Assistant Professor Terrestrial Biosphere Modelling, Tenure Track position (0.8 – 1.0 FTE)

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Assistant Professor Terrestrial Biosphere Modelling, Tenure Track position (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.
The world faces a number of important sustainable development challenges, including the questions, ‘how to address climate change and provide food for 9 billion people in 2050?’, and ‘how to avoid or mitigate the risks associated with environmental changes?’.
These environmental changes include land-use change, droughts, nitrogen deposition and carbon fertilization, which are strongly connected to the biosphere. With a new position on Terrestrial Biosphere Modelling the Copernicus Institute aims to contribute to these challenges while also increasing our fundamental knowledge of the system.
The Copernicus Institute seeks a highly motivated candidate with a background in modelling the terrestrial biosphere and with knowledge on key interactions between the water, nutrient & carbon cycles and the atmosphere. The candidate is interested in modelling terrestrial biosphere interactions under different future scenarios and is interested in how science can play a key role in providing policy-relevant information for national and international policies.
You are expected to develop an internationally renowned research line at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development. You will contribute to the acquisition and execution of externally funded projects, including acquisition and supervision of PhD students. We will stimulate and coach you in applying for a personal research grant.
You will teach in the Bachelor's programme Global Sustainability Science; in the Master's programmes Sustainable Development and Water, Science & Management; and supervise Bachelor's and Master's projects. Specifically, you will coordinate the bachelor course Natural Processes and will contribute to courses such as Global Climate Change (BSc) and Climate Modelling (MSc). Teaching is in English. In the first two years the teaching load will be 50%, after two years teaching load will increase to 60%.

Qualifications We gladly receive applications from candidates who:
  • have a PhD and profound knowledge in terrestrial biosphere modelling and preferably proficient in  observational databases linked to remote sensing;
  • have experience with and interest in academic teaching;
  • depending on experience after their PhD: have a network for acquisition of externally funded projects, are connected to relevant academic and societal partners and have a record of international peer-reviewed publications;
  • are able to demonstrate English language proficiency at C1 level (CEFR or comparable to level 3 of the Lecturer Assessment Grid) or 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 is part of the Faculty of Geosciences. The Copernicus Institute 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.
The position will be in the Environmental Sciences group, one of the four research groups of the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development. The Environmental Sciences group is a dynamic, ambitious and internationally leading team of researchers with a focus on fundamental and policy-oriented research of environmental processes, from local to global scales. The Copernicus Institute has been evaluated in the 2014 international review as the highest ranked research institute in sustainability sciences in the Netherlands. Since then, the institute has intensified its efforts in maintaining its leading position, among others by opening up positions for international scientists and by developing new, internationally oriented teaching programmes. 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.

Additional information For more information about this position, please contact: Prof. dr. Stefan Dekker or dr. Karin Rebel , via s.c.dekker@uu.nl or k.t.rebel@uu.nl.
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The application deadline is 01/06/2021
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