Junior researcher ‘global freshwater biodiversity modelling

Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management

  • Stand­plaats Den Haag
  • Contractduur 3 jaar
  • Uren per week 32 - 36
  • Maand­salaris €2.756 - €4.430
  • Salaris­niveau schaal 10
  • Niveau Master/doctoraal
  • Vakgebied Onderzoek / wetenschap
  • Reageren voor 13 mei Nog 6 dagen
  • Vacaturenummer PBL 2021-107
  • Plaatsingsdatum 27 april 2021
  • Dienst­verband Arbeidsovereenkomst voor bepaalde tijd

Functie­omschrijving

Global trends in human population and the economy are expected to increase demands for water, energy and food worldwide. Combined with the ongoing climate change, these increasing demands challenge the sustainable and equitable use of natural resources and threaten biodiversity. A better understanding of the connections and feedbacks in the nexus of water, energy, food and biodiversity over multiple spatio-temporal scales and across institutional borders is key for adapting to the sustainability challenges. The European H2020 project GoNEXUS aims to develop a framework for designing and assessing innovative solutions for efficient, sustainable and coordinated governance of the water-energy-food-biodiversity nexus.

As part of the GoNEXUS project, we are looking for a junior researcher to further develop and apply the global biodiversity model GLOBIO-Aquatic. GLOBIO-Aquatic is part of the GLOBIO modelling framework (www.globio.info), which is designed to assess the impacts of human pressures and environmental policy on biodiversity and ecosystems worldwide. In GoNEXUS, we will improve GLOBIO-Aquatic so it better represents the effects of dams, water temperature, and runoff changes on freshwater ecosystem integrity and fish species diversity. We will then link the improved GLOBIO-Aquatic model to global models that capture other relevant elements of the water-energy-food-biodiversity nexus and we will use the connected models to evaluate policy and solution scenarios.

To strengthen the GoNEXUS team, we are looking for a junior researcher in ecology or environmental science with proven expertise and interest in large-scale environmental modelling and a drive for multidisciplinary sustainability assessments. We offer a three year position in which you will contribute to the further development of GLOBIO-Aquatic and its application in the GoNEXUS scenarios. You will share the results of your work through presentations and scientific articles.

Functie-eisen

We are looking for a motivated junior researcher with the following characteristics:

  • You hold an MSc degree in a relevant discipline (a.o. ecology, biology, physical geography) with a clear focus on quantitative modelling approaches.
  • You have proven affinity with large-scale environmental assessments and you are skilled in handling and analysing large datasets.
  • You are familiar with open-source programming languages commonly used in environmental research (notably R and Python).
  • You have a drive for policy-relevant scientific research that contributes to solving environmental issues and sustainability challenges.
  • You are fluent in English (written and spoken). A basic level of Dutch (mainly spoken) is appreciated.

Arbeids­voorwaarden

  • Salaris­niveau schaal 10
  • Maand­salaris Min €2.756 Max. €4.430 (bruto)
  • Dienst­verband Arbeidsovereenkomst voor bepaalde tijd
  • Contract­duur 3 jaar
  • Minimaal aantal uren per week 32
  • Maximaal aantal uren per week 36

Overige arbeids­voorwaarden

In addition to your salary, you will receive an Individual Budget (IKB). The IKB consists of funds (16.37% of your gross annual salary) and time. With the IKB, you make choices that are right for you, and you can decide on some of your employment conditions yourself. For example, you could opt to receive part of your monthly salary at a date of your choosing. You could also use the budget to purchase additional leave, or vice versa, or spend it on tax-efficient purchases. The Government of the Netherlands strongly values personal growth and career development and offers a wide range of options to achieve that. The fringe benefits include various study facilities, company fitness, a full compensation of your public transport expenses for your commute and partially paid parental leave.

Meer over jouw toekomstige afdeling

The Department of Nature and Rural Areas (NLG) focuses on policy-relevant questions and issues related to nature and landscape quality. We analyse potential policy solutions to halt or reverse degradation of nature from local to global scales, thereby accounting for possible trade-offs with other aspects of environmental quality and sustainability. We are a diverse and collaborative group working in a lively and interactive atmosphere.

Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management

PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency is part of the Dutch ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management is committed to improving quality of life, accessibility and mobility in a clean, safe and sustainable environment. The Ministry strives to create an efficient network of roads, railways, waterways and airways, effective water management to protect against flooding, and improved air and water quality.

PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency is the Dutch national institute for strategic policy analysis in the fields of the environment, nature and spatial planning. We contribute to improving the quality of political and administrative decision-making by conducting outlook studies, analyses and evaluations in which an integrated approach is considered paramount. Policy relevance is the prime concern in all of our studies. We conduct solicited and unsolicited research that is independent and scientifically sound. At PBL we believe in an inclusive and team-based work environment. Collaborating with people having different backgrounds, ideas and perspectives creates a more creative work environment that delivers better results.

Contactpersonen

Voor meer informatie over deze vacature:

De heer prof. dr. ir. A. Bregman

06-25023123

Voor meer informatie over de sollicitatieprocedure:

Mevrouw E. van Tongeren

06-46062839

Mevrouw drs. A.A. Lamein

06-11715302

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