Assistant Professor of Ecology

Wageningen University

Assistant Professor of Ecology 

March 15, 2024
Location Wageningen
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Your job

Are you an enthusiastic researcher studying vegetation ecology from an ecosystem perspective? Are you interested in joining a diverse and multi-disciplinary research team studying plant ecology and nature conservation? If so, we encourage you to apply for this Assistant Professor position.

The Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation Group at Wageningen University is looking for an Assistant Professor (Tenure Track). In this role, you will be responsible for developing, conducting and overseeing research on the forces driving plant communities or populations, from an ecosystem perspective. This can, depending on your interests and expertise, encompass topics such as interactions between plants and the soil (either abiotic or biotic soil components), interactions between vegetation and climate, or the restoration of diverse plant communities. We are particularly interested in a scientist with expertise in temperate, boreal and/or polar ecosystems.

In this position, you will be expected to publish your research findings in respected international academic journals, as well as reach out to relevant stakeholders. We would particularly welcome someone with strong quantitative skills such as meta-analysis, analysis of large-scale spatiotemporal data, or genetic techniques, along with a proven ability to connect ecological research to various domains within the environmental sciences.

Research activities may include fieldwork, greenhouse experiments, laboratory work (including molecular studies), modeling, or a combination of these, but scientists from various backgrounds of expertise are welcome to apply. You will be encouraged to secure funding from a mix of government, EU, and private sources. You will also contribute to education, by supervising thesis and internship students and by teaching courses at the BSc and/or MSc level.

Your duties and responsibilities include:  

  • conduct high-quality research related to vegetation ecology;
  • secure funding from a mix of government, EU, and private sources;
  • supervise PhD, MSc and BSc thesis students and internship students;
  • teach courses at the BSc/MSc level.

You will work here
The research is embedded within the chair Plant Ecology & Nature Conservation , which is led by Prof. David Kleijn.
Tenure Trackis a career path for scientists who pursue to excel in education and research. We seek to attract scientific talent and to stimulate and support their development.


Your qualities

You have :
•    good research qualities, as shown by publications in international peer-   reviewed journals;
•    experience in (or at least a strong motivation for) grant acquisition;
•    experience in supervising BSc and/or MSc students;
•    a commitment to striving for high-quality education;
•   collaborative spirit of a team player, and are committed to an inclusive, international working                environment;
•    a good command of spoken and written English;
•    knowledge of Dutch vegetation, which will be considered advantageous.

You also possess:

  • a PhD degree in plant ecology, nature conservation, or a related field, with expertise in vegetation ecology;
  • relevant and well-evaluated teaching experience.


We offer you

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 be offered a fixed-term, 7 year contract which, upon positive evaluation based on criteria elaborated in the University's Tenure Track policy, can lead to a permanent employment contract as professor. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive gross salary of between € 4.332  and €5.929 for a full-time working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 11).

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 19th 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.
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 for example helping your partner to find a job, housing, or schooling. Finally, certain categories of international staff may be eligible for a tax exemption on a part of their salary during the first five years in the Netherlands.


Do you want more information?

For more information about this position, please contact   David Kleijn , chair Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation group, by email;
For more information about the procedure, please contact Noorien Abbas, Corporate Recruiter, by email:

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 22 April 2024. We hope to schedule the first job interviews soon after the closing date. The intended starting date will be in September 2024.

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

We are

Wageningen University & Research
The mission of Wageningen University & Research is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment. With its roughly 30 branches, 7,600 employees (6,700 fte) and 13,100 students and over 150,000 participants to WUR’s Life Long Learning, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. The unique Wageningen approach lies in its integrated approach to issues and the collaboration between different disciplines.

Read the 5 reasons why your future colleagues enjoy working at WUR and watch the video below to get an idea of our green campus!
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