As a Full Professor you will complement, strengthen and expand the research and education of the Ecology and Physiology cluster and RIBES. Professors at RIBES typically have a 40%/40%/20% (research/teaching/management) position.
Major challenges of our time are preserving biodiversity and ensuring food security. It is therefore of utmost importance to fundamentally understand the stress and adaptation responses of animals to human pressures, including pollution and climate change. The research to be conducted by you and your team will focus on physiological mechanisms, their function in different species and importance in changing environments. Together, you and your team members will be expected to apply for research grants and establish internationally competitive research lines in animal physiology. You will be encouraged to firmly link the research programme with research lines of colleagues from RIBES and Radboud University, as well as with those of other outstanding groups in and outside of the Netherlands.
Cross-disciplinarity of expertise in courses is attractive for students and mutually stimulating for staff. Exciting opportunities exist to realise new and up-to-date course modules that address topics such as climate change and adaptation capacity and the consequences thereof for food production, species distribution and ecosystem functioning. By doing so, the educational activities create their own niche in biosciences, and reinforces the Physiology and Adaptation and Adaptive Organisms learning trajectories. Typically, you will coordinate one BSc and one MSc course, supervise students during their BSc and MSc internship and participate in courses on animal evolution, physiology, endocrinology and adaptation.
Together with your team, you will manage and be responsible for a sizeable group of academic and non-academic staff, foster diversity and equity, and participate in Ecology and Physiology, RIBES and faculty leadership. You are supportive of the fact that an effective organisation of research and teaching is pivotal for a university and that important management roles are part of a full professor's career, possibly including those of director of the Educational Institute of Biosciences and research director of RIBES in due course.
Part of RIBES' mission is to explore the societal impact of its research. Key stakeholders include nature conservation NGOs (including citizen science groups), husbandry-related industry, animal welfare NGOs, policy makers and the general public. By strategically engaging with these stakeholders, you and your team will be able to contribute to societal discussions, while at the same time creating new funding opportunities.