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PhD candidate Interactions between birds and windfarms

A PhD position is available with Dr Judy Shamoun-Baranes, leading animal movement ecology research in the Department of Theoretical and Computational Ecology …

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Spui, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 2325 - € 2972 per maand


A PhD position is available with Dr Judy Shamoun-Baranes, leading animal movement ecology research in the Department of Theoretical and Computational Ecology within the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA).

This PhD position is one of several research positions within the project 'Interactions between birds and offshore wind farms: drivers, consequences and tools for mitigation' funded by NWO-TTW.

Within this project we aim to increase our understanding of the factors that influence bird movement patterns, bird interactions with wind farms and population consequences of these interactions. Research results will be used for mitigation of potential negative impacts of wind energy on migratory and resident populations and to support a transition to renewable energy. Integrating radar measurements of bird movement, individual GPS tracking and demographic measurements, we will measure and model these interactions and their consequences, from large scale migration patterns to the fine scale flight behaviour of seabirds within wind farms. A predictive migration model will be developed to support the temporary shutdown of wind turbines. We will also develop a roadmap and tools for a national e-science infrastructure for remote monitoring of avian movement, laying a foundation for a science based approach to understand and mitigate population level consequences of offshore wind farms. To achieve these aims the project team includes 3 PhD candidates and 3 postdoctoral researchers as well as experts from UvA and the NIOZ and collaborators from KNMI and SURFSara.

In this project we offer a 4 year PhD position to carry out the subproject 'Spatial and temporal dynamics of bird movement in and around offshore wind farms'. The main aims of the PhD positions are to:

  1. examine and quantify how atmospheric conditions and wind park configuration influence avian flight behaviour over sea, including bird density, flight trajectories, speed and altitude and
  2. integrate knowledge about flight behaviour to assess collision risk under different environmental conditions.

The research requires integrating different spatio-temporal datasets including bird movement data extracted from dedicated bird radar and GPS tracking data, as well as meteorological data. The candidate is expected to handle large and heterogenous datasets efficiently, explore different data exploration analysis techniques, statistical, machine learning and potentially including mechanistic modelling. This position will require coordination with other members of the project team.


We are looking for you if you have:

  • a MSc in Biological or Earth Sciences or similar fields, with an affinity for animal movement research;
  • computational and programming skills;
  • experience working with large datasets;
  • good written and oral communication skills;
  • an interest in working on a collaborative and interdisciplinary project.


The starting date of the position is preferably spring 2019. Initially we will appoint you on a temporary basis for 18 months. Subsequently we offer you an extension of the employment contract of 30 months if we assess your performance positive. The appointment is full-time (38 hours per week), but part-time employment (0.8 fte minimum) implicating a longer extension as compensation is negotiable. The full-time gross monthly salary will range from €2,325 in the first year to €2,972 in the fourth year. The annual salary will be supplemented with 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Applications should include:

  • a motivation letter;
  • a CV;
  • the names and contact addresses of two academic references.

You may apply no later than 25 February 2019 using this link. Interviews are planned in the second week of March.