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PhD position in Aquatic Ecology

Are you interested in a research project on freshwater ecosystem functioning? Do you like to work in a group of motivated aquatic ecologists with a focus on …

3 maanden geleden


Science Park, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Vast contract
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
€ 2325 - € 2972 per maand


Are you interested in a research project on freshwater ecosystem functioning? Do you like to work in a group of motivated aquatic ecologists with a focus on applied water management? We are seeking a PhD candidate who is interested in exploring aquatic-terrestrial linkages to gain more insight into ecological network interactions and the influence of environmental stressors on its functioning. Examples of such interactions are the exchange of organic material between water bodies and their associated wetlands and the land-water movements of insects during their life cycle.

What are you going to do?

You are expected:

  • to write a state-of-the-art evaluation of ecological network and complexity theory, concepts and statistical methodologies (literature review);
  • to test potential network methodologies using simplifications of aquatic ecosystems;
  • to compare statistical approaches to quantify multiple stressor effects and biotic interactions along degradation gradients in a lake and a lowland stream valley, e.g. using long-term datasets;
  • to measure and analyze terrestrial-aquatic interactions in lake and a lowland stream valley ecological networks;
  • to perform ecological network analyses of lowland stream catchments comprising a mosaic of land-use types and stressors;
  • to perform ecological network analysis of interactions between a lake and the surrounding natural and polder systems;
  • to explore the exchange of insects and organic material between wetlands and water bodies.


  • An MSc in Aquatic Ecology, Systems Ecology, Biology;
  • experience with experimental approaches relevant to the project, such as (passive) macroinvertebrate sampling, measurement of ecosystem processes, species functional roles, trait analysis and environmental assessment and diagnoses;
  • experience with laboratory and/or field experiments, preferably using macroinvertebrates as target organisms;
  • enthusiastic about combining ecological theory, laboratory and field studies, and data analysis;
  • experience with ecological system thinking and modelling approaches relevant to the project, such as network models, SEM’s, Bayesian techniques, functional and trait analysis, GIS, environmental diagnoses or predictive techniques;
  • skills on statistical analysis and modelling, both qualitative and quantitative;
  • ability to work on a multidisciplinary topic in a multidisciplinary research team;
  • affinity with the practical aspects of regional water management;
  • a driver’s license;
  • fluency in English, both written and spoken.


A temporary contract for 38 hours per week for the duration of 4 years (initial appointment will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it will be extended for a total duration of 4 years) that should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). We will draft an educational plan that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings.

The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €2,325 to €2,972 (scale P) gross per month, based on a full-time contract (38 hours a week). These amounts are exclusive 8 % holiday allowance and 8,3 % end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Then find out more about working at the Faculty of Science.

Additional information

Do you have questions about this vacancy? Or do you want to know more about our organisation? Please contact:

  • Piet Verdonschot, Professor in Wetland Restoration Ecology
    T: + 31 (0)317486552