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PhD student in the area of marine population dynamics and ecology
We are looking for an enthusiastic PhD candidate, with a clear interest in one or more of the following research fields: marine population dynamics, …
- Droevendaalsesteeg, Wageningen, Gelderland
- Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
- Uren per week:
- 38 - 38 uur
We are looking for an enthusiastic PhD candidate, with a clear interest in one or more of the following research fields: marine population dynamics, bioinformatics & statistics, and ecology.
The PhD will be positioned close to a recently funded collaborative project aiming to analyse the spatial population dynamics of two ray populations in the North Sea. Rays are flat-bodied cartilaginous fishes. Currently, DNA samples are being collected for more than 2000 thornback rays and 1000 blonde rays within the currently funded "Innorays" project (https://www.wur.nl/nl/project/Innorays-DNA-verwantschapsanalyse.htm). In the Innorays project, DNA samples will be used to estimate population abundances for two ray species using Close-Kin Mark-Recapture.
You will use the information in the DNA samples to provide additional information about the ecological connectivity of ray sub-populations. This will shed light on the question how these rays may repopulate the North Sea: how are individuals, currently observed in the North Sea, linked to existing stocks in other areas such as the English Channel? You will combine genetic information with existing trawl survey data acquired by Wageningen Marine Research, and with new data collected from commercial fisheries. Thereby you may answer questions on where spawning and nursery grounds are located in the North Sea, and on the role of the Dutch coast in the life cycle of the two ray species.
The candidate should have:
- A proven affinity for working with and/or developing population dynamic models.
- A strong interest in statistics.
- A strong interest in fundamental and applied research.
- Creative and innovative skills.
- Good organisational and (written and spoken) communication skills in English, as well as a proven ability to collaborate with others.
- Willingness to travel internationally for extended visits to research institutes, to attend international project meetings, and attend conferences.
ArbeidsvoorwaardenWe offer you a challenging job for a period of 4 years at an international leading organization. The position is available within Wageningen University & Research at the Aquaculture and Fisheries group at Wageningen Campus. The organization has good and flexible employment conditions, including good education and training facilities for PhD students.
Appointment for 38 hours per week for a period of 1.5 years with extension of 2.5 years after successful evaluation. The gross salary is in according to the Collective Labour Agreement of Wageningen University and first year salary is € 2.266,- per month rising to € 2.879,- in the fourth year.
Additionele informatieAdditional information about the vacancy can be obtained from: Dr Jan Jaap Poos (JanJaap.Poos@wur.nl; +31317487189)
For further information about working at Wageningen University & Research, take a look at www.wur.nl/en/Jobs.htm
Closing date for applications: 20 February 2019