure Track policy. We are proud that our University has been chosen as the "Best University" in the Netherlands for the 15th consecutive time! For additional information please visit our website here.


We offer an excellent research infrastructure, an attractive salary, and a stimulating working environment. This shared research infrastructure consists of a recently built and fully equipped molecular research laboratory and the Health and Nutrition Research Unit, both supported by a highly qualified staff. The Health and Nutrition Research Unit is a modern research facility for performing human nutritional trials in a highly controlled setting, including a state of the art sensory and eating behaviour lab, dining rooms and kitchens. Because of the shared nature of our research infrastructure, you do not need to invest in setting up own research laboratories. As a researcher this offers you a head start and focus on your research.

We offer a competitive salary. The salary scale depends on your experience and seniority level. We offer a full working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities, part-time for 0.8 fte is also possible.
Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
  • Sabbatical leave, study leave, and 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 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.
We stimulate internal career opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. We offer a versatile job in an international environment in a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

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 16th 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 Ciaran Forde, Professor chair group Sensory Science and Eating Behaviour, ciaran.forde@wur.nl.
For more information about the procedure, please contact Marjolijn Steffens, HR advisor, email: marjolijn.steffens@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 18th 2021.

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 inclusive webpage. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.