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PhD position at RU Methane cycling micro-organisms and greenhouse gas fluxes in coastal sediments (1.0 FTE)

RU and NESSC are looking for a PhD candidate. Interested? Read more and apply here.

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Domplein, Utrecht, Utrecht
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 40 uur
Salarisindicatie:
€ 2325 - € 2325 per maand
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

Functieomschrijving

The Netherlands Earth System Science Centre (NESSC) is currently looking to fill 13 PhD positions with excellent, talented, enthusiastic, highly motivated and goal-oriented candidates, with a no-nonsense mentality. The ideal candidates are interested in past and/or current climate research, are highly motivated to perform research in an excellent, exciting and international working environment, and are committed to a fully-funded 4-year PhD track.

The project “Methane cycling micro-organisms and greenhouse gas fluxes in coastal sediments” will be hosted at Radboud University (RU). Coastal sediments are vulnerable ecosystems threatened by various kinds of pollution, and harbor a complex microbial community and biogeochemistry that is hardly explored. With a warming potential that is 34 times higher than CO2, methane (CH4) is a significant contributor to the global greenhouse effect. The balance between CO2 and CH4 emissions, which is steered by the microbial methane cycling community, has therefore a major impact on global warming. This warming will have stimulating effect on both methane-producing (methanogenic) and methane-consuming (methanotrophic) microorganisms. However, since different microorganisms are differentially affected by these changes, the effects on net greenhouse gas (GHG) fluxes remain elusive. Within this project you will study the in situ methanogenic and methanotrophic activity and community composition in situ. You will also study the methane cycling activity in controlled laboratory settings. Suitable samples will be used for enrichment of novel microorganisms. The data will be used as input for new global gene-based models. Sampling campaigns with NESSC partners to suitable field sites will be part of the PhD study.

Functie-eisen

General requirements for applicants
• Candidates did not reside or carry out their main activity (e.g. work, studies) in the Netherlands for more than 12 months during the 3 years immediately prior to the date of appointment (time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention, compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account)*.
• Candidates hold an MSc degree (or will graduate before the appointment date) in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Ecology, Earth Sciences and/or Environmental Sciences.
• Candidates are in the first four years of their research careers at the start of their appointment (full-time equivalent research experience, measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree entitling him or her to embark on a doctorate) and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
• Excellent proficiency of the English language (both oral and written).
• The ability to work both independently in challenging environments and in a multidisciplinary team. Excellent communication skills and cooperation skills are required.
• An inquisitive mind-set, accuracy, creativity and self-reliance are very important. You are required to be flexible, mobile and pro-active.
• Enthusiasm to attend the full training programme as offered in the project and to actively contribute to the project aims and objectives.
• High interest in receiving training from supervisors from different institutes, disciplines and sectors, this will require regular travelling within the Netherlands.
• High motivation to contribute to the dissemination of results and outreach to both specialists and the public at large.
• Candidates are excited to move to the Netherlands and to visit a Partner Organisations for a secondment (internship), in or outside the Netherlands, as this is part of the programme. Additional research visits to international institutes and conferences for research collaborations are expected.
• Strong motivation to obtain a PhD degree.

*If you do not qualify for the first criteria, you can still submit your application if you would like to be considered for the NON-COFUND PhD positions.

Specific requirements for this project
For this project we seek a PhD candidate with a background in microbiology, aquatic ecology and/or geobiology.

Conditions

The selected candidates will be offered a full-time PhD position at one of the NESSC institutes, initially for one year. The first formal assessment will be held between month 10 and 16 of employment, if found positive the ESR will be offered the full 48 months of PhD employment.

The gross monthly salary starts at €2,325 in the first year, and ends at €2,972 in the fourth year (scale P Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities). The salary is supplemented by a guaranteed end-of-year bonus of 8.3% and a holiday allowance of 8% of your yearly salary. We offer a pension scheme (partly paid by employer), collective insurance schemes, parental leave, travel allowance (home to work and for work purposes), and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). Facilities for sports and child care are available.

Additional information

For general or practical information on the NESSC COFUND programme, please contact info@nessc.nl, for project related questions please contact Mike Jetten m.jetten@science.ru.nl.
NESSC is a so-called Gravitation Program, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW). The programme is co-funded with a grant that has been awarded from the Europen Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme: the Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND program, grant agreement No 847504. Please click here for general information about NESSC and here for NESSC research.

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