Friday, April 23, 2021

Bioinformatician in Microbiology


Are you a skilled bioinformatician? Do you have a strong background in large-scale ‘omics’ data such as comparative genomics, metagenomics, proteomics or phylogenetics? Do you have profound knowledge about microbiology? Wageningen University & Research (WUR) is looking for a Bioinformatician in Microbiology. You can join our team in the laboratory of microbiology!

Bioinformatics analyses of large biological datasets is becoming an intricate part of our research and education activities within the Laboratory of Microbiology. Therefore, we are looking for an enthusiastic, skilled bioinformatician to support large-scale data analyses, such as metagenomics, comparative genomics and proteomics. You are expected to have experience in setting up and maintaining bioinformatics pipelines and databases, and with data management. As a bioinformatician, you are a proactive team player that can work independently if needed, and engage with professionals within the Microbiology (MIB) chairgroup, as well as in adjoining groups/fields.

We ask

For this position we request:

  • A PhD in Bioinformatics, Computational biology, or a related field;
  • computational competences in Python, Perl, Matlab and/or R, and familiarity with Linux shell environment;
  • experience in analyses of large-scale omics datasets, preferentially related to microbiological systems, and in setting up and maintenance of computational pipelines and databases;
  • knowledge of (linux) server and data management, and version control systems (such as Git);
  • sound knowledge of microbiology;
  • experience in interacting with experimental microbiologists;
  • affinity with teaching and preferably with course development and development of teaching modules;
  • the ability to work in teams, but also independently if needed;
  • fluency in English, both written and spoken.

We offer

We offer you a challenging job in a vibrant and energetic working environment. As a bioinformatician you will be part of an ambitious team working on a wide range of scientific and educational questions with plenty of scope for initiative. Personal input and responsibility are an integral part of our culture.  
Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:

  • Sabbatical leave, study leave, and paid parental leave;
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.

We offer you a temporary position for a period of 1 year with possibility for extension with another 3 years.

In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will of course receive a good salary. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive gross salary between € 3217,- and € 4402,-  (scale 10) for a full-time working week of 38 hours, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 10). 

Wageningen University & Research encourages internal advancement opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a unique position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.
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 16th consecutive time.

Coming from abroad
Wageningen University & Research is the university and research centre for life sciences. 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. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, known as the 30% ruling. Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family. 
Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen University & Research's International Community page contains practical information about what we can do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. Furthermore, we can assist you with any additional advice and information about helping your partner to find a job, housing, schooling, and other issues.

More information

Do you want more information?
For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Thijs J.G. Ettema, chair microbiology, by e-mail:

More detailed information about the research and education of the Laboratory of Microbiology can be found at:

For more information about the procedure, please contact Mrs. J. van Meurs, HR-Advisor, telephone number +31 317480101 or via e-mail:

Do you want to apply?
You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval. 
This vacancy will be listed up to and including the 1st of July 2021, or until we have found a suitable candidate. 

Equal opportunities 
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. For more information please go to our inclusive webpage. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.

We are

The mission of Wageningen University and Research is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.

With its roughly 30 branches, 6.500 employees and 12.500 students, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of Wageningen’s unique approach. WUR has been named Best Employer in the Education category for 2019-2020.

These are the points our employees list as good reasons to come work at WUR: read the 5 reasons to come work at WUR

We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.

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