Harro Bouwmeester

Assistant Professor Plant-Microbiome Interaction

University of Amsterdam

The mission of the Plant Hormone Biology group is to understand the chemical communication of plants with other organisms in their environment, particularly belowground, and how this affects the behaviour of these other organisms. The Biosystems Data Analysis group develops data analysis and modeling methods for analyzing complex biological data, among others metabolomics and microbiome data, with a focus on data fusion.

One of our joint research topics is the interaction between plants and their root microbiome. For this work we use omics approaches and the analysis and integration of such datasets to discover new mechanistic relationships underlying the plant-microbiome interaction.

Host-microbiome interaction is a field of increasing importance. Plants benefit from their interaction with micro-organisms, often in interaction with the complex community collectively called the microbiome, which contributes to host fitness. Indeed, there are more and more indications that microbes and the microbiome play a substantial role in resilience of plants to environmental conditions and thus may play an important role in the quest for sustainable agriculture. We study how the host is affecting the microbiome and vice versa.

What are you going to do?

We are looking for an assistant professor to strengthen our team. You are an experimental biologist, with affinity for omics data analysis approaches, and will study how plants shape the rhizosphere microbiome and its functionality. This will be done in close interaction with biologists in the Plant Hormone Biology and data analysts in the Biosystems Data Analysis groups as well as with the Research Priority Area ‘Systems biology’ of SILS and IBED.

You are expected to:

  • develop a research line on the plant-microbiome interaction;
  • research questions could be, but are not limited to:
    • how do plants shape the root microbial community and its functionality?
    • what is the effect of stress on this recruitment strategy and the microbiome functionality?
    • do different stresses result in different adaptations?
    • how do plants coordinate this with other stress mitigation strategies?
    • how is microbiome recruitment depending on host genetics and how was it shaped by evolution?
  • be active in your research line, resulting in scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals;
  • be active in attracting of external funding;
  • teach in the BSc and MSc programs of Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Bioinformatics & Systems Biology.

What do we require?

  • a PhD in biology and at least three years of post-doctoral experience in the area of plant-microbiome interaction;
  • proven experimental skills (wetlab/greenhouse);
  • a good understanding of omics data-analysis methods and tools;
  • enthusiasm for, and dedication to, teaching;
  • experience with supervising students;
  • excellent communication skills. You can collaborate well with other biologists, bioinformatics and data-analysis experts;
  • fluency and excellent communication in English, both written and spoken (level C1); non-native Dutch speakers must be willing to
  • obtain A2 level proficiency in the Dutch language. SILS expect its staff to acquire sufficient fluency in the Dutch language within three years of the start of the employment contract;
  • proven affinity with acquisition of funding would be an advantage.

Within the Faculty of Science, newly appointed assistant professors follow a didactic training trajectory, which upon completion results in a qualification for academic teaching (basiskwalificatie onderwijs, BKO) within two years.

Our offer

We offer an employment contract for 38 hours a week, for 18 months preferably starting on 1 April 2022 during which you should show your competence in science and teaching. After a positive assessment of your performance this will be converted into a permanent contract.

Your salary, depending on your relevant work experience on commencement of the employment contract, ranges between €4.612 to €5.922 gross per month on the basis of a full working week of 38 hours. In addition, you will receive an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year allowance. A favourable tax agreement, the 30% ruling, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU) is applicable.

Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Take a look at working at the Faculty of Science.

About us

The University of Amsterdam is the largest university in the Netherlands, with the broadest spectrum of study programmes. It is an intellectual hub with 39,000 students, 6,000 employees and 3,000 doctoral students who are all committed to a culture of inquisitive minds.

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 7,000, as well as 1,600 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 Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS) is one of the Faculty of Science’s largest institutes. Its approximately 240 scientists and staff members work in 16 research groups that perform excellent research centered on four themes: Neurosciences, Cell & Systems Biology, Microbiology and Green Life Sciences.

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Questions?

Do you have questions about this vacancy? Or do you want to know more about our organization? Please contact:

prof. dr. Harro Bouwmeester
T: +31 (0)20 5256476; email h.j.bouwmeester@uva.nl

prof. dr. Age Smilde
T: +31 (0)20 5255062; email a.k.s.smilde@uva.nl

Job application

Do you recognize yourself in this profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 31 January 2022. We aim to invite potential candidates for interviews in the first half of February 2022.

Applications should include:

  • a cover letter with your motivation to apply for this position;
  • a CV, including a list of publications, your funding and teaching track record (if applicable);
  • a research statement
  • contact information for at least two academic referees;

Please mention the months (not just years) in your cv when referring to your education and work experience.

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

To apply for this job please visit vacatures.uva.nl.