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Tenure Track Assistant Professor Marine organic carbon cycle (1.0 FTE) (221595)

Job description

We are looking for an Assistant Professor who can strengthen our position in the field of Biological Oceanography, concentrated on the carbon cycle.

The oceans play a crucial role in the global carbon cycle, containing by far the largest reservoir of active carbon on Earth. Of the anthropogenic CO2 emissions into the atmosphere, over 25% is taken up by the oceans. There is urgent need for an improved understanding of the oceanic carbon cycle and how it interacts with climate change. Research emphasis of this position will be on marine organic carbon cycling, with emphasis on the open oceans, and specific focus on the primary producers, its interactions with the inorganic cycle, and its evolving interactions with a changing climate.

As Assistant Professor you will:

• set up and develop your own research line and research group
• supervise PhD students
• acquire external funding
• promote the societal relevance of your research
• teach in and contribute to the development of the master degree programs Marine Biology and Energy and Environmental Science
• contribute to the organization of the faculty, for example by participating in working groups and committees, in the domains of teaching, research and management.

At the stage of Assistant Professor 60% of your time is for research, 30% for teaching activities and 10% for organizational tasks.

Qualifications

We encourage you to apply if you have:

• a PhD degree in biological oceanography or a related field
• at least two years of postdoctoral experience outside of the Netherlands, preferably in a different country than where you received your PhD (can be compensated for after the appointment via extended research visits abroad)
• a relevant international network
• excellent research qualities, as shown by a publication record in international peer-reviewed journals and proceedings of renowned conferences
• a good track record in teaching, appropriate to your career stage
• demonstrable organizational competences
• cross-cultural sensitivity
• good command of spoken and written English.

And you are:

• a team player with good communication skills
• able to acquire substantial research grants from external sources
• willing to obtain a University Teaching Qualification (Dutch: BKO) within three years
• able to speak the Dutch language or motivated to learn it within five years.

Organisation

The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, City of Talent. Quality has been our top priority for over four hundred years, and with success: the University is currently in or around the top 100 on several influential ranking lists.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) is the largest faculty within the University. We offer first-rate education and research in a wide range of science and engineering disciplines, from classical disciplines such as mathematics, astronomy and mechanical engineering, to interdisciplinary fields such as artificial intelligence, pharmacy and nanoscience [change fields if desirable]. Our community has an open and informal character with students and staff from around the world.

The position we offer will be embedded in the Energy & Sustainability Research Institute Groningen (ESRIG). "Global carbon cycle and climate" is defined as one of the three main research themes within ESRIG. Research encompasses, next to oceanic, also the atmospheric and terrestrial compartments of the carbon cycle, with laboratory experiments and field studies, as well as by global Earth System and climate modelling. Extensive laboratory and analytical facilities are available, including climate rooms, a phytoplankton culture collection, HPLC pigment analysis, PAM and FRRf, and instrumentation for using tracers (atmospheric oxygen, stable isotopes, radiocarbon). In addition, field work equipment is available.

Conditions of employment

We offer you a full-time position as Assistant Professor in our faculty’s tenure track system Career Paths in Science and:

• a salary, depending on qualifications and work experience, from € 3,807 (salary scale 11) up to a maximum of € 5,211 gross per month (salary scale 12) depending on your career stage) for a full-time position
• holiday allowance and end-of-year bonus of respectively 8% and 8.3% of your yearly salary
• a pension scheme
• maternity and parental leave
• the possibility to work part-time (0.9 FTE or 0.8 FTE)
• a mentor program and a broad range of opportunities for personal development
• dual career support for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen.

Consider our website for more information about the working conditions at the University of Groningen: https://www.rug.nl/about-us/work-with-us/that-is-why/

As Assistant Professor you will enter a tenure track that, if followed successfully, will lead to a Full Professorship in approximately 10 years. In case of a full-time contract, you will initially be appointed for 7 years and your performance will be assessed after 5 years. This moment may be extended with at most one year in case of a life event (e.g. prolonged illness or maternity leave). If your assessment is positive, you will get a tenured appointment as an Associate Professor. After another 4 to 7 years you will be assessed for promotion to the position of Full Professor. Please consider Career Paths in Science for a complete description of our tenure track system as well as the criteria for promotion: https://www.rug.nl/fse/organization/vacatures/vacatures/career-paths-in-science-edition-4?lang=en

Application

We invite you to submit a complete application including:

• a cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position
• a curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and a list with names of references
• a list of five self-selected ‘best papers’
• a statement of your teaching goals and experience
• a description of your scientific interest and plans.

You may apply for this position until 7 November 11:59 pm / before 8 November 2021 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

The first round of selection interviews (most likely on-line) will take place in the period between 29 November and 10 December 2021.

We are an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), https://www.nvp-hrnetwerk.nl/sollicitatiecode/ and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers, https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/charter/code

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Information

For information you can contact:

  • Prof. Harro Meijer, +31 50 3634760, h.a.j.meijer rug.nl

Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.

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