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Position: Assistant/Associate Professor - Soft Biological Systems
Institution: Wageningen University and Research Centre
Location: Wageningen, Gelderland, Netherlands
Duties: We are looking for an Assistant Professor or Associate Professor (Tenure Track) in the field of Biomechanics of Soft Biological Motor and Adhesive Systems, linked to Biomimetics. We expect you to develop your own research line within the 4TU consortium ‘Soft Robotics’. We expect you to attract research funds for this line, to build up a leading international position, and that your work contributes to the development of the next generation bioinspired soft robots for medical and agricultural applications. You will focus on the unraveling of neuro-mechanical principles of soft motor and adhesive systems as for instance found in the arms of cephalopods (squid, catfish, octopus) and toe pads of tree frogs
Requirements: PhD in biology, (bio)physics, mechanical engineering, or comparable discipline; knowledge and expertise in several of the following research fields: biomechanics, neuro-mechanics, soft tissue mechanics, biomimetics; outstanding research achievements with publications in leading journals; excellent communication and collaboration skills; didactic skills and enthusiasm for teaching and working with students; the ambition to develop to personal professor in the Wageningen Tenure Track system; enthusiasm for managing complex projects; experience with acquisition of research funding, as shown by awarded scholarships or grants
   
Text: Tenure track position in Soft Biological Systems Location: Wageningen Hours: 38 Function We are looking for an Assistant Professor or Associate Professor (Tenure Track) in the field of Biomechanics of Soft Biological Motor and Adhesive Systems, linked to Biomimetics. We expect you to develop your own research line within the 4TU consortium ‘Soft Robotics’, which consist of research groups from Wageningen University, Delft University of Technology, University of Twente, and Eindhoven University of Technology. We expect you to attract research funds for this line, to build up a leading international position, and that your work contributes to the development of the next generation bioinspired soft robots for medical and agricultural applications. The tenure track position at Wageningen University will focus on the unraveling of neuro-mechanical principles of soft motor and adhesive systems as for instance found in the arms of cephalopods (squid, catfish, octopus) and toe pads of tree frogs. You will be offered considerable freedom to develop a highly original and challenging research line, which complements existing expertise in the Experimental Zoology Group. As a teacher, you are expected to coach and motivate our students - both at introductory and more advanced levels - and to develop new courses in the field of soft robotics and biomimetics. Function Requirements You are a visionary and enthusiastic scientist, teacher and team player, dedicated to research and teaching in biomechanics of soft biological systems, biomimetics, and zoology. You also have: a PhD in biology, (bio)physics, mechanical engineering, or comparable discipline; knowledge and expertise in several of the following research fields: biomechanics, neuro-mechanics, soft tissue mechanics, biomimetics; outstanding research achievements with publications in leading journals; excellent communication and collaboration skills; didactic skills and enthusiasm for teaching and working with students; the ambition to develop to personal professor in the Wageningen Tenure Track system; enthusiasm for managing complex projects; experience with acquisition of research funding, as shown by awarded scholarships or grants. Working conditions We offer you a challenging and meaningful career trajectory called Tenure Track within the Experimental Zoology Group. This challenging career path starts at the level of assistant professor, from which you can grow into an associate professor and obtain ius promovendi. There is also the possibility to grow to personal professor. Depending on your experience and track record, you can enter at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor. Of course, training and coaching are provided and interdisciplinary (international) cooperation is stimulated. As we will only be selecting outstanding candidates to take part in Tenure Track, this will be a good stepping stone to a further career within Wageningen University & Research or elsewhere. We offer a temporary contract with the possibility of extension and finally a permanent position. The salary will depend on expertise and experience. Gross salary for Assistant Professors is from € 3,475 to € 5,405 per month and for Associate Professors from € 4,851 to € 5,861 per month based on full time employment and depending on expertise and experience. In addition, we offer an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonus (8.3%), the ABP pension scheme and training and career development. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may also qualify for a special tax relief, in which 30% of their salary is exempt from tax. In 2019, a post-doc will be appointed within the same research domain. It is expected that you will co-supervise the post-doc. The technicians of the Experimental Zoology Group will provide support in the soft robotics project. Contactinformation Additional information For more information about this position, please contact prof. J.L. van Leeuwen (chair Experimental Zoology Group), telephone number 31 317 482267, johan.vanleeuwen@wur.nl . For more information about the selection procedure, please contact Mrs. E. Veneberg (HRM advisor) telephone number 31 317483841. Interested? You can apply online at https://www.wur.nl/en/Jobs/Vacancies.htm until 15/01/2019. In your application, please include your CV and your vision about research and education in the field of Biomechanics of Soft Biological Motor Systems and Biomimetics (max. 4 A4 pages). Organization The Experimental Zoology Group (EZO) is part of the Department of Animal Sciences of Wageningen University and responsible for the research lines described above and a broad range of Zoology courses for students of Biology, Animal Sciences, and Human Nutrition and Health, among others. For more information see www.ezo.wur.nl/UK/ The chairgroup is part of the Department of Animal Sciences of Wageningen University & Research. The Department of Animal Sciences is involved in research and education related to the health and welfare of animals and people. The primary focus is on the functioning of animals, both from a curiosity perspective and in relation to the various functions animals have for people. Wageningen University & Research Delivering a substantial contribution to the quality of life. That's our focus - each and every day. Within our domain of good and safe food & food production, food security and a healthy living environment, we search for answers to issues affecting society - such as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy. Of course, we don’t do this alone. Every day, 5000 people work on ‘the quality of life’, turning ideas into reality, on a global scale. Could you be one of these people? For more information about Tenure Track within Wageningen University & Research look at https://www.wur.nl/en/Jobs/Why-choose-Wageningen-University-Research/Your-development-in-focus/Tenure-Track.htm Vacancy details: Tenure track position in Soft Biological Systems at Wageningen University & Research
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