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Full professor: Population and Evolutionary Biology (The Netherlands)

Full professor Population and Evolutionary Biology
Faculty of Science – Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics
Publication date: 12 December 2016
Level of education: PhD
Salary indication: €5,260 to €7,659 gross per month
Closing date: 11 February 2017
Hours: 38 hours per week
Vacancy number: 16-593

Job description
The new full professor will chair the department of Population and Evolutionary Biology, will develop her/his own research program, and will contribute to the teaching program. The full professor will foster a coherent research profile of the department, will represent the department inside and outside the university, and will mentor and guide the department members in their scientific career development.

Tasks are to chair the department of Population and Evolutionary Biology;
to develop and contribute to courses in particular within the BSc and MSc curricula Biology, Psychobiology, Bio-medical Sciences and Future Planet Studies; to strengthen the existing research lines by bringing in new ideas, skills and innovative research approaches; to develop her/his own research within the research domain of the Population and Evolutionary Biology department;
to attract external funding.

Desired skills and experience

The ideal candidate is a creative and inspiring scientist who can identify new directions, implement plans and motivate people, with a clear vision on how to take up the challenges and enhances new opportunities for teaching and research.
In particular, the candidate:
  • has a proven scientific track record in the field of population and evolutionary biology;
  • is interested and engaged in university teaching;
  • has a strong position in international networks;
  • has an affinity for experimental and field work;
  • has a track record in gaining research grant funding;
  • has a critical, open, constructive and enthusiastic personality;
  • contributes positively to the consolidation of the team spirit.

Other aspects:
  • in possession of a University Teaching Certificate or willingness to acquire it within two years;
  • if not already living in the Netherlands, willing to move to it;
  • if from abroad, a willingness to learn the Dutch language.
Further information
For further information about this vacancy, please contact us by email at:
Jobs Ibed
You may also contact:
Prof. Peter de Ruiter
T: +31 (0)20 525 5684.
We offer a full-time position for 38 hours per week in a highly stimulating academic environment and a dynamic international atmosphere. The gross monthly salary will range from €5,260 to €7,659 (scale H2), depending on previous experience. The salary will be increased by 8 % holiday allowance and 8.3 % end-of-year bonus. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable.
Job application
Applications by email only. These should include:
a concise motivation letter (max. 1 page);
a CV and list of publications;
a teaching statement (max. 2 pages);
a research statement (max. 2 pages);
names and contact details of three references.

All application materials should be combined into a single pdf and submitted via the "Apply for this job" button. Please quote vacancy number 16-593 in the subject field.
Interviews for this position are scheduled in the second half of March 2017, Science Park 904, Amsterdam.
We strongly encourage women to apply.
No agencies please About the employer

The Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) is one of the eight research institutes of the Faculty of Science at the University of Amsterdam. IBED was founded in 2000 by merging research groups with expertise in ecology, physical geography, environmental microbiology and environmental chemistry. 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 (presence, population dynamics and functioning of plants, animals, microbes), and the interplay between these ecosystem components. The IBED vision includes that research encompasses experimental and theoretical approaches at a wide variety of temporal and spatial scales, i.e. from microbes and individual behaviour to patterns and processes occurring at landscape scale. IBED offers advanced and up-to-date research facilities, such as a greenhouse, growth chambers, an electrophysiological lab, a molecular lab, an analytical chemistry lab, a soil erosion lab, a GIS studio, and high-performance computing facilities.
IBED is in search of a new full professor for the department of Population and Evolutionary Biology (PEB).
We are looking for a scientist who has the ambition to lead a diverse research group. Someone who inspires the PEB team, represents the group and increases the international academic visibility of PEB. Someone who has a talent for, and a clear vision on university teaching and research. We welcome a candidate who brings in new approaches, research skills or model systems.
The department of Population and Evolutionary Biology
Research of the new department of Population and Evolutionary Biology aims at improved understanding of how interactions between individuals and their biotic and abiotic environment affect population dynamics and evolutionary processes, which ultimately determine speciation and biodiversity patterns. Research is integrative, combining insights from population ecology, community ecology, and evolutionary biology. The Population and Evolutionary Biology department also performs applied research on questions relevant for society.
At present, the department of Population and Evolutionary Biology consists of 10 permanent academic staff members, 10 Postdocs,18 PhD students and 4 technical staff. The department plays an important role in teaching and coordinates a wide range of BSc and MSc courses. The department will comprise the three current chair groups of Population Biology, Evolutionary Biology and Experimental Plant Systematics.
Current research of PEB is organized along 4 lines:
  • chemical and molecular basis of adaptation and speciation;
  • adaptive intraspecific variation in exploitation strategies of herbivores and predators;
  • direct and indirect interactions among plants, predators and prey;
  • biodiversity and conservation.

Members of the department of Population and Evolutionary Biology collaborate extensively with other research groups within IBED. Within the University of Amsterdam, we work together with colleagues from the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences and the Center for Research in Experimental Economics and Political Decision Making. The department of Population and Evolutionary Biology also collaborates with many other national and international institutes and non-academic stakeholders. In particular, we focus on increased collaboration with the related department of Animal Ecology of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Together, these two groups aim to become a leading center for evolutionary and ecological research.

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