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					Netherlands Centre for Biodiversity Naturalis

Early 2010 the Netherlands Centre for Biodiversity Naturalis (NCB Naturalis) will be
established in Leiden, The Netherlands. The founding partners are the National Herbarium of
the Netherlands (Leiden University branch and Wageningen University branch), the Zoological
Museum of Amsterdam (University of Amsterdam) and the National Museum of Natural
History Naturalis. The NCB Naturalis will house a natural history museum with over 200 staff
members managing a natural history collection containing more than 37 million objects, and a
modern research department. Research at the NCB Naturalis will involve systematic/taxonomic
studies on the origin and evolution of biodiversity, exploiting the ideas and methods of
conservation biology, evolutionary biology, paleontology and mineralogy. A major investment
in new scientific infrastructure, including molecular and morphological laboratories, and
bioinformatics facilities will be established between 2010 and 2014. These new facilities will
greatly improve existing laboratory and analytical facilities and support our new, high profile

The NCB Naturalis mission is to be an open archive of Life’s Diversity dedicated to reconstruct
and understand the Tree of Life, to educate people about our natural world, and to raise
awareness for the sustainable use of Earth’s living resources.

Starting May 1st 2010, the NCB Naturalis has positions available for:

Four Research Fellows (fulltime)

We seek to attract Research Fellows to support our high profile research themes, namely
“Morphology and evolutionary developmental genetics”, “Phylogenetics and horizontal
genomics”, “Biogeography” and “Global Change Biology”. You are an energetic and
enthusiast scientist with a proven track record and a clear view on how your research program
will contribute to the future success of NCB Naturalis. You are eager to join our new institute,
to cooperate with the existing staff of the NCB Naturalis, to study the NCB Naturalis
collections, and to use the new scientific infrastructure. Developing active interactions between
the NCB Naturalis and our partners in biodiversity research as well as acquisition of externally
funded projects are essential. You are expected to teach at the undergraduate and graduate
levels and to represent the NCB Naturalis in societal and scientific communities. To give your
research program a head-start each research fellow will have the opportunity to supervise a
PhD candidate (to be appointed).

You have a PhD degree in systematics, evolutionary biology, geology, or other relevant
discipline and at least two years, and preferably not more than six years, of experience at the
postdoctoral level. You have excellent teaching and communications skills in English, both
written and verbal.
Furthermore, you have an excellent scientific track record (given the point in your career) and
are involved in innovative and multidisciplinary research projects in biodiversity research,
operating in an international scientific network. You are able to engage in collaborative
networks with students and university partners as well as existing NCB Naturalis research staff.

Depending on the research theme, desired qualifications may include:
 Ample experience with modern molecular techniques, advanced microscopy techniques,
   GIS applications and/or web-based taxonomy.
 Experience with research popularisation.
 Interest in the applications of systematic research in conservation, environmental
   management and species identification services.

We offer
A fulltime contract (36 hours per week) for five years. A competitive salary up to a maximum
of circa EUR 59,000 gross per year depending on experience and qualifications, including
holiday allowance (8%). All our employees are incorporated into a pension fund.

You are invited to submit your application including your curriculum vitae, a clearly focused
research program of maximum four pages (containing a five year working plan, a proposed
budget, and the topic of the PhD candidate’s research), a complete list of publications, up to
five keywords describing the research area ,a statement of teaching interests and the names and
e-mail addresses of at least three persons that can be contacted for reference (and who have
agreed to be contacted) before February 1st by e-mail to;, or by mail; Naturalis, HR department, PO box 9517, 2300 RA
Leiden, The Netherlands.

For more information on the current research and facilities, see the websites of the founding
partners of the NCB Naturalis, on - - -

Any additional information can be requested from:
Prof.Dr. E.F. Smets
Netherlands Centre for Biodiversity Naturalis (section National Herbarium of the Netherlands)
Phone: +31 71 527 35 15