PHD POSITION 'MODELING LAND COVER CHANGE IN EUROPE OVER CURRENT AND PAST ENERGY REGIMES: THE COMBINED EFFECTS OF CLIMATE AND ANTHROPOGENIC ACTIVITIES ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF EUROPEAN LANDSCAPES'
Do you want to make a contribution to the sustainable management of European Landscapes? And model land cover change in TERRANOVA? Please apply at Vrije …
- De Boelelaan, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
- Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
- Uren per week:
- 40 uur
- € 2325 - € 2972 per maand
Do you want to make a contribution to the sustainable management of European Landscapes? And model land cover change in TERRANOVA? Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
The PhD position is part of the European Training Network TERRANOVA (H2020 ITN) in which 15 PhD fellows will collaborate to increase long-term understanding of landscape histories and land use strategies in Europe.The main objective of this ESR project is to provide a better understanding of the landscape settings during the Energy Regimes 1 & 2 of the TerraNova ITN in the pre-industrial period (early to mid-Holocene) and provide other collaborators of the project with a digital Atlas of land-cover change throughout the selected time periods. Even if the general evolution of human pressure on the environment is clear, there is considerable uncertainty in the understanding of the climate and land-cover variability (at century timescales) and its spatial variability (across the European continent).
The ESR will make use of a recently developed spatial downscaling technique within an Earth System model (iLOVECLIM) to perform climate and land-cover evolution simulations (with the CARAIB land surface model) at high resolution over continental Europe. The ability of this technique to zoom into one region though retaining the global physical coherency of the climate system is a major new step forward that will allow the ESR to progress rapidly into new ground.
This PhD project will be jointly supervised by three supervisors. Three secondments will take place: to University of South- Eastern Norway (prof Renssen) to the climate modelling group, to University Leiden (NL, prof Kolen), to relate human subsistence strategies to climate history, and to Landscape Research & Management (UK, dr Howard) to understand the relationship between applied consultancy and research dealing with landscape and archaeology.
- Assess the current state of land-cover reconstruction that have emerged from proxy evidence and complement them where necessary by taking newly published information into account.
- Develop the necessary skills to apply coupled climate and land-surface modeling approaches to understanding the general long-term evolution and variability of natural systems.
- Study the interaction between natural systems and human evolution.
- Integrate the effects of human activities, identified by agent-based modeling undertaken during work package ESR 3, into the modeling framework and outputs, which include the atlas.
- Publish scientific papers and deliver synthesis
- Interact and collaborate with other PhD students in the TERRANOVA project
- We seek a candidate with an above-average MSc (or equivalent degree) in Environmental Science, Physical Geography, Earth Sciences, Climate Sciences or related fields.
- We expect a strong background in climate system sciences. Required skills include experience in modelling and excellent writing and communication skills. Knowledge of GIS would be a plus.
What are we offering?
- A challenging position in a socially involved organization. Renumeration according to the conditions of Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions (MSCA).
- Be part of a team of leading scientists in different fields of academia and commerce (science, landscape management, modelling and imaging techniques).
- Prestigious EU fellowship.
- Develop multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary research skills.
- Excellent training programme covering human-environment interaction, landscape histories, reconstruction, and management, energy regimes and spatial planning, among others.
- Establish a professional network in academia, business organizations and NGO’s.
- Internships and visits to different disciplinary institutes within industry and academia.
The appointment will initially be for 1 years. After a satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for a duration of 2 more years.
Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
- a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
- 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
- excellent sport facilities
- contribution to commuting expenses
- optional model for designing a personalised benefits package
Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter before 15/04/2019.
- Check that you meet the conditions specified in “Eligibility Criteria” to qualify for applying.
- All researchers recruited in a Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN must be Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs). A ESR shall, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, be in the first four years of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree. The four years start to count from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle him/her to embark on a doctorate.
- Researchers are required to undertake transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. One general rule applies to the appointment of researchers: At the time of recruitment by the host beneficiary, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Note that the mobility rule applies to the beneficiary where the researcher is recruited, and not to beneficiaries to which the researcher is sent or seconded.
- For all recruitment, the eligibility and mobility of the researcher will be determined at the time of their (first) recruitment in the project. The status of the researcher will not evolve over the life-time of a contract.
- Please provide evidence that you meet the above mentioned eligibility requirements as an annex of your CV.
Application deadline: 15 April 2019.
Evaluation, interviews and selection process: 16 April 2019-20 June 2019*
Successful candidates informed: 21 June 2019
ESRs are employed and ready to start: 1 October 2019
*An assessment event at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam can be part of the selection process.
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:
Name: Prof. Dr. Ronald van Balen / Dr Didier Roche
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
If you have any questions regarding moving to Amsterdam and working at VU Amsterdam, you may contact:
Name: Sandra Hasanefendic
Position: Consultant on International PhD Recruitment
Telephone: +31 20 59 87170
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