Associate Professor of Applied Statistics

Wageningen University



Associate Professor Applied Statistics (Tenure Track)

Published on
December 10, 2019
Location Wageningen
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We are looking for

Within the Chair group of Applied Statistics we have a vacancy for:
Associate professor in Applied Statistics. (Tenure Track)

Candidates whose statistical expertise can contribute to the further development of especially the themes Statistical Genetics and Genomics and/or Big Data in the Life Sciences. Relevant statistical expertise’s include computational statistics, (Hidden) Markov models, high dimensional regression techniques, penalized regression methods, Bayesian modelling, graphical modelling, mixed models, and multivariate statistics. In addition to statistical expertise, we expect candidates to have an active interest in life sciences and be able to translate life science problems into statistical modelling questions. An important asset will be the capacity to attract PhDs and external funding. Furthermore, you should be a stimulating teacher, and contribute to the international profile of the group.

Tenure Track
You will enter a career trajectory called Tenure Track, with an excellent environment for you to grow, excel and work within the department to make a difference in our field. Successful evaluation will allow growing towards a Professor holding a Personal Chair. This includes the chance to define your own research line and research group. We offer training and coaching, as well as opportunities to work part-time.

Applied Statistics and Biometris
The Chair group of Applied Statistics is part of Biometris. Biometris, one of the largest groups of quantitative scientists in North-Western Europe, develops statistical and mathematical 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!

We ask

  • Candidates that have a strong track record in research in the area of statistics or quantitative biology, to be demonstrated by work done in PhD and postdoc or assistant professor positions.
  • You are able to contribute to developments in statistical methodology in one or more of the key areas of the group (statistical genetics and genomics, big data, risk assessment, quantitative ecology) and to develop your own research line.
  • You are a motivating teacher with proven experience in developing and teaching statistics courses to life scientists, both at elementary and more advanced levels.
  • You have demonstrated 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.
  • You have the capabilities and ambition to become (personal) professor.
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

A challenging position. Evaluation on job performance is 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 € 5039,- to a maximum of € 6133,- for a full working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities (scale 13).

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 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, 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 Prof. Fred van Eeuwijk, e-mail:
For more information about Tenure Track within Wageningen UR look at
For more information about the procedure, please contact

This vacancy is open until the 1st of February 2020.
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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.

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 statistics and mathematics 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 Statistical Genetics and Genomics, Systems Biology and Ecology, 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. For general information, see:

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.

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