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Researcher Position in Applied Quantitative Nematology – WUR, Netherlands Jun 2022

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Wageningen University & Research invites applications for a highly motivated Researcher with a strong interest in applied quantitative nematology, the Netherlands – Jun 2022

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General Info

Position: Researcher
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 2-3 Years
Salary: According to standard norms

Plant Sciences Group

Wageningen University & Research (WUR), the Netherlands


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Qualification Details

Applicants should possess a Master of Science (MSc) in Nematology, preferably with good background in quantitative nematology (sampling, resistance testing, population dynamics and yield loss studies of crops when attacked by plant-parasitic nematodes). In addition, we are essentially looking for the qualities enlisted below.

  • A good background in data analysis using statistical environment R, modelling population dynamics studies and yield loss analysis caused by plant-parasitic nematodes.
  • Ability to design and carry out invitro and pot bioassays in glasshouse and field validation trials.
  • Adequate knowhow and if possible experience in the basic techniques involving quantitative nematology (extraction techniques of PCN RKN and hatching bioassays).
  • Enough knowledge of basic systematics of plant-parasitic nematodes.
  • Excellent communication skills to interact with farmers and breeders.
  • Quality of scientific writing in peer reviewed journals and international conference.
  • If you are not Dutch speaking, a strong desire to learn the Dutch language.

If the position appeals to you, but you do not yet meet all the requirements, we encourage you to respond and convince us that you can achieve the expected skills within a reasonable period of time.


You liaise with relevant stakeholders and clients and be up to date about the Dutch and European developments in your field. Are you able or are you willing to formulate and acquire research projects and operate as project leader/researcher? Are you result oriented, show quantitative and analytical capacities, and able to collaborate in multidisciplinary teams? Do you possess or aspire to develop project management competences? Please apply!You are happy to share your experience and insights with colleagues and are curious to learn from them. You effectively communicate and discuss research results in different formats. You will be part of a dynamic team and business unit, embedded in a unique organization with an outstanding reputation – Wageningen University & Research. We exchange and collaborate with each other, based on the values of sound science, trust, transparency, and togetherness. We are curious to get to know you!

Responsibilities/Job Description

Are you a multi-tasking professional with experience in nematode research in a laboratory, in glasshouses and in field trials with farmers’ participation? Are you familiar with the basics of quantitative nematology sampling, designing and executing large pot and field bioassays related to resistance testing of potatoes/other crops to plant-parasitic nematodes? Then read further!

What are you going to do?

As Researcher Applied Quantitative Nematology you will be involved in, among other things:

  • Planning, designing and executing all ranges of experiments from in vitro bioassays in petri dishes, pot experiments in glasshouses and finally validating the results in micro-plot and field experiments.
  • Designing, developing and executing rigorous sampling strategies for nematodes for different purposes (detection and spatial distribution studies of nematodes in infested fields).
  • Data collection, rapid processing and reporting for customers (timely presentation) and communication with farmers, breeders and the scientific community.
  • Active hands-on participation in practical work (elutriation of soil samples, extraction and counting of nematodes using a compound microscope).
  • Developing new project ideas (acquisition) and project lead related to applied nematology both nationally (in The Netherlands) and internationally. This will be done a step-by-step procedure.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

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. Please do not send your application directly to Dr Lotz or Dr Jongschaap.Please note: at least half of the candidates that are invited for the personal job interviews will consist of women.This vacancy will be listed up to and including 20th June 2022. We hope to schedule the first job interviews soon after this closing date.

About the Department/Section/Group

Agrosystems Research

Agrosystems Research is part of the Plant Sciences Group of Wageningen University & Research. We advise the public and the private sector and provide training in areas of our expertise. We are a community of scientists working on safe and sustainable agricultural systems, well embedded in society and contributing to the quality of life. We work in a demand driven contract research organization, where stakeholders’ needs are explored and served. Acquiring new research projects is an intrinsic part of our work.Our core business is understanding and quantifying the soil-crop-environment continuum at both the process level and the ecosystem level, which we assess with mixed methodologies like integrated assessments, the analysis of big data, precision agriculture, sensing, and robotics. We do this by means of experimental design and computer modelling, ICT, on-farm testing and implementation in interaction with stakeholders. Our research and knowledge-intensive advisory systems are based on agronomy and ecology as our main scientific disciplines, which are increasingly complemented by social science research. Our vision of agroecology is to integrate agronomy, ecology, and technological and social research in interaction with stakeholders. This requires an integrated, inter- and transdisciplinary perspective for the study and development of food systems.Our objective is to raise the productivity of agriculture in a sustainable and socially acceptable manner and increase the resilience of systems to deliver food security, feed, fuel, fiber and other services under current and future climate and resource availability.We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.

About the Employer:

Note or Other details


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 €2.836,- and €4.624,-  for a full working week of 36 hours in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Wageningen Research. You also have the opportunity to work part-time (e.g. 32 hours per week). Evaluation on job performance is every year and a positive outcome will continue in a permanent position after 2-3 years.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.

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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Contact details

For more information about this function, please contact Dr Bert Lotz, team lead, e-mail: [email protected], T +31 317 480556 or Dr Misghina Goitom Teklu, researcher, e-mail: [email protected], T +31 317 481044.Website: www.wur.eu/agrosystemsFor more information about the procedure, please contact [email protected].

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