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Vacature: Epidemiologist (PhD)

Deze vacature is aangeleverd door Wageningen University & Research.  width=

We are looking for
Do you want to contribute to our mission ‘To decrease the risk of (chronic) disease and improve the health of those with disease through better nutrition’? Our group is highly committed to providing high quality education closely related to our research themes.

The education program of the Chair group focuses on research methodology (study designs and (big) data-analyses) and specific nutrition-related diseases (e.g. cancer, cardiometabolic diseases and obesity). Our main target group are BSc students and MSc students in Nutrition and Health (MNH). We contribute to the MNH MSc specialization ‘Epidemiology and Public Health’ and the part-time 4-year online Master’ program ‘Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health’. These programs meet the requirements for registration as Epidemiologist A of the Netherlands Society for Epidemiology. Every year, our scientific staff and PhD fellows supervise about 100 BSc and MSc students during their theses and internships.

We are now searching for an epidemiologist (PhD) who finds fulfillment in teaching and education innovation in an academic environment. The candidate is responsible for teaching courses and supervising BSc and MSc students. She/he may also adapt and implements our (online) courses developed at WUR in the curriculum of health-care providers.

We invite you to become our new colleague and join our highly motivated team of teachers and researchers.

We ask
We seek people with a background in epidemiology, preferably nutritional epidemiology. The candidate has experience in the design, conduct, data-analysis and interpretation of prospective cohort and intervention studies. You play an important role in teaching specific topics throughout our courses such as meta-analyses, big data analyses and interpretation, depending on your experience and interests.

Our new colleague:
• holds a PhD in (nutritional) epidemiology;
• speaks Dutch and has excellent English language proficiency (a minimum of CEFR C2 level);
• has experience with teaching epidemiology and supervising students;
• has intrinsic motivation for continuous improvement of education;
• has didactic qualities and enthusiasm for teaching and working with students;
• has strong communicative skills and is friendly and approachable for students and supportive to fellow lecturers;
• is flexible, pro-active, positive, creative and a team-player.

We offer
The position is embedded in the chair group Nutrition and Disease and offers a flexible and open working environment stimulating personal growth. The chair group currently consists of 2 senior academic teachers, 3 assistant professors, 3 postdoc researchers, 2 special chair professors, 2 full-time professors and about 30 PhD fellows.

We initially offer a fixed-term, 1 year contract which upon positive evaluation can be extended. will lead to a permanent employment contract as academic teacher with an Educational Career Path (ECP) which includes teaching, education development and innovation, and research, depending on past experience and personal interests. We offer the possibility to gain the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ; in Dutch BKO: Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs ) which is a requirement in the ECP policy.

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
• sabbatical leave, study leave, and partially 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 compensation / 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.

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 of between €2960,- and €5439,- for a full-time working week of 38 hours, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 10-11).

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 17th 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 Ellen Kampman, chairholder, by e-mail: For more information about the procedure, please contact Mathilde Keij, HR adviser, by 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 October 23rd 2022.

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.

We are
Wageningen University & Research The mission of Wageningen University & 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, 7,200 employees (6,400 fte) and 13,200 students and over 150.000 participants to WUR’s Life Long Learning, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. The unique Wageningen approach lies in its integrated approach to issues and the collaboration between different disciplines.

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

Datum plaatsing: 12 oktober 2022

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