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PhD Position Biodiversity dynamics in rivers by means of eDNA traces

The relevance and urgency to solve river ecosystem degradation issues are recognized worldwide (2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, UN; 2030 Biodiversity …

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
32 - 38 uur
Salarisindicatie:
€ 2434 - € 3111 per maand
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

Functieomschrijving

The relevance and urgency to solve river ecosystem degradation issues are recognized worldwide (2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, UN; 2030 Biodiversity Strategy, EC). A key point is the evaluation of the ecosystem status. Common methods are capable of detecting single species only (e.g., kicknet sampling for mosquitos, electrofishing for fish), and, as such, fail to describe the entire ecosystem. Within the River Engineering group of the Hydraulic Engineering department of TU Delft, we are opening a new research line that aims to establish an innovative river ecology assessment method based on environmental DNA (eDNA). Sources of eDNA include secreted feaces, mucous, gametes and shed skin. Samples of sediment and water contain eDNA traces, which have the potential to be the storytellers of the associated ecosystem. The PhD project aims at increasing our understanding of physical mechanisms (i.e. shedding, settling, suspension) that govern transport of eDNA traces along the river network. Foreseen research activities are field monitoring and lab experiments.

Functie-eisen

Are you creative, curious and can work across disciplines? Are you interested in river engineering, biodiversity, and sustainability? Do you have a hands-on approach? We are looking for excellent and motivated applicants with a Master degree in Hydraulic Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or a related area of study, who are motivated to carry out internationally leading research adopting a multidisciplinary approach. Experience with monitoring of geophysical flows and/or experimental activity in a hydraulics laboratory will be considered an advantage during the selection phase.

In addition, we ask excellent knowledge of English, both verbally and in writing (shown by a TOEFL of 100 and/or IELTS of 7.0 per part).

Conditions

TU Delft offers PhD-candidates a 4-year contract, with an official go/no go progress assessment after one year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2.434 per month in the first year to € 3.111 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation.

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Dr Laura Maria Stancanelli, email: L.M.Stancanelli@tudelft.nl.

For information about the application procedure, please contact Marloes Heemskerk, HR-advisor, email: M.Heemskerk@tudelft.nl.