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Assistant Professor Biological Feedbacks in the Marine Carbon Cycle

Assistant Professor Biological Feedbacks in the Marine Carbon Cycle


Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED), University of Amsterdam

The Institute for Biodiversity & Ecosystem Dynamics is one of eight research institutes of the Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam. The University of Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ largest university, offering the widest range of academic programmes. At the UvA, 30,000 students, 6,000 staff members and 3,000 PhD candidates study and work in a diverse range of fields, connected by a culture of curiosity.

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 8,000, as well as 1,800 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

The research at IBED aims to unravel how ecosystems function in all their complexity, and how they change due to natural processes and human activities. At its core lies an integrated systems approach to study biodiversity, ecosystems and the environment. IBED adopts this systems approach to ecosystems, addressing abiotic (soil and water quality) and biotic factors (ecology and evolution of plants, animals, and microorganisms), and the interplay between those.

The IBED vision includes research encompassing experimental and theoretical approaches at a wide variety of temporal and spatial scales, i.e. from molecules and microorganisms to patterns and processes occurring at the global scale. IBED also works with non-academic partners to deliver transdisciplinary science for society.


Amsterdam, Netherlands


Relevant divisions
Climate: Past, Present & Future (CL)
Ocean Sciences (OS)



The salary, depending on relevant experience on commencement of the employment contract, ranges between € 4,332 to € 5,929 gross per month on the basis of a full working week of 38 hours.

Required education

Application deadline
10 December 2023

17 November 2023

Job description

The Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) at the University of Amsterdam started 2023 with several new positions to collaboratively further strengthen the research within the institute. The research is carried out as a collaboration between the four research departments at IBED:

  • Ecosystem and Landscape Dynamics (ELD)
  • Evolutionary and Population Biology (EPB)
  • Freshwater and Marine Ecology (FAME)
  • Theoretical and Computational Ecology (TCE)

For one of the positions, embedded in the FAME department, we are now looking for a new Assistant Professor Biological Feedbacks in the Marine Carbon Cycle. We wish to appoint a promising candidate developing mathematical or computational models at the interface of marine biology, biogeochemistry and climate change, and with a keen interest to investigate biological feedbacks in the marine carbon cycle.

The candidate is expected to develop their own research line and to contribute to collaborative research within the institute and with (inter)national partners. It would be ideal if the candidate works on models that can connect one or more of the research fields in our department to the marine carbon cycle. Examples of potential lines of research of the successful candidate include dynamics of dissolved organic carbon, global models of marine primary production, CO2 fixation and plankton community structure, the biological carbon pump and ocean-atmosphere CO2 exchange, impacts of ocean acidification on calcifying organisms, blue carbon in coastal ecosystems, and so on.

We appreciate data-driven model approaches, and also welcome candidates that would like to combine models with global data analysis or remote sensing of marine ecosystems. Research that can link carbon dynamics across the freshwater-marine continuum would also fit excellently within the department.

A full description of the position, our offer and how to apply can be found on the website of the University of Amsterdam: