Assistant Professor: Causes and Consequences of Plant Biodiversity Change

An Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) is currently welcome by Wageningen University’s Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation Group to conduct research on the Causes and Consequences of Plant Biodiversity Change.

The candidate will be in charge of designing, supervising, and carrying out research that examines the factors influencing changes in plant biodiversity as well as the effects of these changes on ecosystem functionality. To “bend the curve of biodiversity loss,” he/she will also create management strategies and/or restoration plans. With regard to the specific ecosystem types (such as grasslands, heathlands, peatlands, etc.) and methods (such as experiments, field observations, and theory building), this position allows a great deal of freedom. As a member of a team that includes researchers from the host research group (PEN) as well as other WU chair groups working in the SPB.

In this position, the candidate will publish his/her research findings in respected international academic journals as well as reach out to relevant stakeholders. He/she will help secure funding from a mix of government, EU, and private sources. She/he will also contribute to education by supervising thesis and internship students and by teaching courses at the BSc and/or MSc level.


The position offers:

  • a competitive gross salary of between € 3.974 and € 6.181 for a full-time
  • 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.
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Job Requirements

The ideal candidate for the position of Assistant Professor: Causes and Consequences of Plant Biodiversity Change:

  • Hold a PhD degree in ecology, nature conservation, or a related field;
  • Have strong motivation to acquire external sources of research funding;
  • Are experienced in supervising BSc and/or MSc students;
  • Have an affinity for delivering high-quality education
  • Have good research qualities, as shown by publications in international peer-reviewed journals
  • Are a team player, and are committed to an inclusive, international working environment;
  • Have a good command of spoken and written English.

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit the following documents:

  • Letter of motivation
  • Detailed CV

To apply for the Assistant Professor: Causes and Consequences of Plant Biodiversity Changeclick here.

Deadline: September 04, 2023.

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