Assistant/associate professor in bioinformatics or computational biology

Wageningen University
Bioinformatics Group
Netherlands Wageningen


The Wageningen Bioinformatics Group has a vacancy for an assistant / associate professor in bioinformatics or computational biology. As a candidate, you have a good scientific track record and a drive to develop your own research line. You can attract funding to build and support a group and you are able to set up a strong academic and industrial network. Your research should connect method development to application, be relevant for plant, animal or microbial biotechnology, and complement the current expertise in the group. Relevant areas include (but are not limited to) metagenomics, metabolomics, proteomics and phenomics. You strive to become an enthusiastic and knowledgeable teacher and supervisor in bioinformatics. Finally, you are a collaborative team member, contributing to the organization of the group, the university and the scientific community at large.

Wageningen University & Research focuses on food, health and the living environment and is one of the leading organisations in this domain worldwide. The Bioinformatics Group provides a collaborative working environment with young, dedicated staff with expertise in a number of areas, particularly in genomics. Our group is strongly embedded in the Plant Sciences Group and collaborates intensively with Wageningen Research. We maintain extensive computational resources and have the opportunity to teach (advanced) MSc courses and supervise thesis projects in the Master’s Programme in Bioinformatics. The Wageningen tenure-track system provides an excellent opportunity and support for academic development. We offer a meaningful job with a competitive salary (depending on your experience) and good benefits, with an initially temporary contract leading to a permanent one if you meet the tenure track criteria.


You should have some years of experience in academia after obtaining a PhD degree, with relevant background to build on. A successfully completed academic study (MSc level, recognized in the Netherlands) and a PhD in bioinformatics, computational biology or a comparable discipline are required. Direct experience with research in plants, animals and/or microbes and with applications in food and agriculture is not needed, but you should be willing to focus your work on these domains and have a vision on how your research and teaching will contribute. You should also demonstrate knowledge of and expertise in programming, software engineering and bioinformatics algorithm development.

 We will evaluate your application on several criteria: research quality and output; experience in (efforts toward) acquiring external research funding; international (research) experience; teaching qualifications and experience; education innovation and curriculum development; BSc/MSc thesis and PhD dissertation supervision; activity in the scientific community; (international) collaboration with academia and industry; and management of (interdisciplinary) research projects. The position may be filled as assistant or associate professor, depending on merits and career stage.

Start date

To be determined

How to Apply

Applications can be submitted online at until September 8, 2019.


Dick de Ridder