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2 PhD positions ‘Assessment and adaptation to chemical risks in water systems’ (1.0 FTE)

Utrecht University's Faculty of Geosciences is looking for two PhD candidates. Are you interested? Then please read the full profile and apply.

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Domplein, Utrecht, Utrecht
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 40 uur
Salarisindicatie:
€ 2266 - € 2897 per maand
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

Functieomschrijving

The Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development will host two PhD candidates on the following topics:

1: Chemical emissions in water resources in a changing world: Integrating climate change scenarios with chemical emissions, fate and effect models of agricultural and urban systems.
2: Future changes in chemical risks in urban and agricultural systems and exploring mitigation options.

Although based in Utrecht, both PhD candidates are expected and encouraged to participate in the Marie Curie Innovative Training Network. Three months of collaborative visits to European project partners are already planned, as well as co-operation with both PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and KWR Watercycle Research Institute.

For the first topic, the central research directions are:

  • assessment and downscaling of emission sources from the different water sectors by using the Socio-Economic Pathways as implemented in the IMAGE model and use backcasting scenarios based on maximum permissible risk levels in water bodies for 2050;
  • assessment of current and future chemical emissions, fate and effects in urban and agricultural systems for three selected regions (covering main European climates) depending on technological and governing regulations;
  • a planned longer term visit to BOKU (Austria).

For the second topic, the central research directions are:

  • to gain insight in a robust implementation of possible mitigation options to improve future surface water and groundwater quality and achieve a non-toxic aqueous environment in 2050. The research will focus on supply and demand to the water-system by households, energy, agriculture and industry sector. In this project we will make projections of future water use, and sector-specific demands for good water quality;
  • to evaluate both technical and non-technical mitigation options to improve water quality and meet the goal of a non-toxic environment in 2050 at both river basin and local scale, also expressed in terms of adverse health effects;
  • a planned longer term visit to NIVA (Norway).

Functie-eisen

We are looking for two candidates with a strong interest in multidisciplinary research.

Qualifications for the PhD candidate on topic 1:

  • a MSc in Environmental Sciences, Hydrology, Risk Assessment, (Environmental) Chemistry or a related discipline;
  • affinity with dynamic modelling, as well as numeric literacy using for example C, python or Matlab;
  • experience in working in multidisciplinary projects with multiple organizations is considered an asset, just as proven writing and communication skills.

Qualifications for the PhD candidate on topic 2:

  • a MSc in Environmental Sciences, Risk Assessment, Toxicology, (Environmental) Chemistry or a related discipline;
  • affinity with data mining, statistics and/or dynamic modelling, and the ability to translate scenarios to mitigation options;
  • experience in working in multidisciplinary projects with multiple organizations is considered an asset, just as proven writing and communication skills.

Arbeidsvoorwaarden

We offer two temporary positions (1.0 FTE) for four years. The gross salary ranges between €2,266 and €2,897 (scale P according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) gross per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8 % and a year-end bonus of 8.3 % per year. We offer a pension scheme, (partly paid) parental leave, collective insurance schemes and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information is available at: working at Utrecht University.

Additionele informatie

More information can be obtained from Prof Dr Annemarie van Wezel (a.p.vanwezel@uu.nl), Prof Dr Stefan Dekker (s.c.dekker@uu.nl) or Dr Obbe Tuinenburg (o.a.tuinenburg@uu.nl).

Interviews will be held on 17/18 October 2018.