Research Position: Scientist Honey Bee Biology and Health

Applications are welcome for Research Positions: Scientist Honey Bee Biology and Health at Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands.

Honey bee biology and health are key issues in ensuring a sustainable beekeeping sector and pollination of crops underpinning food security and ecosystem functioning.


The candidate will:

  • have knowledge of honey bee biology and health and other honey bee related topics
  • perform and supervise research in a team setting, both in the field and laboratory environment. This includes practical handling and research activities with honeybee colonies;
  • publish and communicate about the research scientifically as well as for beekeepers, agriculturists, industry, government and laymen;
  • keep up with all relevant scientific and societal literature that helps to perform and reach out our research;
  • translate results of scientific research into practical recommendations for stakeholders, including some extension to beekeepers;
  • Initiate new research and write proposals to acquire funding from government, funding bodies, industry and charity foundations;
  • guide master students and trainees involved in the research;
  • build and maintain a relevant national and international network.


Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment such as;

  • a competitive gross salary between € 2.836 and € 5.989 for a full-time depending on experience;
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and partially paid parental leave;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • excellent pension scheme.

Job Requirements

The Research Position: Scientist Honey Bee Biology and Health seeks applicants with

  • Ambitious scientist holding a master’s degree or a PhD degree in Biology/agricultural sciences.
  • Have knowledge of and (practical) experience with honey bee research.
  • Speak Dutch or are willing to learn Dutch.
    Competences to be a supportive team player.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Interest to acquire research contracts.
  • Project management skills.
  • Excellent talents for writing and presenting.
  • Good networking competences.
  • Have proven experience with or interest in:
  • Evolution, Ecology and Genetics
  • Pollinator Ecology
  • Agriculture
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Application Process

  • a curriculum vitae
  • a cover letter
  • Academic transcripts

To apply for the Research Position: Scientist Honey Bee Biology and Health, click here.

Application Deadline: February 16, 2022.

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