Specialist Ruminant Reproduction (0.8 - 1.0 FTE)

Hours per week: 
28 to 40
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Departement Population Health Sciences
Application deadline: 

Job description

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is looking for a specialist (in training) in ruminant reproduction. The position can be filled at a senior level, where specialisation and/or promotion have been completed or at a junior level, where specialisation is part of the appointment.
The position at senior level includes 50% education and curriculum development and 50% clinically-driven applied research in the research programme ‘Fertility and Reproduction’ (F&R), leading to publications in peer-reviewed journals. At the junior level, it will be a combination of teaching and working towards specialisation.

As a Specialist (in training) in ruminant reproduction you are expected to actively contribute to the field of ruminant reproduction, specifically in reproductive management in dairy farms. You should be successful in attracting research funding and maintain a national and international network in science, industry and government.


The successful applicant:

  • holds a recognized DVM Diploma and is registered as a diplomat of the European College of Animal Reproduction (ECAR) or is willing to acquire the ECAR specialism or has, or is willing to apply for, a PhD degree in the field of Reproduction;
  • should be able to demonstrate a keen interest and experience in reproductive management on dairy farms including fertility, obstetrics and reproductive technologies;
  • is an independent thinker who is also an effective and constructive team player;
  • is expected to be an excellent communicator, both verbally and in writing; 
  • critically reflects on their own performance and has the ambition to continuously work on personal development.


We offer a temporary position (0.8 - 1.0 FTE) for one year in an international working environment. After positive evaluation, this can be turned into a permanent position. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranges between €2,960 and €6,181 (scale 10/12 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year.

In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, professional development, sports, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). For more information, please visit working at Utrecht University.

The salary depending on the position (junior/senior) will be: 

  • SiO's (Training medical specialist: scale 10);
  • UD (Assistant Professor: scale 11 of 12).

About the organisation

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major strategic themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is the only institution in the Netherlands training students to become veterinarians. In addition, researchers collaborate on innovative, scientific research around the themes of One Health, One Medicine and Veterinary Biomedicine. Moreover, the faculty provides specialist clinical care in Europe's largest academic veterinary hospital. Attention to disease, health and well-being of the animal and its environment underpins the three pillars of our faculty: education, research and veterinary health care. The faculty has about 1,500 students and 900 staff and is located at the Utrecht Science Park, near the historical city centre of Utrecht.

The applicant will be positioned in the Sustainable Ruminant Health (SRH) team within the division Farm Animal Health, Department of Population Health Sciences. The SRH team is a multidisciplinary team of academics and professionals aiming to promote sustainable ruminant health and welfare.

Additional information

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To apply, please send your curriculum vitae, including a letter of motivation via the 'apply' button.
Interviews will take place on June 13 in the morning or on June 14.

The application deadline is 8 June 2023.