About WUR

Come to the Netherlands, start working for Wageningen UR (University & Research centre). We would be very proud to welcome you as our new employee in Wageningen or in one of our 32 locations in the Netherlands.

Improve the quality of life

‘To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life’. That is the mission of Wageningen UR (University & Research centre). A staff of 6,500 and 10,000 students from over 100 countries work everywhere around the world in the domain of healthy food and living environment for governments and the business community-at-large.

The domain of Wageningen UR consists of three related core areas:

  • Food and food production
  • Living environment
  • Health, lifestyle and livelihood.

Internationally leading

At Wageningen UR (University & Research centre), you work together with people from over 80 countries. We enjoy an excellent reputation internationally when it comes to conducting research and providing education. Wageningen UR is listed within the top 6 of the important citation indexes within its domain.

Excellent facilities

In a recent survey new international staff praised our excellent research facilities, along with the high research standards.

You will find more information about working at Wageningen UR at our site.

Why work at WUR?

  • WUR is internationally leading
  • WUR is active worldwide
  • Independence in your work
  • Nice colleagues at WUR
  • WUR builds an inclusive organisation

Research & Results

Our mission is ‘to explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life.’ Our knowledge supports government, the trade and industry sector and civil society in facing their challenges. We achieve synergy by combining education with fundamental and applied research. Find out more about our research themes.

Our research themes:

  • Biodiversity
  • Climate change
  • Circular & Biobased Economy
  • From hunger to food security
  • Nutrition & Health
  • Artificial Intelligence

PhD Programme

Besides the global reputation for its innovative and ground-breaking research, Wageningen University & Research has an internationally recognised PhD Programme (international Peer review 2015 and EUA Peer review 2015). Various reasons can be mentioned for the recognised reputation:

  1. The learning targets of the PhD programme, proving academic independence and acquiring T-shaped skills offer an excellent base for starting a scientific career or an alternative career as a higher academic in society. This is confirmed by the high employment rate of recent PhD graduates and the career trajectory of Wageningen PhD alumni.
  2. The PhD programme is supported by six Graduate Schools. Graduate Schools support the PhD candidates in their PhD programme by controlling quality, facilitating progress where needed and supporting the PhD candidate in reaching the learning targets obtaining T-shaped skills by offering an array of PhD courses and other training activities.
  3. Both the university’s PhD programme and the six Graduate Schools have got a strong international character. More than half of our PhD candidates come from over 100 countries

Tenure Track

Wageningen University & Research offers young talented scientists a challenging career trajectory, tenure track. We have the ambition to attract top scientific talent and to stimulate their development.

Chances for top scientific talent

We are looking for high potentials who can excel in education and research. You will start as an assistant professor and will grow into the position of associate professor. You then will receive the ius promovendi. It is even possible to grow into a personal professor position. You will build up your own line of research and will be intensively superviced and coached.

This challenging career path can lead to a permanent position at Wageningen University & Research when you meet the quality criteria.

Do you want to know more about tenure track?

Are you interested in this career path?

The available Tenure Track positions and all other vacancies at Wageningen University & Research can be found via the orange button below.

Acknowledged by the European Commission - HR in Excellence


In June 2012 The European Commission acknowledged Wageningen UR as an organisation with an excellent HR policy and rewarded Wageningen UR  with the logo ‘HR Excellence in Research’.

In May 2014 the European Commission announced that Wageningen UR successfully accomplished Step 4 of the HRS4R mechanism, and thereby retained the HR logo.

The HR policy for researchers at Wageningen UR has been developed further by means of the Action Plan and Timetable for the period 2012-2014.

Vacancies at WUR

At WUR, we are always looking for talented colleagues who want to work on improving the quality of life.

Interesting for you

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