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PhD student: Marine Population Dynamics and Ecology (SEAwise)

Wageningen University & Research is looking for a PhD student in the area of marine population dynamics and ecology.We are looking for an enthusiastic PhD …

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Droevendaalsesteeg, Wageningen, Gelderland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur


Wageningen University & Research is looking for a 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, fisheries science, ecology, bioinformatics, and statistics.

The PhD will be positioned in the SEAwise project, a H2020 funded research project aiming to develop an operational approach for European Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management (EBFM). As part of the project, we plan to assemble a new knowledge base on European fisheries interactions within the socio-ecological system that integrates scientist' and stakeholder experience based knowledge. In addition, we will develop predictive models of fisheries interactions within socio-ecological systems to evaluate, select and implement EBFM strategies across Europe accounting for changes in the environment and use of marine space.

The aim of this PhD project is to further develop a spatially explicit North Sea food web model (OSMOSE), comprising the 12 most important fish species. The model will be applied to evaluate ecosystem and fisheries effects of management scenarios. You will workon the ecological components of the model and develop agent-based fleet components for it. Developing these fleet components means you will study the adaptive behaviour of fishers using a range of methods, including text analyses, qualitative, quantitative, and statistical models The model will include the ability to study effects of prey and predator abundance estimates, mixed fisheries and exploitation pattern changes (e.g. due to the landing obligation). You will apply the model to forecast effects of future changes in habitat extent and quality of fish and fishers, including changes induced by other uses of marine space than fishing and area based management measures.


The candidate should have:

  • a Master's degree in a relevant field (marine biology, theoretical ecology, fisheries science, ecology).
  • A proven affinity for working with and/or developing population dynamical models.
  • Affinity with programming language
  • Affinity to work with multiple disciplines, including social sciences.
  • 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.


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.

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and paid parental leave;
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.
Employment basis:
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 € 2395,- per month rising to € 3061,- in the fourth year according to the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale P).

There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a unique position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere. You will collaborate closely with researchers from applied research institutes (Wageningen Economic Research and Wageningen Marine Research).
You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland, and at a university that has been chosen as the "Best University" in the Netherlands for the 16th consecutive time.

Coming from abroad
Wageningen University & Research is the university and research centre for life sciences. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, known as the 30% ruling. Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.

Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen University & Research's International Community page contains practical information about what we can do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. Furthermore, we can assist you with any additional advice and information about helping your partner to find a job, housing, schooling, and other issues.

Additional information

Additional 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 http://www.wur.nl/en/Jobs.htm

Do you want to apply?
You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval.

This vacancy will be listed up to and including 25th August 2021. We hope to schedule the first job interviews in the first 2 weeks from September

Equal opportunities
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. For more information please go to ourinclusivity page. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.