Junior Assistant Professor Environmental Sciences (0,8 - 1,0 FTE)
- Hours per week:
- 28 to 40
- Faculty of Geosciences
- GEO / Dept SD
- Application deadline:
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.
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.
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.
About the organisation
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.
For more information about this position, please contact: Martin Wassen (Head Environmental Sciences group), via email@example.com or +31 30 253 57 64.
The new junior assistant professorship will be affiliated with the Environmental Sciences group, one of the four sections of the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development. The Environmental Science group is a dynamic, ambitious and internationally leading team of more than 50 researchers with a focus on both fundamental and policy-oriented research of environmental change, from local to global levels. The Copernicus Institute is part of the Faculty of Geosciences. At the Copernicus Institute, our goal is to have a positive impact on the transition towards a sustainable future. The Copernicus Institute has had an excellent research evaluation in 2021 and the institute takes pride in maintaining its leading position in national and international sustainability research, and by developing new, internationally oriented teaching programmes. Utrecht University has been ranked in the 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities as the best university in the Netherlands and worldwide as the third-best university in the field of Geography. Utrecht University’s sustainability research in the field of climate change and ecosystems has the greatest citation impact worldwide according to a study conducted by Times Higher Education (2016). The city of Utrecht is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, with a charming old center and an internationally oriented culture that is strongly influenced by its century-old university. Utrecht has been consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the Netherlands.
Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives.
To apply, please send your curriculum vitae, a letter of motivation and a grade list of your Bachelor’s and Master’s degree via the ‘apply’ button below before December 20, 2021. Please indicate in your motivation letter to which courses of our Global Sustainability Science programme you could contribute.
Acquisition in response to this vacancy will not be appreciated.
The application deadline is 20 December 2021.