Assistant or associate professor yield quality
Updated: 02 Oct 2023
Within the chair group Crop Physiology, we offer an assistant or associate professor position in the domain of yield quality. The position includes teaching, research, general management tasks and services to society. The teaching will be in the area of crop science and crop physiology and will be at the BSc, MSc and PhD levels (our courses). Supervision of PhD candidates is also a major part of the job. The candidate will develop their own research line, in consultation and collaboration with the other team members, that matches the long-term strategy of both the Crop Physiology team and the Centre for Crop Systems Analysis. Activities include writing research proposals for external funding.
You will work here
The research is embedded within the Centre for Crop Systems Analysis (www.csa.wur.nl). The Centre is a federation of two chair groups, which are closely interacting in all aspects of their daily activities. The chair groups are Crop physiology and Crop and Weed Ecology. The candidate will be a member of the Crop Physiology chair group. Both chairs are strongly committed to excellent research and teaching providing the scientific basis for the development of high-quality plant production in sustainable agro-ecosystems. CSA focuses on understanding the functioning of crops from underlying physiological and community ecological processes. This is done through growth chamber, greenhouse and field experiments, computer modelling and data analysis.
In this challenging career trajectory:
- you acquire, lead and implement innovative and creative(inter-) national research projects;
- you collaborate with colleagues and supervise PhD students, BSc and MSc theses and you develop and teach courses;
- you contribute to the further development of the Crop Physiology group.
Tenure Track is 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.
We seek a crop physiologist who combines experience in modelling and experimental research on the quality of harvestable products of field crops. These may include protein content and composition, micronutrient content, or other quality traits. The candidate has experience in capturing the eco-physiological and environmental determinants of yield quality in simulation modelling techniques, and in applying those techniques to understand yield quality determination in the context of field crop management and environmental drivers (soil and climate).
The candidate’s research focus should be complementary to ongoing research of the chair group as well as the broader field, with potential for collaboration with public and private partners, both in the temperate and/or (semi-) tropical regions. With this position, we aim to expand the portfolio of the Crop Physiology group in the domain of upscaling physiological processes to crop performance in terms of yield quality using experimental and modelling approaches, complementing existing research lines.
- A completed PhD in plant or crop physiology, or crop science
- Experience in modelling the in-field development of product quality of crops
- Proven affinity with and experience in teaching
- Highly developed interpersonal and intercultural skills
- A strong publication record in relevant journals
- Experience in acquiring and leading externally funded research projects
- An excellent English language proficiency (a minimum of CEFR C1 level).
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 € 7.305,- for a full-time working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 11-13).
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 18th consecutive time.
Together with other groups and individuals active in the Sector Plan Biology (SPB), this position contributes to the objectives of the SPB and has to fulfil the conditions. The Wageningen University contribution to the plan can be summarized as follows: “To perform fundamental biological research in the framework of evolutionary and ecological theory to connect the different levels of biological organization to understand the dynamics of biological variation (biodiversity).”
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38 hours per week