Assistant Professor of Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation
Wageningen University

Assistant Professor in Plant ecology and Nature Conservation

Published on :
March 3, 2020

Location Wageningen

We are looking for

Do you have a passion for biodiversity? Are you concerned about the declines of biodiversity in agricultural landscapes? Are you motivated to identify effective mitigation strategies? Then we invite you to apply for a tenure track position in our team. 

The current Dutch nitrogen crisis illustrates the delicate balance between the needs of nature, agriculture and society and highlights the importance of conservation science that explores nature-based solutions. Using state-of-the-art ecological insights and frameworks your research will contribute to the design of conservation strategies that integrate action on farmland, in protected areas and in public space. Such an approach represents a new frontier in conservation science and combines many exciting new research questions with potential for high societal impact.

You need to be dedicated to acquiring funds to develop your own research line. You will publish your findings in leading international academic journals and will communicate them to audiences that may be able to use your results. You love to teach and contribute to courses at both BSc and MSc level, with a focus on Dutch plant and animal species, habitats and ecosystems. Teaching duties are diverse and range from supervising theses to coordinating and leading courses or organising (field)practicals.

We ask


  • PhD degree in ecology, conservation biology, nature conservation or a related field;
  • basic understanding of the composition and functioning of important (north-western) European habitats and ecosystems;
  • great teammate who has experience in working in collaborative groups;
  • good organizational and communication skills;
  • passion for teaching and contacts with students and are willing to learn new teaching methods and skills;
  • willingness to learn Dutch through an intensive course
  • preferably, you have experience in collaborating with partners from a variety of backgrounds.


We offer

We are offering an exciting and challenging position that falls within the university academic career trajectory called “tenure track”. The tenure track at WUR is an excellent academic environment for you to set up a research line yourself within our Group. Successful evaluation can culminate in the position of Professor holding a Personal Chair. In addition to regular performance and development assessments, evaluations regarding tenure track progression will occur every 3 to 4 years. Positive tenure track evaluations will lead to promotions and a permanent position after 7 years.

A competitive salary, dependent on experience, will range from a minimum of € 3.637, to a maximum of € 4.978,- (assistant professor position) for a full working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities (scale 11).

In addition, we offer:

  • 8% holiday allowance;
  • a structural year-end 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 efficient balance between work and private life is possible;
  • excellent pension plan through ABP;
  • 232 vacation hours, the option to purchase extra and good supplementary leave schemes;
  • a flexible working time: the possibility to work 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;


More information

For more information about this position, please contact Prof.dr. D. Kleijn; tel: +31 (0)317485807; e-mail: or Liesje Mommer; tel: +31 (0)317 486944; e-mail:

For additional information about the process please contact Edgar Tijhuis, corporate recruiter, e-mail:

You can apply up to and including 1 April 2020 via the apply button on this page. Applications must include (1) a cover letter summarizing your motivation to apply, (2) your CV, (3) two references.

Equal opportunities employer
We encourage applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age. We believe that a diverse and inclusive work environment makes us a more relevant, more competitive, and more resilient organization.

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. And watch this video to learn more about working at our green bustling campus. 

We are

The mission of our University is to explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life. Nine specialized 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, 6,600 employees, and 13,000 students, it is one of the leading organizations in its domain worldwide. A coordinated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of the outstanding approach of Wageningen.

Our team of the Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation (PEN) group investigates the processes that underlie healthy and resilient ecosystems. Biodiversity and ecosystems service delivery are key terms therein, and we aim to use our fundamental scientific knowledge to find sustainable solutions to conserve nature and biodiversity in a world where this is under threat. PEN is embedded in the department of Environmental Sciences (ESG) of Wageningen University & Research.

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