Assistant Professor in Crop Physiology
Wageningen University Centre for Crop Systems Analysis

Assistant Professor in Crop Physiology (Tenure Track)

Location Wageningen

We are looking for

Within the Centre for Crop Systems Analysis (CSA) we offer a position in Crop Systems Biology at the assistant professor level. The position will include teaching (45%), research (45%) and general management tasks and service to society (10%).  The teaching will be in the area of crop science and crop physiology and will be at the level of BSc, MSc and PhD students. Supervision of PhD candidates is also a major part of the job. The candidate will develop, in consultation and collaboration with the other team members, her/his own research line that matches the long term strategy of both the Crop physiology team and the Centre for Crop Systems Analysis. An integrated approach including a combination of experimentation and modelling will be required. Activities include writing research proposals for external funding. 


We seek a highly motivated plant/crop physiologist or agronomist, with an interest in omics approaches. The focus of the research is: (I) furthering the knowledge on ecophysiology of crops under diverse environmental and management conditions, (II) integration of this knowledge in quantitative crop models and linking with genetic markers. The candidate’s research focus should be complementary to ongoing research in Crop Systems Biology and involve collaboration with public and private partners, both in the temperate and (semi-)tropical regions. For example, we have a world-wide network with CGIAR institutions, universities, NARS and private companies in all continents.

We ask

We are looking for a candidate with the following qualifications:

You should have a strong track record in research, to be demonstrated by work done in PhD and postdoc positions. You are a motivating teacher with proven experience. You have demonstrated to be successful in obtaining research grants in competitive funding schemes to fund your own research. You are a team player and team builder with a keen interest in collaborative research and willing to contribute to the general tasks of the chair group. You have the capabilities and ambition to become (personal) professor.

You will strengthen our research capacity in the knowledge chain from lower integration levels (e.g. genetics, molecular plant physiology, metabolomics, molecular biology), via physiology at the crop level to crop ecology. These fields currently generate large data sets now available in databases at low integration levels and potentially allow identification of novel physiological mechanisms of crop performance under current and future climatic conditions.

  •          A PhD in the area of plant/crop physiology or agronomy
  •          Proven affinity to and experience in teaching
  •          Highly developed interpersonal and intercultural skills
  •          A strong publication record in top quality journals
  •          Well-developed experimental and modelling skills
  •          Experience in acquiring and managing externally-funded research projects
Hands-on experience aligned in a theme “Crop Systems Biology” of our Centre, i.e. linking crop modelling with genomics, metabolomics or proteomics, is a plus.
This position requires an excellent English language proficiency  (a mininum of CEFR C2 level). For more information about this proficiency level, please visit our special language page

We offer

We offer a challenging position. Evaluation on job performance is every 3/4 years, and a positive outcome will lead to a permanent position after 7 years. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive salary from a minimum of €3637,- to a maximum of  € 4978,- for a full working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities (scale 11). The position is available at the level of Assistant Professor, although employment as Associate Professor may be possible in case of exceptional suitability. In both cases, the candidate will enter WUR's tenure-track program. You will enter a career trajectory, with an excellent environment for you to grow, excel and work within the department to make a difference in our field. Successful evaluation will allow growing towards a Professor holding a Personal Chair. This includes the chance to define your own research line and develop your own research group. We offer training and coaching, as well as opportunities to work part-time.

In addition, we offer:

  • 8% holiday allowance;
  • a structural end-of-year bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent training opportunities and secondary employment conditions;
  • flexible working hours and holidays can possibly be determined in consultation so that an optimal balance between work and private life is possible;
  • excellent pension plan through ABP;
  • 232 vacation hours, the option to purchase extra hours and good supplementary leave schemes;
  • a flexible working time: the possibility to work a maximum of 2 hours per week extra and thereby to build up extra leave;
  • a choice model to put together part of your employment conditions yourself, such as a bicycle plan;
  • a lively workplace where you can easily make contacts and where many activities take place on the Wageningen Campus. A place where education, research and business are represented;
  • use the sports facilities on campus for a reduced fee.
Wageningen University & Research stimulates internal career opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are ample opportunities for own initiative in a learning environment.

We offer a versatile job in an international environment with varied activities in a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

Applications should include: a cover letter including a statement about your motivation to apply and your requirements for the position, curriculum vitae, a list of (first) author publications, obtained research grants and two references.  In your application, please include your vision about research and education in physiology of crops under diverse environmental and management conditions.

More information

Additional information about this position can be obtained from prof. dr Paul C. Struik , e-mail: tel. + 31 317 48 42 46.
For more information about the procedure, please contact

Do you want to apply?

This can be done directly via the application button at the vacancy on our website so that we can process your personal data with your permission.
This vacancy is open up to and including June 1, 2020.

We would like to plan the first job interviews in June 2020.

We are

The mission of Wageningen University & Research is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. Within Wageningen University & Research, nine specialised 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, 6,000 employees, and 12,000 students, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations 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.

For further information about working at Wageningen University & Research, take a look at the special career site.

Equal opportunities employer

We are an employer that offers equal opportunities. We are happy to receive applications from all suitably qualified people regardless of race, gender, functional impairment, religion / belief, sexual orientation or age.

We believe that a diverse and inclusive working environment makes us a more relevant, competitive and resilient organization. Click here for more information about working at WUR with a functional impairment.

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 you and your family.

The WUR International Community page contains practical information about what we do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen.

More about Centre for Crop Systems Analysis

This is a position within the Centre for Crop Systems Analysis (CSA), part of the Department of Plant Sciences, Wageningen University. The Centre is a federation of two chair groups, Crop physiology and Crop and weed ecology, which are closely interacting in all aspects of their daily activities. The candidate will be a member of the Crop physiology chair. 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. The Centre for Crop Systems Analysis also seeks synergy with social sciences for greater impact of research and teaching.

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