[Coral-List] Tenure track lecturer 'Global Change Biology'

Marc Kochzius vub.marine.biology at gmail.com
Thu Apr 22 11:03:37 UTC 2021

Tenure track lecturer (research) 'Global Change Biology'

1 - Working at the VUB

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are the largest
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   academic education and scientific research, free from any prejudice;
   - community integration of this in a spirit of social compassion;
   - critical development of everyone in light of the responsibilities
   borne in the community.

2 - Position description

The Faculty of Sciences & Bio-engineering Sciences, Department Biology, is
looking for a tenure track lecturer.

More concretely your work package contains:

*Education and Research domain:*

'Global Change Biology'

The Department of Biology provides research, education and service to
society in the field of Biology.

The research disciplines in the department include cellular and molecular
biology, ecology and evolutionary biology.

The department is re-organizing both its ecological and evolutionary
research and master education in an overarching Research Center in
biodiversity, sustainability and conservation.

The department is seeking an excellent researcher and lecture in Global
Change Biology.

You are expected to contribute to the continuity of our high scientific and
educational standards.


   - You are expected to teach courses related to Global Change Biology or
   related themes based on own expertise in the Bachelor and/or Master
   education, although teaching will be limited during the tenure track period;
   - You will also supervise bachelor and master thesis research;
   - Teaching is conducted in Dutch and English;


   - You will study the effects of global change on biological processes
   (and vice versa);
   - You will integrate aspects of several of the global change challenges,
   and/or study at least one of them on a global scale;
   - Besides research on fundamental processes, a focus on ecosystem
   restoration-oriented processes is appreciated;
   - You will work in synergy with colleagues (from the Biology Department
   and other departments in the faculty) working on themes such as
   biodiversity, (agro)-ecology, conservation, restoration, environmental
   - You will supervise PhD and and postdoc research projects;


   - You are expected to:
      - integrate into the Department;
      - participate and collaborate in management and organizational
      activities of the department and the faculty;
      - contribute to valorization of the research results in the framework
      of service to society, university and its PR-activities;

For this function, our Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus
(Elsene) will serve as your home base.
3 - Profile

What do we expect from you?


   As a formal minimum requirement, you've attained a PhD degree in
   Sciences, Bio-engineering Sciences, or a related field, awarded on the
   basis of an original thesis.

   - You must show a track record of research activities at the highest
   academic level and within the research domain of the vacancy;
   - A substantial, international, postdoctoral experience is recommended,
   and experience with research project management is an asset;
   - You should also be committed to excellence in teaching at the Bachelor
   and Master levels;
   - Social, cooperative and communication skills are apparent from past
   - You must show evidence of excellence by demonstrating that you have
   published work related to global change biology in leading journals;
   - You express a clear strategy to develop a challenging research
   program, resulting in the acquisition of external funding;
   - You should have appropriate postdoctoral research experience in the
   domain of this vacancy;

   - You subscribe to the university’s vision of education. The full text
   in relation to this is available on the university website.

   - Every first appointment is dependent upon the successful delivery of a
   teaching session.

   - Members of the academic staff who, as title-holders, are charged with
   teaching assignments, must be able to demonstrate the required knowledge of
   the language of instruction for the relevant course units. Example: When a
   course unit is taught in English, the candidate is required to have the
   appropriate certificate. More information about the regulations concerning
   the language proficiency you can find via

4 - Offer

Are you going to be our new colleague?

You’ll be offered a tenure track appointment, for an assignment of 1 FTE,
for 5 years, with eligibility for tenure in the rank of senior lecturer by
the end of this initial period, with planned starting date 01/10/2021.

You’ll receive a salary linked to one of the scales set by the government.

At the VUB, you’re guaranteed an open, involved and diverse workplace where
you are offered opportunities to (further) build on your career.

As well as this, you’ll enjoy various benefits:

   - Full reimbursement for your home-work commute with public
transport according
   to VUB-policy, or compensation if you come by bike;
   - Cost-free hospitalisation insurance;
   - The space to form your job content and continuously learn via VUB LRN;
   - Excellent facilities for sport and exercise;
   - Ecocheques;
   - Delicious meals at attractive prices in our campus restaurants;
   - An open, family-friendly work environment where attention is paid to
   work-life balance, and exceptional holiday arrangements with 35 days of
   leave (based on a fulltime contract).

5 - Interested?

Is this the job you’ve been dreaming of?

Send us *ONLINE* and *at latest on 25/05/2021*:

   - your motivation letter, including your vision on education and
   research, and an explanation about the development of your future research;
   - your curriculum vitae, including you academic dossier;
   - your degrees and diplomas (not applicable for VUB alumni) and language

Do you have questions about the job content? Contact Prof. dr. Franky
Bossuyt at Franky.bossuyt at vub.be or on +32-2-6293648.

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