Two Full Professors for the Cluster Plant Developmental Biology

Research / Academic


Both chair groups share developmental biology as common research field but have a distinct focus:

Professor and Chair Cell and Developmental Biology (CDB)

Chair 1: Cell and Developmental Biology (CDB)

CDB studies the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie cell fate specification and organ formation in plants. Emphasis is on the formation and maintenance of stem cells, the regulation of cell polarity and cell fate determination and their role in multicellular morphogenesis. These developmental processes are controlled by internal genetic, hormonal and molecular factors, but also external (abiotic) cues, (e.g. gravity, day-length or temperature) direct plant development.

Professor and Chair Developmental biology of Biotic and Environmental Interactions (DBE)

Chair 2: Developmental biology of Biotic and Environmental Interactions (DBE)

DBE studies how plant developmental programs and related molecular and cellular processes are affected and respond to interacting organisms and/or how such responses have evolved. Because responses to the biotic environment are affected by abiotic cues like nutrient availability, DBE is also interested in molecular developmental responses controlled by nutrient signalling. To study this, the emphasis is on the dynamic responses and altered development of plant organs, rather than physiological responses or (a)biotic factors.

As professors leading this new cluster you will have the opportunity to strengthen existing research and develop new research lines in close collaboration with each other. In addition, you will play an active role in education at the undergraduate and graduate level. You will also give new impulses to improve the content of our courses, our teaching methods, and the coherence of the education programmes in which we take part.


You are an internationally recognized researcher with a strong, relevant track record in publications, excellence in teaching, grant fundraising experience and strong leadership capabilities who will provide the group with a supportive working environment to young and senior academics.
  • you are a scholar with a PhD degree in the plant sciences and you have a proven scientific track record of recognised international quality in the field of plant developmental biology;
  • you have an inspiring, long-term vision on the development of this field;
  • your great interpersonal and networking skills allow you to establish and enlarge your broad international network;
  • as an inspiring teacher and supervisor for students of diverse backgrounds, with the ability to develop courses at Bachelor, Master, and PhD level, you are interested to innovate teaching methods with your vision;
  • you are able to lead professionals in a collegial and unifying leadership style characterized by a passion to develop people, to build teams, and to create synergy.

Salary Benefits:

We are a dynamic and inspiring international organisation with a large number of interdisciplinary projects all over the world. A strong commitment to teaching and fundamental research, combined with innovative applied research, creates a rich learning environment. Our students - the innovators of tomorrow - also benefit from first-class research and educational facilities.

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. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, by which 30% of their salary is exempt from tax for the first five years. Have a look at . For detailed information about the remuneration package feel free to contact Jacqueline Huisman, Sr Recruiter via +31 (0) 621 563413.

Coming from abroad
Wageningen is a centre for research and entrepreneurship. 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. It is a historic university town of about 36,000 residents in the central Netherlands. The academic community hails from more than 100 countries, giving the town a lively, international feel. Our highly qualified 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.

The Wageningen University & Research's International Community contains practical information about what we do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. Information can be found on

Equal opportunities employer
We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.
Work Hours:

38 hours per week