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Specifications - (explanation)
|Location||Faculty of Geosciences|
|Function types||Research, Development, Innovation, Postdoc positions|
|Scientific fields||Natural Sciences|
|Hours||38.0 hours per week|
|Salary||€ 2799 - € 3831|
|About employer||Utrecht University|
Vegetation strongly interacts with climate through a myriad of feedbacks involving the carbon, water and nitrogen cycle. This is important in global change scenarios with an increase of CO2, an increase of N deposition in large parts of the world, and an increase of extremes in precipitation and droughts. Recently, dynamic vegetation models have incorporated detailed hydrology, the interplay of the carbon-nitrogen cycle, and the way vegetation adapts to CO2. However, it is still unclear how these processes interact with and feedback to the global climate. By coupling dynamic vegetation models to global climate models, and analysing the different future IPCC scenarios including anthropogenic land use changes, we aim to quantify these feedbacks.
Conditions of employment
Utrecht University offers a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% per year, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% and flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Labour Agreement of the Dutch Universities.
More information: terms of employment.
Utrecht University holds 8 positions to investigate ‘The future global water cycle’. Within the research theme Sustainability and under the program on Water, Climate and Ecosystems Utrecht University initiated a program to answer the following key question: How will changes in the global water cycle govern future conditions on planet Earth?
This question relates to understanding and projecting how human activities and climate change will influence water scarcity and abundance and indirectly impact food security, flood risk, human health, socio-economic development and biodiversity.
Utrecht University, through its conglomerate of leading groups on geophysical, biological and governance research, is in the unique position address the full breadth of this research question and explore mechanisms of biological adaptation and to address governance-related issues. The program will mobilize and integrate Utrecht University’s collective expertise by developing a common model infrastructure to explicitly simulate past, present and future feedbacks in the water, carbon and nutrient cycles. This proposed model infrastructure will lead to intensification of interactions between scientists of Utrecht University and those of internationally renowned institutes, largely located in the Utrecht area: Deltares (water resources), TNO (air and water quality), KNMI (climate modelling), SRON (remote sensing), KWR (water quality and health) and PBL (integrated assessment and global change).
This highly ambitious but high-reward research program will be headed by accomplished scientists at Utrecht University associated with KNMI and PBL. Model building will supported by a scientific programmer and 7 postdocs covering a range of pressing issues involving the global water cycle and its interaction with the earth system.