Vacancy: Associate professor in the field of algal biotechnology – Tenure Track

[Netherlands] We are looking for a tenure track associate professor to lead the research line in algal biotechnology.  The algal biotechnology team in our group works in 3 different areas of expertise: photobioreactors, metabolic engineering and biorefinery. Each area iscoordinated by an assistant professor.

In total there are 25 PhD students doing research in algal biotechnology and 5 postdocs. We do research at both lab and pilot scale. We have the AlgaePARC pilot facility. You should initiate and lead the research both at lab and pilot scale.

In collaboration with the assistant professors you will be responsible for defining the research strategy, leading the team and further strengthen it to the leading algal research team in Europe. In education you will coordinate innovations in courses in the BSc, MSc and PhD phase in algal biotechnology to make Wageningen University the preferred institute to study.

Keywords of interest include: Algal biotechnology, AlgaePARC.

Specific tasks include supervising PhD students, postdocs and technical staff, writing research proposals and scientific publications, and presenting research results at international conferences. Guidance of graduate and undergraduate students and teaching in algal biotechnology at all levels of the curriculum (lectures, lab sessions, course development and course responsibility) are an essential part of the job. Training courses and coaching are provided for the Associate Professor to enhance teaching and other skills.

Information Tenure Track Wageningen UR

Wageningen University offers talented young scientists a challenging new career trajectory, the Tenure Track. By introducing this trajectory, our aim, is to attract top talent and to stimulate excellence.

From the positon of assistant professor, candidates can grow into a Professor holding a personal chair in a maximum of 12 years. In addition they will be given the chance to build up their own research line. It goes without saying that candidates will be intensively supervised and coached during the trajectory. Moreover, this transparent career path can lead to a permanent employment contract. As we will be selecting only candidates of high potential to take part in the Tenure Track trajectory, for all participating candidates, this will be a good stepping stone to a further career within Wageningen UR or elsewhere.

We ask

As associate professor you are an ambitious and enthusiastic scientist and a team player, devoted to research and education in algal biotechnology
You also have:

  • A successfully completed academic study (MSc level; recognized in the Netherlands);
  • A PhD in the area of algal biotechnology;
  • An track record in project acquisition and coordination in this field (or experience with management in this complex field);
  • You should have knowledge and have published in all expertises we do research in in algal biotechnology, i.e. photobioreactors, metabolic engineering and biorefinery;
  • You should be able to lead a team of professionals, (experience with supervising PhD students, postdocs and technical staff);
  • Excellent skills in writing, communication and presenting to our different target groups;
  • You should be able to develop networks in industry and academia and having an international network (essential for an Associate Professor).
  • The ambition to develop to full professor in a Tenure Track system.

We offer

We offer you as a talented scientist a challenging career trajectory called Tenure Track. From the positon of Associate professor you can grow into a Professor holding a personal chair. Of course training and coaching are provided and interdisciplinary (international) cooperation is stimulated. You also will be given the chance to build up your own research line. As we will only be selecting outstanding candidates to take part in Tenure Track, this will be a good stepping stone to a further career within Wageningen UR of elsewhere.

We offer a temporary contract with the possibility of extension, for 38 hours per week. Gross salary from € 4.029 till € 5.608  for associate professors, based on a fulltime employment and dependent on expertise and experience. For more information about Tenure Track within Wageningen UR look at

We not only offer a competitive salary but also good (study) leave and a pension of the ABP Pension Fund.

More information

For more information about this position, please contact René Wijffels, Professor Bioprocess Engineering, Telephone number +31 31748761, E-mail: [email protected].

For more information about the selection procedure and contractual aspects, please contact Annette Straver, HR Advisor, telephone number +31 317486148.


You can apply online at until 17 June 2015.

We are

The Bioprocess Engineering Chair group teaches and develops new bio-based processes for production and bio-refinery of pharmaceuticals, healthy food ingredients, bulk chemicals and biofuels. More information can be found at

We have a leading multidisciplinary research group in the field of microalgae under the umbrella of AlgaePARC with strong industrial collaboration and large and dynamic team of PhD students, postdocs and staff.

AlgaePARC, with its multidisciplinary algae research program covering the entire microalgae production chain became an international leading initiative. Our ambition is to further strengthen the global position of AlgaePARC as an innovation centre, developing research projects in order to reach commercialization of microalgae and to stimulate spin-off companies to produce algal products or supply the technology for production.

The Agrotechnology & Food Sciences Group is part of Wageningen UR where fundamental and applied sciences complement each other. As an important European player, we carry out top-level research and work alongside authoritative partners within the international business world as well as the government on ‘Healthy food in a biobased society’. We have a crucial role in innovations within the market. Entrepreneurship and professionalism are what define us. In short, we are an interesting, international employer of stature.

Wageningen University and Research centre

Delivering a substantial contribution to the quality of life. That’s our focus – each and every day. Within our domain, healthy food and living environment, we search for answers to issues affecting society – such as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy. Of course, we don’t do this alone. Every day, 6,500 people work on ‘the quality of life’, turning ideas into reality, on a global scale.

Could you be one of these people? We give you the space you need.

For further information about working at Wageningen UR, take a look at


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