Fellowship Energy & Sustainability Research with Marine Biology Teaching


Faculty of Science and Engineering


University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is an internationally orientated university with more than 32,000 students from all parts of the world. It is passionate about research and innovations and embedded in the knowledge city of the Northern Netherlands. For the more than 400 years of its existence quality has been central to it aims. With success: in the most influential international rankings the university is located at a position in the top 100.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering harbours a kaleidoscope of disciplines and research strengths. Our programmes in research and education range from nanomaterials and biomachinery to astronomy, from mathematics to pharmacy, from neurosciences to computer science, and from molecular and evolutionary biology to marine biology.
On top of its track record of research excellence, the Faculty offers a large number of Bachelor's programmes (overseen by our Undergraduate School of Science and Engineering) and Master's programmes (overseen by our Graduate School of Science and Engineering). Nearly all of our Bachelor's (BSc) and Master's degree programmes (MSc) are fully English-taught, thus allowing students from all over the world to follow a degree programme with us.

Our unique FSE fellowship programme offers temporary positions for talented junior researchers who want to further develop both their research and teaching skills. You will have an appointment for four years during which you can do challenging research, will have various teaching responsibilities (approximately 30% of the time), and will be offered opportunities for training and career orientation.
From day one, you have a personal Work and Development Plan (WDP) that describes the specific research, teaching and training activities that you will be doing. You will receive didactic training in your first year and will have the opportunity to obtain a University Teaching Qualification. In addition to the yearly Result and Development Interviews with your supervisors, you will have a yearly meeting with a career counsellor to discuss your career development and plans.

A personal budget of a €1000 per year is dedicated for additional training and career activities.

Job description

We offer a FSE Fellowship position in the field of Energy and Sustainability within the Department of Ocean Ecosystems. Keywords for the scientific research are Biomimetics, Biomechanics, Fluid Mechanics and Animal Locomotion. The teaching duties will be fulfilled within the MSc Marine Biology through classroom teaching and student project supervision. You will be embedded in the Energy and Sustainability Research Institute Groningen (ESRIG).


You have:
• a PhD, obtained no longer than 3 years ago, preferably from another university than the University of Groningen
• a promising research record
• affinity with teaching; individuals with actual teaching experience are favoured
• excellent command of English.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 36 months.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities a monthly gross salary, depending on experience, for a full-time position starting from:

• 0 years: € 3,255
• 1 year: € 3,389
• 2 years € 3,514
• 3 years € 3,637
- a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
- an 8.3% year-end bonus
- minimum of 29 holidays and additional 12 holidays in case of full-time employment
- initially an appointment of one year that will be extended by 3 years if you perform satisfactorily. The fellowship will not be extended after the four years period. The starting salary is dependent on the date you obtained your PhD and your postdoctoral years.

We provide career services for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen.

We have adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists across all disciplines of the university. Therefore, female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

The selection interviews are scheduled in week 11 and 12, 2020.

The preferred starting date is April 2020.

Job Application

Do you meet our qualification criteria? If yes, your application should include:

• a letter of motivation
• a Curriculum Vitae, including a list of publications
• a short description of your teaching interests
• a short description of your scientific field of interest.

You can submit your application for this position until 16 February 11.59 pm / before 17 February 2020 Dutch local time (CET) via the online application form (click on ‘Apply’ below on this advertisement on the University website).

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We are committed to building a diverse faculty so you are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), https://nvp-plaza.nl/download/?id=7714 and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers, https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/charter/code

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Mrs. Yvonne Folkers (coordinator Fellow Programme)

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 220005

Extra informatie kan worden verkregen via een van de volgende links:

Information on the Energy & Sustainability Research Institute Groningen Information on the MSc Marine Biology Education Programme

Digital application form