Post-doctoral researcher on fungal ecology

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 28 Apr 2024

2 Apr 2024
Job Information

Leiden University
Research Field

Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

28 Apr 2024 - 21:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Not Applicable
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description


Are you a motivated researcher who is excited to work in a project on soil fungal traits and soil multifunctionality? Do you have a PhD degree in microbial ecology, soil ecology, mycology or a related field? And do you like variation in your activities with field, laboratory, computational, and analytical work? Then this could be the ideal post-doc position for you!
We are hiring a post-doc for 2 years in a project on soil fungal traits and their relation to soil functions. The post-doc will be situated at the Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) within the VIDI project awarded to the PI.

The major overarching goals of the project are to 1) unravel the assembly and functional diversity of soil fungal communities, (2) reveal how fungal traits determine biodiversity and soil functioning, and (3) steer traits of the fungal community to recover the loss of soil multifunctionality. This will be achieved by combination of field characterization and isolation of fungi across land-use gradient, molecular and bioinformatic methods exploring the genomes of these fungi, and experiments on fungal cultures to measure their physiological traits in artificial soil systems and using for example stable isotope labelling. Further work together with a PhD student will focus on experimental manipulations of fungal community traits and ways of steering soil fungi to improve their functionality. Hence, for this project knowledge on and interest in soil fungi and soil functions are required.

Preferred starting date is in August/September 2024.


Specific Requirements

Selection criteria

  • A team player with a collaborative attitude and ability to work within a team and ability to help with supervision of PhD students;
  • A completed PhD degree in soil science, microbial/fungal ecology, mycology or a related field;
  • Interest and expertise in soil fungi and soil functions;
  • Hands-on experience in, or strong affinity with, at least two of following topics:
  • molecular work, (fungal) genomic analyses, fungal culturing and trait measurements, soil functional analyses including isotopes
  • Proficiency in (multivariate) statistical analyses;
  • Excellent English language proficiency and proven ability to write scientific articles

Additional Information

Terms of employment
We offer a 0,8-1,0 FTE 2-year position with the possibility of renewal based on need, funding and performance. The salary range for a Postdoc € 3.226 - € 5.090 (pay scale 10 in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities). Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3%), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses, we have set up a dual career program. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

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Research at our faculty
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Institute of Environmental Sciences, Department of Environmental Biology, Leiden University
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Selection process

Please submit your application via the online recruitment system, via the blue button at the top or bottom of this page. Applications received via e-mail will not be taken into consideration. Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents quoting the vacancy number: 14697

To apply you have to upload a cover letter (max 1 page) outlining both your motivation and your suitability for the project, list of publications, and your CV (max 2 pages excluding publication list) including names and contact details of two potential references. Please do not upload any other documents.

This vacancy will be listed up to and including Sunday 28th of April 2024. Interviews will be scheduled in end of May 2024.

Additional comments

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For more information about the position please contact Dr. Emilia Hannula [email protected]

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Universiteit Lerid
Postal Code
Rapenburg 70

Where to apply



Rapenburg 70
Postal Code

2311 EZ


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