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Job - Assistant/Associate Professor (Tenure track) Microbial Ecology (1.0 fte) HRS4R

Specifications - (explanation)

Location Utrecht University, Faculty of Science
Function typesProfessors, associate professors, assistant professors and lecturers, Research, Development, Innovation
Scientific fieldsNatural Sciences
Hours 38.0 hours per week
Salary € 3195 - € 5920
EducationDoctorate
Job number 547058
Translations
About employer Utrecht University
Short link www.academictransfer.com/16305

Job description

This researcher will collaborate within and outside the group in order to gain mechanistic understanding of microbial community dynamics and functioning in response to environmental change. Specifically, research will be dedicated to elucidating the microbial processes and key microbial players in important ecosystem processes including interactions with vegetation dynamics, biogeochemical cycling and procurement of ecosystem functions. The microbial ecologist’s research line is to be imbedded in the major themes of the Ecology and Biodiversity group, as described below, and Utrecht University’s focus area Sustainability.

Requirements

The successful candidate should have a demonstrated research record in microbial ecology or a closely related discipline. It is expected that the candidate will be familiar with the utilization of multidisciplinary approaches, including emerging high-throughput approaches, and their application to important issues in environmental microbiology. 

We also seek someone who has a clear record of embedding microbial ecology research into the ecosystem perspective. Given the complex and data-intensive nature of the expected research, a strong affinity with bioinformatics would be an important advantage. The successful candidate is expected to establish an independent research unit within the major themes of the Ecology and Biodiversity group, as well as play an important role in the groups teaching activities on biodiversity, ecology, biostatistics and natural resources management.

Conditions of employment

The candidate is offered a full-time position for 5 years, with options for further continuation on a permanent base. 

The gross salary is in the range between € 3,195 and maximum € 5,920 gross per month.The salary is supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8,3% per year. 

In addition we offer: a pension scheme, a partially paid parental leave, flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities. The research group will provide the candidate with necessary support on all aspects of the project. 

More information: terms of employment.

Organisation

The Faculty of Science consists of six departments: Biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Information and Computing Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry and Mathematics. The Faculty is home to 3500 students and nearly 2000 staff and is internationally renowned for the quality of its research. The Faculty's academic programmes reflect developments in today's society.
The Ecology & Biodiversity Group investigates the ecological mechanisms that regulate biodiversity and allow for the maintenance of ecosystem functioning in our changing world. The group’s research takes an integrated approach toward identifying how, and to what extent, different components of biological diversity are regulated and how biodiversity and diversity loss impacts ecosystem functions such as carbon sequestration and biogeochemical cycling. Our research utilizes a combination of laboratory, fytotron and greenhouse experiments, (long-term) field monitoring and modeling across a range of ecological, spatial and temporal scales. We pay special attention to above- and belowground communities and their interactions, to spatial processes in the landscape such as movement of organisms and to community assembly following dispersal and colonization.
Thus, we seek to obtain process-based, mechanistic understanding of species interactions and functional responses in order to provide predictive models of how ecosystem components and services will be impacted by climate and land use changes. We apply the results of our studies to provide guidelines for ecosystem management and restoration and species conservation. Our research is imbedded within the environmental, climatic and geological research with Utrecht University’s focus area Sustainability. The group actively supports the Bachelor’s and Master’s teaching programs within the study tracks ‘Plant Biology’ and ‘Ecology and Natural Resource Management’. 
On the 1st of January 2013, Prof. George Kowalchuk will be installed as the new head of research group Ecology and Biodiversity. Coinciding with this appointment, the research group seeks to expand and further integrate its research focus of 'Understanding and predicting biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in a changing world'.

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Specifications - (explanation)

Location Utrecht University, Faculty of Science
Function typesProfessors, associate professors, assistant professors and lecturers, Research, Development, Innovation
Scientific fieldsNatural Sciences
Hours 38.0 hours per week
Salary € 3195 - € 5920
EducationDoctorate
Job number 547058
Translations
About employer Utrecht University
Short link www.academictransfer.com/16305

Job description

This researcher will collaborate within and outside the group in order to gain mechanistic understanding of microbial community dynamics and functioning in response to environmental change. Specifically, research will be dedicated to elucidating the microbial processes and key microbial players in important ecosystem processes including interactions with vegetation dynamics, biogeochemical cycling and procurement of ecosystem functions. The microbial ecologist’s research line is to be imbedded in the major themes of the Ecology and Biodiversity group, as described below, and Utrecht University’s focus area Sustainability.

Requirements

The successful candidate should have a demonstrated research record in microbial ecology or a closely related discipline. It is expected that the candidate will be familiar with the utilization of multidisciplinary approaches, including emerging high-throughput approaches, and their application to important issues in environmental microbiology. 

We also seek someone who has a clear record of embedding microbial ecology research into the ecosystem perspective. Given the complex and data-intensive nature of the expected research, a strong affinity with bioinformatics would be an important advantage. The successful candidate is expected to establish an independent research unit within the major themes of the Ecology and Biodiversity group, as well as play an important role in the groups teaching activities on biodiversity, ecology, biostatistics and natural resources management.

Conditions of employment

The candidate is offered a full-time position for 5 years, with options for further continuation on a permanent base. 

The gross salary is in the range between € 3,195 and maximum € 5,920 gross per month.The salary is supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8,3% per year. 

In addition we offer: a pension scheme, a partially paid parental leave, flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities. The research group will provide the candidate with necessary support on all aspects of the project. 

More information: terms of employment.

Organisation

The Faculty of Science consists of six departments: Biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Information and Computing Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry and Mathematics. The Faculty is home to 3500 students and nearly 2000 staff and is internationally renowned for the quality of its research. The Faculty's academic programmes reflect developments in today's society.
The Ecology & Biodiversity Group investigates the ecological mechanisms that regulate biodiversity and allow for the maintenance of ecosystem functioning in our changing world. The group’s research takes an integrated approach toward identifying how, and to what extent, different components of biological diversity are regulated and how biodiversity and diversity loss impacts ecosystem functions such as carbon sequestration and biogeochemical cycling. Our research utilizes a combination of laboratory, fytotron and greenhouse experiments, (long-term) field monitoring and modeling across a range of ecological, spatial and temporal scales. We pay special attention to above- and belowground communities and their interactions, to spatial processes in the landscape such as movement of organisms and to community assembly following dispersal and colonization.
Thus, we seek to obtain process-based, mechanistic understanding of species interactions and functional responses in order to provide predictive models of how ecosystem components and services will be impacted by climate and land use changes. We apply the results of our studies to provide guidelines for ecosystem management and restoration and species conservation. Our research is imbedded within the environmental, climatic and geological research with Utrecht University’s focus area Sustainability. The group actively supports the Bachelor’s and Master’s teaching programs within the study tracks ‘Plant Biology’ and ‘Ecology and Natural Resource Management’. 
On the 1st of January 2013, Prof. George Kowalchuk will be installed as the new head of research group Ecology and Biodiversity. Coinciding with this appointment, the research group seeks to expand and further integrate its research focus of 'Understanding and predicting biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in a changing world'.