Application Deadline 18 September 2023
We seek to strengthen our team with the appointment of an assistant professor/researcher with expertise on statistical and empirical modelling with a focus on biological systems. Capturing the complexity of soil life and the role of soil biota in supporting a range of soil functions is one of the most challenging paradoxes of contemporary soil science. Soil biota perform a plethora of processes that are fundamental to soil health. These processes in turn support a range of soil functions (nutrient cycling, water regulation, carbon management and climate regulation, disease and pest regulation and primary productivity). The successful candidate will be responsible for the development of quantitative soil function models. The models will build upon the best scientific knowledge on the role of soil biota in tandem with chemical, physical conditions, landscape characteristics and soil management.
This position is part of Wageningen University's commitment to the new Sector Plans for “Biology" and the “Earth and Environmental Sciences” which aims to further develop the knowledge and educational capacity for both these disciplines in The Netherlands. In this position, you will develop high-quality fundamental research, teach and supervise students on quantifying the role of soil biodiversity in soil functions. As part of this position, you will publish your research in international academic journals as well as reaching out to relevant stakeholders.
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