Research and teaching staff position for an experienced Eco(physio)logical Modeller – Deadline 30 November 2021

The Marine Animal Ecology group of Wageningen University & Research has a job opportunity for an ambitious and enthusiastic researcher with a background in biology/ecology and strong expertise in mechanistic modelling. We are looking for candidates that are eager to collaborate with colleagues that produce ecological and eco-physiological data from laboratory and model-ecosystem experiments and field observations. The goal is to create mechanistic models of the processes underlying the observations to help better understand, study and predict effects. The candidate should be able to take the lead in developing this new research area for the Marine Animal Ecology group in collaboration with the other staff members.

To be successful in this job you should be interested in understanding eco-physiological and ecological mechanisms, able to link individual-based models to higher level (population, ecosystem) models and be eager to collaborate with modelling experts from other groups within and outside Wageningen University and Research.

In this challenging position:

  • you acquire, lead and implement innovative and creative (inter-) national research projects in the Marine Animal Ecology group;
  • you collaborate with colleagues and supervise PhD students, BSc and MSc theses and you develop and teach courses;
  • you contribute to the further development of the Marine Animal Ecology group.

With this research position it is also possible to follow a Tenure Track career path. We seek to attract scientific talent with experience for the job and to stimulate and support their development. For additional information about the Tenure Track please visit this page.

We ask

The ideal candidate:

  • holds a PhD in a (marine) biology/ecology related field and proven expertise in mechanistic modelling preferably at autecological level;
  • has a publication record commensurate with career stage and experience;
  • has post-doc experience, and depending on the starting level, some proven experience in obtaining research funding, supervising PhD students and/or post-doctoral researchers, and fostering national and international collaborations;
  • has didactic talent and skills in line with BSc and MSc teaching requirements;
  • has excellent English language proficiency (a minimum of CEFR C2 level). For more information about this proficiency level, please visit our special language page;
  • is a friendly and effective team player, equipped with a sufficient amount of stubbornness to develop and promote an independent vision.

Additional for Tenure Track:

  • excellent academic record (research, passion for teaching, attracting research funding) in line with the expected profile for a Tenure Track at Wageningen University;
  • ability to lead in developing a vision on future research and education in Biological Mechanistic Modelling for Marine Animal Ecology and be an inspiring ambassador our theme towards partners both within and outside academia, nationally and internationally.

We offer

Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive salary for researcher (scale 11 until 13) from €3,807 to €6,420 per month based on a full working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement Wageningen University . We offer you a contract for 2 years with the intention to make it a permanent position in case of positive evaluations.

Tenure Track
When you want to enter Tenure Track the salary (depending on experience) for an assistant professors (scale 11 or 12) from €3,807 to €5,922 per month or for associate professors (scale 13 or 14) from €5,275 to €7,054 per month based on a full working week of 38 hours. In case you opt for a Tenure Track position, we initially offer a fixed-term, 7 year contract which, upon positive evaluation based on criteria elaborated in the University’s Tenure Track policy, can lead to a permanent employment contract.

In addition, we offer an attractive benefits package:

  • 8% holiday allowance;
  • a structural end-of year bonus of 8.3%;
  • 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; Have a look on this website for more information.
  • 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 personal life is possible;
  • an excellent pension scheme via ABP;
  • 232 holiday hours, the ability to purchase or sell holiday hours, good supplementary leave arrangements,
  • 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.

Wageningen University & Research stimulates internal career opportunities and mobility with our internal recruitment policy.
For your personal development we offer you the ‘Development program Tenure Track’. This program supports you in further development of your competences. We also offer you the possibility to gain the Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO) which is a requirement in the Tenure Track policy. With us you get a versatile job in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere for students and staff from over 100 countries around the world.

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 15th consecutive time.

More information

For more information about this position, please send an email to tinka.murk@wur.nlx. For more information about the selection procedure, please contact Mrs. Martine Schröder (HRM advisor),

General information about MAE can be found on this website.

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