[Taxacom] Vacancy for 4 Research Fellows (fulltime), the Netherlands

Mols, J.B. (Johan) Mols at nhn.leidenuniv.nl
Tue Jan 12 05:08:10 CST 2010

Netherlands Centre for Biodiversity Naturalis 

Early 2010 the Netherlands Centre for Biodiversity Naturalis (NCB
Naturalis) will be established in Leiden, The Netherlands. The founding
partners are the National Herbarium of the Netherlands (Leiden
University branch and Wageningen University branch), the Zoological
Museum of Amsterdam (University of Amsterdam) and the National Museum of
Natural History Naturalis. The NCB Naturalis will house a natural
history museum with over 200 staff members managing a natural history
collection containing more than 37 million objects, and a modern
research department. Research at the NCB Naturalis will involve
systematic/taxonomic studies on the origin and evolution of
biodiversity, exploiting the ideas and methods of conservation biology,
evolutionary biology, paleontology and mineralogy. A major investment in
new scientific infrastructure, including molecular and morphological
laboratories, and bioinformatics facilities will be established between
2010 and 2014. These new facilities will greatly improve existing
laboratory and analytical facilities and support our new, high profile

The NCB Naturalis mission is to be an open archive of Life's Diversity
dedicated to reconstruct and understand the Tree of Life, to educate
people about our natural world, and to raise awareness for the
sustainable use of Earth's living resources.

Starting May 1st 2010, the NCB Naturalis has positions available for: 

Four Research Fellows (fulltime) 

We seek to attract Research Fellows to support our high profile research
themes, namely "Morphology and evolutionary developmental genetics",
"Phylogenetics and horizontal genomics", "Biogeography" and "Global
Change Biology". You are an energetic and enthusiast scientist with a
proven track record and a clear view on how your research program will
contribute to the future success of NCB Naturalis. You are eager to join
our new institute, to cooperate with the existing staff of the NCB
Naturalis, to study the NCB Naturalis collections, and to use the new
scientific infrastructure. Developing active interactions between the
NCB Naturalis and our partners in biodiversity research as well as
acquisition of externally funded projects are essential. You are
expected to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels and to
represent the NCB Naturalis in societal and scientific communities. To
give your research program a head-start each research fellow will have
the opportunity to supervise a PhD candidate (to be appointed). 

You have a PhD degree in systematics, evolutionary biology, geology, or
other relevant discipline and at least two years, and preferably not
more than six years, of experience at the postdoctoral level. You have
excellent teaching and communications skills in English, both written
and verbal.

Furthermore, you have an excellent scientific track record (given the
point in your career) and are involved in innovative and
multidisciplinary research projects in biodiversity research, operating
in an international scientific network. You are able to engage in
collaborative networks with students and university partners as well as
existing NCB Naturalis research staff.

Depending on the research theme, desired qualifications may include: 

*	Ample experience with modern molecular techniques, advanced
microscopy techniques, GIS applications and/or web-based taxonomy. 
*	Experience with research popularisation. 
*	Interest in the applications of systematic research in
conservation, environmental management and species identification

We offer 
A fulltime contract (36 hours per week) for five years. A competitive
salary up to a maximum of circa EUR 59,000 gross per year depending on
experience and qualifications, including holiday allowance (8%). All our
employees are incorporated into a pension fund.  

You are invited to submit your application including your curriculum
vitae, a clearly focused research program of maximum four pages
(containing a five year working plan, a proposed budget, and the topic
of the PhD candidate's research), a complete list of publications, up to
five keywords describing the research area ,a statement of teaching
interests and the names and e-mail addresses of at least three persons
that can be contacted for reference (and who have agreed to be
contacted) before February 1st  by e-mail to; 

sollicitaties at naturalis.nl <mailto:sollicitaties at naturalis.nl> , or by
mail; Naturalis, HR department, PO box 9517, 2300 RA Leiden, The

For more information on the current research and facilities, see the
websites of the founding partners of the NCB Naturalis, on
www.naturalis.nl <http://www.naturalis.nl/>  - www.nhn.leidenuniv.nl
<http://www.nhn.leidenuniv.nl>  - www.science.uva.nl/zma
<http://www.science.uva.nl/zma>  -

Any additional information can be requested from: 
Prof.Dr. E.F. Smets
Netherlands Centre for Biodiversity Naturalis (section National
Herbarium of the Netherlands) 
E-mail: smets at nhn.leidenuniv.nl <mailto:smets at nhn.leidenuniv.nl>  
Phone: +31 71 527 35 15 

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