As the director of the Westerdijk Institute, you will provide inspiring and unifying leadership and bear final responsibility for the institute’s strategic direction and operational management, in line with the Academy’s strategy. You will have the support of the Managing Coordinator;
Your scientific expertise will allow you to serve as a unifying force across the institute’s research groups. In addition, you will head one of the institute’s existing or future research groups;
You will develop a well-defined strategy with respect to the branding and future development of the Westerdijk Institute, identify important trends in science and society, both in the Netherlands and abroad, and respond effectively to these trends. Your task will be to ensure that the Westerdijk Institute remains a leading national and international institute, where talented scientists can flourish. You will consolidate and improve the international reputation of the collection;
You will play a key role in national and international networks and partnerships in the field of mycology and promote interdisciplinary cooperation between the institute and universities, other Academy institutes and institutes belonging to the Dutch Research Council (NWO), for example in the BiodiversityXL partnership and the PROMISE, NIEBA-ARISE and Future Food projects;
You will position the institute with bodies that fund research (including the EU and NWO), knowledge institutions, NGOs, government bodies and industry, and by doing so build new partnerships;
You will devote yourself to fostering scholarly communication and maximising the impact of the institute’s research activities on society;
You will represent the Westerdijk Institute both within the Academy and in national and international bodies and in doing so promote the interests of both the institute and the Academy.
You are an authoritative and innovative scientist both in the Netherlands and abroad with fungi as the focus of your research. You have a large national and international network and are demonstrably able to use your network to forge strategic alliances and obtain research grants. You are open to public debate and committed to research integrity and scientific rigour. You are an expert in the field of fungal biodiversity and have an affinity for and experience with taxonomy and genomics and/or bioinformatics;
You possess proven leadership skills, you are inventive and engaged, and capable of acting as a unifying force. You advocate and promote an inspiring, safe, diverse and inclusive research environment;
You display integrity, you focus on getting results, and you are decisive. You have strong communication skills for both internal and external communication, you are sensitive to the human dimension and you are able to generate broad support;
You have an affinity for, an understanding of, and experience in finance and human resources management such that you can assume overall responsibility for the institute in these areas, with the support of the Managing Coordinator;
You have a good command of Dutch and English (written and spoken);
Foreign candidates should be prepared to acquire a passive and active command of Dutch and within a reasonable period of time.