Faculty Position in Application of Sensor Technology in Farm Animals
Wageningen University Department of Animal Sciences

Tenure Track position in Application of Sensor Technology in Farm Animals

Location Wageningen

We are looking for

Are you the enthusiastic scientist, teacher and standout colleague, interested in the application of sensor technology to measure physiological functions and resilience of farm animals? Then we are looking for you.
The Adaptation Physiology Group of the Department of Animal Sciences is looking for an ambitious and enthusiastic scientist with broad knowledge of sensor technologies to assess behavioural, mental and physiological states. You will be given the opportunity to make these technologies applicable for farm animals. The obtained data from various types of sensors should be integrated and analyzed, and models should be built to develop and verify hypotheses related to physiological function and resilience of animals.

We ask

  • a technical background (e.g. agrotechnology or medical technology)
  • large (inter)national network in the field of sensor technology
  • a broad interest in biological processes, who will strengthen our research field.
  • experience in use of sensor data
  • obtaining research funding
  • excellent communication skills (spoken and written English),
  • an outstanding publication record matching your career stage and experience.
  • didactic talent and skills in line with BSc and MSc teaching requirements (ca. 40% of your time).
  • experience in supervising PhD students and/or postdoctoral researchers is recommend. 
  • 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

Wageningen University & Research offers tenure track as a career trajectory for talented scientists who pursue to excel in education and research. We aspire to attract scientific talent and to stimulate and support their development. We offer a temporary 7-year contract with the possibility of extension and a permanent position. The salary will depend on expertise and experience. Gross salary for assistant professors is from €3,637 to €5,656 per month and for associate professors from €5,039 to €6,738 per month based on full time employment. Excellent performance and seniority can be rewarded with an appointment as associate professor. 

In addition, we offer an attractive benefits package:

  • 8% holiday allowance;
  • 8.3% fixed year allowance;
  • applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may also qualify for a special tax relief, in which 30% of their salary is exempt from tax;
  • excellent training opportunities and secondary working conditions;
  • flexible working hours and vacations in consultation with colleagues is possible so that an optimal balance between work and personal life is possible;
  • an excellent pension scheme via ABP;
  • 232 holiday hours, the ability to purchase or sell holiday hours, good supplementary leave arrangements, an individualized model to compose part of your working conditions, and a bicycle plan;
  • make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee.
There are ample opportunities to develop initiatives in a creative learning environment.

More information

Additional information 

For more information about this position, please send an email to Prof.dr.ir. Bas Kemp (bas.kemp@wur.nl)
For more information about the selection procedure, please contact Mrs. Martine Schröder (HRM advisor), martine.schroder@wur.nl.

General information about the ADP group can be found on www.wageningenur.nl/adp  

This vacancy is open until the 5th of April 2020. The first job interviews will take place the 14th of April. 

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An Assessment will be part of the selection procedure and the departmental Broad Assessment Committee (BAC). The BAC will advises the General Director of the Sciences Group which will take the final decision. 

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.

The Department of Animal Sciences is involved in research and education related to the health and welfare of animals and people. The primary focus is on the functioning of animals, both from a curiosity-driven and an applied perspective.

The Adaptation Physiology group is part of the department of Animal Sciences. The group has expertise in immunology, reproduction, energy metabolism, behavioural physiology, and advanced analyses of large and complex data sets. The group uses an interdisciplinary approach to study adaptation and resilience of farm animals exposed to environmental perturbations. The aim of the group is to facilitate and support adaptation of animals to their changing and challenging environment in order to optimize their welfare and health. Key elements in our research are related to long-term effects of early life conditions, to supporting of animals during critical transition periods (e.g. birth, weaning, onset of lactation) and to developing new (dynamic) indicators of health and resilience. The group conducts experimental animal research and wants to increase the use of sensor technology to obtain time series of behavioural and physiological data and to use advanced modern statistical methods, machine learning, computer science and model approaches to predict and assess adaptive responses and resilience in farm animals. 

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