Plants play a fundamental role in the sustainability of life on earth. Understanding the core developmental and physiological programs that drive plant growth and performance in a changing environment is key to addressing the scientific challenges of future food security. Our interdisciplinary research program is focused on the biological mechanisms and fundamental principles that determine how plants grow and perform in interaction with their biotic and abiotic environment. Studies in model and crop systems cover the broad range of plant science including, gene function, molecules, physiology, cell biology and ecology to understand plant functioning in their often challenging environments. Inspired by nature, we aim to contribute to the development of sustainable solutions for urgent societal problems such as future food security, biodiversity loss under climate change, and protection of our natural resources.
Your fundamental research will make strong international scientific impact and contribute to societal challenges such as sustainable food security. As team leader, you inspire your team and will be a fundamental connection between research groups of the institute of Environmental Biology, the department, and the faculty. 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.
As a passionate academic teacher, you will play a key role in the Biological Sciences Bachelor's and Master's curriculum, as well as in training and coaching PhD students and early-career scientists.