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Postdoctoral researcher/developer e-science infrastructure

A postdoctoral researcher/developer position is available with Dr Judy Shamoun-Baranes, leading animal movement ecology research in the Department of …

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Spui, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 2709 - € 4274 per maand


A postdoctoral researcher/developer 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 postdoctoral position is part of 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.

Within this project we offer a 3 year postdoctoral position within the subproject 'Avian movement through wind farms'. The main aims of the postdoc will be to lead the:

  1. elopment of an architectural roadmap for an e-science research infrastructure to transfer, store, integrate and visualize data from different sources and make this data available for exploration and analysis for a range of stakeholders. Such a system would incorporate data from land-based meteorological radars, dedicated bird radars at sea, individual tracking, demographic bird monitoring and meteorological data; and
  2. develop precursor tools for data storage and management, data visualization and data integration. Tools will be developed using open-source software and web-based solutions where efficient and feasible. As radars used in this study generate terabytes of data each year, this project will require big data solutions and high performance computing.

The postdoctoral researcher/developer will lead discussions with diverse stakeholders and data providers to understand future needs. This position will require coordination with other members of the project team as well as diverse data providers.


We are looking for you if you meet these criteria:

  • a PhD or MSc with comparable level of expertise in Computer Science, Data Science or similar fields;
  • experience developing tools for managing and exploring large spatio-temporal datasets, preferably in the context of ecology or the environmental sciences;
  • preferably have experience developing visualization tools for spatio-temporal data;
  • good writing skills, as shown through e.g. documentation, tutorials or previous scientific publications;
  • excellent communication skills in a multi-disciplinary setting and an interest in working on a collaborative and interdisciplinary project;
  • capacity to translate user needs into system design.


The starting date of the position is preferably spring 2019. Initially we will appoint you on a temporary basis for one year. Subsequently we offer you an extension of the employment contract of two years 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 €2,709 to €4,274, depending on the number of years of relevant experience. 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, including a list of publications, description of research experience and interests;
  • 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.