Utrecht University has great ambitions for its teaching quality and study success rates. This also applies to its clear research profiles which are centred around four themes: Dynamics of Youth, Institutions, Life Sciences and Sustainability. Utrecht University plays a prominent role in our society and contributes to finding the answers to topical and future societal issues. Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives.

The Department of Earth Sciences at Utrecht University is looking for an outstanding candidate (f/m) to fill a position:

Assistant Professor in Marine Biogeochemistry

The department's mission is to advance our understanding and prediction capability of processes that govern the evolution of System Earth from molecular to planetary scale and from the microsecond to the geological time scale. Our ambition is to be a world-leading centre of excellence in scientific research as well as research training and teaching, and to contribute in a meaningful way to the challenges of a modern, sustainable society by acquiring new and fundamental geo-scientific knowledge and by directly addressing societal challenges related to the field of earth sciences.

Within the context of this mission and ambition, we seek an enthusiastic scientist and educator who is able to develop an internationally recognised research line in the field of marine biogeochemistry. We are specifically looking for a candidate interested in developing an observational and/or experimental research portfolio focusing on the modern environment and changes therein. You will contribute to our (under-)graduate education programmes in Earth and Marine Sciences by taking responsibility for some courses whilst working as part of a team on others. You will supervise Bachelor's and Master's degree thesis projects, as well as (your own) PhD students. On average, the department aims for similar contributions to educational activities and research for all its academic staff. You are committed to societal engagement and outreach activities focusing on creating impact.


You will strengthen education and research in the Department of Earth Sciences. For this, you are an inspiring teacher to BSc, MSc and PhD students and have, or are willing to obtain in the near future, a basic teaching qualification. You are a strong team player with good communication and networking skills, who is focused on achieving multidisciplinary research targets and participating in the acquisition of funding for research projects and advanced new equipment. A minimum experience of two to three years as a postdoctoral researcher is highly recommended. (International) experience outside Utrecht University is an asset.

You should:

  • have a PhD degree in a relevant field of the natural sciences?
  • have a clear vision for education and a strong affinity with teaching?
  • have an outstanding record of academic research, reflected in high-quality publications?
  • have the ability to obtain competitive research grants?
  • have strong communication, networking and organisational skills?
  • have an eye for public outreach and are willing to contribute to media appearances and popular scientific articles.

Publication track record, teaching record, acquired research funds and leadership experience will be weighed against the number of years of academic experience, also considering (parental) leave and part-time appointments. You are expected to have a very good level of English, both spoken and written. We require a qualification English at C1 level (CEFR or comparable to level 3 of the Lecturer Assessment Grid) or to be prepared to obtain this level by training. For non-Dutch speaking candidates, Dutch language skills should be at the level of practical communication within about three years of the appointment.

In the selection process, we will be guided by the quality of the applicants, as well as the diversity of our staff population. Your vision on teaching, research vision and funding potential, as well as your connection to existing activities in the department will specifically be considered by the evaluation committee. The profile of the department is rooted in the core disciplines of geochemistry, geology, geophysics, (marine) biogeosciences and hydrogeology. Within Utrecht University, we interact in research and teaching with physical geography, human geography, and environmental & sustainability sciences (sister departments in the Faculty of Geosciences), as well as with atmospheric & marine sciences, biology, mathematics, and chemistry/material sciences in the Faculty of Sciences. Among our key partners in marine geosciences is the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research NIOZ.

Terms of employment:

We offer a position (0.8 - 1.0 FTE) as an Assistant Professor for a period of 18 months with the prospect of permanent employment. Upon good performance, according to the Faculty's performance indicators, the position will become permanent after 18 months. The Faculty of Geosciences has an excellent merit-based career and promotion policy. As part thereof, career development up to Associate Professor (level 2) is possible without a so called 'formation principle', yet depending on qualifications. The gross monthly starting salary - depending on qualifications and experience - ranges between €3,821 and €5,230 (scale 11 of the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities) for a full-time employment.

Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8,3% per year. In addition, you will have access to all equipment in our state-of-the-art laboratory infrastructure, coaching for teaching and supervision of researchers, and training and support regarding the acquisition of external funds. Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here. Facilities for childcare and sports are available on campus.

About the organisation:

The Utrecht Faculty of Geosciences studies the Earth: from the Earth's core to its surface and atmosphere, including man's spatial and material utilisation of the Earth. With a population of 3,400 students (BSc and MSc) and 720 staff, the Faculty is a strong and challenging organisation. The Faculty is organised in four Departments: Earth Sciences, Physical Geography, Sustainable Development, and Human Geography & Spatial Planning.

The Department of Earth Sciences conducts teaching and research across the full range of the solid Earth and environmental Earth sciences, with activities in almost all areas of geology, geochemistry, geophysics, biogeology and hydrogeology. The department hosts a highly international tenured staff of over 45 scientists and more than 110 PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. Our research programme spans four intertwined themes: Climate & Life, Earth interior, Earth materials, and Environmental Earth Sciences. The educational programmes in Earth Sciences are offered in a joint effort with our sister department of Physical Geography.

Utrecht's Geolab houses a wide variety of analytical and experimental facilities, including well-equipped stable isotope and organic geochemical laboratories and the porous media lab. The micro-analytical facilities include, among others, a nano-SIMS, a laser-ablation ICP-MS system, electron microprobe, micro-XRF, AFM, Raman and IR spectroscopy instruments. The adjacent new Earth Simulation Lab houses our High Pressure & Temperature and Tectonics laboratories, as well as several microscope facilities. Moreover, the department also has a world-class Paleomagnetic laboratory, several flume facilities, as well as excellent High-Performance Computing facilities.

Additional information

Informal enquiries may be sent to Prof. Dr Jack Middelburg (Chair of Geochemistry and Head of Department) via j.b.m.middelburg@uu.nl.

How to apply:

To apply, please follow this link and the guidelines mentioned there. Include:

  • a brief vision on/plans regarding your own research and teaching for the next five years (max. 3 A4)?
  • your teaching experience and a list of publications?
  • (e-mail) addresses of two referees.

The application deadline is April 30th, 2022. In the second stage of the selection procedure, the short-listed candidates will be asked to defend their educational vision and research plans in an oral presentation and discussion with the committee. Presenting a short lecture to students and staff will also be included in the procedure. We intend to proceed with the selection procedures in May to June. We aim to fill the position by September 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Note that for candidates that require visa / working permits for the Netherlands, the processing time between selection and starting date is usually at least four months.

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posted: 28 March 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.