Assistant researcher Experimentation and modelling of physiology and development of crops in horticulture


Offered by:

Wageningen UR (University & Research centre)

Research / Academic


We are looking for a researcher who assists in designing, organising and conducting crop and plant physiological research on growth and development of crops in horticulture. The research includes both experimentation and simulation modelling. Experiments with plants are conducted in climate chambers and greenhouses. You will measure plant physiological processes with complex technical equipment in greenhouse, climate chamber and laboratory. Regulation of growth and development of plants by LED lighting and other abiotic factors are studied. These studies include analyses at the level of morphology, anatomy, and physiology (e.g. photosynthesis, plant water relations). Models will be developed and used that simulate crop growth based on the major physiological processes.

In this research you cooperate with other researchers, postdocs, PhD students and/or MSc students. You will participate in education activities of the group, which includes assisting in practicals and research projects of students.


You are a result-driven team player with creative ideas, you work very accurate and you have good communication skills. You have a bachelor or master degree in plant sciences, applied biology, horticulture or related study. You have gained experience in your study and/or job in setting up experiments with whole plants in climate chambers or greenhouses. You also have experience with at least one of the following topics: computer programming, analysing large data sets and use of complex technical equipment to measure plant processes.

Salary Benefits:

We offer a permanent position of 0.8-1 fte. We will start with a contract for 12 months. Thereafter, this can be extended.
Gross salary per month min. €2.763- max. €3.796 (scale 9 VSNU). Based on full time employment (38 hours per week) and dependent on expertise and experience. We offer a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-the-year bonus of 8.3% of your annual salary.
Work Hours:

38 hours per week