Tenure Track Position: Marine Microbiology & Biogeochemistry – Deadline 31 May 2023

Tenure Track Position: Marine Microbiology & Biogeochemistry – Deadline 31 May 2023

Job description

NIOZ is looking for a highly motivated marine researcher to join the team of PIs in its Department of Marine Microbiology and Biogeochemistry (MMB). The PI is expected to bridge between the field of marine microbiology and biogeochemistry, making use of the excellent facilities in the department and at NIOZ, and perform sea-going research.


NWO-NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research is the national oceanographic research institute. The mission of NIOZ is to perform academically excellent multidisciplinary fundamental and frontier-applied marine research addressing important scientific and societal questions pertinent to the functioning of oceans and seas. NIOZ also serves as national marine research facilitator for the Netherlands scientific community. In this role, NIOZ stimulates and supports national and international marine research, marine education programs and marine policy development. NIOZ has four scientific departments and the National Marine Facilities (NMF) that operates the national research fleet and provides researchers seagoing equipment, data management and qualified personnel.


The Department of Marine Microbiology and Biogeochemistry studies microbial communities and their functioning in all types of marine environments, from estuaries to the deep ocean, from tropical coral reefs to polar regions, and from the present to the past. The Department has well-equipped molecular, chemical and microbiological laboratories, and state-of-the-art facilities for bioinformatics, microscopy, flow cytometry, single-cell analysis, as well as isotope and high-resolution mass spectrometry. The Department is international and dynamic and has approximately 80 members, including PhD students, postdocs and Master students from more than 15 different countries. A group of sixteen staff scientists (PI, principal investigator), and fifteen research assistants form the core of the Department. Nearly half of the core staff was recruited in the last six years leading to a young, vibrant, diverse and multidisciplinary department.


The PI is expected to establish a world-class research group advancing the knowledge of the functioning, adaptation, and evolution of marine microbes under changing conditions. There is considerable flexibility for the selected candidate to shape her/his/their own research line in consideration of the NIOZ strategic plan, and of MMB interests. Potential research areas include, but not limited, marine microbial physiology, microbial interactions, culturing of novel marine microbes, omics and bioinformatics, modeling and machine learning approaches applied to marine microbial ecosystems, organic matter cycling, anaerobic marine microbiology, organic biomarkers. Research can be applied within or across a variety of habitats from coastal zones to the deep sea.

The successful candidate should take advantage of the cross-departmental research facilities available at NIOZ, including its research laboratories and oceanographic research fleet, which is currently being renewed.

Job requirements


  • You have a PhD plus relevant postdoctoral research experience in marine microbiology and biogeochemistry
  • You have demonstrated success at building long-term (inter)national research collaborations and obtaining funding
  • You have a strong track record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals

We seek to attract candidates from the widest possible pool and strive to build an inclusive working environment where all colleagues can thrive and reach their full potential. Therefore, we welcome applications of candidates representing the broadest possible range of age, gender, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.


Employment of this position at Royal NIOZ is by NWO (The Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research). We offer a fulltime position and, after successful tenure review, the position will become a tenured PI appointment within the Royal NIOZ. The salary is compliant to the CAO-OI (Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Research Institutes), a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, a year-end bonus of 8,3% of the gross annual salary, flexible work arrangements and 42 days of holiday leave (fulltime position). We offer generous relocation expenses for employees coming from abroad, support with finding accommodation, and spouse professional advice. Starting date: Flexible, upon consultation.

Royal NIOZ MMB is located on the beautiful island of Texel. Texel offers sun, wind and beach, and a diverse but moderate level of facilities, including a thriving tourist industry, shops, sports facilities, primary schools and a high school. It is connected to the main land (Den Helder) by an hourly to half-hourly ferry service, with crossings taking 20 minutes. The Royal NIOZ is situated next to the ferry terminal on Texel. Den Helder (main land) is well connected by half-hourly train service to the centre of Amsterdam (1h 17 min), and to Schiphol international airport (1h 50 min).


Please apply online at www.workingatnioz.com and submit your CV, research statement including research topics/lines to be developed, and how they complement the research carried out at the MMB department (maximum 2 pages), a leadership statement (max. 1 page), and a DEI statement (max. 1 page). For additional information about this vacancy, please contact the Head of the Department of Marine Microbiology and Biogeochemistry, Dr. Laura Villanueva (laura.villanueva@nioz.nl).

For additional information about the procedure, please contact  HRM Recruitment.

Please visit the Department of Marine Microbiology and Biogeochemistry here.

Closing date for applications: May 31st, 2023. Please note: job interviews are foreseen within two to four weeks later at Royal NIOZ-MMB on Texel if possible, but otherwise online.

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