3 Assistant Professor positions (Tenure Track) in Evolutionary Adaptation in the Anthropocene

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Deadline: 15 Oct 2022

3 Assistant Professor positions (Tenure Track) in Evolutionary Adaptation in the Anthropocene
3 Assistant Professor positions (Tenure Track) in Evolutionary Adaptation in the Anthropocene
Published Deadline Location
today 15 Oct Amsterdam

Are you passionate about research and teaching, and would you like to work in a multidisciplinary team in the field of evolution and ecology? Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Job description
The Amsterdam Institute for Life and Environment (A-LIFE) invites applications for 3 Tenure Track positions as Assistant Professor in the area of Evolutionary Adaptation in the Anthropocene.
Humans are causing unprecedented and fast changes on our planet, challenging scientists to understand the effect of anthropogenic environmental change (urbanization, climate, pollution, land-use change) on the distribution, traits and interactions of species.
We are looking for candidates who combine outstanding research with enthusiastic teaching in understanding the role of genetic and phenotypic variation in the adaptation of species to anthropogenic habitats.
The three positions have the following research focus:
  • Molecular Evolution: Molecular basis of adaptation in human environments
  • Landscape Genetics: Effects of spatial heterogeneity in landscape on adaptation
  • Evolutionary Ecology: Evolution of interspecies interactions in new ecosystems
The positions are embedded in the section Ecology & Evolution, a vibrant and informal research group with a strong global track record in molecular evolution, stress adaptation, species interactions and trait ecology. The candidates are expected to contribute to our focus on integrative ecological and evolutionary research.
We ask candidates to write a concise research statement (max. 1 pages) that identifies and presents how their research plans will contribute to the research portfolio of the section Ecology and Evolution. In addition, we ask candidates to provide a concise teaching statement (also 1 pages max.) reflecting on their teaching vision and how they will contribute to the teaching tasks of the department.
Your duties
  • develop a vigorous, largely extramurally funded research program
  • teach bachelor and master level courses in evolution, ecology, and related subjects
  • provide high quality training and supervision to PhD-students and postdocs
  • engage in professional development activities related to teaching and academic leadership

  • 30.4—38 hours per week
  • €3974—€5439 per month
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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

  • Ph.D. in evolutionary biology or related field with at least 3 years of postdoctoral experience
  • strong track record of research and publications in the field of adaptation to anthropogenic environmental changes
  • proven ability for acquisition of external funding
  • demonstrated skills in activating teaching methods in BSc and MSc level courses
  • excellent communication skills (written and spoken English) and motivation to work in a team
  • proficiency in Dutch is not required, but the successful candidate would be expected to develop at least a passive proficiency in the first three years after appointment

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 18 months.

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €3,974 (scale 11)
and a maximum €5,439 (scale 11), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE.
We offer a Tenure Track position at the level of Assistant Professor initially for the duration of 6 years. A career plan to grow to a tenured position (profile Universitair Docent 1) over the period of 6 years will be made and formalized in a Career Track agreement. This agreement will contain 3 evaluation moments in terms of publication record, acquisition success, teaching and academic leadership: after 15 months, mid-term, and after 5 years.
After a successful evaluation at 15 months, permanent employment will be granted after 18 month.
Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • child daycare facilities available on campus
  • good paid parental leave scheme

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor - from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 30,000 students. We employ over 5,500 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam's Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.
We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.
The Faculty of Science
The Faculty of Science inspires researchers and students to find sustainable solutions for complex societal issues. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to medicines and from molecules to the moon: our teaching and research programmes cover the full spectrum of the natural sciences. We share knowledge and experience with leading research institutes and industries, both here in the Netherlands and abroad.
Working at the Faculty of Science means working with students, PhD candidates and researchers, all with a clear focus on their field and a broad view of the world. We employ more than 1,250 staff members, and we are home to more than 11,000 students.
About the institute
The Amsterdam Institute for Life and Environment (A-LIFE) offers a stimulating international research environment with world-class academic reputation, and state-of-the-art facilities. We have a strong commitment to bachelor and master level teaching. Research in the department covers a wide range of fundamental and applied research topics with the aim to advance the fundamental understanding of the interplay between life and its environment. Our strength lies in the ability to connect properties and emergent behaviors across all scales, from molecules to ecosystems, including human populations.
Additional information
Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae, cover letter, research statement (max 1 page), a teaching statement (max 1 page) and names and contact information for three references until 15/10/2022. References will be contacted for letters of recommendation.
Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.
Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:
Name: Prof.dr. M.P. Berg
Position: Professor
E-mail: m.p.berg@vu.nl
Name: Prof.dr. J. Ellers
Position: Professor
E-mail: j.ellers@vu.nl
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