Professor of Plant Physiology, Radboud University, Netherlands

Radboud University
Study in:Netherlands
Deadline: 19 February 2018

Professor of Plant Physiology (0.8 – 1.0 FTE)

Faculty of Science
Maximum salary: € 7,766 gross/month
Vacancy number: 62.95.17
Application deadline: 19 February 2018


As Professor of Plant Physiology you will lead the research group and investigate topics within the broad field of plant-environment interactions. In your research, you will apply state-of-the-art approaches in, for example, molecular physiology, biochemistry, genetics, genomics, metabolomics, plant eco-physiology. Your research should have scientific novelty with good opportunities for external funding and potential applications. The research lines will inspire collaboration among different disciplines and cross-links with existing expertise within the Plant cluster and with other research groups within the Institute for Water and Wetland Research (IWWR).

You will be responsible for university courses that may cover plant development and evolution, genetics, and plant physiology in the first two years of the Bachelor’s programme in Biology, and more specialised courses in the last year of the Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes. Your teaching effort will comprise up to 40% of the appointment.

Work environment

You will become part of the vibrant research and teaching community of the Institute for Water and Wetland Research. Our scientists are determined to make the Institute’s joint mission a success. The Institute provides excellent research facilities and technical support. A competitive start-up package will help you make a head-start with realizing your research ambitions.

The IWWR and the Faculty of Science are financially sound institutions within Radboud University, a middle-sized university with 20,000 students. Strategically located in Europe, Radboud University is one of the leading academic communities in the Netherlands. It is a place with a personal touch, where top-notch education and research take place on a beautiful green campus, in modern buildings with state-of-the-art facilities. At Radboud University, we teach and perform research covering the full breadth of the academic spectrum, and contribute to the development of new perspectives within science and within society. This makes Radboud University a successful university with a strong international reputation.

The Faculty of Science is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and as such encourages applications from women and minorities. Radboud University strives for a diversified workforce in order to shape education and research from different perspectives. The University is taking targeted action to appoint talented men and women of different nationalities to senior positions and to retain them. To achieve this, young female staff can count on support during their career in the form of a mentor programme.

Radboud University has a number of regulations that support employees in finding a good work-life balance. Focusing on their individual means, we take each employee’s phase in life and career into consideration. Radboud University offers customised facilities to better align work and private life. Parents are entitled to partly paid parental leave and Radboud University employees enjoy flexibility in the way they structure their work. Day nurseries for children aged 0-4 years are available near the faculty buildings on campus. Its good accessibility, extensive cultural offerings, scenic surroundings and historic centre make Nijmegen a great city to live and work in.

What we expect from you

  • you are a plant scientist with a recognisable research topic within the broad field of plant physiology;
  • you have excellent scientific qualities, illustrated by a track record of high-quality publications, and invitations to scientific conferences;
  • you have the ability to attract funding and aspire to apply for prestigious grants;
  • in your research team, you have mentored and coached PhD students and postdocs harmoniously, while developing your own research line;
  • you are excited to collaborate with plant breeding and biotechnology companies and/or other stakeholders;
  • you have worked successfully in research consortia or research groups, and have demonstrated academic leadership skills;
  • you have a broad scientific interest and enjoy operating in a multidisciplinary research environment;
  • you are an inspiring teacher who has interactive teaching skills proven in lectures, lab classes and assignments, in Bachelor’s or Master’s programs. You are keen to contribute to attractive, state-of-the-art, English-taught Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes.

What we have to offer

  • employment: 0.8 – 1.0 FTE;
  • a maximum gross monthly salary of € 7,766 based on a 38-hour working week (salary scale H2);
  • in addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • duration of the contract: one year, with the possibillity of an extension for an indefinite period;
  • you will be classified as Full Professor 2 (Hoogleraar 2) in the Dutch university job-ranking system (UFO);
  • you will be able to make use of our Dual Career Service where our Dual Career Officer will assist with family related support, such as child care, and help the partner of the candidate prepare for the local labour market and with finding an occupation.

Are you interested in our excellent employment conditions?

Would you like to know more?

Further information on: Institute for Wetland and Water Research
Further information on: Plant Ecology and Physiology

For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Prof. dr. Mike Jetten, professor of Microbiology, Chair of the searching committee

Prof. dr. Hans de Kroon, professor of Plant Ecology

Are you interested?

You should upload your application (attn. of prof. dr. Mike Jetten) exclusively using the button ‘Apply’ below. Your application should include (and be limited to) the following attachment(s):

  • Cover letter
  • Research and teaching curriculum vitae including contact details of two professional referees


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