Researcher forestry and biomass supply modelling

Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management

  • Stand­plaats Den Haag
  • Contractduur 4 jaar/mnd
  • Uren per week 32 - 36
  • Maand­salaris €2.957 - €5.343
  • Salaris­niveau schaal 10, schaal 11
  • Niveau Master/doctoraal
  • Vakgebied Onderzoek / wetenschap
  • Reageren voor 1 september
  • Vacaturenummer PBL 22-328
  • Plaatsingsdatum 5 augustus 2022
  • Dienst­verband Arbeidsovereenkomst voor bepaalde tijd

Functie­omschrijving

We look for a researcher to contribute to the research of the IMAGE team in model-based scenario analysis of future forestry systems and the supply of biomass for timber products, bioenergy, and the bio-based economy. The IMAGE model is a key instrument of PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency for scenario analyses of global environmental change in relation to the future development of consumption and production of energy and food (https://www.pbl.nl/en/image/home). The model assesses trend scenarios and explores response options to prevent climate change or achieve other sustainable development goals. Results are frequently used in international assessments such as those by IPCC and IPBES.

This position specifically focuses on the contribution of the IMAGE model in two recently granted Horizon Europe projects: The ForestPaths project focuses on sustainable forestry production systems, and the BAMBOO project focuses on sustainable biomass use in energy and material sectors. A key task in this position is the improved modelling of biomass supply from the forestry and agricultural sectors using the coupled IMAGE-land and LPJmL models. This involves working with the dynamic global vegetation model LPJmL for projections of forest growth, and further improving existing modules in IMAGE-land on the forestry and bioenergy production systems. In addition, demand for biomass will be improved based on the building, paper and energy sectors represented in the IMAGE-energy model. The candidate is also expected to connect scenario output to projective lifecycle analysis of biomass and timber production considering greenhouse gas emissions, land use and biodiversity. This task will be performed in close cooperation with partners in the ForestPaths and BAMBOO projects and colleagues from the biodiversity modelling team at PBL (GLOBIO model: https://www.globio.info/).

The candidate has strong analytical skills and enjoys working in a team. Ideally, the candidate has experience with dynamic vegetation models and/or simulation models in global change research. Specifically, the researcher will contribute to model development, scenario and LCA studies, resulting in project deliverables and scientific publications.

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The Department of Climate, Air and Energy (KLE) analyses the effects of climate change, air pollution and energy issues on society. Looking at every scale — national, European and global — it carries out assessments of policies, both proposed and already in place, on how to mitigate and adapt to climate change, combat air pollution, and realize a sustainable energy supply. It also studies scientific, economic and governance aspects of societal developments. This work is often based on integral quantitative analyses using various calculation models and a systems approach.

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.

PBL The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency is administratively part of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.

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:

Detlef van Vuuren

06-11956484

Voor meer informatie over de sollicitatieprocedure:

Jonathan Doelman

06-11531618

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