We are looking for someone to lead our research on fish nutrition and health.

The Aquaculture and Fisheries (AFI) group of the Department of Animal Sciences is looking to appoint a new staff member, to be appointed in 'tenure track'. AFI aims to be leading in academic research and education on sustainable Aquaculture and Fisheries, with a focus on society-relevant questions and interactions between aquatic organisms and their environment. Our education, offered to BSc, MSc and PhD students is closely aligned with our research. Our aquaculture research is focused on fish nutrition and health in aquaculture production systems.
Tenure Track is without doubt an excellent stepping stone to further develop yourself and your academic career: you build your own line of research within the scientific boundaries set by the chair group. Wageningen University is looking for scientists who can excel in both, education and research and offers talented scientists a challenging tenure track career trajectory: depending on your experience, you will start as an Assistant Professor and will grow into the position of Associate or Full Professor over a period of six to twelve years. This challenging career path can lead to a permanent position at Wageningen when you meet the quality criteria, evaluated by independent assessment teams. During the entire trajectory you will be intensively supervised and coached.

You are a fish physiologist with a strong interest in gill functioning and curious about the interaction between nutrition and health. You approach your research questions at cellular and organismal level but use the newest molecular, microbial and (immuno)histological read-outs when relevant. You have an open eye for the needs of the industry. You have a PhD in Biology, Animal Sciences, Veterinary Sciences or alike and preferably have some years of post-doctoral experience. You are proactive, eager to learn and like to work independent as part of the team. You enjoy research as well as teaching. You communicate well, written and orally, in English.
We consider the gills a crucial organ maintaining fish health. Fish gills are unique organs and well-known as the major site for physiological exchanges with the surrounding environment, extremely important for oxygen and carbon dioxide gas exchange but also ion acquisition, acid-base regulation and nitrogenous waste excretion. Gas exchange is structurally facilitated by thin epithelial layers at gill filaments that form the basic functional units with rows of plate-like lamellae, creating a typically large surface area under influence of beneficial but also pathogenic microbes. These characteristics place fish gills central to maintaining fish growth in (recirculating) aquaculture systems but also make fish gills highly vulnerable to water-borne infectious agents, many of which can pose threats to fish health in aquaculture, with gill-associated immune tissue playing a defensive role, maintaining gill health.

We offer you a challenging and meaningful career trajectory called Tenure Track within the AFI Group. This challenging career path starts at the level of assistant professor, from which you can grow into an associate professor and obtain us promovendi. There is also the possibility to grow to personal professor. Depending on your experience and track record, you can enter at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor. Of course, you will receive training and mentorship and interdisciplinary (international) cooperation is stimulated. As we will only be selecting excellent the best talent to take part in Tenure Track, this will be a good stepping stone to a further career within Wageningen University & Research or elsewhere.
We offer a temporary contract with the possibility of extension and finally a permanent position.
The salary will depend on expertise and experience. Gross salary for Assistant Professors is from €3,637 to €5,656 per month and for Associate Professors from €5,039 to €6,738 per month based on full time employment.
In addition, we offer an attractive benefits package

  • 8% holiday allowance
  • 8.3% fixed-year allowance
  • Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may also qualify for a special tax relief, in which 30% of their salary is exempt from tax.
  • Excellent training opportunities and secondary working conditions;
  • Flexible working hours and vacations in consultation with colleagues is possible so that an optimal balance between work and private is possible;
  • An excellent pension scheme via ABP;
  • 232 holiday hours, the ability to purchase and good supplementary leave arrangements and an individualized model to compose part of your working conditions and a bicycle plan;
  • Make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee

We stimulate internal growth opportunities and mobility with an active and internal recruitment policy. There are ample opportunities for own initiative in a creative learning environment.

Wageningen University & Research

Wageningen University and Research delivers a substantial contribution to the quality of life, as stated in its mission 'To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life'. Within our domain, healthy food and living conditions, we do not just develop top-quality expertise; we also help translate our knowledge into practice worldwide. Every day, at WUR, over 6,500 employees work on 'the quality of life', turning ideas into reality.
The role of WUR is to contribute to global agendas such as the overarching Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. WUR is committed to contributing to the SDGs of zero hunger; good health and well-being; quality education; clean water and sanitation; sustainable cities and communities; responsible consumption and production; climate action; life on land and life in the water. Respecting earth's finite resources, WUR strives to fulfil the world's current and future needs for nutritious food by research on and development of circular, healthy, resource-efficient agri-food systems, both on land and in the marine environment.
According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Wageningen University is the best university in the Netherlands with about 12,000 students from over 100 countries. Internationally, it is No. 1 in agriculture and forestry according to the QS World University Rankings charts for 2017. Wageningen University is one of the pillars of Wageningen University & Research (WUR), a collaboration between the University and the Research foundation with a mission 'to explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life'.

For more information about this position, please contact prof.dr.ir. GF Wiegertjes (chair AFI Group), telephone number +31 317 482732, geert.wiegertjes@wur.nl. For more information about the selection procedure, please contact Mrs. M. Horstman (HRM advisor), micheline.horstman@wur.nl.
General information about AFI can be found on https://www.wur.nl/nl/Onderzoek-Resultaten/Leerstoelgroepen/Dierwetenschappen/Aquacultuur-en-Visserij.htm.
This vacancy is open until 5 August 2019. The first job interviews will take place in week 33 (12 until 16 August 2019).

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.


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