Post-doctoral Researcher - Quantiative agronomy

Wageningen University


October 11, 2021


Job description

We are looking for an agricultural scientist who has experience in working at crop, cropping systems or farming systems level. You will work on projects related to estimating and understanding crop production, yield gaps and resource use efficiency of multiple crops, including potato and cereal crops. Important aspects of the work will be analysis of data for scientific publications as well as summarizing information such that this can be used by stakeholders (incl. farmers).

You have expertise in the application of quantitative systems analysis to complex problems, including the use of crop growth simulation, statistical methods and possibly optimisation models. You have experience of working in interdisciplinary teams and in translating your results into policy and practice.

There will be ample opportunities to join national and international meetings (on-line and physical) and to publish your research in high impact journals.

You will supervise BSc and MSc students for thesis projects.



You are an enthusiastic team player in the field of agronomy and agriculture. You are adept at working in a multicultural organisation, and possess good communication skills in English, both written and orally. You have a PhD degree in a field related to sustainable agriculture and food systems, a strong publication record and enthusiasm for research and working with students at BSc and MSc level. Experience with modern scripting languages is desirable.


Conditions of employment

We offer a supportive and creative environment for research as part of a large international research team in the Plant Production Systems group. Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:

  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and 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 holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours 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 salary of between € 2836,- and €4474,- for a full-time working week of 38 hours, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO- NU) (scale 10). You will be offered a contract for one year with an option to extend for up to four years.

    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 Holland, and at a university that has been chosen as the "Best University" in the Netherlands for the 16th 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. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, known as the 30% ruling. 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 Community page 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 helping your partner to find a job, housing, schooling, and other issues.


    Employer Wageningen University & Research

    Wageningen University & Research The mission of Wageningen University and 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, 6.800 employees and 12.900 students, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of Wageningen's unique approach. WUR has been named Best Employer in the Education category for 2019-2020.

    Read the 5 reasons why your future collaegues enjoy working at WUR and watch this video 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.


    Additional information

    For more information about this function, please contact Prof dr ir Martin van Ittersum Email:, Tel: 0317-482382 For more information about the procedure, please contact

    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 24 september 2021.

    In this first round please only send your resume and motivation letter. Any other documents will not be taken into consideration at this stage.

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