PhD student “Understanding global saltmarsh dynamics using satellite remote sensing“

The research project
Saltmarshes are dynamic coastal ecosystems. Depending on sediment availability, sea level and hydrodynamics, they can vertically build up by trapping sediment, or drown, and they can expand or erode laterally.
The aim ...

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Korringaweg, Yerseke, Zeeland
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
40 uur
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

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The research project

Saltmarshes are dynamic coastal ecosystems. Depending on sediment availability, sea level and hydrodynamics, they can vertically build up by trapping sediment, or drown, and they can expand or erode laterally.

The aim of this PhD project is to yield a generic understanding of saltmarsh dynamics by adopting a global, unified and quantitative approach. Satellite data are used to provide consistent, repetitive and global information of the saltmarshes. Image analysis methods will be developed in this study to characterize the dynamics of saltmarsh vegetation and their drivers from long-term time-series of satellite data, for a large number of sites with contrasting conditions across the world. This information will be used to develop a predictive (statistical) model of saltmarsh development.

Findings of the project will be published in peer reviewed international journals and in a PhD thesis.

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The candidate

Do you have a Master in Science (within the field of Physical Geography, Geomorphology, Ecology, Earth Observation, Coastal Engineering or equivalent)? Do you have affinity with estuarine and coastal systems? Do you have a keen interest in satellite remote sensing and do you have advanced computer skills (programming and image processing)? Do you have good insights in analyzing and interpreting data? Do you have good English oral and writing skills? Are you a highly motivated individual with a cooperative mindset and the drive to successfully complete a thesis? If so, we would very much like to know more about you. Send us a motivational letter and your cv. Closing date is August 21th 2017.

Conditions

We offer you a fulltime position for 4 years, a pension scheme, a yearly 8% vacation allowance, year-end bonus and flexible employment conditions. Our labour policies are based on the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement of Research Centers. Cost of relocation and help with housing is provided by the Royal NIOZ. Yerseke is located at commuting distance of major cities like Antwerp, Breda and Middelburg.

Additional information

For additional information on job details, please contact Dr. Daphne van der Wal, senior scientist. For additional information about the procedure, please contact Jolanda Evers or Sigrid Moerbeek, senior HR advisors.

Interviews with pre-selected candidates will take place in Yerseke or online (e.g., by Skype).

If you are interested in this position please visit our website www.workingatnioz.com and apply for this job. You will also find more information about NIOZ.

Please note: job interviews are foreseen on September 8th,, 2017

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