(Senior) Scientist on policies of new genomic techniques in plant breeding

Wageningen University
February 14, 2023
Offerd Salary:€ 3.821
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Contract Type:Permanent
Working Time:Full time
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Job description

Are you a plant geneticist with interest in developing better crops for a sustainable agriculture? Are you interested in scientific aspects of innovation in plant breeding as well as related societal and policy issues? Then this position may be suited for you.

The Dutch government is on a regular basis looking for advise from Wageningen University and Research, Plant Sciences regarding technical developments in plant breeding, for instance applications of gene editing, new cropping systems, coexistence of various forms of agriculture, and their potential impact on society.

The position is in Plant Breeding but projects are carried out in close collaboration with the sister business unit Agrosystems Research.

Who are you We are looking for a researcher with a track record in crop genetics or plant breeding who is interested in applying this knowledge to understand the potential of new breeding tools for improved crops that fit well in new and more sustainable agrosystems. You translate your knowledge of the literature in this field into literature studies, reports and review papers, and advise to the Ministry of Agriculture and other government agencies. You should have interest in communication with stakeholders and the public and sensitivity for the societal discussions on innovation in plant breeding in Europe. Mastery of Dutch will enable you to interact directly with ministerial policy makers and communicate with farmers and other Dutch stakeholders, and is therefore an asset.


  • PhD in Plant sciences and good knowledge of plant genetics and genomics;
  • A scholar of the literature on the application of new plant breeding techniques for various applications, for example disease resistance or abiotic stress tolerance, in field crops as well as horticultural and ornamental crops, in different agronomic contexts
  • Ability to translate fundamental knowledge and technology of breeding tools to potential applications
  • Interest in policy aspects of innovation
  • Sensitivity for social interactions and interest in the types of arguments used in societal debates;
  • Experience and interest in acquisition of funding for research
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, in English (B2) and Dutch (C1). If you are not yet Dutch speaking, you should be willing to learn the Dutch language within two years.
  • Collaborative personality, interested in working with colleagues and PhD and MSc students while connecting disciplines
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    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 hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and partially paid parental leave;
  • 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 4%;
  • excellent pension scheme.
  • In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will of course receive a good salary. We offer, depending on your experience, a competitive gross salary of between € 3.821,- and € 6.229,- for a full-time working week of 36 hours (scale 11-12), in accordance with the CLA Wageningen Research. A contract of 0.8 FTE is possible. The contract will be initially for 2 years with the intention of extension and a permanent contract.

    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 multi-faceted 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 18th 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. 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. For instance under the "30% rule", certain categories of international staff can receive tax exemption on approximately 30% of their gross salary.


    Employer Wageningen University & Research

    Wageningen University & Research 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, 7,200 employees (6,400 fte) and 13,200 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 this video to get an idea of our green campus!

    Plant breeding Plant Breeding is a merged unit of Wageningen Research and Wageningen University with around 200 people including MSc and PhD students and guest workers. It is a highly international group with more than 30 nationalities, organized in ten research groups. We conduct fundamental, strategic and applied research and provide teaching at all educational (BSc, MSc and PhD) levels. Our research focusses on the dissemination of the genetic basis of traits which are relevant in order to achieve a sustainable agri- and horticulture. We conduct this research often together or in partnership with breeding companies, local, regional and state governments.

    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 position, please contact Dr. M.J.M. (René) Smulders, business unit manager Plant Breeding, [email protected], or Dr. L.A.P (Bert) Lotz, team leader at Agrosystems Research, [email protected]

    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 23 January 2023.

    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. 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.

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