Tenure Track Assistant Professor Marine organic carbon cycle (0.8-1.0 FTE)


Faculty of Science and Engineering


Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, University of Groningen, V23.0796

Job description

We have an opening for an Assistant Professor to strengthen our position in marine organic carbon cycle research

The oceans play a crucial role in the global carbon cycle, containing by far the largest reservoir of active carbon on Earth. Terrestrial carbon (organic as well as inorganic) enters the oceans and carbon is exchanged with the atmosphere. This dynamical equilibrium is currently disturbed by anthropogenic carbon emissions, with strong repercussions for climate change. Of the anthropogenic CO2 emissions into the atmosphere, over 25% is taken up by the oceans. Organic matter plays a crucial role in governing the marine carbon cycle. There is urgent need for an improved (quantitative) understanding of the oceanic carbon cycle and climate feedbacks to this cycle. The present position aims to advance research on the marine organic carbon cycle, and its main players, drivers and interactions with climate. The rather recent embedding of the Ocean Group in the Centre for Isotope Research (CIO) leads to extensive possibilities to apply stable isotope techniques (and radiocarbon).

As Assistant Professor with a focus on research you will:

- set up and develop your own research line and research group
- teach in and contribute to the development of the master degree programs Marine Biology and Energy and Environmental Science
- supervise PhD students
- acquire external funding
- promote the societal relevance of your research
- contribute to the organization of the faculty, for example by participating in working groups and committees

At the stage of Assistant Professor 60% of your time is for research, 30% for teaching activities and 10% for organizational tasks.

The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, City of Talent. Groningen is the lively capital of the Northern Netherlands with a high quality of life and affordable living conditions. The University has 37000 students in BSc and MSc programmes, 4400 PhD students, and 4600 staff members. Our students and staff come from all around the world.

Quality has been our top priority for over four hundred years, and with success: the University is currently in or around the top 100 on several influential ranking lists. The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) is the largest faculty within the University. We offer first-rate education and research in a wide range of science and engineering disciplines, from classical disciplines such as chemistry, physics and biology, to interdisciplinary fields such as artificial intelligence, energy and environmental sciences and biomolecular sciences. At FSE, education and research are strongly intertwined, and we value a strong disciplinary basis for our students. Our programmes in science and engineering, while diverse, share a common view on best practices for research-driven, international education. We are proud of the open, inclusive, and informal character of our community.

The position is embedded in the Energy & Sustainability Research Institute Groningen (ESRIG). "Global carbon cycle and climate" is defined as one of the three main research themes within ESRIG. Research encompasses, next to oceanic, also the atmospheric and terrestrial compartments of the carbon cycle, with laboratory experiment and field studies, as well as Global Earth System and climate modelling. Laboratory and analytical facilities are and can be made available, including instrumentation for tracer use (atmospheric oxygen, stable isotopes, radiocarbon), as well as climate cabinets, a phytoplankton culture collection, HPLC and basic lab equipment.


We encourage you to apply if you have:

- a PhD degree in biological oceanography or a related field
- excellent research qualities, as shown by a publication record in international peer-reviewed journals and proceedings of renowned conferences and a research statement
- a great affinity with and a good track record in teaching, appropriate for the career stage
- preferably at least two years of postdoctoral experience outside of the Netherlands
- a relevant international network
- the potential to acquire substantial research grants from external sources
- demonstrable communicative and organizational competences
- the ambition and the potential to develop academically
- the ability to work well with others in international and diverse teams
- good command of spoken and written English.

Furthermore, we expect all new staff members to either have a University Teaching Qualification (Dutch: Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs) or obtain it within 3 years and, if they do not already speak it, to learn the Dutch language within at most five years.
Contrary to what the above list might suggest, we don't expect perfection in our candidates - if you think you have what it takes, but don't meet every point above, please don't hesitate to apply!

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 12 months.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering of the University of Groningen was the first on the European mainland to introduce a tenure track career policy, 20 years ago, and with significant success. We have attracted great talents that have contributed strongly to the worldwide leading position of our faculty’s ten research institutes. Our career system has helped our staff members to develop highly successful and rewarding academic careers. The latest version of this system, ‘Career Paths in Science and Engineering’, offers:

- diverse career paths with a focus on research, education or impact
- dynamic career paths, in which staff members can switch focus in the course of their career
- promotion to Assistant Professor level 1, in combination with a permanent contract, already after 1 - 3 years, provided the relevant criteria are met
- promotion to Associate Professor after 5 years, and promotion to Full Professor after another 5 years, if the corresponding criteria are met
- significant freedom for staff members whether and when to apply for promotion.

For more information about Career Paths in Science and Engineering, see: rug.nl/fse/cpse. Please consider the career path with a focus on research for the criteria for tenure and for promotion to more senior positions.
We offer you in accordance with the CAO Dutch Universities:

- a salary, depending on qualifications and work experiences, from from € 4332 up to a maximum of € 6737 gross per month (salary scale 11 or 12, depending on your career stage) for a full-time position as Assistant Professor
- a holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus of respectively 8% and 8.3% of your yearly salary
- a pension scheme
- maternity and parental leave
- the possibility of working part-time (0,9 fte or 0,8 fte)
- a mentor programme and a broad range of opportunities for personal development
- dual career support for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen.

Consider our website for more information about the working conditions at the University of Groningen: https://www.rug.nl/about-ug/work-with-us.

Job Application

We invite you to submit a complete application including: - a cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position - a curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications, a description of your teaching experience, and a list with names and contact details of references - a list of five self-selected papers with an explanation of your contribution and what impact it made on science and/or society - a statement of your teaching goals and experience - a research statement, including a description of your scientific interest and plans. Please send your application by clicking on "Apply" below the advertisement on the website of the university. You can apply for this position until 14 January 11:59 PM Dutch local time (CET) / before 15 January 2024. The first round of selection interviews (including a 10 minute presentation outlining your scientific interests and plans for the position) will be on-line, and will take place between January 22 and February 2, 2024. The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage: https://www.rug.nl/about-ug/policy-and-strategy/diversity-and-inclusion/ Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP): https://www.nvp-hrnetwerk.nl/nl/sollicitatiecode and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers: https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/charter/code We provide career services for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen. Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Prof. Richard Bintanja (not available in January 2024)

Dr. Willem van de Poll

Prof. Harro Meijer

In your application, please always include the job opening ID V23.0796

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

Profile report in which the position is described in more detail More information about the research institute More information about the Faculty of Science and Engineering More information about the employment conditions of the University of Groningen Career Paths in Science and Engineering

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