Tenure-track position for a Microbial Ecologist

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Droevendaalsesteeg, Wageningen, Gelderland
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
Opleidingsniveau:
Postdoctoraal

NIOO is offering a tenure-track position to a young, talented scientist. (S)he is expected to build a strong independent research line within the Microbial Ecology department and to bring in expertise complementary to the ...

Functieomschrijving

NIOO is offering a tenure-track position to a young, talented scientist. (S)he is expected to build a strong independent research line within the Microbial Ecology department and to bring in expertise complementary to the ongoing programmes of the other senior scientists. The ME research mission is to elucidate the importance of diversity, dynamics and functions of terrestrial and aquatic microorganisms in specific ecosystem processes, including biogeochemical cycling and (a)biotic stress tolerance of plants and other eukaryotes.

We use, develop and integrate a variety of approaches to unravel the behaviour and functional and metabolic potential of microorganisms in their natural habitat. These include classic microbiological and ecological methods and state-of-the-art ‘omics technologies, as well as advanced chemical-analytical tools. ME has an outstanding reputation in the international scientific community and was assessed as ‘excellent’ in the last peer review.

For this TT-position, particular emphasis will be given to developing a research programme on eco-evolutionary dynamics in microbial communities and how environmental factors and interspecific interactions affect microbial evolution and shape microbiome functions. (S)he sees opportunities in ME’s unique expertise when it comes to conducting research from molecule to microbial population and from the lab to the field. Academic achievements are leading for a successful tenure-track procedure.

There is no formal obligation to teach at university level, but supervision of MSc and PhD students is expected as part of our normal research activity.

Functie-eisen

- PhD degree in microbiology/microbial ecology/chemical ecology or related area

- Highly motivated and committed to pursuing interdisciplinary research

- Good experience with molecular methods

- Good knowledge of biochemistry

- Good communication skills in English (written and spoken)

- Ability to work in a team environment

We are looking for a scientist with several years of post-doctoral experience and an excellent track record in microbial and evolutionary ecology in terms of expertise, publications and acquisition of research grants. The candidate must have a track record of supervising PhD students.

Scientific communication is carried out in English, so knowledge of the Dutch language is not a prerequisite for this post but a commitment to learning the language is expected for longer-term staff.

Conditions

NIOO offers candidates excellent research facilities and ample opportunities for professional development, training and education.

The appointment will be on a temporary basis for a maximum of 6 years. The successful candidate will be evaluated according to the criteria and qualification requirements defined by NIOO for Tenure Track positions. There will be an assessment of performance based on established criteria (see attachment) Based on this assessment, the researcher may be promoted to the rank of senior researcher with tenure. A permanent position is one of the possibilities.

Starting day is 1 September 2017.

Bedrijfsomschrijving

The Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) is a top research institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). NIOO-KNAW focuses on fundamental and strategic research on individual organisms, populations, ecological communities, and ecosystems.

Department of Microbial Ecology

The primary focus of the department is to understand the ecology, diversity and functions of microorganisms in natural and man-made ecosystems.

The research activities focus specifically on: i) the role of microbial communities in biogeochemical cycling and their influence on greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, ii) the diversity and dynamics of microorganisms in diverse ecosystems affected by climate and land-use changes, iii) deciphering the molecular and (bio)chemical mechanisms underlying interactions between microbes and their environment, and iv) exploring the untapped genetic and metabolic potential of microorganisms in their natural habitat.

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