In the Science, Engineering and Technology Group of KU Leuven, within the Division of Crop Biotechnics of the Department of Biosystems (Faculty of Bioscience Engineering) and the Division of Molecular Biotechnology of Plants and Micro-organisms of the Department of Biology (Faculty of Sciences), ), there is a full-time academic vacancy in the area of climate resilient crop production on campus Arenberg Leuven. Our research focuses on biological processes of model plants and crops in the field of agronomy, physiology, breeding and genetics, pathology, plant-environment interactions, biotic and abiotic stresses. We also investigate how these processes can be steered and optimized to support sustainable agriculture and horticulture. We are looking for internationally oriented candidates with an excellent research record and with educational competence within the field of plant biology, agriculture or similar. Global environmental changes have accelerated over the past decades. The increase in greenhouse gasses will continue to raise global temperature and cause unpredictable weather conditions impacting crop production. The consequences of climate change on agriculture are drastic and require research to evolve towards climate smart and sustainable agriculture. Therefore, it is important to understand how plants and crop systems respond and adapt to (a)biotic stresses related to climate change.
The candidate will conduct high-level research on how crops cope with climate change and adapt to single and/or combinatorial stresses. Research needs to be based oncutting-edge approaches (such as (epi)genetic, molecular, physiological or modeling/computational technologies) to unravel adaptive mechanisms in plants. The candidate is able to translate fundamental insights into applied research that contributes to more sustainable and climate-smart crop production systems. The candidate actively collaborates with other members of the two Divisions(Division of Crop Biotechnics and Division of Molecular Biotechnology of Plants and Micro-organisms) and beyond and sets up international collaborations. You strive for excellence in your research and are capable of acquiring competitive funding and publish at the highest scientific level, while mentoring PhD students and postdocs.
You ensure high-quality education within the academic programs of the Department of Biosystems and the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering. Teaching can be situated at the bachelor and/or master program related to plant science and crop production systems. You develop your high-level teaching in accordance with KULeuven’s vision on active and research-based education and make use of the educational professionalization offered by the university.
You will supervise and train bachelor, master and PhD students and postdocs at the highest level.
You will translate and exploit basic knowledge regarding climate change smart crops and its dynamic interaction with the agricultural environment to contribute to a sustainable crop production. Research endeavors need to be outreached towards the general public. In addition, enthusiastic participation is expected in the activities of various committees and working parties within and outside the university.
You hold a PhD in agriculture, plant sciences, bio-science engineering, plant biology or any other field that prepares equally well for the research program and teaching activities.
We are offering a full-time professorship within the Department of Biosystems, which is in an intellectually challenging environment at KU Leuven, an international research oriented top-ranked university that carries out both basic and applied scientific research. In addition, we offer a strong and collaborative research environment focusing on a sustainable crop production.
You will be appointed to the grade of assistant professor in a tenure track position for a period of 5 years. After this period and a positive evaluation, you will be permanently appointed (or tenured) as an associate professor.
To facilitate the start up of the research a PhD fellowship for four years, laboratory infrastructure and start up financing will be provided. You will be part of a dynamic team with expertise in sustainable crop production, breeding and genetics, molecular biology, physiology, plant biotechnology and plant pathology. You will have access to excellent plant growth facilities and KU Leuven core facilities.
You will work in Leuven, a historic, dynamic and lively city located in the heart of Belgium, within 20 minutes from Brussels, the capital of the European Union, and less than two hours from Paris, London and Amsterdam.
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|Title||Professor in Climate Resilient Crop Production|
|Job location||Oude Markt 13, 3000 Leuven|
|Published||June 3, 2020|
|Application deadline||September 30, 2020|
|Job types||Professor,   Assistant / Associate Professor,   Tenure Track  |
|Fields||Environmental Science,   Biotechnology,   Biomedical Engineering,   Agronomy,   Botany and plant science,   Molecular Biology,   Crop Science,   Horticulture,   Plant Fertilization, Animal and Human Nutrition,    and 3 more. Systems Biology,   Biosystems Engineering,   Computational Biology  |