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Scientist European Biodiversity Monitoring

Biodiversity loss has severe impacts on ecosystem services and humans. Many EU-level policies and initiatives demand unbiased, integrated and regularly …

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Science Park, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
€ 2836 - € 4474 per maand


Biodiversity loss has severe impacts on ecosystem services and humans. Many EU-level policies and initiatives demand unbiased, integrated and regularly updated biodiversity and ecosystem service data. However, efforts to monitor biodiversity are spatially and temporally fragmented, taxonomically biased, and lack integration. The advertised position will be part of the international consortium Europa Biodiversity Observation Network (EuropaBON), which aims to bridge these gaps by designing an EU-wide framework for monitoring biodiversity and ecosystem services to support biodiversity policies in Europe.

Are you familiar with biodiversity monitoring program designs, including their cost-effectiveness? Do you have experience with biodiversity policy and legislation in Europe? Are you able engaging and communicating with a large network of stakeholders? Then we may be looking for you.

Designing an EU biodiversity monitoring framework:

To co-design a cost-efficient framework for the future monitoring of biodiversity across Europe, we need to identify the core variables to be measured (i.e. Essential Biodiversity Variables, EBVs), design a sampling scheme that delivers robust trends, and provide insights for a feasible and cost-efficient implementation. EuropaBON builds on a diverse set of stakeholders to identify user and policy needs for biodiversity monitoring, assesses current monitoring efforts to identify gaps and workflow bottlenecks, and analyses the cost-effectiveness of different schemes. This will be used to co-design an improved biodiversity monitoring system across Europe, building on a robust design, and making use of remote sensing, novel technologies and citizen science to become more representative temporally, spatially and taxonomically.

EuropaBON project:

EuropaBON is a H2020 coordination and support action. It started in December 2020 and it will finish in November 2023. It consists of 15 partner organizations across Europe covering universities and research institutes, governmental or public institutions, private companies and NGOs. All partners in EuropaBON have high-level and complementary expertise in the different areas of the project, ranging from networking and cost-effectiveness analysis, biodiversity monitoring, modelling and analysis, to stakeholder engagement, policy support and dissemination. The project is structured into five work packages. WP1 oversees the coordination and management of the project. WP2 is the hub of the project and focuses on stakeholder engagement. WP3 centers on the assessment of existing monitoring capability in Europe whereas WP4 will co-design a cost-efficient framework for the future monitoring of biodiversity across Europe. WP5 will demonstrate in a set of showcases how workflows tailored to the European biodiversity directives and cross-cutting policies can be implemented. The current EuropaBON network includes >370 members from >230 organizations and 45 countries. The outputs of EuropaBON will contribute to design and investigate the feasibility of setting up a center to coordinate monitoring activities across Europe. 


The position is based at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) of the University of Amsterdam (UvA), the Netherlands. You will be embedded in the Biogeography & Macroecology (BIOMAC) lab of the Department Theoretical and Computational Ecology (TCE) of IBED.

What are you going to do

You will

  • Develop designs for the robust sampling of Essential Biodiversity Variables across Europe.
  • Interact with project partners and stakeholders to understand current data integration, analyze the cost-effectiveness of monitoring schemes, and describe the potential contribution of novel technologies for the future monitoring of biodiversity across Europe.
  • Produce a synthesis report with suggestions for biodiversity data flows in the context of reporting to the European biodiversity policies.
  • Participate in international EuropaBON stakeholder workshops and in regular EuropaBON meetings and networking events.


What do we require

  • PhD in a relevant field (e.g. ecology, biodiversity science, statistics, physical geography, data science, remote sensing).
  • Comprehensive knowledge of biodiversity policy and monitoring in Europe.
  • Understanding the current way of reporting to European nature policies, e.g. Habitats Directive, Water Framework Directive, Birds Directive, Marine Strategy Framework Directive.
  • Experience with biodiversity sampling designs and/or the calibration of remote sensing data with in-situ measurements.
  • Capability of working in interdisciplinary teams and willingness to interact with a diverse set of partners and stakeholders.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English (and willingness to learn Dutch) .
  • Proven track record in scientific publications.


A temporary contract for 38 hours a week, until the end of the EuropaBon project in November 2023.

The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €2,836 to €4,474 (scale 10) gross per month, based on a fulltime contract (38 hours a week). This is 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? Take a look here.

Additional information

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