Post-doc - Co-production of climate change scenario knowledge

This post-doc position is part of a larger international research consortium SENSES, collaboratively funded by national science organisations. Below, the …

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Standplaats:
Droevendaalsesteeg, Wageningen, Gelderland
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
19 - 19 uur
Opleidingsniveau:
Postdoctoraal

Functieomschrijving

This post-doc position is part of a larger international research consortium SENSES, collaboratively funded by national science organisations. Below, the rationale of SENSES is explained, with emphasis on the part of the project that you will perform. Climate change mitigation and adaptation are very important issues in science and beyond, particularly since the Paris Agreement and its plea to stay below 1.5 degree global warming. Yet, the content and significance of the new climate change scenarios are not well understood beyond the scientific community, and there is a strong need for better connecting its application to users. The SENSES project will address these challenges by developing a tailor-made, user determined Climate Change Scenario Toolkit connecting the new generation of climate community scenarios to selected user and stakeholder groups. This requires the development of effective techniques to use the climate change scenarios for the co-creation of user-relevant climate-change knowledge as well as user-centred design of scenario visualisation tools. The focus of the presently advertised job is on the synthesis and integration of scenario work done in two case studies (in the Netherlands and Kenya) and at global level. Work in the Dutch case study is undertaken by a PhD-candidate at the Soil Geography and Landscape group in Wageningen.

As post-doc, you will be responsible for the coordination, synthesis, and integration of work undertaken by various partners in the SENSES project. You will link the regional Dutch scenarios to those developed in the second case study in Kenya (led by the Stockholm Environment Institute) and the global scenarios and scenario users, importantly those involved in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In both case studies, climate mitigation and/or adaptation scenarios will be co-produced with stakeholders. The PhD-candidate, with whom you will collaborate closely, is responsible for execution of work in the case study in the Netherlands, the catchment of the Overijsselse Vecht, that will result in pathway development for climate smart landscapes. Besides integrating and scaling up the insights from the Dutch case study and similar work undertaken in Kenya, you will also help in designing methods for the participatory process in both case studies and the execution of a series of workshops. You will explore and develop effective approaches and best practice guidelines for the co-production of scenario knowledge on regional and global scales and tailor them to the specific needs of the regional stakeholders. A specific role is in linking scenarios to visualisation tools as developed by PIK in Potsdam through an iterative co-design process and in translating users' needs to software design.

Functie-eisen

  • You are a dedicated, creative individual, with broad academic skills and excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • You have an PhD-degree or equivalent in environmental or social sciences, or a related field
  • You are familiar and/or have worked with quantitative models
  • You are familiar with and/or have worked with participatory scenario development methods
  • You have a genuine affinity with integrated, multidisciplinary issues and a demonstrated interest in interacting with decision makers and other stakeholders
  • You have demonstrated proficiency in English writing and you have excellent oral and written communication skills, and the ability to work efficiently alone as well as in a team.
  • Given the location of the case study in the Netherlands, proficiency in Dutch oral and written communication is an advantage

Conditions

We offer a part-time employment of 0.5 FTE (19 hours a week) as post-doc researcher within the Soil Geography and Landscape Group for 24 months. Gross salary per month from € 3.111,- to € 4.084,- (Scale 10) based on a fulltime position. Salary depends on relevant experience and knowledge. In addition, we offer a holiday bonus of 8% and an end-of-the-year bonus of 8.3% of your annual salary.

Additional information

Additional information about this vacancy can be obtained from Dr. Kasper Kok, kasper.kok@wur.nl
Telephone: +31 (0) 317-482422.

How to apply
Interested? Don't email directly to the people mentioned above. Please use the website to apply and upload your CV and a short motivation letter no later than August 24, 2018.

Procedure
Interviews with selected applicants are likely to be scheduled on August 31, 2018.

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