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PhD candidate in ‘Metabarcoding of aquatic flora for fresh water quality monitoring, BaseClear BV’

The Faculty of Science, Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML), Leiden University is looking for a PhD candidate in ‘Metabarcoding of aquatic flora for fresh water quality monitoring, BaseClear BV’ (1.0 FTE).

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Begijnhof, Leiden, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur


Project description
The EU H2020-ITN-ETN project Plant.ID on molecular identification of plants is a European training network aimed at providing 15 PhD fellows across nine European host institutions with excellent training through a network of leading academic experts, museums, governmental and industry partners in the field, using an intensive program with network-wide training events, intra-network supervision and secondments.

Key responsibilities

  • Collecting DNA barcodes of aquatic flora from museum specimens;
  • Developing environmental DNA approaches for assessing species composition and abundances of aquatic flora;
  • Running experiments to evaluate DNA degradation over time.


  • EU eligibility criteria. The applicant may be of any nationality but in order to be eligible for the positions the following criteria applies to all applicants:
    • The applicant shall at the time of recruitment be eligible as an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) by being in the first four years of his/her research career and not have been awarded a doctoral degree;
    • The applicant must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity in the country of the host institute for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment;
  • good social skills and willing to conduct the planned secondments at a research institution abroad;
  • innovative skills and goal-oriented;
  • Ability to manage and carry through your own research project;
  • Eagerness to take PhD courses within the Plant.ID network;
  • Good writing skills for writing scientific articles and your PhD thesis;
  • Willingness to participate in international congresses and Plant.ID network meetings;
  • Capacity to teach and disseminate your research.


This PhD position will be based at BaseClear BV in collaboration with Naturalis Biodiversity Center and the University of Leiden. We offer a one year term position. After a positive evaluation of the progress of the performance, personal capabilities and compatibility, the appointment will be extended by a further three years. The PhD student will be appointed under an employment contract with a competitive salary and mobility allowance at the host institution. The candidate is expected to start in April 2018. Additional funding for research and participation in courses, workshops, conferences, etc. is ensured.

All our PhD students are embedded in the Leiden University Graduate School of Science www.graduateschools.leidenuniv.nl. Our graduate school offers several PhD training courses at three levels: professional courses, skills training and personal effectiveness. In addition, advanced courses to deepen scientific knowledge are offered by the research school.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Additional information

Enquiries can be made to Danny Duijsings, email Danny.Duijsings@baseclear.nl, or Prof. Peter van Bodegom, email p.m.van.bodegom@cml.leidenuniv.nl.

To apply for this vacancy, please send no later than 15 January 2018 your motivation letter (max 2 pages), CV (max 2 pages), summary of last degree thesis (1 page) and names and contact details of 3 referees (no letters) to Danny Duijsings at email Danny.Duijsings@baseclear.nl.


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