2013_05: Assistant Professor Marine Ecological Genetics/Genomics

Deadline : 1 may 2013


The University of Groningen offers excellent career prospects The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences is offering young, talented researchers positions which are at the level of Assistant Professor via the tenure-track system. Researchers are given the opportunity to develop their own line of research. The faculty’s career policy is characterized by flexible personnel management with a focus on the individual. Academic achievements are seen as being central to the academic career, and ample opportunities for professional development and supplementary training and education are offered. Arrangements for training in the area of teaching will be made with all new employees.

The policy is directed at increasing the number of women in academic staff positions. Career advancement policies for women will also be improved, and women will be actively encouraged to develop their careers.

The appointment will be on a temporary basis for a maximum of 6 years. On completion of 5 years of employment there will be an assessment of performance based on established criteria including research and teaching qualifications. If the outcome of the assessment is positive, the assistant professor will be promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure. At the end of a further 4 -7 year period there will be another assessment aimed at a promotion to full professor.

University of Groningen was founded in 1614 and ranks amongst the best universities in Europe and worldwide in a range of research disciplines. The University of Groningen is rooted in the North of The Netherlands and is internationally oriented with a socially active environment. Our researchers and lecturers are inspired academics and our students ambitious. We respect the differences in talent, ambitions and performance of the 25,000 students and members of staff.

The university provides a career advisory service for partners of new staff who move to Groningen.

Job description

The Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Studies (CEES) at the University of Groningen has a vacancy for a tenure track assistant professor in Marine Ecological Genetics. CEES offers excellent opportunities and infrastructure for experimental research in the fields of ecology and evolution. Research programmes range from marine to terrestrial ecosystems and from polar to tropical regions. Research is pursued in collaboration with, among others, the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research and European and non-European research institutions. CEES invites applications for a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level in Marine Ecological Genetics as part of the research group Marine Evolution and Conservation (MarECon). We seek a new faculty member with a background in population genetics and genomics of pelagic marine animals. Specific (but not exclusive) focus-areas include palaeogenetics and adaptation to climate change. Experience in « next generation sequencing technologies » and bioinformatics is highly desirable. The applicant’s research is expected to contribute to the existing programme and expertise, while simultaneously bringing something new and complementary.


Applicants must have a PhD degree and a strong record of research accomplishments appropriate to their career stage. The successful candidate will actively participate in the teaching and research programmes of the faculty and the Center for Ecological and Evolutionary Studies (CEES).


Candidates will need to have the following qualifications:

  • a doctorate in the field of marine biology with special interest in population, evolutionary genetics/genomics, community genetics/genomics or related field
  • two or more of years of experience outside The Netherlands in a post-doctoral capacity or experience at another educational institution
  • research, teaching and organizational experience appropriate to career stage
  • research accomplishments, as expressed in a list of publications appropriate to career stage
  • evidence of successful acquisition of external funding appropriate to career stage.

Junior post-doctoral researchers are especially encouraged to apply.

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers a salary dependent on qualifications and work experience in accordance with the Dutch university system from € 3,227 (scale 11, CAO-NU) gross per month up to a maximum of € 5,020 (scale 12, CAO-NU) gross per month for a full-time position.



Interested candidates should submit a complete application composed of: (i) a letter of motivation, (ii) a complete curriculum vitae, (iii) a list of publications, (iv) a list of five self-selected « best papers », (v) a statement about teaching goals and experience, as well as (vi) a brief description of scientific interests and plans of maximum 3 pages. Applicants must provide the names of five references complete with title, address and contact information (i.e., phone number and e-mail address).

For applications to be considered they should be submitted before 1 May 2013 at 23:59 o’clock Dutch local time. Only applications submitted on-line will be considered (click on « Apply » below on the advertisement on the universities website).

Acquisition is not appreciated.

For information you can contact:Prof. P.J. Palsbøll,   p.j.palsboll@rug.nl