Lecturer in Ecology
Wageningen University

Lecturer in Ecology 

Location Wageningen
End date Mon 29 July 2024
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Your job

The chair group Behavioural Ecology at Wageningen University is offering a position as Lecturer in Animal Behaviour. As a lecturer, you will take a leading role in teaching BSc- and MSc-level courses on Animal Welfare, Behavioural Endocrinology, and Companion animals. Additonal contributions to some more of our other courses, such Animal Behaviour, Animal Ecology, and Behavioural Ecology are also possible. You will further support the chair group’s teaching coordination and be responsible to provide BSc and MSc topics and supervise these. There will also be the opportunity to follow up on your own research.

We especially encourage candidates to apply who are interested in companion animal research (cats, dogs) and/or animal welfare research, but other fields are also a possibility. The selected candidate will have a record of excellent teaching ability and motivation and is able to work in an international team. The willingness to further shape and innovate our teaching program are beneficial. We offer a stimulating and friendly working environment. Training and coaching is provided to support the candidate’s professional development.

Your qualities

You are/ You have:

  • A PhD degree in Biology, Animal Science or related field;
  • Excellent lecturing and presentation skills;
  • Excellent communication skills in English and preferably Dutch;
  • Experience with supervising student thesis projects;
  • Excellent organisational skills.
You can see that there are plenty of challenges ahead of you. These challenges can also be seen as development opportunities. So if you do not yet have the track-record required in the vacancy, but do have solid work experience, we would also like to invite you to apply.

You will work here
The Behavioural Ecology chair groupcombines expertise in fundamental and applied animal behaviour using a range of animals as research models. Our group is part of the Animal Science Department at Wageningen University & Research.


We offer you

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,  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 of course receive a good salary. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive gross salary of between €4.332 and € 5.929 for a full-time working week of 38 hours, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 11 ). Initially, we offer you a one-year contract, which will then be extended to an open-ended contract if there is mutual enthusiasm. Of course, we would be happy to discuss this with you if you have any questions.

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 The Netherlands, and at a university that has been chosen as the “Best University” in the Netherlands for the 19th 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.
Because we expect you to work and live in the Netherlands 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 Communitypage 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 for example helping your partner to find a job, housing, or schooling. Finally, certain categories of international staff may be eligible for a tax exemption on a part of their salary during the first five years in the Netherlands.


Do you want more information?

For more information about this position, please contact Prof. dr. Marc Naguib, chair of the Behavioural Ecology Group, by e-mail : marc.naguib@wur.nl
For more information about the procedure, please contact Noorien Abbas , corporate recruiter, by email: noorien.abbas@wur.nl

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 29 July 2024. We hope to schedule the first job interviews on soon after the closing date. The candidate could start as soon as October 2024, but the exact start date can be discussed.

As part of our selection process, an assessment may be incorporated within the procedure.

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. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.

We are

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, 7,600 employees (6,700 fte) and 13,100 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.

Read the 5 reasons why your future colleagues enjoy working at WUR and watch the video below 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.


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