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Research Professor Marine Biogeochemistry

University of Antwerp

Antwerp, Belgium

Job description

The assignment consists of lecturing duties, scientific research and academic service to society. During a period, limited to 10 years, scientific research will be the main activity.

  • You will expand the scientific research in the area of Marine Biogeochemistry. You will study biogeochemical cycles and transformations of different elements (Carbon, Nitrogen, Sulphur, Silica…) in marine ecosystems (estuaries, coastal areas, open ocean, deep sea). Your research has a multidisciplinary character integrating several disciplines (marine biology, geochemistry, microbiology) and is focused on benthic and pelagic processes and the coupling between these. You use state-of-the-art techniques in fieldwork, experiments, and modelling. Your research contributes to the societal challenges concerning climate change and other aspects of global change in marine ecosystems (ocean acidification, increasing hypoxia);
  • You will acquire and manage external funding (national and international);
  • You will supervise doctoral students;
  • You participate actively to reinforce the Centre of Excellence on Global Change Ecology consisting of the research groups ECOBE (Ecosystem management) PLECO (Plant- and Vegetation ecology) and EVECO (Evolutionary Ecology) and the cooperation with other research groups within the department of Biology (SPHERE, IMPRES);
  • Your research forms a bridge between specific research domains within the Faculty of Science and reinforces the marine sciences at the University of Antwerp through cooperation with research groups from other departments/faculties;
  • You will offer scientific services: among others you take part in scientific commissions both within and outside the University;
  • You will be assigned limited lecturing duties in the master Biology (Aquatic ecology, marine biology), the interuniversity course Ocean and Lakes (Oceanography, Aquatic biogeochemistry and global biogeochemical cycles, Estuarine and coastal systems), the interuniversity advanced master Technology for integrated water management and the master environmental sciences.

Profile and requirements

  • You hold a doctorate degree (PhD) in Science/Biology or Bioengineering;
  • You have a minimum of 5 years of experience on Postdoctoral level at the closing date of the vacancy;
  • You have an international academic CV and perform qualitatively outstanding academic research in the broader field according to the domain involved;
  • You obtained in the past an ERC starting grant;
  • The focus in your teaching corresponds to the educational vision of the university;
  • Your academic qualities comply with the requirements stipulated in the university’s policy;
  • You have leadership skills (or the potential to develop them);
  • You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and cooperative;
  • You can meet the statutory language requirements for both the knowledge of the teaching language and the administrative language, Dutch. The University of Antwerp provides the necessary support;
  • You have experience with designing and performing lab experiments and state-of-the-art techniques in fieldwork. Experience in biogeochemical modelling is a plus.

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