Are you an experienced researcher with a PhD interested in continuing your
pursuit of scientific questions in a diverse, ambitious, and competitive
environment? Are you someone with the desire to improve your mentorship
skills, develop your own research ideas, establish new collaborations, and
pursue new funding opportunities? We have a vacancy for a postdoc in biobased
materials, with possibility to work part-time. Will you join our team?
What will you be doing?
We, the Physical Chemistry and Soft Matter Laboratory (PCC), have an open
postdoctoral position available in the research domain of biobased materials.
Your role will be to strengthen and establish promising collaborative research
lines in PCC and at Wageningen University and Research (WUR). You will be
part of a team of experienced and ambitious postdocs striving for scientific
excellence within the stated science domain. Simultaneously, you will develop
your own research vision and ideas, and talent in supervision and establishing
new collaborations. This position offers extensive scientific freedom to
pursue your own interests and obtain preliminary data as you are expected to
pursue your own funding opportunities. You are expected to apply for your own
funding (e.g NWO talent program Veni). You will be provided with coaching
and mentorship in grant writing.
You will be offered the ability to work closely together with existing PhD
candidates within PCC to develop your own leadership and mentorship abilities.
PCC is a group of likeminded scientists interested in phenomena where creative
chemistry is essential, complex physics is a rule rather than an exception and
biology comes to life. See the introductory video below about PCC, who we are
and what we do:
We understand that you are triggered and want to apply immediately. Please
read the 'Do you want to apply' section below for more guidance.
The flat oyster reefs have disappeared due to overfishing and destructive
bottom trawling. Reintroduction of hard substrate is needed to kickstart
oyster reef formation, and often concrete is used for robust structures,
however, it has a high CO2 footprint and requires a significant amount of
materials. For oyster larvae, wasted oyster shells are the ideal substrate for
oyster larvae to settle. Individual shells, however, do not make a reef; they
must be held together. Adhesive technology is infrequently used in wet
environments as water is detrimental to the performance by promoting swelling
of the material or weakening the contact with the adherend. Marine sandcastle
worms have solved these issues using proteinaceous complex coacervate glues to
form extremely durable underwater structures. Inspired by these natural
solutions, you will work with a diverse team of researchers to develop a bio-
inspired complex coacervated-based alternative for cement that binds oyster
shells together. You will produce different versions of this adhesive material
for direct application testing, including based on more fine shells that will
mimic the function of concrete for creating dedicated functional and
interlocking structures. Pilot research has shown promising results regarding
adhesive performance and oyster larval deposition and survival.
Besides your willingness to learn, mentor PhD students, presentation skills
you have a PhD in a relevant field for PCC. Postdoc experience is a bonus;
you have the ambition to pursue an academic scientific career;
you have the ability and ambition to establish new international
collaborations within and between research groups at WUR;
of course you are fluent in English (C2 level).
Conditions of employment
Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few
highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
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, 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 gross
salary of between € 2.846,- and € 4.490,- for a full-time working week of 38
hours, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch
Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 10). Additionally, a reduced hour contract
(0.8/0.6 full-time equivalent) can be discussed.
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 17th 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.
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.
Do you want more information?
For more information about this position, please contact prof. dr. Jasper van
der Gucht, PCC chair professor, telephone +31-31-748-3066 or by e-mail:
For more information about the procedure, please contact Emma Langelaan, HR-
advisor, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
You will receive a message as soon as possible if you are selected for an
With your application, a 2-page A4 research statement is required. You
can upload this under 'Other' in the upload-section of the application
This statement must explain: your own scientific interests, how you would make
these a reality at WUR, your existing talents and which talents you wish to
develop further during this appointment as a postdoctoral researcher. Research
projects must align with PCC's long-term vision, meaning that the topics
should fit in the overall PCC strategy and be in consultation with the PIs;
for example, you can explore new promising research lines and obtain
preliminary results for future grant applications.
If accepted, the interview process will consist of an initial 20-minute online
meeting where you will introduce your talent and ambition. Some candidates
will then be invited for an in-person interview with a selection committee
comprising 3 current staff member of the Physical Chemistry and Soft Matter
This vacancy has no fixed deadline with applicants invited for interviews
as applications are received.
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. For more information please go to our
inclusivity page. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be
read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.