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Postdoctoral position focusing on modeling of lateral transport of organic matter in Arctic watersheds

This position is set within the prestigious project “THAWSOME”, funded through a starting research grant by the European Research Council (ERC). This project …

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Standplaats:
De Boelelaan, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Opleidingsniveau:
Postdoctoraal

Functieomschrijving

This position is set within the prestigious project “THAWSOME”, funded through a starting research grant by the European Research Council (ERC). This project combines detailed process-based field studies with advanced molecular and isotopic laboratory techniques to better understand the degradation and fate of thawing permafrost organic matter in the aquatic environment. The field and laboratory results will be upscaled using coupled hydrological-biogeochemical models as well as GIS-based analysis.

Your duties
The postdoctoral scholar will use the Integrated Model to Assess the Global Environment (IMAGE) that uses a carbon and nutrient delivery model coupled to a hydrological model (PCR-GLOBWB) and an ecosystem-biogeochemistry model (RIVE). The candidate will have to optimize the model for northern ecosystems in order to account for water storage and fluxes in permafrost terrains as good as possible. Additionally, we plan to use spatially-explicit field and GIS data to parameterize abrupt thaw processes and integrate this process into the coupled IMAGE-RIVE-PCR-GLOBWB model framework. The candidate will collaborate closely with colleagues from Utrecht University (Lex Bouwman, Rens van Beek, Jack Middelburg) that have developed multiple model components. She/he will collaborate closely with the other THAWSOME team-members (PI Vonk, and two PhD students) as well as other group members working on permafrost thaw dynamics, and is expected to contribute to teaching (field) courses. She/he is expected to write scientific papers for international peer-reviewed journals, and present her/his results on national and international conferences.

Functie-eisen

  • PhD in environmental or earth sciences or related field, with a proven experience in landscape-scale, watershed-scale, or Earth system modeling
  • strong scientific motivation
  • hands-on, creative attitude
  • excellent ability to communicate in both written and spoken English
  • good social (team-working) skills
  • previous field experience, and familiarity with northern ecosystems is a bonus
  • willingness to spend time abroad.

Conditions

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €2,709 (scale 10)
and a maximum €4,274 (scale 10), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE, preferably 1.0 FTE.

Preferred starting date is 1st of December 2019. The initial employment contract will affect a period of 1 year, with the possibility of extension to a maximum of two 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
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package

Additional information

Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter (including the names of two references) until 15 September 2019. The job interviews are planned for October, when possible please this into account when applying for the position.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:
Associate Professor Jorien E. Vonk:
phone: +31 20 598 7336
e-mail: j.e.vonk@vu.nl

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