International visibility, activities, prizes, scholarships
Jos Raaijmakers is fellow of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts & Sciences (KNAW), Professor of Microbial Ecology at Leiden University, board member of the graduate school Production Ecology & Resource Conservation and former board member of the Centre for Soil Ecology. He was a visiting Professor at Copenhagen University (Denmark), Oregon State University (USA) and the University of Malaga (Spain), and former Chair of the Dutch Phytobacteriology group. He is currently editor-in-chief of the new Springer Nature journal ISME Communications.
His past and present research program is conducted in an international context with projects in Asia (Vietnam, Indonesia, Korea, China), South America (Ecuador, Colombia, Brasil) and Africa (Ghana, Ethiopia). He is recipient/coordinator of several prestigious and large national and international research grants (e.g. NWO-EcoGenomics (Netherlands Genomics Initiative), NWO-Gravitation (http://microp.org), BE-Basic, TTW-Perspectief Back-To-Roots), EU-Horizon/Marie Curie ITN; NWO-Groot). His expertise in plant-microbiome research led to the invitation by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop and coordinate the international program PROMISE (http://promise.nioo.knaw.nl). In the latest international peer review, his department/institute was rated with the highest score (“excellent”) on all criteria (Quality, Relevance, Viability).
He published more than 160 articles in peer reviewed scientific journals, including papers in Nature-based journals (Nature Microbiology, Nature Chemical Biology, ISME Journal), Science, PNAS, and top Microbiology, Plant Science and Ecology journals. Over the past 4 years, he was elected in the Top 1% of the most highly cited researchers worldwide.
He holds several international patents and works closely with industry (start-ups, medium & large enterprises), including international seed companies and agrochemical industries focused on developing new microbiome-based products. He supervises multiple PhD students, postdocs and technicians, and is involved in teaching BSc and MSc courses at Leiden University as well as international PhD courses. During his time as an associate professor at Wageningen University, he was selected by the students in the top 25 best teachers. He also organized several international conferences, including the PGPR-meeting (2007), Rhizosphere 4 (2015), and the International Plant Microbiome conference (2016, 2018, 2022). Many of his former PhD and postdocs have acquired leading positions at (inter)national universities, government research institutes and R&D departments of different companies.
- Promoter of PhD students: 19 graduations completed; 11 ongoing
- Reviewer for various international scientific journals; keynote speaker at international conferences and workshops
- Member of (inter)national PhD committees & Scientific Advisory Boards
- Member of professional organizations - International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME); American Society for Microbiology (ASM); Dutch Society for Microbiology (NVvM); Dutch Phytopathological Society (KNPV); Graduate Schools - Experimental Plant Sciences (EPS); Production Ecology & Resource Conservation (PE&RC).
Teaching (past & present)
- Microbial Ecology; Molecular Microbiology; Leiden University, Netherlands
- Plant-Microbe Interactions, Integrated Pest Management, Living Soil, Wageningen University, Netherlands
- Genomics, Applied Microbiology, Wageningen University & University Copenhagen
Scholarships & prizes
- Nominee Huibregtsenprize 2022 (https://www.avondwenm.nl/huibregtsenprijs)
- 2018 – 2022: top 1% of most Highly Cited Researchers worldwide (Clarivate Analytics)
- Nominee of the Merck Future Insight Prize 2021
- Academy (KNAW) fellow (2001-2006) ‘Pathogen defense against microbial antagonism’
- Elected in 2010 & 2011 by students among best teachers of Wageningen University
- OECD-fellowship (1998) ‘Role of antibiosis in Fusarium-wilt suppressive soils’
- USDA-award (1997) ‘Unravelling the molecular basis of disease suppressive soils’