Department: Department of Biology
Let’s shape the future - University of Antwerp
The University of Antwerp is a dynamic, forward-thinking, European university. We offer an innovative academic education to more than 20 000 students, conduct pioneering scientific research and play an important service-providing role in society. We are one of the largest, most international and most innovative employers in the region. With more than 6000 employees from 100 different countries, we are helping to build tomorrow's world every day. Through top scientific research, we push back boundaries and set a course for the future – a future that you can help to shape.
The Department of Biology in the Faculty of Science has the following part-time (10%) vacancy:
senior academic staff in the field of Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology
The Department of Biology consists of 7 research groups and has a strong ecological orientation with focus on different levels of structural and functional organization (from molecule to ecosystem). You will become member of the Systemic Ecophysiology and Ecotoxicology Research group (SPHERE). The group studies the effects of natural and anthropogenic stressors on aquatic and terrestrial organisms and ecosystems. With special attention to the relationship between bioavailability and effects, differences in species sensitivity and development of innovative methods for ecological risk assessment. The teaching organized by the group concerns the organization, functions and adaptations of animals (physiology) and the chemical and biological aspects of environmental toxicology (ecotoxicology and risk assessment).
As a member of the senior academic staff (Dutch: Zelfstandig Academisch Personeel, ZAP), you will contribute to the University of Antwerp’s three core tasks: education (5%), research (4%) and services (1%). Your role may also include organisational and managerial aspects.
- You will provide high-quality education in Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology.
- Your teaching role will evolve along with the study programmes. You will be lecturing parts of the courses in the domain of Ecotoxicology and Ecological Risk Assessment. You will be mainly responsible for the chemical and modelling aspects. You also participate in seminars and exercises organised with the framework of these courses.
- You will play a role in developing activating, student-centred and competence-driven programme components and study programmes.
- You will supervise students and their Bachelor and Master dissertations.
- You will expand high-quality scientific research Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology. You develop research concerning the interactions between chemical and biological processes and the effects of combination of stressors in aquatic organisms with an emphasis on mechanistic and modelling approaches. As such the work focuses on the interplay between chemistry and biology with special attention on dynamic modelling of the processes and applications in ecological risk assessment.
- You will initiate new lines of research and coordinate the progress of scientific research projects. You will also participate in ongoing research programmes.
- You will acquire and manage national and international research funding (e.g. FWO, EU,…).
- You will publish in international journals and specialist literature.
- You will develop an international scientific network.
- You will supervise PhD students and postdoctoral researchers.
- You will play a role in the provision of both academic services and service to society, within the institution and externally. You are actively involved in the organisation of workshops and congresses and attracting pre and postdoctoral researchers.
Organisation and leadership
- You will accept coordinating responsibilities in the areas of education, research and/or services and you will contribute to the outreach of the department and the research group.
- Your leadership style will be motivating and coaching. You will be attentive to your employees’ growth and development processes.
- You hold a PhD in the domain of Environmental Chemistry and/or Ecotoxicology.
- Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies. You have established an excellent research portfolio including a strong international publications record and collaborations.
- Your teaching competences are in line with the University of Antwerp’s educational vision. You are motivated to develop your teaching skills further through the professionalisation opportunities available.
- If you do not speak Dutch, the administrative language of the university, you should be willing to obtain a CEFR B2 level of proficiency in Dutch. As soon as you take on teaching duties as a programme component coordinator, you should be able to demonstrate a CEFR C1 level of proficiency in the language of instruction. The University of Antwerp supports international staff members through an integration trajectory and offers tailor-made language coaching in compliance with Flanders’ statutory language regulations.
- You demonstrate leadership potential and organisational skills.
- You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.
What we offer
- We offer a part-time appointment as a member of the Senior Academic Staff for a period of 3 year. The level of your appointment (assistant professor, associate professor, professor or full professor) is determined on the basis of your professional experience and academic qualifications.
- Your gross monthly salary is calculated according to the pay scales for senior academic staff (ZAP) and calculated proportionally on the basis of your employment percentage.
- The planned start date is 1 September 2021 or as soon as possible after that date.
- You will do most of your work at Groenenborgercampus in a dynamic and stimulating working environment.
- Find out more about working at the University of Antwerp here and discover all the other benefits.
Want to apply?
- You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including 5 May 2021 (by midnight Brussels time). Click on 'apply', complete the online application form and don’t forget to include the following documents: (1) your motivation letter, (2) the completed job application appendix for ZAP, (3) your academic CV, with special attention for publications, projects and networks.
- The selection committee will review all of the applications as soon as possible after the application deadline. As soon as a decision has been made, we will inform you about the next steps in the selection procedure.
- If you have any questions about the online application form, please check the frequently asked questions or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions about the job itself, please contact prof. Ronny Blust. Full professor, spokesperson Sphere, email@example.com, gsm +32 485028317.
The University of Antwerp received the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award for its HR policy. We are a sustainable, family-friendly organisation which invests in its employees’ growth. We encourage diversity and attach great importance to an inclusive working environment and equal opportunities, regardless of gender identity, disability, race, ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or age. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and with diverse characteristics to apply.