Assistant Professor in Nutrient Enrichment and Biodiversity Loss

Assistant Professor in Nutrient Enrichment and Biodiversity Loss

Utrecht University - Faculty of Geosciences

Utrecht, Netherlands

Job description

At the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University, we are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious colleague to further strengthen our group with a specific focus on nutrient enrichment and biodiversity loss.

Nutrient enrichment (eutrophication) of natural areas is one of the most important drivers of biodiversity loss. High levels of atmospheric nitrogen deposition lead to loss of nitrogen-limited ecosystems and biodiversity, especially in North-western Europe. In the Netherlands, this has resulted in a ‘nitrogen crisis’ that requires urgent actions. At the same time, agricultural fertilization has also led to phosphate-enriched soils and the legacy of this enrichment will continue for decades. It is therefore essential to analyze how nitrogen and phosphorus enrichment affect ecosystem processes, biodiversity and management outcomes and to use this knowledge to develop effective policies and measures to sustain and restore ecosystems.

We are looking for a candidate who wants to contribute to bending the curve of biodiversity loss to biodiversity recovery, by strengthening our research on nutrient enrichment and biodiversity. You have a solid fundamental understanding of ecosystem processes and nutrient enrichment as driver of biodiversity loss, and are able to translate this into effective interventions in nature conservation, restoration and policies. You will contribute to the acquisition and execution of externally funded projects, including acquisition and supervision of PhD students. We will enable and coach you to apply for personal research grants.

We achieve major impact through educating the change agents of the future. You will teach in the BSc programme Global Sustainability Science; in the MSc programmes Sustainable Development, and Water, Science and Management; and supervise bachelor's and master's theses. Teaching topics include landscape ecology and nature conservation, ecohydrology, soil and water chemistry, system analysis and/or land use change. Teaching is in English. In the first two years, the teaching load will be 50%; after two years teaching load will increase to 60%.

Qualifications

We gladly receive applications from candidates who:

  • have a PhD in a relevant field in environmental sciences or ecology;
  • have experience in ecological field work and experiments;
  • have good mechanistic understanding of the interaction between nutrients and biodiversity, and good knowledge of plant and soil chemistry;
  • have good plant identification skills and knowledge of the European flora, or are willing to invest in this;
  • are deeply motivated to contribute with scientific knowledge to effective nature conservation and restoration measures and policies;
  • have experience with and an interest in academic teaching;
  • have a network for the acquisition of externally funded projects;
  • have a record of international peer-reviewed publications;
  • can demonstrate English language proficiency at C1 level (CEFR or comparable to level 3 of the Lecturer Assessment Grid) or are prepared to obtain this level by training;
  • are proficient in Dutch or prepared to acquire Dutch language skills.

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