Researcher in Greenhouse Technology, Covering and Screen Materials
Wageningen University

Researcher in Greenhouse Technology, Covering and Screen Materials

Published on
October 30, 2021

Location Wageningen

We are looking for

“If you are an enthusiastic researcher with an interest in innovative horticulture and technology, then we are looking for you!”

  • You carry out projects in the field of greenhouse technology, mainly aimed at designing new and improving existing greenhouse production systems;
  • You contribute to the development and improvement of greenhouse production towards fossil-free, profitable production with a high-quality end product by researching greenhouse covering and screen materials for optimal use of natural light;
  • You use WUR LightLab for the characterization of new greenhouse covering and screen materials; you use simulation models in the field of greenhouse design, materials, climate control and energy management; and you collect data in experiments in (inter)national practice.
  • You actively shape the field, initiate and conduct acquisitions with national and international parties;
  • You translate scientific research results into practical applications and implement them in practice; you have close interaction with innovative growers and horticultural suppliers; you communicate your research results to the sector.
  • You work in a multidisciplinary team with various experts within and outside WUR;
  • You are the project leader of projects, often public-private partnerships in which companies, governments and other knowledge institutions participate;
  • You coach junior colleagues in their development and knowledge development;
  • You monitor the quality of WUR LightLab.

We ask

You have an academic education in the field of applied physics or another relevant technical education and several years of work experience, preferably on PhD level.
You have experience in the following research fields:

  • Knowledge of the field of greenhouse technology, greenhouse covering and screen materials, materials science and optics;
  • Basic knowledge of the interaction of crop production and technical design of greenhouse (roof) systems and the willingness to learn more on the challenges of (international) horticulture;
  • Knowledge and experience with physical modelling;
You see project acquisition, both nationally and internationally, as a challenge. You actively shape the research field. You have a relevant network. You can organize well and oversee multiple projects and you have experience in leading large projects with multiple partners. You publish the research results in scientific journals, but also in publications aimed at a wide audience. You are able to initiate new research within the field of horticultural technology and formulate clear project proposals. You are able to communicate well in Dutch and English, with researchers and project staff as well as clients.

Important competencies for this researcher are:
  • team player;
  • communicative;
  • proactive and result and quality oriented;
  • creative;
  • ambitious and driven.
This position is preferably in Wageningen, but location Bleiswijk is also an option.

We offer

A challenging position with, depending on your knowledge, education level, competences and relevant experience, a market conform salary up to a maximum of € 5,183 gross per month for a full working week of 36 hours in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement Wageningen Research (maximum scale 11). At WUR you will work in an (inter)national leading organization in the field of research and education. This is a one-year position with prospects of permanent employment if our cooperation is mutually satisfactory.

In addition, we offer:

  • 8% holiday allowance;
  • a fixed year-end bonus of 3%;
  • excellent training opportunities and fringe benefits;
  • flexible working hours and holidays can be determined in consultation with colleagues in such a way that an optimal balance between work and private life is possible;
  • excellent pension scheme through ABP;
  • 171 holiday hours, the option to buy extra and good supplementary leave arrangements;
  • a choice model to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, such as a bicycle plan;
  • use the sports facilities on campus for a small fee.
Wageningen University & Research stimulates internal career opportunities and mobility with an active internal recruitment policy. In a learning environment there are sufficient opportunities for personal initiative. We offer a versatile job in an international environment with varied work in a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

More information

Enthusiastic or curious?

For more information about the position, please contact Dr. Silke Hemming (, team leader of the Greenhouse Technology research team.

We would like to receive your letter and complete CV before December 1, 2021.
You can only apply via the website of Wageningen University & Research;

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

We are

Wageningen University & Research
The mission of Wageningen University and 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, 6.800 employees and 12.900 students, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of Wageningen’s unique approach. WUR has been named Best Employer in the Education category for 2019-2020.

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

Wageningen University & Research, business unit Greenhouse Horticulture, is a leading international contract research institute for greenhouse horticulture. We focus on innovations in the greenhouse horticulture sector. Together with industry, science and government, questions on greenhouse design, crop management and cultivation are analyzed and translated into applied research and innovation projects.
The Greenhouse Horticulture business unit has approximately 150 employees and various research teams:
- Crop health, water and soil
- Crop physiology
- Crop management and quality
- Greenhouse technology

The position described here is part of the Greenhouse Technology research team. In the Netherlands and various regions in the world, our research is focused on sustainable systems for greenhouses and indoor farming production. Experts in crop physiology, crop protection, greenhouse climate, water, energy, modelling, data science, computer vision, sensors and robotics work together in multidisciplinary projects. We do this together with experts from science and business. For more information, visit

In an ambitious research program we are working on energy saving in Dutch greenhouse horticulture, helping to make the sector more sustainable. In the coming years, Dutch greenhouses must be free from using fossil energy and causing emissions. On behalf of the government, suppliers and growers, we provide answers to research questions, stimulate innovations and help to implement them in practice. Internationally, research questions are often related to greenhouse production systems aimed at local growing conditions and achieving high yields with a minimal use of resources such as water and energy. In a number of (longer-term, out-of-the-box) projects we are pushing the boundaries of what is technologically possible in the future.

Projects involve close collaboration with WUR LightLab. This laboratory is part of the Greenhouse Technology team and carries out research to develop improved greenhouse covering and screen materials for horticultural applications. Improvements in the optical properties of materials for an improved crop production and increased energy savings are central to this. Research takes place in collaboration with companies, guidelines for new materials are developed and the potential of new materials is investigated by measurements, models and/or experiments. Another important activity is carrying out standard measurements of commercially available materials on behalf of companies. WUR LightLab is an ISO17025 accredited test laboratory.

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