Tenure tracker assistant/associate professor position in Crop Ecology
Within the chair group Crop & Weed Ecology (CWE), Wageningen University we offer a tenure-tracker position at assistant or associate professor level in crop ecology.
In this position you will focus on understanding the role of crop- and natural biodiversity in agricultural fields and their surroundings in increasing the resilience of agro-ecosystems to environmental perturbations such as weather extremes. Climate change is projected to increase the occurrence of weather extremes (e.g. heat waves, droughts and floods) which may have both direct and indirect effects (e.g., changes in the distribution and impact of pests and diseases) on agro-ecosystems. Simultaneously, farmers are pressured to reduce the use of synthetic inputs in part to prevent biodiversity decline. Ecological research is showing that biodiverse agro-ecosystems can be more stress resilient, but the ecological mechanisms that drive this relationship are still poorly understood. The advertised position aims to further our understanding of these mechanisms and use this knowledge to contribute to developing biodiversity-friendly stress-resilient agro-ecosystems. The research and teaching will focus on the crop stand/ecosystem level preferably in the landscape and/or regional context.
You are a highly-motivated plant ecologist or agro-ecologist with a keen interest in exploring the relationships between crop and natural biodiversity and stress resilience of agro-ecosystems. You Possess well-developed skills in quantitative modelling approaches (e.g., crop simulation models, spatial ecological models) and preferably experience with advanced statistics (including modern data science and machine learning). You also have a keen interest in issues related to agricultural sustainability and climate adaptation and will have the ambition to develop a successful, largely externally-funded research line as well as to contribute to innovative teaching in the areas of crop ecology and related subjects. Ideally, you will participate in (inter)national biodiversity/climate initiatives such as: the Wageningen Biodiversity Initiative, the national Climate Institute or the National Delta Plan for Biodiversity Recovery. Finally, you should have a keen interest in communicating and working with a wide variety of partners including scientists from other fields and stakeholders such as farmers, nature conservationists and private companies.
- A PhD degree and proven publication record in high-impact journals in plant ecology, agro-ecology, crop science or similar.
- An established research program and clear research vision in the area of agro-ecology, plant ecology or similar.
- Experience in teaching students and supervising BSc and MSc students with diverse backgrounds. An affinity for developing courses at Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD levels, and interest in innovative teaching methods
- Well-developed skills in quantitative modelling/statistics and experience with experimental work.
- Ambition and preferably experience in developing a largely externally-funded research line.
- Affinity with crop systems.
We offer you
Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
- sabbatical leave, study leave, and partially paid parental leave;
- working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
- the option to accrue additional compensation / holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
- there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
- a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
- excellent pension scheme.
Wageningen University & Research encourages internal advancement opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a unique position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.
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Do you want more information?
For more information about this position or about the procedure, please contact Niels Anten, Chair holder, telephone 31 (0)317 484772/(0)6 14323960 – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you want to apply?
You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval. Please upload a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a separate list of publications and a 1000-word (max) statement of research and education interests and intended direction.
This vacancy will be listed up to and including 1 May. We hope to schedule the first job interviews in mid May 2023.
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You will work here
The research is embedded within the chair Crop & Weed Ecology, which is led by Prof. Niels P.R. Anten (https://www.wur.nl/nl/personen/niels-prof.dr.ir.-npr-niels-anten.htm) and is part of the Centre for Crop Systems Analysis. CWE conducts research and teaching on the ecology and management of crops, diseases, pest and weeds. CWE has a special interest in understanding the role of natural and crop biodiversity in determining performance and stress resilience of crop systems. We study plant form and adaptation, and ecological processes from plant to landscape scale. We thus contribute to the development of sustainable agricultural systems that provide high yields with a minimal ecological footprint and that maximally contribute to natural biodiversity and its associated ecosystem functions.
In this challenging career trajectory:
- you will be part of the transition towards more sustainable, biodiversity-friendly agriculture
- you acquire, lead and implement innovative and creative (inter-)national research projects in Crop & Weed Ecology;
- you collaborate with colleagues and supervise PhD students, BSc and MSc theses and you develop and teach courses;
We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.