Tenure track Assistant Professor position in Plant Science (1.0 FTE)

Tenure track Assistant Professor position in Plant Science (1.0 FTE)

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21 Jan yesterday Utrecht

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Job description

We are looking for an enthusiastic, communicative, and highly motivated tenure track Assistant Professor with experience in studying mechanisms of plant-environment interactions. As a tenure track researcher, you will be part of the Plant Ecophysiology team of the department of Biology, and actively do research, teaching, and supervision. We are looking for candidates with proven excellence in research and teaching, who can develop an independent research line, and at the same time connect to, complement, or extend other research themes in the Plant Ecophysiology group.


Utrecht University


We are seeking a driven, creative and collaborative candidate with the following requirements:

  • a PhD in Plant Biology;
  • experience, talent and interest in academic teaching;
  • experience with biological research into molecular mechanisms of plant-environment interactions;
  • a strong plant molecular biology background, affinity/experience with physiology and bioinformatics;
  • experience in publishing impactful science;
  • experience and success in acquiring external funding;
  • strongly developed social skills;
  • a broad network in plant biology and experience with outreach;
  • excellent English proficiency (speaking and writing) and willingness to learn Dutch;
  • a team player who thinks critically and creatively and is organized and efficient;
  • the capacity and interest to develop leadership skills for a future staff position in the Plant Ecophysiology research group.

Conditions of employment

  • a full-time tenure track position for five years that will be subject to a mid-term evaluation after approximately 2.5 years and an end-term evaluation. If evaluations are positive after five years, the position becomes permanent;
  • a full-time gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranging between €3,746 and €5,127 per month (scale 11 at the level of Assistant Professor (universitair docent; UD) according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities (cao));
  • benefits including 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities.
In addition to the employment conditions laid down in the cao for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own arrangements. For example, there are agreements on professional development, leave arrangements, and sports. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment yourself via the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we like to encourage you to continue to grow.

More information about working at the Faculty of Science can be found at uu.nl.science/careers.


The Department of Biology consists of 12 research divisions, which are organized within two institutes: the Institute of Biodynamics and Biocomplexity (IBB) and the Institute of Environmental Biology (IEB). The department of Biology coordinates the teaching of the Bachelor’s programme in Biology, as well as Master’s programmes and PhD courses that are offered through the Graduate School of Life Sciences. Each Institute promotes the maintenance of a high-quality and interactive research environment.

You will be working within the Plant Ecophysiology group and we will ensure mentoring for you within our group and within the department of Biology. We consider diversity in research, backgrounds, and personalities important in our international research group that is embedded in the Institute of Environmental Biology. Successful candidates can expect to work in an inclusive, collaborative, and motivating environment with a very creative and international team of PhD students, Postdocs, Tenured staff, and Research Assistants. You will have access to world-class research facilities including recently renovated plant growth facilities and fully equipped molecular labs and will benefit from our extensive national/international collaborations in academia and industry.

At the Faculty of Science there are 6 departments to make a fundamental connection with: Biology, Chemistry, Information and Computing Sciences, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Physics. Each of these is made up of distinct institutes that work together to focus on answering some of humanity’s most pressing challenges. More fundamental still are the individual research groups – the building blocks of our ambitious scientific projects.

Utrecht University is a friendly and ambitious university at the heart of an ancient city. We love to welcome new scientists to our city – a thriving cultural hub that is consistently rated as one of the world’s happiest cities. We are renowned for our innovative interdisciplinary research and our emphasis on inspirational research and excellent education. We are equally well-known for our familiar atmosphere and the can-do mentality of our people. This lively and inspiring academic environment attracts Professors, Researchers, and PhD candidates from all over the globe, making both the university and the Faculty of Science a vibrant international and wonderfully diverse community.


  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Natural sciences
  • 38—40 hours per week
  • €3746—€5127 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 1138914



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