Mathematical modeller of infectious diseases in animals

Tenure track position modelling
We offer a position for a mathematical modeller of infectious diseases in animal populations within the Quantitative Veterinary Epidemiology chair group at the Animal Sciences Department of Wageningen University, the Netherlands. This position is full time and the successful applicant will enter the WU tenure track system (TT). (

Position details
The QVE group at Wageningen has the ambition and possibilities to expand, both by incorporating  special  chairs and increasing the number of PhD students working in the group. As part of this expansion, we also seek a senior or junior researcher with knowledge of mathematical modelling of animal diseases and experience in linking modelling with experimental and observational research on infectious diseases. The candidate should hold a PhD degree and preferably have postdoctoral experience in the field. The appointment depends on the extend of the postdoctoral experience, in case of little experience the possibility will be created to start as a postdoc. The successful candidate, if appointed in TT, is expected to attract funding for new PhD students. In addition she or he will contribute to the teaching of the QVE group especially with respect to modelling: which is currently a BSc course for biology and a MSc course for animal science students.

We ask

  • Undergraduate and PhD in mathematical modelling
  • Experience in research on modelling of animal diseases
  • Either experience with academic education or the willingness to learn.
  • For a more senior appointment a very good national and international network in the field of animal diseases
  • Good (written and spoken) communication skills in English
  • Proven ability to collaborate with others.

We offer

Wageningen University offers you as talented scientist a challenging career trajectory called Tenure Track. We have the ambition to attract top scientific talent and to stimulate their development. From the position of Assistant Professor you can grow into the position of a Professor holding a personal chair. We are looking for high potentials who can excel in education and research. We offer you a temporary contract for 38 hours per week, which can lead to a permanent employment contract.
Gross salary: from € 3.475,- to € 4.757,-, based on a fulltime job and depending on expertise and experience.

More information

For further information, please contact prof.dr. Mart de Jong, tel: 0317-482012, e-mail:

You can apply online at until the 8th of June, 2018.

We are

Wageningen University and Research Centre delivers a substantial contribution to the quality of life. That’s our focus – each and every day. Within our domain, healthy food and living environment, we search for answers to issues affecting society – such as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy. Of course, we don’t do this alone. Every day, 6.500 people work on the ‘quality of life’, turning ideas in reality, on a global scale. Do you want to be one of these people? We give you the space you need. For further information about working at Wageningen UR, see

The QVE group has a track record in working on animal diseases and in advising governments and others in managing these diseases. We teach and do research on the epidemiology of diseases in animals, especially in livestock. The emphasis is on the transmission of infectious diseases within and between groups of animals, on factors that influence that transmission and the effect of control measures on it. We also study how micro-organisms evolve to escape the effects of control measures. Therewith we contribute to a more sustainable control of infections among animals. See also our website. (