Full Professor and Chair of Cell Biology and Immunology

Wageningen University

Full Professor and Chair of the Cell Biology and Immunology Group

Published on
November 5, 2020

Location Wageningen

We are looking for

Wageningen University & Research (WUR) is recruiting a full professor to lead the Chair group of Cell Biology and Immunology (CBI).

As head of the CBI group, you will lead a vibrant  team of researchers and lecturers. You will support our group's research ambitions by further strengthening its position in national and international networks, by consolidating established research lines as well as developing new lines of research. You will actively contribute to the excellent reputation and position of WUR in higher education through your active role in our current education programme and in the ongoing development of courses at BSc, MSc and PhD level.

You will provide an encouraging working and learning environment for academics at different career stages. Strengthening the acquisition of external funding for research and recruiting the best new people at all levels are key elements of the chair holder’s responsibility. You will further enhance the group’s successes in generating scientific and societal impact.

You will lead our group in the further development of an internationally competitive research profile in which you embed your own lines of research that are synergistic and complementary to CBI's current research topics. We particularly welcome an innovative and inspiring research leader  with a strong research emphasis on the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying immune responsiveness in health and disease. The mission of CBI is to integrate and generate fundamental knowledge on the immune system of animals and humans.

You are: 

  • An ambitious and creative scientist with broad interest and expertise that will strengthen and extend the future education and research of CBI;
  • An inspiring research leader, with proven skills to lead a team of professionals;
  • A passionate teacher and mentor/coach for students and co-workers;
  • Efficient in time-management and organizing the Chair;
  • Preferably bestowed with esteemed awards and other prestigious grants;
  • Able to provide high quality in research, teaching and management and can combine this with a lively, open and positive atmosphere.

We ask

  • A PhD in immunology and/or cell biology;
  • An internationally recognized research line focusing on cellular, molecular and biochemical mechanisms, reflected in a publication record in top-tier journals;
  • Expertise in human and/or mammalian immunology and/or cell biology;
  • A track record in project acquisition and coordination;
  • An international network in academia and industry and affinity for collaboration with these parties;
  • Ambition to connect complementary disciplines within the CBI group, within Wageningen University & Research and (inter)nationally;
  • Excellent skills in writing, communication and presenting.

We offer

You will be working for an inspiring international organization with a large number of interdisciplinary projects all over the world. The scientific quality of Wageningen University is affirmed by the prominent position we occupy in international rankings.

We offer you a position as Full Professor of the Chair of Cell Biology and Immunology. Besides a competitive salary, we offer a number of additional benefits, such as an end-of-year extra month’s salary, a holiday allowance and a pension plan with the Dutch pension fund for government and education.

More information

You are encouraged to send your complete application to the secretary of the Appointment Advisory Committee, bernie.coenders@wur.nl. Within a single PDF file, please include an application letter, a curriculum vitae, a research and teaching statement (max 4 page A4), a list of publications and names of 4 references. The closing date for applications is 15 December 2020.

The full text of the advertisement and a description of the current chair are available from Bernie Coenders, who should also be contacted if you have further questions.

The Appointment Advisory Committee will interview selected candidates before February 2021. The Committee will thereafter invite short-listed candidates for a second interview and a public lecture before April 2021

We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, color, religion, functional impairment, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or national origin.

Coming from abroad

Wageningen University & Research is the university and research center 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, by which 30% of their salary is exempt from tax. Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.

A specialized staffing agency will help your partner to find a job.

Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen University & Research's International Community page www.wur.nl/en/International-students-and-staff 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 schooling, housing and other issues.

We are

The mission of our University is to explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life. Within Wageningen University & Research, nine specialized research institutes from the Wageningen Research Foundation and Wageningen University have joined forces to help answer the most important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.

With approximately 30 locations, 6,500 employees, and 12,500 students, it is one of the leading organizations in its domain worldwide. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of the unique approach of Wageningen. We have been named Best Employer in Education category 2019-2020.

CBI is part of the Department of Animal Sciences within Wageningen University & Research. The researchers and lecturers of the Department conduct research and provide academic education related to the health and welfare of animals and people on the domains of Wageningen University & Research: food, environment, health, and agriculture.

The CBI group collaborates with other groups focusing on various aspects of animal and human biology and physiology. The chair contributes to the Global One Health Initiative and is part of the newly established collaborative Gerrit Grijns Initiative that connects the chair to groups in food and nutritional sciences.

CBI consists of 4 tenured and scientific staff members, 3 lecturers, 3 technicians, 11 PhD students, 1 personal professor and 1 endowed professor. One new tenure track position is expected to be filled by you as chairholder.

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