Postdoc Position in Seed Physiology
Wageningen University

Postdoc in Seed Physiology

Location Wageningen

We are looking for

Are you interested in seed science and do you have affinity with the seed industry? Then we are looking for you.
We are looking for a talented post-doctoral researcher with experience in the field of plant physiology, an interest in the fundamental and applied aspects of seed biology and with affinity for education activities.
This postdoc position is created in the frame of the Seeds for the Future initiative in which Wageningen University & Research joins forces with the seed industry to safeguard the future of seed research and education in the Netherlands.
You will be involved in several research projects and teaching activities. The latter include the contribution to BSc and MSc courses, supervision of MSc and PhD students and the Master Class Seed Technology. You are expected to be involved in writing project proposals. You are also expected to build further on the existing national and international collaboration networks, including public-private partnerships.

We ask

You are enthusiastic, proactive, you have experience with working in a multidisciplinary team and have excellent communication skills. You hold a PhD degree in Biology, Plant Sciences or another relevant field and have experience with physiological analyses. You are curiosity driven and passionate about research and training students. You are interested in the application of your research into practice. This position requires an excellent English language proficiency (a mininum of CEFR C1 level). For more information about this proficiency level, please visit our special language page.

We offer

We offer you challenging postdoc position at the Laboratory of Plant Physiology in Wageningen. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive salary from a minimum of € 3123,- to a maximum of € 4274,- for a full working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement Dutch Universities. The position is for three years with the aim to be extended into a permanent position at either Wageningen University or Wageningen Research. At first you will receive a contract for one year.
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 optimal 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 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
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.

More information

For more information about this function, please contact Professor Leónie Bentsink,
For more information about the procedure, please contact
General information about the Laboratory of Plant Physiology can be found at
This vacancy is open up to and including April 9, 2020.
You can only apply online through:

The job interviews will take place in the week of 13 April 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.
The “Seeds for the Future” initiative is a collaboration between Wageningen University & Research and the seed industry. This collaboration enables to unlock potential impact in innovation and education. We are in a unique position with a combination of a globally oriented and highly innovative seed industry and worldwide renowned research groups on seed quality. The “Seeds for the Future” initiative is embedded within the Laboratory of Plant Physiology at Wageningen University and this research group led by Prof Leónie Bentsink. (see website WUR-PPH:

Equal opportunities employer
We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

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