Associate Professor in Senior Position / Evolutionary Behavioral Ecology

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Are you an experienced Evolutionary behavioral ecologist, who is interested in working in an inter-disciplinary research institute focused on biology, earth sciences, ecology, physical geography and environmental chemistry that has well-equipped lab and computational facilities? Then this might be a great position for you!

We are looking for an Associate professor in Evolutionary behavioral ecology.

The focus of the research area is Evolutionary behavioral ecology: from individual responses to population dynamics.

The position will be embedded in IBED’s Department of Evolutionary and Population Biology (EPB).

Research profile:

This era of climate change and increasing anthropogenic impacts on ecosystems requires a thorough understanding of the resilience and eco-evolutionary dynamics of organisms in their environments, ranging from individual responses to species interactions at different trophic levels. We are looking for a senior researcher whose research focuses on behavioral ecology in an evolutionary context, to gain insights in how changing environments affect behaviors of individuals and what are the population dynamic consequences of such changes across generations. Such insights are needed to predict how organisms can adapt in relation to other organisms, ranging from antagonistic to mutualistic interactions, and stressful abiotic factors, such as drought and pollution. We are particularly interested in researchers who conduct experimental lab- and field-based research that is attractive to a wide range of students, and use mathematical and statistical approaches to interpret field data.

Because IBED consists of unique collaborations between ecologists, molecular biologists, evolutionary biologists, and earth- and environmental scientists, and our teaching at all levels is research-based, we strive to hire a senior researcher who is excited about teaching courses and taking leading roles in not only our Biology curricula, but also in Psychobiology and possibly other curricula across faculties (e.g. Biomedical Sciences). Therefore, we are looking for someone with ample experience in designing and coordinating courses and curricula at the BSc and MSc level, whereby biological knowledge is integrated and embedded in broader contexts, such as psychology, economics and biomedical sciences.

What are you going to do?

In the field of research you will, among other things, be involved in:

  • Biological research within the area of your academic specialisation, leading to publications in leading peer-reviewed journals and contributing to the development of a long-term research strategy of the research group, the department and the Institute.
  • Engage fully with the collaborative ethos of IBED, encouraging and fostering collaborations between academic colleagues of other departments within IBED, the University of Amsterdam and elsewhere in the Netherlands and abroad. Collaborations with non-academic stakeholders is also highly appreciated.
  • Obtain funding from national and international sources.

Teaching responsibilities:

  • Contributes to teaching and further development in the BSc-programs Biology, Psychobiology, the MSc-tracks Ecology and Evolution and the new Master track Evolution of Behavior and Mind.
  • Contribute to leading roles in the teaching programs.
  • Develop teaching in both fieldwork based and laboratory education the field of Evolutionary behavioral ecology, preferably also across faculties.
  • Supervision of research project of BSc and MSc students.

The candidate is expected to spend ~40% to research, ~40% to teaching and ~20% of your time on organizational tasks within the institute.

What do we require?

  • A PhD in the field of evolutionary behavioral ecology;
  • A thriving line of research that is internationally well recognized;
  • Expertise in an area of research that aligns with the overall research theme of our department, reflected by (among others) your publication record;
  • Enthusiasm for and dedication to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels;
  • Ample experience in developing and coordinating courses at BSc and MSc level;
  • Proven capacity for outreach to and engagement with wider society in relation to research;
  • Fluency and excellent communication in English, both written and spoken;
  • Willingness to learn the Dutch language (Dutch courses are supported by the Institute).

Our offer

A temporary contract for 38 hours a week for the duration of 18 months. The position will be permanent, subject to a positive evaluation of your performance during this initial 18-month temporary appointment.

The position will start at the level of Associate Professor (Universitair Hoofddocent).

Your salary, depending on your relevant experience on commencement of the employment contract, ranges between € 5,506 to € 6,702 gross per month on the basis of a full working week of 38 hours. This sum does not include the 8% holiday allowance and the 8.3% year-end allowance.

A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants.

The preferred starting date is 1 May 2023, but this is flexible and depending on your availability.

The Collective Labour Agreement of Universities of the Netherlands is applicable.

Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Take a look here .

About the Faculty of Science and the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics  

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 7,000, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

The Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) is one of eight research institutes of the Faculty of Science at the University of Amsterdam. The research at IBED aims to unravel how ecosystems function in all their complexity, and how they change due to natural processes and human activities. At its core lies an integrated systems approach to study biodiversity, ecosystems and the environment. IBED adopts this systems approach to ecosystems, addressing abiotic (soil and water quality) and biotic factors (ecology and evolution of plants, animals, and microorganisms), and the interplay between those. The IBED vision includes research encompassing experimental and theoretical approaches at a wide variety of temporal and spatial scales, i.e. from molecules and microorganisms to patterns and processes occurring at the global scale.


Do you have questions about this vacancy? Or do you want to know more about our organisation? Please contact: Prof. Astrid T. Groot, head of the Department Evolutionary and Population Biology, tel. + 31 (0)20 525 5400 and email


Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 8 January 2023. You can apply online by using the link below. The University of Amsterdam is actively promoting to increase diversity and inclusion at the faculty level. Even though this position is open to all early-career scientists in the field of evolutionary ecology, we especially encourage early-career scientists from underrepresented minorities to apply, and in case of equal suitability priority will be given to these scientists.

Applications should include, combined in 1 pdf file:

  • a motivation letter,
  • a 2-page research statement
  • a 2-page teaching statement
  • a CV, including a list of publications, and the names and email addresses of two references.

All documents should be combined into one pdf file.

Please mention the months (not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience.

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

No agencies please.

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