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    • Date Posted
      January 02,2022
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    Assistant Professor Climate-vegetation Dynamics

    Assistant Professor Climate-vegetation Dynamics

    Faculteit/Dienst: Faculteit der Natuurw., Wiskunde & Informatica
    Opleidingsniveau: Gepromoveerd
    Functie type: Wetenschappelijk Personeel
    Sluitingsdatum: 31 januari 2022
    Vacaturenummer: 7853
    Are you and expert in climate systems? Do you have an experience in delivering computational education at a university level? The Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) is looking for an enthusiastic educator and researcher to add expertise on climate dynamics to our multi-disciplinary team. IBED has research expertise in Earth, environmental and ecological sciences, and plays a leading role in several important teaching programmes within the Science Faculty. Our education has a strong Earth-system focus, particularly within the BSc Future Planet Studies and the MSc Earth Sciences.

    To strengthen the delivery of computational education, and broaden our scientific expertise, IBED is seeking to recruit an experienced educator and researcher in the field of climate dynamics, linked to Earth system functioning and/or land-surface processes. The position will be tenured, subject to a positive evaluation of your performance during the initial 12-month temporary appointment.

    What are you going to do?

    The successful candidate will deliver high quality, innovative, climate change and climate systems education to BSc and MSc students including a strong computational component. They will perform cutting edge research related to climate dynamics that integrates both abiotic and biotic components of the Earth-system. Dependent on the expertise of the candidate, the emphasis may lie on different temporal and spatial scales, e.g. on a regional, continental or global scale; or combine across them.

    The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate an ability, and enthusiasm, to collaborate with experts already within the institute generating empirical data on related subjects.

    You are expected to:
    • contribute to education within the MSc Earth Sciences (ES) and the BSc Future Planet Studies (FPS) programs. Specifically, taking a leading role developing and enhancing the 'Climate Change' (ES) and 'Klimaatverandering en zeespiegelstijging' (Climate change and sea-level rise) (FPS) courses;
    • contribute to the cross-disciplinary MSc minor 'Sciences for Sustainability', alongside more social science facing colleagues (Kruger);
    • supervise research projects and literature reviews at BSc and MSc levels;
    • publish in high level international journals, present at leading conferences, and supervise PhD researchers;
    • attract external funding to sustain and expand your research line;
    • actively pursue collaborations with relevant stakeholders inside and outside academia;
    • the overall balance of the work load for this position will be approximately 50% education, 40% research, and 10% administration.

    What do we require?

    The successful candidate for this position will have:
    • a PhD in climate-vegetation dynamics or climate dynamics, or a closely related field;
    • experience of delivering and coordinating university education on climate science and in computational skills;
    • experience of supervision BSc, MSc and/or PhD researchers;
    • a qualification in university education (equivalent to the Dutch 'University Teaching Qualification' BKO); or willing to obtain the BKO within the first 1-2 years of appointment;
    • fluency in English and in Dutch; or willing to learn Dutch to a level appropriate for teaching (C1) in Bachelor programmes taught in Dutch within the first 1-2 years;
    • a track record of publishing in international peer reviewed journals and obtaining external research funding;
    • a collaborative outlook on science and be able to demonstrate how they can link with the ELD (IBED) team;
    • a driven personality who can serve as a role model for students as well as junior lecturers and junior researchers.

    Our offer

    A temporary contract for 30-38 hours a week, preferably starting on 1 April 2022 for the duration of 12 months. The position will be tenured, subject to a positive evaluation of your performance during this initial 12-month temporary appointment.

    Your salary, depending on your relevant experience on commencement of the employment contract, ranges between €3.807 to €5.211 gross per month on the basis of a full working week of 38 hours. This sum does not include the 8% holiday allowance and the 8.3% year-end allowance. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universitites (CAO NU) is applicable.

    About us

    The University of Amsterdam is the largest university in the Netherlands, with the broadest spectrum of degree programmes. It is an intellectual hub with 39,000 students, 6,000 employees and 3,000 doctoral students who are all committed to a culture of inquiring minds.

    The Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) is one of eight research institutes of the Faculty of Science at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The research at IBED aims to unravel how ecosystems function in all their complexity, and how they change due to natural processes and human activities. At its core lies an integrated systems approach to study biodiversity, ecosystems and the environment. IBED adopts this systems approach to ecosystems, addressing abiotic (soil and water quality) and biotic factors (ecology and evolution of plants, animals, and microorganisms), and the interplay between those. The IBED vision includes research encompassing experimental and theoretical approaches at a wide variety of temporal and spatial scales, i.e. from molecules and microorganisms to patterns and processes occurring at the global scale.

    Want to know more about our organisation? Read more about working at the University of Amsterdam.


    If you have any questions about the position, please contact (during office hours):

    • Dr. William Gosling, Head of Department Ecosystem and Landscape Dynamics

    A more extensive job description can be requested at:
    • IBED Secretarial office

    Job application

    If you feel the profile fits you, and you are interested in the job, Then we look forward to receiving your application.

    Please include:
    • a motivation letter;
    • a single pdf document containing a CV, a short teaching statement (<750 words);
    • a short research statement (<750 words);
    • a list of publications.

    The selection procedure will include a example lecture (30-minutes) given to a general audience, including students, and a panel interview. At the start of the panel interview you will be asked to give a 10-minute presentation outlining your key scientific interests and your fit to IBED and ELD.

    You can apply online via the link below. We will accept applications until 31 January 2022

    The application interviews have been planned for mid-late February.

    The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

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