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18 de diciembre de 2020

Oferta para estudiar la simbiosis de plantas y microorganismos

Oferta compartida por Nuria

Are you interested in Plant-Microbe symbioses? Do you want to develop novel techniques to study species interactions in ecology and evolution? Plant tissues house some of the most diverse, yet vastly
neglected, microbial communities on Earth. Exploring the untapped potential of these complex microbial communities remains one of the greatest scientific endeavors of our time.

The Department of Ecological Science at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam invites applications for a tenure-track position in Ecology and Evolution of Plant-Microbe Interactions. We are looking for an outstanding evolutionary biologist, with a research focus on plant-microbe interactions in a broad sense. The successful candidate will work to disentangle the complexity, and functionality of plant-associated
microbes at various scales of biological organization. Potential areas of expertise might include, but are not limited to symbioses, plant-microbe phylogenetics /biogeography, rhizosphere interactions, plant-soil feedback, above- and below-ground ecology, agricultural ecology.

We are especially interested in candidates introducing new techniques and approaches to the department, including spatial and temporal mapping techniques, comparative methods, imaging techniques, modeling, and computation methods. Candidates in both applied and fundamental research fields are encouraged to apply. Several staff members of the department are part of a unique international team studying the ecology and evolution of the root microbiome dynamics of 100 wild and cultivated plant species (https://www.microp.org/), and the new Assistant Professor
will be invited to join this consortium.

  • develop a strong, independent, extramurally funded research program
  • teach bachelor and master level courses in Biodiversity, Plant-Soil interactions, Plant (eco-)Physiology or related subjects
  • provide high quality training and supervision to PhD-students and postdocs
  • engage in professional development activities related to teaching and academic leadership

  • Ph.D. in Plant-Microbe Interactions or a related discipline in Ecology & Evolution, with at least 2 years of postdoc experience
  • strong track record of publication and successful acquisition of external funding
  • demonstrated skills in activating teaching methods for BSc and MSc level courses
  • excellent communication skills (written and spoken English) and motivation to work in a team
  • demonstration of outreach and communication with diverse audience
  • proficiency in Dutch is not required, but the successful candidate would be expected to develop at least a passive proficiency in the first three years after appointment.

The Department of Ecological Science (www.amsterdamecology.nl) offers a stimulating international  research environment with world-class academic reputation, and excellent state-of-the-art facilities. We have a strong commitment to bachelor and master level teaching. Research in the department covers a wide range of fundamental and applied research topics, including stress ecology, species interactions and evolutionary adaptation, molecular evolution, climate change and ecosystem functioning. Our strength lies in the ability to integrate studies of adaptive changes across the entire range of biological organizational levels.

We offer a tenure track position at the level of assistant professor, initially for the duration of 6 years. During the period, performance will be evaluated in terms of teaching, publication record, acquisition of project funding, and academic leadership. After a successful evaluation permanent employment will be granted. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of 3.746 € (scale 11) and a maximum 5.127 € (scale 11), depending on your education and experience.
Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
- a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
- 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
- good growth opportunities
- possibility to save holiday hours, for sabbatical leave, good paid parental leave scheme

To apply, submit a cover letter, CV, research and teaching statement, and names and contact information for three references by January 8, 2021 via https://werkenbij.vu.nl/ad/assistant-professor-plant-microbe-interactions/7ne34b.
The job interviews are planned for end of January 2021, please take this into account when applying for the position.

If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact: Prof. dr. Rien Aerts (Head of Systems Ecology group) by email at m.a.p.a.aerts@vu.nl.

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