Bsc Researcher Biological Control

Updated: 2 months ago

We are looking for

Do you have a passion for biological pest control and do you want to use it for one of the most innovative and world-leading sectors of agriculture; greenhouse horticulture? Are you willing to work on new solutions together with growers, suppliers, governments and other researchers?

As a Bsc researcher biological pest control you contribute to the development of systems for biological pest control and you improve existing systems. You work together in a team of experts in the field of plant health, cultivation and greenhouse technology. You contribute to making (greenhouse) horticulture in the Netherlands as well as in other parts of the world more sustainable.
In this position you conduct applied research in the field of insects and mites. You deal with:

  • Trials with mites and insects in lab and greenhouse, both at the experimental farm in Bleiswijk and in practice
  • Designing, organizing and conducting the experiments
  • Processing and interpreting the research data, and taking care of the reporting, in reports, (web) articles and newsletters
  • Contacts with customers and contributing to the acquisition of new projects

We ask
  • A completed Bsc in horticulture, applied biology or a comparable education with knowledge and experience of entomology
  • Demonstrated experience in setting up, coordinating and conducting entomological research
  • Knowledge of and experience in greenhouse horticulture is an advantage
  • An enthusiastic and ambitious colleague who is strong in communication, who can plan and organize well, and who easily collaborates with researchers from different disciplines and garden staff
  • Command of both Dutch and English
  • Excellent written and oral reporting and presentations
  • Driving License B

We offer

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment . A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:

  • 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 hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and partially paid parental leave;
  • 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 4%;
  • excellent pension scheme.

In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will of course receive a good salary. We offer, depending on your experience, a competitive gross salary of between € 2574,- (scale 7) tot max. € 3821,- (scale 8) for a fulltime working week of 36 hours, in accordance with the

CLA Wageningen Research  

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 multi-faceted position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

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

For more information about this position, please contact Caroline van der Salm, teamleader WUR Head Plant Health, Soil and Water, or Gerben Messelink, Senior researcher Biological Control,

For more information about the procedure, please contact

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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 25 September 2022. We hope to schedule the first job interviews on in the week of 26 September 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. For more information please go to our inclusivity page . A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment .

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.

Read the 5 reasons why your future colleagues enjoy working at WUR and watch this video to get an idea of our green campus!

Greenhouse Horticulture
The business unit Greenhouse Horticulture & Flower Bulbs of Wageningen University & Research is the internationally leading research institute for greenhouse horticulture and flower bulbs. We focus on innovations in greenhouse horticulture. Together with the business community, government and other research institutes, we work on issues related to greenhouse design, optimization of production systems, new crops, crop protection and the quality of the harvested product. We translate this into innovations for the sector. In the Greenhouse Horticulture & Flower Bulbs business unit, we work with 120 colleagues at two locations, Wageningen and Bleiswijk.

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

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