Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) Forest Biodiversity and Resilient Landscapes

Your job

Are you a dedicated researcher and teacher in the field of forest ecology, management, and conservation? Do you want to work in a multi-disciplinary team focusing on the conservation of multifunctional, biodiverse, and resilient landscapes? If you answer these questions affirmatively, we invite you to apply for this position.

The Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group at Wageningen University is looking for an Assistant Professor (Tenure Track). This position is part of Wageningen University’s commitment to the new “Sector Plan Biology” (SPB) which has been developed to perform fundamental biological research in the framework of evolutionary and ecological theory to connect the various levels of biological organization to understand the dynamics of biological variation (biodiversity). In this position, you will develop, supervise, and conduct high-quality research on forests as part of multifunctional, biodiverse, and resilient landscapes.  You will also, together with stakeholders, develop management solutions and restoration strategies to “bend the curve of biodiversity loss.” Much of this work will centre on the Netherlands but there may be opportunities to work across Europe and beyond. You will do this as part of a team that includes members of the Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation Group and the Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Group, and by involving other staff members of chair groups involved in the SPB.As part of this position, you will publish your research in international academic journals as well as reaching out to relevant stakeholders. You will also contribute to education, by supervising thesis and internship students and by coordinating, teaching, and developing courses at the BSc and MSc level.Tenure Track is a career path for scientists who pursue to excel in education and research. We seek to attract scientific talent and to stimulate and support their development.

Your qualities

We ask that applicants:

  • Hold a PhD degree in forest science, ecology, or a related field;
  • Are experienced in acquiring funding and actively involved in internationally oriented research projects or collaborations;
  • Are experienced in working in multi- or interdisciplinary research teams;
  • Are experienced in delivering high quality education, including supervising BSc and MSc students;
  • Have excellent research qualities, as shown by publications in international peer-reviewed journals
  • Are a team player and contribute to a variety of academic activities and services;
  • Demonstrate cross-cultural sensitivity and are committed to an inclusive working environment;
  • Have a good command of spoken and written English.

Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply for this position. In the case of equal suitability of candidates, preference will be given to female candidates.

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;
  • 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 be offered a fixed-term, 7 year contract which, upon positive evaluation based on criteria elaborated in the University’s Tenure Track policy, can lead to a permanent employment contract as professor. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive gross salary of between € 3974 and € 6181 for a full-time working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 11 or 12).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 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.

Do you want more information?

For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Douglas Sheil by e-mail: or Louise Altena by email:

For more information about the procedure, please contact Noorien Abbas, by email:

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.

Your application must include (1) a cover letter summarizing your motivation to apply, that also describes your fit in the group (half page or less), a brief teaching vision that describes your potential contribution to the courses of the group (half page or less) and a brief research vision (half page or less) that describes the kind of research you hope to lead and contribute to and (2) your CV.

This vacancy will be listed up to and including 12th June 2023. We hope to schedule the first job interviews in the third week of June 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.

We are

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!We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated

About the Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group

The FEM Group is part of Wageningen University & Research and cooperates with teams of Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra). Our objective is to understand the structure and functioning of forest ecosystems and their responses to changing environmental, biotic and social conditions.We focus on forest ecosystems worldwide, with emphasis on Dutch forestry, European forest resources, and tropical rainforest conservation. Ongoing research includes a.o. partners from most European countries as well as from China, Russia, Indonesia, Eritrea, Cameroun, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Brasil, Chile, Peru, Surinam, Costa Rica, Mexico, US and Canada.