Wageningen University

Full Professor and Chair Phytopathology Group

Wageningen University, Netherlands

Wageningen, Netherlands

Full Professor and Chair Phytopathology Group

We are looking for
Wageningen University & Research is looking for a full professor (0.8 – 1.0 fte) to lead the Laboratory of Phytopathology as part of the Plant Sciences Group of our University, one of the leading universities on food, health and environment worldwide.

The Laboratory of Phytopathology studies the relationships of fungi, bacteria and oomycetes with plants. The current focus is on the underlying processes involved in these relationships, with an emphasis on microbial effectors and their matching plant immune receptors, as well as on genetic diversity and comparative microbial genomics. A key objective for the Laboratory is to generate knowledge about infection mechanisms of pathogens and defense processes in plants that can be applied in designing disease control strategies in crops worldwide. We seek a new professor whose expertise is complementary to and synergistic with the Laboratory’s existing research; this may include research focusing on ecological, genetic, physiological or molecular processes.

The Laboratory of Phytopathology is part of the Plant Sciences Group, one of the five science groups at Wageningen University & Research, and has state-of-the-art tools and facilities. The Plant Sciences Group comprises 18 academic chair groups and 7 applied research groups and is affiliated with the Graduate Schools Experimental Plant Sciences (EPS) and Production Ecology and Resource Conservation (PE&RC).

We ask
We seek the following qualities:
• You are a scholar with a PhD degree in plant sciences and a proven scientific track record of recognized international quality in the field of phytopathology
• You have an inspiring, long-term vision on the development of this field
• You have great interpersonal and networking skills and a broad international network
• As an inspiring teacher and supervisor for students of diverse backgrounds, with the ability to develop courses at Bachelor, Master, and PhD level, you are interested to innovate teaching methods
• You are able to lead professionals in this dynamic multidisciplinary team in a collegial, unifying and visionary leadership style characterized by a passion to develop people, to build teams, and to create synergy

We offer
You will work for a dynamic and inspiring international organization with many interdisciplinary projects all over the world. A strong commitment to teaching and fundamental research, combined with innovative applied research, creates a rich learning environment. Our students – the innovators of tomorrow – also benefit from first-class research and educational facilities.

The scientific quality of Wageningen University is affirmed by the prominent position we occupy in international rankings and citation indexes. Dutch students voted Wageningen University & Research as the best university in the Netherlands for the past fifteen years in a row.

We offer you a challenging position as a full professor and Chair of the Laboratory of Phytopathology. Besides a competitive salary, we offer a number of additional benefits, such as an end-of-year extra month’s salary, a holiday allowance and a pension plan with the Dutch pension fund for government and education. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, by which 30% of their salary is exempt from tax for the first five years.

More information
Further information about the position can be obtained from Professor Ken Giller, Chair of the Appointment Advisory Committee via mail: ken.giller@wur.nl, or phone:
+31 317 485 818. Do you want to hear more detailed information on the profile and the Chair group, do not hesitate to contact denise.magendans@wur.nl

You are invited to send your complete application via the respond-button on top of this page. Please include an application letter with curriculum vitae, a separate list of publications and a 1000-word (max) statement of research and education interests and intended direction. The deadline for applications is 31 January.

The Appointment Advisory Committee will interview selected candidates for this position on 10 March 2020. The Committee will thereafter invite short-listed candidates for a second interview and a public trial lecture in April 2020.

Coming from abroad
Wageningen is a centre for research and entrepreneurship. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees. It is a historic university town of about 36,000 residents in the central Netherlands. The academic community hails from more than 100 countries, giving the town a lively, international feel. Our highly qualified team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family. A specialized staffing agency will help your partner to find a job.

The Wageningen University & Research’s International Community page www.wur.nl/en/International-students-and-staff that contains practical information about what we do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen.

We are
Delivering a substantial contribution to the quality of life. That’s our focus – each and every day. Within our domain of good and safe food & food production, food security and a healthy 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, 6500 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 University & Research, take a look at www.wur.nl/career.

Equal opportunity employer
We are an equal opportunity 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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