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 is now looking for highly-motivated, high-potential applicant to fill a:

Postdoc position in Marine Biogeochemistry (1 year)

Anaerobic Oxidation of Methane (AOM) prevents release of this potent greenhouse gas from aquatic sediments to the atmosphere. In sediments, AOM may be coupled to metal oxide reduction. At present, the geochemical pathways and microorganisms involved and their relevance in natural environments are not well-understood. The Postdoc will study the role of metal oxides in AOM through laboratory experiments with marine sediments collected from field locations. We will specifically target field sites with manganese- and iron-oxide-rich and methane-rich sediments. The Postdoc position is funded by the Netherlands Earth Systems Science Center (NESSC), which is a virtual research centre comprising experts from five research organizations in the Netherlands. Financial support for NESSC is provided by a Gravitation grant from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science which supports excellent research.

The research team members for the current Postdoctoral position include Project Leader Prof. Dr Caroline P. Slomp (P.I.) at the Department of Earth Sciences, Utrecht University, The Netherlands, and Prof. Dr Mike Jetten at Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. The Postdoc will be based at Utrecht University.


The successful candidate should have a PhD degree in Biogeochemistry or an equivalent degree. An interest in (geo)microbiology, and the willingness and capacity to interact in a multidisciplinary team, are essential. The candidate should be fluent in spoken and written English, since the host group is highly international in composition.

Terms of employment:

You will be offered a temporary full-time postdoctoral position for a period of one year in an international working environment. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranges between 3,282 and 3,821 (scale 10.3 - 10.7 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment.

Besides that, you will receive a holiday allowance of 8 % and a year-end bonus of 8.3 %. Utrecht University also has an appealing package of terms of employment external link, including the choice for a good balance between work and private (a good arrangement for leave, among other things), possibilities for development and an excellent pension scheme.

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. We house or have access to a wide variety of world-class laboratories.

The Geochemistry group in the department focuses on the geochemistry of the earth's surface, combining field data with experimental, modelling and theoretical approaches to elucidate biogeochemical cycles and mineral transformations along the aquatic continuum, e.g. from weathering of rocks to the biogeochemistry of deep-sea sediments. Biogeochemical processes are investigated from the nanometre to the global scale and the geological record is utilised to better project earth surface conditions in the future.

Additional information

Informal enquiries may be sent to Prof. Dr Caroline Slomp (project leader, chair of Marine Biogeochemistry) via c.p.slomp@uu.nl.

How to apply:

To apply, please follow this link and the guidelines mentioned there. The application deadline is June 26th, 2022. Evaluations and interviews are planned shortly thereafter. We seek to initiate the position per September 1st, 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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