Junior Assistant Professor Environmental Sciences (0,8 - 1,0 FTE)

Junior Assistant Professor Environmental Sciences (0,8 - 1,0 FTE)

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24 Nov 20 Dec Utrecht

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A Junior Assistant Professor position to contribute to cutting-edge research in the field of environmental change and ecosystems.

Job description

Utrecht University has opened two new faculty positions at Junior Assistant Professor level in the field of environmental sciences (fixed term, maximum 6 years). The teaching-research ratio of this position is 70% teaching and 30% research. Research time can be expanded at the expense of teaching time when research projects are successfully acquired. 
Successful candidates for this professorship are expected to bring expertise on the main themes of our teaching and research programme, notably on land use and biodiversity, nutrient management, ecohydrology. 

This is a position for academics who have obtained their MSc and want to continue their academic career, potentially leading to a PhD. The new Junior Assistant Professor will teach under the supervision of senior staff and will be part of a successful diverse team of senior staff members. Together you will design teaching programmes and courses in the Bachelor's Global Sustainability Science and the Master’s programmes Sustainable Development and Water Science and Management and successfully acquire research funding. 

Together with your colleagues, you will contribute to the teaching and organisation of Bachelor’s courses, including:
  • natural science courses (for example, Mathematics and System Analysis, Statistics, and courses of the Water, Climate and Ecosystems track such as Chemistry and the Environment, Ecohydrology, and/or Global Climate Change);
  • as well as interdisciplinary sustainability courses (for example Duurzame Ontwikkeling, Environmental Impact Assessment, Regional Integration Project, Consultancy Project); 
  • and individual student supervision (Bachelor’s theses and “tutoraat”). 

Under supervision the new Junior Assistant Professor will contribute to cutting-edge research on environmental change and ecosystems to develop competitive research proposals in the field. Empirically the successful candidate will have strong affinity with field research in ecology, biodiversity, soil and water quality, and/or ecosystem functioning. Lab experience and modeling skills are considered a plus. Based on their personal development as a teacher, the candidate can obtain a Basic Teaching Qualification, which is important for a further academic career. Finally, the candidate will be challenged to develop their own line of research and will be given the opportunity to contribute to or lead acquisition and the execution of externally funded projects. The possibility of obtaining a PhD is an explicit goal, but will depend on the ambition and personal wishes of the candidate. All teaching and supervision will be in English, which is also the working language of our research group and institute.


Utrecht University


The successful candidate will:
  • hold a Master’s degree (MSc) in a relevant field, such as Environmental Sciences, Sustainability Science, Environmental Biology, Climate Studies or Earth Sciences;
  • have some experience with and talent for academic teaching at Bachelor's level;
  • have interest to develop externally funded projects for e.g. a PhD-project in collaboration with senior staff;
  • have excellent communication skills, is good in interpersonal relationships and is an excellent team player;
  • have affinity with working in an interdisciplinary research and teaching environment;
  • have affinity with public outreach, working with societal stakeholders and transdisciplinary research;
  • is able to demonstrate excellent English language proficiency. We require a qualification English at C1 level (CEFR or comparable to level 3 of the Lecturer Assessment Grid) or you are prepared to obtain this level by training.

Conditions of employment

We offer a temporary position (0.8 - 1.0 FTE) for *six years with a gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience  - that ranges between €2,836 and €3,408 (scale 10 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). Working at Utrecht University provides more information. .  ⃰ for EU citizens, for non-EU residents the maximum duration is 4 years.


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 Sustainable Development.


  • Lecturer; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor
  • Natural sciences
  • 28—40 hours per week
  • €2836—€3408 per month
  • University graduate
  • 1178556



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