Assistant Professor in Earth System and Climate Sciences (0.8 - 1.0 FTE)

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: Temporary
Deadline: 16 Aug 2022

You will strengthen education and research in the Department of Earth Sciences and complement research in other departments at Utrecht University (Physical Geography and Sustainable Development of Geosciences and Institute of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences from Science Faculty). You are an inspiring teacher to BSc, MSc and PhD students and have, or are willing to obtain in the near future, a basic teaching qualification. You are a strong team player with good communication and networking skills, who is focused on achieving multidisciplinary research targets and participating in the acquisition of funding for research projects and advanced new equipment. A minimum experience of two to three years as a postdoctoral researcher is highly recommended. (International) experience outside Utrecht University is an asset.


You should:

  • have a PhD degree in a relevant field of the natural sciences;
  • have a clear vision for education and a strong affinity with teaching;
  • have an outstanding record of academic research, reflected in high-quality publications;
  • have the ability to obtain competitive research grants;
  • have strong communication, networking and organisational skills;
  • have an eye for public outreach and are willing to contribute to media appearances and popular scientific articles.


Publication track record, teaching record, acquired research funds and leadership experience will be weighed against the number of years of academic experience, also considering (parental) leave and part-time appointments. You are expected to have a very good level of English, both spoken and written. We require a qualification English at C1 level (CEFR or comparable to level 3 of the Lecturer Assessment Grid) or to be prepared to obtain this level by training. For non-Dutch speaking candidates, Dutch language skills should be at the level of practical communication within about three years of the appointment.


In the selection process, we will be guided by the quality of the applicants, as well as the diversity of our staff population. Your vision on teaching, research vision and funding potential, as well as your connection to existing activities in the department, will specifically be considered by the evaluation committee. The profile of the department is rooted in the core disciplines of geochemistry, geology, geophysics, (marine) bio geosciences and hydrogeology. Within Utrecht University, we interact in research and teaching with physical geography, human geography, and environmental & sustainability sciences (sister departments in the Faculty of Geosciences), as well as with atmospheric & marine sciences, biology, mathematics, and chemistry/material sciences in the Faculty of Sciences. Among our key partners in marine geosciences is the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) .


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