Assistant Professor - Tenure Track

Wageningen University
December 05, 2022
Offerd Salary:€ 3974
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Job description

Are you an ambitious PhD and would you like to pursue a career in Academia? Are you interested in human nutrition and health? We have a Tenure Track position with focus on the role of nutrition in the prevention or progression of chronic disease. Will you be our new colleague?

In this challenging career trajectory:

  • you acquire, lead and implement innovative and creative(inter-) national research projects in the chairgroup Nutrition and Disease .
  • 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 Nutrition and Disease of the Division of Human Nutrition and Health of Wageningen University.
  • Tenure Track is a career path for hardworking scientists who pursue to excel in education and research. We seek to attract scientific talent and to stimulate and support their development.


  • you have a PhD in biomedical sciences;
  • preferably, you have a background in nutrition;
  • you are interested in the etiology and/or progression of chronic disease(s);
  • you have experience with epidemiological research;
  • you have affinity and experience with teaching;
  • you are successful in acquiring grants;
  • you speak Dutch and have excellent English language proficiency (a minimum of CEFR C2 level);
  • you are flexible, positive and creative.
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    Conditions of employment

    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 € 3974,-. and € 5439,-. 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 17th 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. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, known as the 30% ruling. 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 helping your partner to find a job, housing, schooling, and other issues.


    Employer 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, 7,200 employees (6,400 fte) and 13,200 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.

    Our Mission The position is embedded in the chair group Nutrition and Disease. People in our chair group support the mission to decrease the risk of disease and improve the health of those with disease through better nutrition. We do this by collecting evidence from well-designed studies and implementing the findings in collaboration with medical specialists and dietitians of academic and regional hospitals and by having strong links with public health organizations.

    Our Research As our website shows, we have a strong focus on the role of nutrition in cardiometabolic diseases, cancer, obesity treatment and gastro-intestinal diseases. Our research methodology mainly includes prospective cohort studies and randomized controlled lifestyle interventions. With other chair groups we share an excellent research infrastructure including nutritional assessment labs, a research kitchen, and laboratory facilities. Our chair group holds researchers with a variety of complementary disciplines, i.e. Nutrition, Epidemiology, Medicine, Medical Biology, and Biostatistics.

    Our Education Our on campus and online courses cover nutrition and specific diseases (cancer and cardiometabolic diseases), general medicine, and research methodology of observational and intervention studies (study designs, epidemiological concepts and data-analysis). All our classes are held in state-of-the-art educational buildings with excellent technical support. We also provide individual supervision of BSc and MSc students during their thesis projects and internships.

    Our group The Chair group Nutrition and Disease currently consists of about 30 PhD fellows, 3 assistant professors in Tenure Track, 2 senior academic teachers, 3 postdoctoral researchers, 3 endowed professors, a personal professor, a full professor (Chair) and research support staff. We provide a flexible and open working environment stimulating personal growth. We are located in a modern building on Wageningen Campus which is a sustainable, green, and inviting place to interact with our students.

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

    We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.


    Additional information

    Do you want more information? For more information about this position, please contact Ellen Kampman, chairholder, by email:

    For more information about the procedure, please contact Rutger Voorrips, 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 Wednesday November 30th 2022.

    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. For more information please go to our inclusivity page. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.

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