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At PE&RC, we highly value postdocs. Currently, we have about 50 registered postdocs. Of these, approximately 75% are from the Wageningen University research groups, 24% from NIOO, 2% from Naturalis Biodiversity Center and 4% from the Ecology & Biodiversity group of Utrecht University. Within the present output-driven rewards system, however, research groups are more stimulated to appoint PhDs than postdocs. As a result, relatively few postdocs are being appointed within our research groups. In the meantime, postdocs can play a significant role in addressing more overarching questions than can be addressed by PhD candidates. Moreover, postdoc experience is virtually essential to enter the tenure-track system for scientific staff positions. PE&RC has played a leading role in developing the Wageningen postdoc policy, which aims at improving the position of postdocs in the organisation, increasing awareness among postdocs, and facilitating postdoc career development. PE&RC will continue to develop and support activities for postdocs. If you are a postdoc in one of the PE&RC affiliated institutes or research groups, but you are not registered with us yet, seriously consider to do so, as this offers you a number of advantages. Registered PE&RC Postdocs:

  • Receive the monthly PE&RC newsletter with information about PE&RC activities;
  • Will be informed about activities specifically aimed at postdocs;
  • Can participate in training activities aimed at early stage researchers (often with reduced fees);
  • Can apply for specific PE&RC funding;
  • Can participate in activities to support them as temporary employees in their (career) development.

If you wish to register as a PE&RC Postdoc, please download the PE&RC Postdoc Registration Form and submit this to PE&RC Office.