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ROYAL NIOZ YERSEKE - Postdoc “Experimental studies of spatial heterogeneity in Dutch mussel bed environments”
Specificaties - (uitleg)
|Locatie||Korringaweg 7, Yerseke|
|Functietypes||Postdoc positions, Research, Development, Innovation|
|Wetenschappelijke discipline||Natural Sciences|
|Uren||40,0 uren per week|
|Vacaturenummer||AT 2017 – 009|
|About employer||Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)|
The department of Estuarine and Delta Systems (EDS, department head prof. dr. Klaas Timmermans) is looking for a highly motivated candidate with a PhD degree in ecology, biology or physical geography to help us gain fundamental insights in the functioning of mussel beds in the Wadden Sea and the Eastern Scheldt. You will closely collaborate with researchers of Wageningen Marine Research (formerly known as IMARES), our research partner.
The vacancy is created within a joint project with Wageningen Marine Research (former IMARES), with whom you will closely collaborate.
Within the overall project, the aim is to obtain fundamental insights in mussel-bed functioning, and thereby provide a knowledge base for further optimization of mussel bottom culture techniques on culture plots at the Wadden Sea and Eastern Scheldt.
As our postdoc, you will study how the relationship between (1) heterogeneity of the mussel bed environment (e.g. hydrodynamics, food) and (2) heterogeneity of mussels will affect the growth and the survival of individual mussels in the bed. This is challenging, as at the scale of a mussel bed, there is inherent heterogeneity imposed by the environment, on which the mussels impose additional heterogeneity in how they are distributed.
Furthermore, factors that determine growth (e.g. food quality & quantity) and survival (e.g. predators, dislodgement risk) are highly variable on spatial and on temporal scale.
The aim of your postdoc research will be to disentangle how local effects of losses and growth on mussel productivity can be separated. Results will be used to optimize mussel culture techniques, as how to increase growth and survival by manipulating mussel distribution and density.
The methods you will use vary from hydrodynamic measurements to characterize the physical environment, mussel dispersal measurements, automated continuous measurements on the feeding activity of mussels, manipulative field experiments on pattern formation and field-flume studies.
We like to get into contact with a highly motivated candidate with a PhD degree in ecology, biology or physical geography. You have a keen interest in frontier applied research, to provide a knowledge base for industrial use to third parties.
Interest and experience with experimental studies in estuarine systems and good statistical knowledge are a prerequisite. You have good mathematical skills and can effectively communicate with the physicists in the project. You preferably have a background in oceanography or modelling.
The postdoc we are looking for is capable to plan and organize work independently. He or she can organize and carry out manipulative field experiments in shallow subtidal ecosystems (walking and snorkelling depth, at low tide), and meet deadlines imposed by the project.
Excellent communication skills and an open collaborative attitude are essential. Good English oral and writing skills are demanded, as you are expected to publish the findings in peer reviewed scientific journals.
We offer a full-time position for 2 years, a pension scheme, a yearly 8% vacation allowance, year-end bonus and flexible employment conditions. Advanced training opportunities are available. Conditions are based on the Collective Labour Agreement of Research Centers (WVOI).
Cost of relocation and help with housing is provided by the Royal NIOZ. As a postdoc to this project you will work at Royal NIOZ Yerseke, located at commuting distance of cities like Antwerp, Breda and Middelburg.
ROYAL NIOZ YERSEKE
Estuarine and Delta Systems
The department of Estuarine and Delta Systems (EDS, NIOZ-Yerseke) aims to understand how the interplay between organisms, hydrodynamics, sediment dynamics and chemistry shapes the sub- and intertidal landscape and how it affects the functioning and resilience of the diverse natural communities living there.
Central to our department is a multidisciplinary approach that combines state-of-art biophysical and biochemical measurements, remote sensing, and manipulative experiments with mathematical and numerical modelling to create in-depth understanding of the processes that control estuarine and delta systems.
By doing frontier applied science we strive to create value for society. With this approach, we link fundamental understanding about estuarine and delta systems to use.