Assistant or Associate professor in Theoretical Ecology

Assistant or Associate professor in Theoretical Ecology

University of Amsterdam (UvA)

1098 XH Amsterdam, Netherlands

Assistant or Associate Professor in Theoretical Ecology
University of Amsterdam – Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics

The Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) is one of eight research institutes within the Faculty of Science at the University of Amsterdam. Our scientific research aims at a better understanding of the dynamics of systems at all relevant levels, from genes to ecosystems, using a multi-disciplinary approach and both experimental and theoretical methods.

Within the Department of Theoretical and Computational Ecology we wish to appoint a promising candidate in the area of theoretical ecology. We will consider early career scientists with at least several years of experience after obtaining their PhD (at Assistant Professor level) as well as established scientists (at Associate Professor level).


Research profile
Your research interests are complementary to the current research areas within the theoretical ecology group. These could concern the modelling of spatial population processes, the modelling of individual level life cycle processes to explain population dynamics, or the modelling of evolutionary and eco evolutionary dynamics of populations and species. Methods employed could range from agent-based models to structured population models. Note, however, that these are examples and other fields of research or methods within theoretical ecology will certainly be considered.

You are a scientist who is open-minded to working with various systems, you have access to scientific networks that can provide experimental data. You have a vision on how empirical data can be used and/or implemented into models, and on how hypotheses arising from model output can be tested experimentally.


  • A PhD in (theoretical) ecology, biology or equivalent field;
  • a personal research plan that supports and enhances the group’s research strategy;
  • a publication record in high quality international journals;
  • a track record of high quality teaching at undergraduate and (depending on experience) postgraduate levels with experience in developing and disseminating successful learning approaches;
  • a recognized position in international networks;
  • the capability to generate external funding for research projects, and to develop and lead research projects.

We would like you to have:

  • A record of, and commitment to, securing grant funding from government departments, research councils and charities and managing these projects to successful completion;
  • the ability to attract and successfully supervise doctoral students;
  • relevant administrative experience;
  • an open mind to work with various systems;
  • a critical, open, constructive and enthusiastic personality.

Further information
A more complete description of the research profile can be found here. If you have questions, please contact Prof. dr. André de Roos: , +31 20 5257747

Depending on your qualifications and seniority we offer you a position as an assistant professor or associate professor for 38 hours a week in an exciting, dynamic and international research environment.

More information on the appointment, salary and job application can be found here.

The UvA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We value a spirit of enquiry and endurance, provide the space to keep asking questions and cherish a diverse atmosphere of curiosity and creativity.

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