Post Doc in Evolution, Genetics and Genomics of Extreme Photosynthesis

Wageningen University



Post-doc - Evolution, Genetics and Genomics of Extreme Photosynthesis

Published on
February 17, 2020

Location Wageningen

We are looking for

We are looking an enthusiastic and motivated plant biologist with a PhD who can work in a collaborative and multidisciplinary team. We invite applications from ambitious candidates with relevant research experience and a passion for studying plant evolution using genomic and genetic approaches. 

The post-doctoral candidate will be responsible for the project “Evolution, Genetics and Genomics of Extreme Photosynthesis”. You will be part of a larger multidisciplinary initiative that will combine genetics, genomics, biophysics, physiology, biochemistry and modelling to understand very high photosynthetic rates in C3 plants. This particular project will investigate how exceptional photosynthetic properties evolved and is regulated in Hirschfeldia incana, a wild relative of brassica crops such as Brassica rapa and Brassica nigra, by combining genomics and phylogenetics (e.g. phylogenomics) and genetic crossing and QTL analyses. If this kind of research would interest you and you enjoy understanding complicated systems then this could be the project for you. 

The Graduate School Experimental Plant Sciences and The Biosystematics Group 
The post-doctoral position will be under the daily supervision of Prof. Eric Schranz in the Biosystematics Group, Wageningen University & Research. The position will be co-supervised by Prof. Mark Aarts (Laboratory of Genetics) and Prof. Dick de Ridder (Bioinformatics group). You will be part of the Biosystematics group, with about 25 employees, including technicians, PhD students, post-docs, junior and senior scientists working on fundamental questions about biological diversity. The Biosystematics Group is part of the Plant Science Group and works closely together with other groups (such as Genetics and Bioinformatics) within Wageningen University. The group research themes are: (1) origin and maintenance of plant and insect biodiversity, (2) speciation, domestication and plant-animal interactions, and (3) applying phylogenetic patterns to test hypotheses on underlying evolutionary processes. The position will be part of The Graduate School Experimental Plant Sciences (EPS). This inter-university Graduate School is a collaborative research and teaching institution of Wageningen University (WU), Radboud University (RU), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), Leiden University (LU), University of Amsterdam (UvA), Utrecht University (UU) and University of Groningen (RUG). The mission of EPS is to organize the training of PhD students and postdocs to become self-
reliant researchers.

We ask


  • a PhD in plant genetics, genomics, phylogenomics, or related fields with an interest in plant adaptation (e.g. photosynthesis);
  • expertise and experience with generating and analysing plant genetic and comparative genomic datasets;
  • a collaborative worker with good interpersonal communication skills;
  • a good command of both spoken and written English language is critical and as demonstrated by published work. This position requires an excellent English language proficiency  (a mininum of CEFR C1 level). For more information about this proficiency level, please visit our special language page.
Applications should include: a cover letter including a statement about your motivation to apply and your requirements for the position, curriculum vitae, copies of your University PhD degree and two references.


We offer

We offer a meaningful and challenging position with, depending on your experience, a competitive salary from a minimum of € 3123 to a maximum of € 4274 for a full working week of 38 hours in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement Dutch Universities. In addition, an appointment of 1.0 FTE is negotiable. The job is for a period of 3 years (1 year after a positive evaluation extension for another 2 years) at an international leading organization. The candidate will be based at the Biosystematics group.

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;
  • for a small fee, make use of 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 Eric Schranz, email:, telephone number +31317483660.
For more information about the procedure, please contact

General information about

This vacancy is open until 11-03-2020.
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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.

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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