JOBS: Five Faculty Positions in Amsterdam ~

21 de septiembre de 2012

JOBS: Five Faculty Positions in Amsterdam

Now hiring: five scientists with a passion for studying biodiversity and
ecosystem dynamics

Note: the initial deadline for the vacancies has already passed. However,
since the add was not posted on all relevant lists and sites yet, we
encourage interested candidates to react, either by sending in your
application, or at least a short message that you will intend to do so
a.s.a.p. (before October 5, to, see below).

The Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) is one of
eight research institutes of the Faculty of Science at the University of
Amsterdam. IBED’s mission is to increase our understanding of the
diversity and dynamics of ecosystems from the level of genes to entire
Key to IBED’s success is the group of top scientists that collaborate with
(international) colleagues on many important questions in the field. They
benefit from the range of expertise present in the institute and the truly
excellent facilities at Science Park Amsterdam. To further strengthen
IBED’s research we are currently seeking five scientists that share our
passion for the study of biodiversity and ecosystem dynamics, and can
convey their enthusiasm to a broad range of students.

* Aquatic Ecology (associate or full professor) An aquatic ecologist
(fresh water and/or marine) who studies the dynamics and functioning of
benthic/pelagic communities using experiments and field studies.

* Evolutionary Biology (associate or full professor) An evolutionary
biologist who studies how organisms interact with each other and their
environment, and how they evolve due to selection at different levels of
biological organization.

* Paleo-ecology and Macro-ecology (associate or full professor) An
ecologist/earth scientist working on the dynamics of biomes in space and
recent times (late Pleistocene, Holocene), using modern methods to acquire
and analyze data.

* Geodiversity (assistant or associate professor) An earth scientist with
a thorough understanding of processes at the earth’s surface, the
interactions with the living world, and who can link local processes to
global impacts.

* Plant evolution and diversity (assistant or associate professor) An
evolutionary ecologist with a broad knowledge in botany, who studies
processes that generate and erode plant diversity, as well as the origins
of new traits and functions.

Positions and flexibility

With these position IBED intends to strengthen its position as an
interdisciplinary institute, with the flexibility to address a range of
questions on the interactions between processes in the abiotic environment
and in the living world. The descriptions of the positions are such that
they represent important fields of expertise for IBED. Furthermore, the
description of the positions all state a preference for filling the
vacancy at a certain level, ranging from assistant professor on a tenure
track, to full professor with tenure. This means that applicants are first
screened with this preference in mind.
However, it should be noted that these principles are not carved in stone.
It is feasible that some positions will be filled at another level than
initially anticipated, depending on the applications received.  We
therefore encourage ambitious candidates with an excellent track record -
given the stage in their career - to react. This even holds for fields not
specifically mentioned in the vacancies: outstanding candidates who can
present a compelling argument that he/she would fit particularly well in
IBED, given its mission, can also send in their application, with the

Career support and gender

IBED offers candidates an inspiring scientific setting and continuous
support in the development of their career. IBED recognizes that a
successful career move also depends on the working and living environment,
and special attention is given to a smooth transition for the candidate
given her/his family situation.
Like many of its sister institutes, IBED aims to raise the presence of
woman at the highest levels. Therefore, the Faculty of Science has started
a special program, the McGillavry fellowships, to attract  more female
talent.  Although the current hiring is not part of this program, it is
the aim of IBED to do its utmost to hire new ambitious female faculty
members, as it sees the skewed sex ratio as a weakness that should be
dealt with.

More information
If you have any questions, either general or specific about any one of the
five positions offered, please send an e-mail to:, or
visit the website: for details on deadline and how to apply.

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