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Assistant Professor position in Plant physiology, Plant science – Wageningen, Netherlands, 2022

The Netherlands, Wageningen University & Research (WUR)

The chair group Horticulture and Product Physiology of Wageningen University & Research (WUR) is keen to hire an  Assistant Professor at Netherlands, 2022

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General Info

Position: Assistant Professor
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: -
Salary: 3.807 to 5.211 Euro/Month

Chair group Horticulture and Product Physiology
Wageningen University & Research (WUR)
Wageningen University & Research (WUR)
Wageningen , The Netherlands

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Qualification Details

  • You hold a PhD degree in plant physiology, plant science, or a related field
  • You have  experience in physiological research on post-harvest quality
  • You have experience in simulation modelling and/or measuring quality parameters
  • You have published research in high-quality journals and are willing to develop your skills in teaching and grant proposal acquisition
  • You are good at communication and enjoy connecting and collaborating

Responsibilities/Job Description

Product quality at harvest and post-harvest is a key factor for the success of horticultural production. We consider the development of quality as a continuous process from pre-harvest to post-harvest. The quality of horticultural products is studied as an emergent property of effects of environmental conditions on underlying physiological, molecular and genetic processes.

In this challenging career trajectory:

  • You will collaborate with colleagues and establish a personal research portfolio that is embedded in the Horticulture and Product Physiology group
  • You  will perform physiological research on quality at harvest and post-harvest of horticultural products
  • You will phenotype and/or model product quality
  • Your research will be conducted on horticultural crops (vegetables, fruits, cut flowers, and/or pot plants) produced in controlled environment agriculture.
  • Together with the chair holder and other staff members, you will acquire, lead and implement innovative and creative (inter-)national research projects for our group.
  • You will supervise BSc, MSc, and PhD students. You will also develop and teach courses (lectures, practicals) on the quality of horticultural products.
  • You will undertake research that leads to high quality research output.
  • Your research contributes to improving the quality and sustainability of horticultural products.

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.

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About the Department

The chair group Horticulture and Product Physiology conducts high impact research and educates students providing the scientific basis required to answer questions that are of utmost importance for sustainable crop production and product quality in horticulture.

The research focus is on how physiological processes in crops, plants and plant organs interact with the abiotic environment and how this affects crop production and product quality. Questions arising from horticultural practice are translated into fundamental research topics, aiming to explain mechanisms. The research and education contribute to sustainably feeding the World with healthy and high-quality products.

The chair group is an international team consisting of 16 permanent staff members, about 25 PhD candidates and postdocs and a number of guest researchers. Each year about 40 MSc students conduct their thesis study (a 6-month research) at our group. We organize and participate in a variety of courses for BSc and MSc students to transfer knowledge on horticulture (pre- and post-harvest), environmental physiology and product quality.

About the Employer: Wageningen University & Research (WUR)

Note or Other details

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement:

  • 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 ABP pension regulations.

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 salary of between € 3.807,- and € 5.211,- (assistant professor position) for a full-time working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 11). The position can be part-time or fulltime (0.8-1.0 fte).

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