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Full Professor job in Systems Biology, Synthetic Biology – Netherlands

Wageningen University & Research (WUR)

The Netherlands

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Wageningen University & Research (WUR) is recruiting a full professor to chair the Systems and Synthetic Biology (SSB) group, at the Netherlands – Nov 2021

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General Info

Position: Full Professor
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: November 8, 2021(GMT +2)
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: Not Mentioned
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Systems and Synthetic Biology (SSB) group
Wageningen University & Research (WUR)
Wageningen University & Research (WUR)

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Qualification Details

As a successful candidate,

  • you are a scholar with a PhD degree and an internationally proven scientific track record in the field of systems and synthetic biology;
  • you have concrete long-term ideas on the development of the field of systems and synthetic biology;
  • you have experience in developing and maintaining a broad international network;
  • you have experience and were successful in attracting funding;
  • you have experience with interesting and motivating students in teaching and with supervising students with diverse backgrounds. You also have experience in developing courses at Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD level, and you are interested in innovative teaching methods;
  • you have experience in leading professionals in a multidisciplinary team. You bring empathic and inclusive leadership with a focus on people’s development, team building and creating synergy.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The mission of the SSB group is to contribute to the elucidation of the mechanisms underlying basic cellular processes, evolution and interactions among cells, organisms and their environment and to translate this knowledge into applications of biotechnological, medical and environmental interest. The approach is characterized by combining expertise on specific biological systems with extensive expertise in methods for data generation, integration and modelling. A key strength is the combination of fundamental computational expertise in systems biology with a laboratory that allows extending findings and testing hypothesis in a synthetic biology setting. The group further applies this approach to a broad range of systems through collaboration with experts. These systems encompass viruses, bacteria, fungus, microalgae, bacterial communities, host-microbe and host-microbiome interactions, and animals and humans.

The position of chair of the SSB group provides you the opportunity to further develop your own research line and your leadership profile. Together with other staff members, you are responsible for the academic and operational management of this chair group. You will define the research strategy, lead the team of scientists, lecturers and support staff, and further strengthen the national and international position of the group. You are also responsible for teaching and innovations in BSc, MSc and PhD courses, with the objective to contribute to the strong reputation and position of WUR in higher education.

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Documents Required

You are encouraged to upload your complete application via our website and address this to Ineke Ammerlaan, the secretary of the Appointment Advisory Committee. Four documents should be uploaded:

  • A motivation letter
  • A curriculum vitae including the names of 4 references (in total max 4 page A4)
  • A teaching statement (in total max ½ page A4)
  • A list of publications

About the Department

The SSB group currently consists of 25 persons, including 4 tenured and scientific staff members, 2 lecturers, 1 technician, 15 PhD students and 2 post docs. More information about current research and teaching of the group can be found at Systems and Synthetic Biologyy and a description of the chair is available on request.

About the Employer: Wageningen University & Research (WUR)

Note or Other details

You will be working for an inspiring international organization with a large number of interdisciplinary projects all over the world. The scientific quality of Wageningen University is affirmed by the prominent position we occupy in international rankings and citation indices.

We offer you a position as Full Professor of the Chair of Systems and Synthetic Biology. Besides a competitive salary, we offer a number of additional benefits, such as an end-of-year extra month’s salary, a holiday allowance and a pension plan with the Dutch pension fund for government and education. International candidates moving to the Netherlands may benefit from a special tax relief, by which 30% of their salary is exempt from tax for 5 years. Have a look on Working hours can be discussed to optimize the work-life balance.

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Contact details

Further information about the position can be acquired from prof. dr. Edith Feskens, Chair of Global Nutrition, Email:

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