Research and Teaching Assistant Entomology

Wageningen University & Research invites applications for the position of Research and Teaching Assistant in Entomology to contribute to ground-breaking research in the fascinating world of insects.

One of the most captivating aspects of entomology is the incredible diversity of insect species. From colorful butterflies dancing in the sunlight to industrious ants constructing intricate colonies, insects offer a mesmerizing tapestry of shapes, sizes, and behaviors. At Wageningen, they delve into the intricacies of insect biodiversity, unlocking the secrets of their evolution and ecological interactions.

Join the Wageningen University & Research group, where entomology comes alive. As a Research and Teaching Assistants, they are humbled by the opportunity to contribute to this captivating discipline, studying the intricate world of insects and their impact on the environment. Together, let them unravel the mysteries of entomology, paving the way for a sustainable future where humans and insects coexist harmoniously.


The successful candidate: 

  • specific need is to support behavioural and molecular work that takes place under biological safety level-3 conditions.
  • Facilitate research on various study systems that is being carried out by the teams headed by different principal investigators.
  • Will have responsibilities regarding the maintenance of laboratory equipment and the general up-keeping of specific laboratories and their facilities (e.g. climate cells, wind tunnels etc.).
  • Provide hands-on support for insect-rearing activities where necessary.
  • Will be involved in practical aspects of teaching, including the preparation of materials, supervising practicals, and co-supervision of BSc and MSc thesis students.


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

  • a competitive gross salary of between € 2.818,- and € 4.257
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and partially paid parental leave;
  • 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/holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and staffs can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.
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Job Requirements

The Research and Teaching Assistant Entomology position seeks candidates who:

  • Has a professional BSc degree (HBO) in biology that includes insect biology
  • Is a team player who understands the needs of colleagues and facilitates research and education in the interest of the Entomology team
  • Provides support and, where possible, carries out research into the behavioral biology of insects. Experience with working at BSL-2 and/or BSL-3 level is desirable.
  • Provides support in the provision and organization of (practical) education, including co-supervision of BSc and MSc students
  • Has general knowledge of and experience with studying the biology and behavior of insects, preferably blood-sucking insects
  • Can share his/her enthusiasm with the general public, e.g. through participation in public activities, activities for scholars/students, etc.
  • Has good organization and time management skills
  • Has excellent communicative capacities, both written and orally in Dutch and English.

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit:

  • A letter of motivation;
  • Curriculum vitae.

To apply for the Research and Teaching Assistant Entomologyclick here.

Deadline: August 22, 2023.

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