Utrecht University is at the forefront of addressing pressing environmental challenges, and in response to the increasing need for comprehensive ecological strategies, the Department of Biology is seeking to establish a new research group focusing on the "Ecology of Multifunctional Landscapes." As part of this strategic initiative, we invite applications for the position of Associate or Full Professor in Ecology of Multifunctional Landscapes. Wat ga je doen?
As the new Chair in Ecology of Multifunctional Landscapes you actively shape and lead the new research group dedicated to this topic within the Institute for Environmental Biology. Your responsibilities include building a cross-scale research team and defining the group’s research and education priorities within the theme of Multifunctional Landscapes. You will develop and supervise fundamental, externally funded, research projects at the BSc, MSc, PhD and Postdocs levels in the Utrecht Graduate School of Life Sciences and will act as supervisor of PhD theses (“promotor”) within the Department of Biology. Research
You will lead the group’s research efforts in understanding and promoting multifunctional landscapes that integrate diverse land uses, such as forestry, wildlife conservation, and agriculture. The primary emphasis will be on human-plant-animal interactions within landscapes that serve multiple purposes to meet both Dutch and global challenges in balancing nature conservation, urbanisation and agricultural production. You possess the ability to bridge the gap between fundamental and applied research topics, with an affinity for outreach and stakeholder engagement. As team leader, you will be a fundamental connection between research groups of the institute, the department, the faculty, and beyond. Your energy and passion for this new high-profile line of research will strengthen the institute’s impact and reputation - both within the Netherlands and internationally. Teaching
You will play a pivotal role in shaping the educational landscape at Utrecht University. You will contribute significantly to the development and implementation of new core curricula, ensuring that the next generation of ecologists is well-equipped to navigate the challenges of sustainable multifunctional landscapes. As a passionate academic teacher, you will play a key role in the Biological Sciences Bachelor's and Master's curricula, as well as in the training and coaching of PhD candidates and early-career scientists.
Your key responsibilities include:
- developing and leading a vibrant research programme on the ecology of multifunctional landscapes;
- conducting fundamental and applied research on habitat connectivity, landscape composition, ecological networks, and ecosystem services within multifunctional landscapes;
- collaborating with stakeholders, both nationally and internationally, to integrate scientific knowledge into practical strategies for landscape management, conservation, and restoration;
- playing a central role in shaping the teaching agenda of the newly established research group at the Bachelor's and Master's levels.
Join us in making a significant impact on the future of ecological research to the service of both nature and society!