Wageningen University: Assistent Professor (Tenure Track) Algal Biorefinery

[Netherlands] In a challenging career trajectory you are, as Assistant Professor in the field of algal biorefinery responsible for the organization, implementation and coordination of new research activities in the field of algal biorefinery as well as building up aleading international position. In this position you will also be motivating and teaching students and develop new courses. Training and coaching is provided for the Assistant Professor to accomplish all this.

Microalgae attract increasing attention for the production of lipids, proteins, carbohydrates and pigments to be applied for biofuels, chemicals, materials, food and feed.

The Tenure Track Assistant Professor in algal biorefinery will work in research and education. The number of research projects in this area is growing. Algal biorefinery is focused on harvesting and mild cell disruption of biomass and extraction and purification of compounds in a mild way so that the functionality (and value) of these compounds  is maintained and a minimal amount of energy is used. In this way compounds are obtained in a sustainable way. The Assistant Professor needs to supervise BSc, MSc and PhD students, initiate new projects and develop the area into a solid research line. The assistant professor will teach courses in the BSc and MSc phase, in both bioprocess engineering and biorefinery.

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 position of Assistant Professor, candidates can grow into a Professor holding a personal chair in a maximum period of twelve 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.

For more information about Tenure Track within Wageningen UR look at http://www.wageningenur.nl/nl/Werken-bij.htm.

As Assistant Professor you are an ambitious and enthusiastic scientist and a team player, devoted to research and education in the field of biorefinery.

You should also have:

  • a successfully completed academic study in the field of bioprocess or chemical engineering (MSc level; recognised in The Netherlands);
  • a PhD in bioprocess engineering, chemical engineering or downstream processing;
  • knowledge about functionality of large biomolecules like proteins, lipids and carbohydrates;
  • knowledge about unit operations in the field of biomass harvesting, cell disruption, extraction and purification;
  • ample experience with management of complex projects;
  • acquisition of research funding;
  • excellent communication skills;
  • didactic qualities and enthusiasm for teaching and working with students;
  • the ambition to develop to full professor in a Tenure Track system.

We offer

We offer you as talented scientist a challenging career trajectory called Tenure Track. From the position of Assistant 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 will also 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 or elsewhere.

We offer a temporary contract with the possibility of extension, for 38 hours per week. Gross salary: starts from € 3.324 to € 4.511 (Scale 11) for Assistent Professor, based on a full time employment and dependent on expertise and experience.

For more information about Tenure Track within Wageningen UR look athttp://www.wageningenur.nl/nl/Werken-bij.htm

Meer informatie

For more information about this position, please contact prof. Rene Wijffels, telephone number +31 317 482954. For more information about the selection procedure, please contact Annette Straver, HR advisor, telephone number +31 317486148.


You can apply online at http://www.wageningenur.nl/nl/Werken-bij.htm until 22 July 2015.

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 http://www.WageningenUR.nl/bpe

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

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 athttp://www.wageningenur.nl/nl/Werken-bij.htm.

Acquisition regarding this vacancy is not appreciated.


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