Postdoc - Westerdijk Institute - Utrecht

Location: Utrecht
Max hours per week: 38,00
Max salary: €4.670,00
Duration of agreement: 1 year with an extension after positive evaluation
Apply until: 11/01/2022


The project will run in close collaboration with Dr Emilia Hannula and Dr Wietse de Boer (Guest researcher and Professor at the Netherlands Institute of Ecological Research, NIOO, at Wageningen, The Netherlands), Dr Jos Houbraken and Dr Ewald Groenewald (Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute) and in close contact with several advisors.


Requirements. We are looking for candidates with:

  • PhD in microbiology, with experience in mycology and soil ecology
  • Excellent communication skills in English, both oral and written
  • Team player attitude
  • Experience with molecular biological analysis of soil samples.
  • Laboratory experience with soils and/or fungi is appreciated


About the Westerdijk Institute
The Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute is a research institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and is located at Utrecht Science Park. The institute studies fungal biodiversity in the widest sense focussing on the taxonomy and evolution of fungi as well as on functional aspects of fungal biology and ecology, increasingly making use of molecular and genomics approaches. The institute consists of six research groups, the Databases & Software Development group and the Biobanks CBS & NCCB Collections group. 
The Westerdijk Institute maintains a world-renowned microbial biologicial resource centre of living filamentous fungi, yeasts and bacteria, placing the institute at the top of mycological research institutes. The institute is a centre of expertise on mycology, advising on mycological problems of a scientific, health-related or industrial nature. Additional information is available on our website:


Terms of employment
Depending on education and experience the minimum salary is €2.960,00 and the maximum salary is €4.670,00 gross per month for a full-time appointment (scale 10 cao Nederlandse Universiteiten/KNAW). This is exclusive of 8% vacation allowance, 8.3% year-end bonus, travel allowance, internet allowance, home working allowance and pension accrual with ABP. 
The KNAW offers its staff an excellent package of secondary benefits. A package that meets the different needs of employees depending on their stage of life, lifestyle or career ambitions. For example, by working an extra two hours a week, it is possible to increase the number of days off from 29 to 41 days a year (with full-time employment).  For a complete overview of the terms of employment, please refer to the web page: werken bij de KNAW.


Diversity & Inclusion
The KNAW considers a working environment in which everyone feels welcome and appreciated of great importance. A working environment in which attention is paid to individual quality and where development opportunities are paramount. Together we strive for an inclusive culture in which we embrace differences. We would therefore like to invite candidates who want to contribute to this through their background and experience. In the event of equal suitability, preference will be given to the candidate who thus enhances diversity within the Academy.


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