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Assistant Professor (tenure track) Nature Based Agriculture (0.8 - 1.0 FTE)

Do you have a PhD and a profound quantitative knowledge of sustainable agriculture?

ongeveer 2 maanden geleden


Domplein, Utrecht, Utrecht
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
28 - 40 uur
€ 3746 - € 5127 per maand


The Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University invites applications for a tenure track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level. We are searching for a highly self-motivated natural sciences oriented and quantitative scientist in the field of sustainable agriculture.

The world faces a number of important sustainable development challenges, including the question of how to avoid dangerous climate change, stop the ongoing biodiversity loss, and provide access to food for 9 billion people in 2050. Farmers are forced into a regime in which reducing cost prices is the only way to make a profit. Therefore, these developments have led to severe environmental impacts including reclamation of natural land for agriculture, intensive water and fertilizer use, loss of landscape aesthetics, and strong biodiversity loss. At landscape level, more evidence is accumulating that the spatial organization of natural and agricultural elements is important. Nature-based agriculture hereby aims to increase resilience in both the food system and the ecosystem by the use of ecological processes, such as facilitating optimal resource use. By this, food can be produced within the limits of the available resources, while it can lead to biodiversity gain. This calls for a combination of modelling and empirical/observational studies including the use of available data sets.


We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a background in agro-ecology or agronomy in a systems ecological perspective and experience in modeling soil and ecosystem processes and retrieving and analyzing data sets from open sources. The position is affiliated with the Environmental Sciences group of the Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development.

You will be embedded in an interdisciplinary team in which you work with ecologists, modelers, innovation scientists and governance scholars. The candidate is expected to develop an internationally renowned research line at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development. You can connect to multiple themes in the institute, such as sustainable land, sustainable food, sustainable water and circular economy. Further you will contribute to the acquisition and execution of externally funded projects, including the acquisition and supervision of PhD students. You will be stimulated and coached in applying for a personal research grant.

Sustainable food is one of the key topics that links many challenges for sustainability and is very well suited for challenge based learning. The candidate will teach in the BSc programme Global Sustainability Science, in the MSc programmes Sustainable Development, specifically the course on sustainable food systems, and Sustainable Business and Innovation and supervise Bachelor's and Master's projects. Teaching is in English. In the first two years the teaching load will be 50%, after two years teaching activities will increase to 60%.

We gladly receive applications from candidates who:

  • have a PhD and a profound quantitative knowledge of sustainable agriculture;
  • have experience with and an interest in academic teaching;
  • have a network for the acquisition of externally funded projects;
  • have a record of international peer-reviewed publications;
  • are well connected to relevant academic partners, as well as relevant stakeholders in society;
  • have excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • are able to demonstrate English language proficiency at C1 level (CEFR or comparable to level 3 of the Lecturer Assessment Grid) or are prepared to obtain this level by training.


For the tenure track we offer a temporary position (0.8 - 1.0 FTE) for six years in combination with a 4-year tenure track qualification programme. Your performance will be subject to annual evaluations as well as an end-term evaluation after 3.5 years. Following a positive evaluation - based on the faculty performance indicators - your employment will become permanent after four years, or sooner depending on the moment you qualify. In case the 3.5-year evaluation is not satisfactory, the contract will be terminated. A continuation after the first four years is exclusively possible for the purpose of compensation of maternity or parental leave or other recognized delays. Further career development to Associate Professor (level 2) is possible, depending on qualification. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranges between €3,746 and €5,127 (scale 11 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including the choice for a good balance between work and private (a good arrangement for leave, among other things), possibilities for development and an excellent pension scheme and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here.

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact: Prof M.J. Wassen (Chair Environmental Sciences), via m.j.wassen@uu.nl.