Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics
Wageningen University

Assistant Professor in Applied Mathematics

Location Wageningen

We are looking for

Candidates whose mathematical expertise can contribute to the further development of the life sciences, especially in the themes Mathematics in Systems Biology and Ecology and Risk Assessment in Food Safety and Health. Relevant expertises include, but are not limited to, applied analysis, dynamical systems, pattern formation, data assimilation, (stochastic) differential equations, mathematical modelling, mathematical biology and mathematical ecology. In addition to mathematical expertise, we expect candidates to have an active interest in life sciences and be able to translate life science problems into mathematical modelling questions. We expect that you possess, or develop, skills in writing research proposals and  in attracting PhDs and external funding. Furthermore, you should be a stimulating teacher, and contribute to the international profile of the group.

We ask

Applied Mathematics

The chair group of Applied Mathematics (from September 2020 headed by Peter van Heijster) is part of Biometris. Biometris, one of the largest groups of quantitative scientists in North-Western Europe, develops mathematical and statistical methods for the quantification of biological processes and processes in our living environment. These methods are applied and validated in practice and are often available as software packages. In addition, we provide education at the undergraduate, Master, PhD, and Postdoc levels, as well as training and consultancy for industry. We cover a wide range of application areas, from gene to ecosystem and from product to production chain. Our goal is to bring quantitative methods to life!

  • you have a strong track record in research in the area of applied mathematics or related fields as is clear from work done in PhD and postdoc or assistant professor positions;
  • you are able to contribute to developments in applied mathematics in one or more of the key themes of the group (Mathematics in Systems Biology and Ecology, Risk Assessment in Food Safety and Health) and to develop your own research line;
  • you are a motivating teacher with proven experience in developing and teaching mathematical courses to life scientists, both at elementary and more advanced levels;
  • you have the ambition and potential to be successful in obtaining research grants in competitive funding schemes to fund your own research;
  • you are a team player and team builder with a keen interest in collaborative research and willing to contribute to the general tasks of the chair group;
  • this position requires an excellent English language proficiency  (a mininum of CEFR C2 level). For more information about this proficiency level, please visit our special language page.

We offer

Tenure Track is a career path for scientists who excel in education and research. We seek to attract talented scientifsts and to stimulate and support their development. The career path consists of a number of successive career steps from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor to possibly Personal Professor. For additional information please see:

Evaluation on job performance takes place every 3-4 years, and a positive outcome will lead to a permanent position after 7 years.

Depending on your experience, a competitive salary from a minimum of € 3637,- to a maximum of € 4978,- (per month) for a full working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities (scale 11). You also have the opportunity to work 40 hours a week with additional holidays.

In addition, we offer:

  • 8% holiday allowance;
  • a structural year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent training opportunities and secondary employment conditions;
  • flexible working hours and holidays can possibly be determined in consultation so that an optimal balance between work and private life is possible;
  • excellent pension plan through ABP;
  • 232 vacation hours, the option to purchase extra and good supplementary leave schemes;
  • a choice model to put together part of your employment conditions yourself, such as a bicycle plan;
  • a lively workplace where you can easily make contacts and where many activities take place on the Wageningen Campus. A place where education, research and business are represented;
  • use the sports facilities on campus
Wageningen University & Research stimulates internal career opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are ample opportunities for own initiative in a learning environment.
We offer a versatile job in an international environment with varied activities in a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

More information

For more information about this function, please contact Ron Wehrens, BU manager Biometris, e-mail,

For more information about the procedure, please contact

This vacancy is open up to and including August 16, 2020.
You can apply through the application button on our vacancy website:

Interviews will be planned in September and October.

We are

The mission of Wageningen University & Research is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. Within Wageningen University & Research, nine specialised research institutes from the Wageningen Research Foundation and Wageningen University have joined forces to help answer the most important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.

With approximately 30 locations, 6,000 employees, and 12,000 students, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain worldwide. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of the unique approach of Wageningen.

For further information about working at Wageningen University & Research, take a look at the special career site.

Equal opportunities employer

We are an employer that offers equal opportunities. We are happy to receive applications from all suitably qualified people regardless of race, gender, functional impairment, religion / belief, sexual orientation or age.

We believe that a diverse and inclusive working environment makes us a more relevant, competitive and resilient organization. Click here for more information about working at WUR with a functional impairment.

More about Biometris

Biometris is the central group for mathematics and statistics at Wageningen University and Research Centre. The group consists of about 75 people, 50 permanent staff and 25 PhDs and postdocs. Education and consultation are pivotal for the societal role of Biometris. Education is at the very heart of the university and Biometris provides all BSc courses on mathematics and statistics at Wageningen UR, as well as numerous other courses for MSc and PhD students, post-docs and industry.  Biometris also provides statistical and mathematical consultancy and training to researchers inside and outside Wageningen UR.

Within Biometris we focus our research on the development of mathematical and statistical techniques that can be applied to the Life Sciences. In this way, we contribute to the scientific and societal impact of Wageningen UR. Our vision can be expressed by the slogan: “Quantitative methods brought to life”. Consequently, our research is generally done in collaboration with other research groups both in and outside Wageningen.

Our research focusses on the themes of Systems Biology and Ecology, Statistical Genetics and Genomics, Food and Health Risk Assessment, and Big Data in Life Sciences. Our capital lies in the mathematical and statistical expertise of our employees. We therefore strive to keep our employees motivated and scientifically up-to-date and offer ample opportunities for personal development.
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