Assistant Professor tenure track Environmental Scientist (Plant Ecology and Biogeochemistry) (0.8 - 1.0 FTE)

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Assistant Professor tenure track Environmental Scientist (Plant Ecology and Biogeochemistry) (0.8 - 1.0 FTE)

Job description The Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at Assistant Professor level in the Environmental Sciences group. Human-induced pressures such as nutrient enrichment, climate change and land use change for food production are altering terrestrial ecosystems and threatening biodiversity.
You will contribute to understanding the effects of these pressures on terrestrial vegetation in the context of global change and the ambition of sustainable development. Your research specifically contributes to halting biodiversity loss and solving the friction between nature and agriculture. You are expected to develop an internationally renowned research line at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development.
As our new Assistant Professor you will teach in the Bachelor's programme Global Sustainability Science (i.e. teaching in courses on natural processes and (biogeo)chemistry and developing a Sustainable Food Track) and the internationally leading Master's programme Sustainable Development (including designing a field course). Teaching is in English. In addition, successful candidates will be expected to supervise Bachelor's and Master's projects. In the first two years the teaching load will be 50%, after two years the teaching load will increase to 60%.
You will contribute to the acquisition and execution of externally funded projects. Coaching and supervising PhD students is also one of your responsibilities. You will be stimulated and coached in applying for a personal research grant.
The Copernicus Institute works in interdisciplinary teams and has organized research around cross-topical themes and sustainability challenges. You will specifically contribute to two challenges (Sustainable Land , Sustainable Food ) and the cross-topical theme Transitions .

  • You have expertise in plant ecology (terrestrial ecosystems, biodiversity, nutrients), soil chemistry, plant soil interactions and/or biogeochemistry.
  • You are interested to work in an interdisciplinary research group on themes such as agro-ecology, interactions between nature and agriculture, restoration ecology, nature based solutions and ecosystem services.
  • You have experience with field work and experiments, have floristic skills and are skilled in the lab. Modeling skills are considered a plus.
We encourage applications from candidates who:
  • have a PhD;
  • have experience with and interest in academic teaching;
  • have a network for the acquisition of externally funded projects;
  • have a strong record of international peer-reviewed publications;
  • are well connected to relevant academic partners as well as relevant stakeholders in society;
  • have excellent communication skills;
  • are able to demonstrate excellent English language proficiency. We require a qualification English at C1 level (CEFR or comparable to level 3 of the Lecturer Assessment Grid) or you are prepared to obtain this level by training.

Offer For the tenure track we offer a temporary position (0.8-1.0 FTE) for six years in combination with a four-year tenure track qualification programme. Your performance will be subject to annual evaluations as well as an end-term evaluation after 3.5 years. Following a positive evaluation - based on the faculty performance indicators - your employment will become permanent after four years, or sooner depending on the moment you qualify. In case the 3.5-year evaluation is not satisfactory, the contract will be terminated. A continuation after the first four years is only possible for the purpose of compensation of maternity or parental leave or other recognized delays. Further career development to Associate Professor (level 2) is possible, depending on qualification.
The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience  - ranges between €3,746 and €5,127 (scale 11 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, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions  (multiple choice model). More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here.
About the organization 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 societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.
Utrecht University's Faculty of Geosciences studies the Earth: from the Earth's core to its surface, including man's spatial and material utilisation of the Earth - always with a focus on sustainability and innovation. With 3,400 students (BSc and MSc) and 720 staff, the Faculty is a strong and challenging organisation. The Faculty of Geosciences is organised in four Departments : Earth Sciences, Human Geography & Spatial Planning, Physical Geography, and the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development.
The Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development is part of the Faculty of Geosciences. The Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development has been evaluated in a 2014 international review as the highest ranked research institute in environmental sciences in the Netherlands. Since then, the institute has intensified its efforts in maintaining its leading position, among other things by investing in several new international faculty appointments and by developing new, internationally oriented teaching programmes. 

Additional information For more information about this position, please contact:
Prof. Martin Wassen (Chair Environmental Sciences) via
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The application deadline is 01/06/2021
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