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  • Job Type
    Full-time Position
  • Category
    Education & Instruction
  • Languages
  • Experience Required
  • Degree Required
    • Province
    • Date Posted
      December 15,2021
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    • JSS
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    Curator / Junior Lecturer

    We are looking for a colleague who has experience and affinity working with scientific plant collections. In this position, you will work as a curator within collection management in the position of (junior) Lecturer. In addition to the tasks of collection management, you are involved in conducting and developing academic education and/or conducting (independent) scientific research. The work consists of three core tasks:
    • Collection management. This includes activities related to collection administration, such as registration in the database, inventory of plants in the garden, labelling and identification. The verification of identifications on the basis of scientific and taxonomic literature, as well as maintenance of the taxonomic library and the support and possible execution of (taxonomic) research.
    • Education. Providing, maintaining and developing regular education in the field of plant systematics, diversity and identification in academic courses. In addition, it is also possible to provide non-regular education in the form of academic thesis and project supervision and excursions.
    • Research. Profiling your own research by producing scientific and popular science publications as well as participating in public outreach. You actively participate in national forums and international congresses of botanical gardens. In addition, you maintain contacts within various (inter)national networks.


    We are looking for a colleague with an analytical mind and an eye for detail who has experience in research and/or education. You are capable of overseeing the entire range of tasks and determining priorities. You have an ambition to develop yourself in connection to the gardens which you can successfully convey to your colleagues and the general public. We would also like you to bring:

    • an academic work and thinking level;
    • demonstrable experience with and knowledge of (botanical) taxonomy and systematics, the system of scientific naming and identifying plants;
    • experience with databases, including importing and exporting data for both scientific and public purposes, preferably with specialized plant collection software (e.g., IrisBG);
    • experience and affinity with academic education;
    • your own vision on profiling your research and/or education in connection to the gardens;
    • a scientifically oriented curriculum vitae, preferably including peer-reviewed publications;
    • an open and social attitude towards colleagues and volunteers.

    • a full-time position for one year, with the prospect of an extension;
    • a full-time gross salary, depending on experience and qualifications, ranging from €2,846 to €5,230 (scale 10/11 of the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities);
    • benefits including an 8% holiday bonus and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
    • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions based on the Collective Labour Agreement (cao) 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 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 here.

    Over de organisatie

    You will work at the Botanic Gardens of Utrecht University, one of the oldest academic Botanical Gardens in Europe, dating back to 1639. We house a collection of over 9,000 plant species intended for science, conservation and the public, for which we welcome more than 150,000 visitors annually. Within the Botanical Gardens there is ample space for education, research and experiments. This makes the Gardens an inspiring place for employees, students and visitors to stay and meet each other. We are in full development with a clear ambition towards research, education and our audience.

    We are part of the Faculty of Science, which consists of many fundamental connections. We have six departments: Biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Each of these departments consists of various institutes that together focus on important social issues. Even more fundamental are the individual research groups, the building blocks of our ambitious scientific projects. As a curator you will be active in collection management, but there is also room for scientific development within a to be developed research unit. For example, this allows applying for external funding for research and facilitating academic education. Find out more about us.

    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 attitude of our people. This fundamental connection attracts researchers, professors and PhD candidates from all over the globe, making both the university and the Faculty of Science a vibrant international and wonderfully diverse community.

    Aanvullende informatie

    If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact Dr. E.T. Pos (Scientific Director), via

    Do you have a question about the application procedure? Please send an email to

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