'Tenure-Track' assistant professorship position in forest ecology and management

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31 januari 2020
Locatie Wageningen
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We are looking for

An assistant professor (UD-Tenure Track) who will teach forest ecology and management at BSc and MSc levels, and conduct groundbreaking research in this field. The candidate will contribute to the above mentioned themes in both teaching and research. More specifically, we are looking for a colleague who will strengthen our research on the following topics:

  1. ecology and management of temperate forests,
  2. effects of climate on trees and forests (worldwide), and/or (3) the role of trees and forests in producing timber, non-timber products and/or food (e.g., agroforestry).
You will develop your own research line that connects to ongoing research at the group and other ecological groups, but that is also clearly additional. You are expected to obtain funding for PhD candidates and postdocs working with you. Teaching duties are diverse and include course coordination, teaching course elements, coordinating and conducting (field) research practicals and co-supervising BSc and MSc theses.

We ask

  • a PhD degree in forest ecology, tree ecophysiology, forest management, nature conservation or similar;
  • knowledge about, and research expertise in, temperate forest ecosystems;
  • additionally, you have proven experience in at least one of the three topics mentioned. We welcome scientists with observational, experimental or modelling expertise.
  • strong quantitative research skills
  • ability to successfully work in teams and take initiatives;
  • excellent organizational and communication skills;
  • motivated to teach students from different backgrounds and willing to adopt innovative teaching methods.
  • a competitive publication and funding acquisition record and the ambition to follow the Wageningen University tenure track. Several years of post-PhD research experience is highly appreciated;
  • proficiency in English and Dutch (or willing to learn within short time);
  • we strongly encourage women to apply.

We offer

We offer a tenure-track position (seven-years) that will be converted to a permanent position when the tenure track requirements are fulfilled. In addition, we offer:

  • 8% holiday allowance;
  • a structural year-end bonus of 3%;
  • excellent training opportunities and secondary employment conditions;
  • flexible working hours and holidays can possibly be determined in consultation so that an efficient balance between work and private life is possible;
  • excellent pension plan through ABP;
  • 232 vacation hours, the option to purchase extra and good supplementary leave schemes;
  • a flexible working time: the possibility to work a maximum of 2 hours per week extra and thereby to build up extra leave;
  • a choice model to put together part of your employment conditions yourself, such as a bicycle plan;
  • a lively workplace where you can easily make contacts and where many activities are organized on the Wageningen Campus. A place where education, research and business are represented;
  • use the sports facilities on campus for a reduced fee.
Coming from abroad
Wageningen is a centre for research and entrepreneurship. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees. It is a historic university town of about 36,000 residents in the central Netherlands. The academic community hails from more than 100 countries, giving the town a lively, international feel. Our highly qualified team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.
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More information

You can apply for this position until 7 March 2020. For international candidates there is enough of time and assistance to come to Wageningen and ‘onboard’ at our University.

For more information about this vacancy, you can contact Prof. Dr. F. Bongers; Telephone number: +31 (0)317-486217; e-mail address:

For more information about the application procedure, contact Edgar Tijhuis, corporate recruiter, e-mail address:

We are

The goal of Wageningen University & Research is to deliver a substantial contribution to the quality of life. We search for answers to issues affecting society- such as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy. In Wageningen, we encompass the entire chain of knowledge, from fundamental research to science-based and up-scalable practical knowledge to create solutions that have impact. A coordinated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of the outstanding approach of Wageningen. Every day 6,500 people work on 'the quality of life', turning ideas into reality, on a global scale. Could you be one of these people? We give you the space you need!

The Forest Ecology and Forest Management (FEM) group teaches and studies the structure and functioning of trees and forest ecosystems and their responses to changing environmental and social conditions. We apply this knowledge to develop sustainable forest management systems. The coming years, FEM research and teaching focuses on three themes:

  1. Multiple forest use and management;
  2. Resilient forests and (3) Forest restoration. FEM is embedded in the department of Environmental Sciences (ESG). ESG provides fundamental research and academic education on our living environment: biodiverse systems, water, sustainable land management, green cities.
Equal Opportunities Employer
We encourage applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age. We believe that a diverse and inclusive work environment makes us a more relevant, more competitive, and more resilient organization.

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