Wageningen University and Research Centre

Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) Cell Factory Design Microalgae

Wageningen University and Research

Wageningen, Netherlands

We are looking for

In a challenging career trajectory you are, as Assistant Professor in the field of bioprocess engineering responsible for the organization, implementation and coordination of new research activities in the field of cell factory design for production of primary and secondary metabolites in microalgae and other microorganisms. You have the ability to bridge molecular/cellular research into bioprocesses and expertise in metabolite production. You have the ambition to build up a leading international position in this area. 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 this.

We expect the candidate to develop a research line in the field of steering bioprocesses towards production of specific metabolites. We also expect the candidate to give courses in which the area of molecular biology and bioprocess engineering are bridged.

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.

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We ask

As Assistant Professor you are an ambitious and enthusiastic scientist and a team player, devoted to research and education in bioprocess engineering.

You also have:

  • a successfully completed academic study (MSc level; recognized in The Netherlands) in the field of bioprocess engineering;
  • a PhD in molecular biology, bioprocess engineering or related field;
  • knowledge and expertise in molecular biology of microalgae, and good background knowledge in bioprocess engineering
  • international experience, preferably through PhD or post-doc abroad;
  • experience with management of complex projects;
  • experience and proven success in the acquisition of independent research funding;
  • excellent communication skills;
  • didactic qualities and enthusiasm for teaching and working with students
  • proven research excellence, as demonstrated by publications in top journals.

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: from € 3.427,- to

€ 4.691, - (Scale 11), based on a full time employment and dependent on expertise and experience.

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More information

For more information about this position, please contact Prof. dr. R.H (Rene) Wijffels telephone number +31 317485761. For more information about the selection procedure, please contact drs. N. (Nancy) Liem, HR advisor, telephone number +31 317485891, e-mail:


You can apply online via the ​link​​ until 4 May 2017.

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We are

Within the chairgroup Bioprocess Engineering, research focuses on development of novel biotechnological processes for production of pharmaceuticals, healthy food ingredients, bulk chemicals and biofuels. Our challenge is to produce high quality bio-based products in a sustainable and economical way to prevent depletion of natural resources and to increase development of a (bio)technological industry. Research in the chairgroup Bioprocess Engineering is focused on the production of biomass and specific biomass ingredients and enzymatic conversions at a high yield and high volumetric productivity, in some cases integrated with isolation of the products. In all application areas, we approach the complete process from the microscopic level (metabolic pathway) to the macroscopic level (bioreactor) and to separation technology (biorefinery). We have 4 research themes: microbial biotechnology, algal biotechnology, pharmaceutical biotechnology and biorefinery.

The Agrotechnology & Food Sciences Group is part of Wageningen UR where fundamental and applied sciences complement each other. As an important international 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

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, 5000 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.

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