Junior researcher ‘wetlands biodiversity modelling’

Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management

  • Stand­plaats Den Haag
  • Contractduur 3 years
  • Uren per week 32 - 36
  • Maand­salaris €2.811 - €4.519
  • Salaris­niveau schaal 10
  • Niveau Master/doctoraal
  • Vakgebied Onderzoek / wetenschap
  • Reageren voor 29 augustus
  • Vacaturenummer PBL 22-300
  • Plaatsingsdatum 28 juli 2022
  • Dienst­verband Arbeidsovereenkomst voor bepaalde tijd

Functie­omschrijving

Wetlands are of great ecological and economic importance. They are biodiversity hotspots and play a major role in global carbon budgets. Despite this, wetlands are disappearing or deteriorating at an alarming rate. For example, only 20% of the wetland area in Europe is in good ecological condition. Wetland restoration is considered a key approach for counteracting and reversing the loss and degradation of these ecosystems. However, restoration is not yet routinely incorporated in environmental policy and action plans, as policy makers have insufficient knowledge and understanding of wetlands’ importance and restoration benefits.

The Horizon Europe project WET HORIZONS aims to improve crucial wetland knowledge and develop sound workable tools and approaches for supporting large-scale restoration action in Europe. Within WET HORIZONS, we are looking for a junior researcher who will contribute to the further development and application of the European biodiversity model BioScore. BioScore is developed to assess the impacts of human pressures and environmental policy on terrestrial biodiversity and ecosystems in Europe. In this project we will extend and improve BioScore such that it can assess the biodiversity of pristine, degraded and restored wetlands and peatlands. We will apply the improved model to evaluate possible management strategies under alternative future socio-economic scenarios.

To strengthen our team, we are looking for a junior researcher with a background in ecology or environmental science and with proven expertise and interest in large-scale environmental and ecological modelling. We offer a three year position in which you will contribute to the further development of BioScore and its application in WET HORIZONS. You will share the results of your work through presentations and scientific articles.

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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 The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency is the national institute for strategic policy analysis in the fields of 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 our studies. We conduct solicited and unsolicited research that is always independent and scientifically sound. PBL The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency believes that employees perform best in an inclusive working environment. Working in diverse teams makes our work more innovative and enjoyable.

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The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management is committed to improving quality of life, access 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.

Contactpersonen

Voor meer informatie over deze vacature:

Aafke Schipper, project leader

+31 6 11739557

Arjen van Hinsberg, Senior researcher in ecology

+31 6 25202124

Voor meer informatie over de sollicitatieprocedure:

Ellen van Tongeren, HRM advisor

+ 31 6 11499768

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