Assistant Professor of Phytochemicals

Wageningen University



Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) Phytochemicals

Published on
February 6, 2020

Location Wageningen

We are looking for

Do you want to contribute to our team The Laboratory of Food Chemistry? We are expanding our activities at Wageningen University & Research and as part of this development we invite applications for a tenure-track position Assistant Professor in the field of phytochemicals.

You will responsible for leading the research team on phytochemicals comprising PhD students, technicians and post-docs. Phytochemicals will be studied at the molecular level. With your research you will consolidate the leading international position in which you will contribute to:
(i) Development of advanced analytical methods (chromatography, mass spectrometry, and NMR spectroscopy) to reveal structural characteristics of phytochemicals in relation to their reactivity and functionality;
(ii) A better mechanistic understanding of conversion of phytochemicals (e.g. oxidation) during processing of raw materials into food (ingredients) and during passage through the gastrointestinal tract;
(iii) Controlled modification (enzymatically and chemically) of phytochemicals to enhance their functional properties.

Your activities include acquisition of grants to sustain your vision, implementing research projects, and coordination of all activities related to this field. As part of this position, you will inspire students by teaching, developing new course materials, and guiding thesis projects, together with your colleagues in the Laboratory of Food Chemistry. You contribute to the activities of our laboratory with 45% of your time on your research, 45% on education, and 10% on management.

We ask

As Assistant Professor you are an ambitious and enthusiastic team player, devoted to research and education in the field of phytochemicals. Candidates should have a PhD degree in Food Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, or a comparable discipline. You are adept at working in a multicultural organisation. Proficiency in English is a therefore a requirement. Good writing skills, good oral communication skills, the willingness to explore new fields in collaboration with others, are all essential competences. Experience in starting and maintaining (international) collaborations is appreciated.

You should also have:

  • Knowledge about the molecular analysis, reactivity and functionality of phytochemicals;
  • publication record relevant to the field;
  • some experience in project management and acquisition of research funding;
  • good didactic skills and enthusiasm for teaching and working with students;
  • the ambition to develop to full professor in a Tenure Track system.


We offer


Gross salary: starts from € 3.475 to € 4.757 (Scale 11) for Assistant Professor, based on a full time employment and dependent on expertise and experience. We offer a full working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement Dutch Universities, part-time for 0.8 fte is also possible.

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 settled 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 supplementary leave schemes;
  • a flexible working time: the possibility to work a maximum of 2 hours per week extra and thereby to build up extra leave;
  • a choice model to put together part of your employment conditions yourself;
  • use the sports facilities on campus at a small fee.

We stimulate internal career opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy.
We offer a versatile job in an international environment in a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

Equal opportunities employer
We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age. We believe that a diverse and inclusive workplace makes us a more relevant, more high-reaching, and more resilient organization.

We initially offer a fixed-term, 7 year contract which upon positive evaluation will lead to a permanent employment contract. The candidate will enroll into the Tenure Track program of Wageningen University. Tenure Track is a career path for ambitious scientists dedicated to teaching and research. The career path consists of a number of successive career steps from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor to possibly Personal Professor. Upon enrollment into the Tenure Track system, all candidates are also expected to substantially contribute to teaching and mentoring BSc and MSc students. It goes without saying that candidates will be intensively supervised and coached during the trajectory. For your personal development we offer you the ‘Development program Tenure Track’. This program supports you in further development of your competences. We also offer you the possibility to gain the Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO) which is a requirement in the Tenure Track policy.

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More information

For more information about this position, please Prof. Jean-Paul Vincken, Chair of Food Chemistry; telephone number +31 317 482234. For questions about the procedure, please contact Greetje van de Hulsbeek, HR Advisor, telephone +31 317 481410.

Invitation to apply
You are welcome and encouraged to apply via the button on top of this page. In your application, please include your vision about research and education in related to this research field. (max. 2 pages). The period to apply is up to 8th March 2020.

We are


The Laboratory of Food Chemistry (FCH) engages in teaching and research on chemical reactions occurring during processing of raw materials into foods and during food digestion, on the functionality of food ingredients, and on the efficient conversion of biomass remaining after processing. The research of FCH is divided in six areas, i.e. (i) dietary carbohydrates, (ii) lignocellulosics, (iii) lipids, (iv) phytochemicals, (v) proteins and bioactives, and has state-of-the-art infrastructure to facilitate the research. Your mission is to consolidate the pillar on phytochemicals, with emphasis on their analysis and quantification, understanding their reactivity and functionality, and their controlled modification. The courses offered by FCH feature isolation, analysis, properties, and modification of key molecules in agricultural raw materials and food. FCH has an excellent reputation in developing digital learning materials to support laboratory classes and distance learning programs. FCH is a dynamic international team comprising around 15 staff members, 25 PhD students and post-docs, and 40 BSc and MSc thesis students annually. More information on our team can be found at

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

Could you be one of these people? We give you the space you need.

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