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Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in Dynamics of Coastal Ecosystems (0.8 - 1.0 FTE)

Utrecht University's Faculty of Geosciences is looking for an Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in Dynamics of Coastal Ecosystems. Are you interested? Then please read the full profile and apply.

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Domplein, Utrecht, Utrecht
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
32 - 40 uur
€ 3637 - € 4978 per maand


The Department of Physical Geography at Utrecht University has a distinct profile in research on land surface processes, natural hazards, large-scale hydrology, coast and river processes and morphology, spatio-dynamic modelling, earth observation and image processing. Our Coastal and River group focuses on the natural and human-induced dynamics of fluvial and coastal landscapes resulting from flow, sediment transport, biological interactions and human interference. We study barrier coasts, beaches and dunes, tidal inlet systems, rivers and floodplains, large estuaries with major ports, tidal flats, salt marshes and mangroves. In particular, we are excited about interactions between fluvial, marine and aeolian components in the widest sense and in feedbacks between physical and biotic processes in these landscapes. We combine numerical modelling, scale experiments, measurements in the field and also remote sensing. Our overarching aim is to contribute to the solution of major scientific and societal challenges, and to this end we aim to combine our knowledge in generic bio-morphological fluvial/coastal models.

Do you share our enthusiasm? Do you want to work with inspired researchers and establish a research line related to field observation and analysis, remote sensing, and/or modelling of the dynamics of coastal ecosystems in a changing world (e.g., climate change; human interference; nature restoration)? Describe your dream research line in a two-page document accompanied by a thoughtful motivation letter in which you also explain what attracts you to our group. We particularly welcome research lines that link scientific questions on the development of coastal dune ecosystems to societal challenges resulting from human pressure, pollution and/or climate change, such as the loss in biodiversity and landscape geodiversity.

You are expected to acquire funding from national and European science funding agencies for personal fellowships, PhDs and postdocs. We offer you specialised support for your funding application process. You will be involved in the co-supervision of PhD candidates and postdocs, sharing responsibility for the field- and/or laboratory experiments, and presenting results in journal papers and at international conferences, in collaboration with the other staff. You will also contribute to our courses in the Earth Science Bachelor and Master programmes, strengthening their ecological and bio-geomorphological content.


You hold a PhD degree in a relevant area, such as landscape ecology, environmental sciences, earth surface dynamics, physical geography, marine sciences, environmental biology or a closely related field. You have an exciting research vision to complement ours. Your academic track record offers funding potential for personal fellowships, PhDs and postdocs. You have affinity for teaching and either have obtained or are willing to obtain your Basic Teaching Qualification. You are able to demonstrate excellent English language proficiency. We require a qualification English at C1 level (CEFR or comparable to level 3 of the Lecturer Assesment Grid) or you are prepared to obtain this level by training. Our department is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce, and we strongly welcome women to apply.


We offer a full-time Tenure Track position for a period of six years. We will agree upon a set of performance indicators to be met within the contract period. Subject to overall performance, we intend to convert your appointment to a permanent position the moment you qualify. The qualification period is basically four years and the tenure track program is tailored to this. We therefore normally expect qualification after four years or sooner. However, the employment contract is six years, so that extension into the tenure track program is possible to facilitate part-time work or to compensate for maternity leave and / or parental leave. Further career development to Associate Professor is possible. The gross salary ranges between €3,637 and €4,978 per month (scale 11 of the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities). The salary is supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% per year.

The research group will provide you with strong and collegial support on all aspects of the work. You will have access to our instrument pool for studies on flow-, wave- and wind-driven processes, laboratory infrastructure, and computing facilities. Other novel techniques, analyses and facilities in the faculty can be accessed in collaboration. We offer a collegial and lively department with much collaboration, including externally with the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ). We will introduce you into our extensive network of coastal stakeholders to facilitate productive co-creation involving researchers, public authorities and private partners with different backgrounds and approaches. In addition to our specialised support to acquire external funds and fellowships, we coach for supervision of junior researchers, and we have a coaching trajectory towards the Basic Teaching Qualification.

We offer possibilities for personal development, flexible employment conditions including part-time, holidays, parental leave, a pension scheme and collective insurance schemes. Facilities for childcare and sports and a botanical garden are available on our campus, which is only 15 minutes away from the historical city centre of Utrecht.

Additional information

Additional information about this vacancy can be obtained from: Prof Gerben Ruessink at B.G.Ruessink@uu.nl.