Assistant-Professor (tenure track) in Organic Marine Microfossils, Organic Geochemistry and Paleoceanography

We are seeking a highly motivated and outstanding scientist from across all aspects of organic marine fossil remains and paleoceanography to join our multidisciplinary research group Marine Palynology and Paleoceanography.

Relevant expertise may include a combination of marine palynology, organic geochemistry, paleoceanography, paleoclimatology, micropaleontology, paleo-biology, stratigraphy, isotope geochemistry, and/or biogeosciences in general. We particularly invite researchers with laboratory experience, and expertise in the analysis of Meso- and Paleozoic marine organic fossil remains (microscopic and molecular), to apply.

The successful candidate is expected to develop her/his own (independent) research line in close cooperation with the group of Organic Geochemistry and a variety of other research groups in and outside the department. She/he will contribute to BSc and MSc courses in the Utrecht Earth Sciences programs and has obtained a Basic Teaching Qualification (utrecht University or equal) or is prepared to achieve it.

The Marine Palynology group currently has 3 staff (Prof H. Brinkhuis, chair, A. Sluijs, F. Sangiorgi, ass. professors), 1 postdoc, 7 PhD students and ± 20 MSc and BSc students.


The successful candidate is expected to strengthen Earth Sciences’ research and teaching at Utrecht University. English should be fluent, both verbally and in writing, and within two years of the appointment, skills in the Dutch language should be on a level required for practical communication.

Candidates should:

have a PhD degree in natural sciences actively develop new lines of research be able to work both in a team as well as independently be committed to interdisciplinary research have experience with academic teaching have strong communication and organizational skills have an outstanding record of academic research have a proven track record or strong potential for the generation of scientific funding preferably have experience as a postdoctoral researcher for at least 2 years preferably have experience with marine palynology and organic geochemistry Terms of employment:

The successful candidate will be offered a full-time position as an assistant-professor at the Utrecht University at first for two years. Halfway through the second year an evaluation on continuation after two years will be made. After continuation, ultimately halfway through the fourth year an assessment will be made in which it is evaluated if the position will be converted to a tenured position or will end after four years.

Employment conditions are based on the Collective Labour Agreement of the Dutch Universities. Based on the experience and qualifications of the candidate, the gross monthly salary starts in the first year at a minimum of € 3,088.- (scale 10-6) and a maximum of € 3,872.- (scale 11-7/12-0). The salary is supplemented by a holiday allowance of 8% per year and a year-end bonus of 8.3%. We also offer a pension scheme, a health insurance allowance and flexible employment conditions.

Further details:

For further details and informal contact, please refer to dr. Appy Sluijs by e-mail (or phone +31 (0)30 2532638).

You may also wish to visit the websites of the Marine Palynology group and the Institute of Earth Sciences

How to apply:

Visit, find the equivalent of this advertisement and fill in the application form. Please, attach your motivation for the position, a statement of your research and teaching interests, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact addresses of at least two referees (with e-mail contact addresses). Applications are accepted until the position is filled, but we prefer to receive your application before December 15, 2012. We seek to appoint as soon as possible thereafter.



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