Full professor in Sedimentary Earth System Sciences

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Vacancy number: 17060
Date of publication: February 23, 2017
Closing date: March 30, 2017

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is a leading, innovative and growing university that is at the heart of society and actively contributes to new developments in teaching and research. Our university has ten faculties which span a wide range of disciplines, as well as several institutes, foundations, research centres, and support services. Its campus is located in the fastest-growing economic region in the Netherlands (the Zuidas district of Amsterdam), and provides work for over 4,500 staff and scientific education for more than 23,000 students.

Research at the Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences (FALW www.falw.vu.nl/en/) focuses on life sciences, health sciences, environmental sciences, and Earth sciences. FALW offers a range and high-quality BSc and MSc programmes. World-class teaching and cutting-edge research activities go hand in hand.

The Department of Earth Sciences is one of the eight departments in FALW. It operates with two research clusters: 'Geology & Geochemistry' and 'Earth & Climate', which offer the Earth Sciences and Earth Science and Economics BSc and MSc programmes.

The Geology & Geochemistry cluster has developed a strong research and teaching profile in the field of sedimentary systems and tectonics, and their link to climate change, planetary sciences, metamorphic and magmatic processes. Understanding causes and consequences of different geological processes on the environment, and understanding and quantifying their magnitudes and rates comprise key topics of our research. Our integrated approach combines expertise in geochemical tracers, stable and radiogenic isotopes, geochronology, tectonic modelling, and reconstructions of climate evolution in terrestrial and marine records. The Geology & Geochemistry cluster has an outstanding suite of laboratories, including stable isotope mass spectrometry and a petrophysics laboratory and through collaborations access to microbiology facilities, clean lab facilities, isotope geochemistry and geochronology instrumentation (TIMS, (MC) ICP-MS, noble gas).

About the position

The cluster seeks a highly motivated senior scientist, full professor (or associate professor on a tenure track, depending upon experience) to further strengthen the research group in the field of sedimentology, stratigraphy, paleoclimate and biogeochemistry. The candidate should be an outstanding Earth System scientist with proven expertise in field-based programmes in marine and/or terrestrial settings. The successful applicant is expected to further develop a dynamic, externally-funded research programme, as well as to supervise graduate and undergraduate students. He/she should contribute to the teaching within the BSc and MSc programmes and to the management of the department. The candidate will take leadership over two tenure track positions in the field of biogeochemistry and chemo-stratigraphy as well as two technicians of the stable isotope laboratory.


The senior Earth System scientist will lecture within BSc courses in the Earth Science and potentially Earth and Economics programme, as well as offering specialized courses in the master programme. He/she will offer BSc, MSc and PhD students projects in line with the research of the sedimentology group.


The senior Sedimentary Earth System scientist will:

  • within 3 years establish an independent research group in the current department structure;
  • demonstrate leadership and guidance in securing the positions of tenure track staff;
  • successfully acquire national and international research grants;
  • supervise and coach BSc-, MSc- and PhD-students and postdocs;
  • play a key role in department's research programme;
  • contribute in teaching in the BSc and MSc programmes;
  • plan and manage research projects and collaborations with academic, industrial and (semi-) governmental partners;
  • perform managerial tasks for the department and faculty;
  • be actively involved in local, national and international networks in his/her field.


The senior Sedimentary Earth System scientist is expected to:

  • be an enthusiastic team player with excellent communication and management skills;
  • have a PhD in Earth Sciences or comparable fields;
  • have a strong record in the acquisition of external funds and a proven capacity to motivate and guide students on BSc, MSc and PhD level;
  • have a proven interest in sedimentology, and matching publication and citation records;
  • have an outstanding international network and proven skills in managing international collaborative research projects;
  • be able to successfully work in a multidisciplinary and innovative research field;
  • have a basic qualification in teaching for Dutch universities ('BKO'), or is willing to follow this course after appointment;
  • be fluent in English and to acquire knowledge of the Dutch language after two years.

Further particulars

You can find information about our excellent fringe benefits of employment at www.workingatvu.nl such as:

  • remuneration of 8,3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday allowance;
  • solid pension scheme (ABP);
  • possibilities to save up holidays for sabbatical leave;
  • minimum of 29 holidays in case of full-time employment;
  • generous contribution (65%) commuting allowance based on public transport;
  • discounts on collective insurances (healthcare- and car insurance);
  • participation in Individual Choices model;
  • 't Olifantje provides professional childcare on the VU campus;
  • a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge


The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, and depending on experience, range from a minimum of 4749 gross per month up to a maximum of 7659 gross per month (salary scale 13.0 - H2 CAO NU) based on a fulltime employment.


For additional information please contact:

prof. dr. G.R. Davies, chairman of the selection committee e-mail: g.r.davies@vu.nl
website: http://www.falw.vu.nl
phone: +31 20 59 87279


Applicants are requested to write a letter in which they describe their abilities and motivation, accompanied by their curriculum vitae, names and contact details of referees and copies of relevant research papers. Applications (with the vacancy number) should be sent by e-mail before 31st March 2017 to:

Secretariat of the Department of Earth Sciences, Ms. Fenny Bosse
Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
De Boelelaan 1085
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Apply by e-mail to Ms. Fenny Bosse at f.bosse@vu.nl.

Please mention the vacancy number in the e-mail header.

Any other correspondence in response to this advertisement will not be dealt with.

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