Postdoc candidate on healthy climate adaptation at Maastricht University - Campus Venlo:

Postdoc candidate on healthy climate adaptation at Maastricht University - Campus Venlo:

Published Deadline Location
17 Jun 13 Aug Venlo
Maastricht University campus Venlo is looking for a postdoc candidate for the project "Climate change health impacts, vulnerability and opportunities"

Job description

Healthy climate adaptation is a key prerequisite for achieving a natural and vital rural environment. Addressing the physical and mental health impacts of climate change in rural areas requires a system-based approach that accounts for the fact that these impacts are mediated by changes in population, agriculture, nature and biodiversity. Vulnerability is a function of the extent to which individuals/populations are sensitive to direct and indirect climate change impacts and of the capacity of the population, agriculture, nature and biodiversity to adapt in a healthy way to new climate conditions. Human population vulnerability is highly dependent on socio-economic, demographic and technical context, while vulnerability of agriculture, nature and biodiversity are mostly determined by local conditions, such as (extreme) weather conditions, nutrients and water availability. To date, however, there is relatively little (empirical) knowledge on the vulnerability of human health to climate change and adaptation measures within this broader web of demographic, socio-economic, technical, nature, biodiversity and agricultural developments. Using a system perspective, we will explore how climate impacts and adaptation measures will affect human health and its interrelations with agriculture, nature and biodiversity. In doing so, we will identify the most important challenges for future health and well-being in each of the selected rural regions. For the human population we will explore future climate scenarios, accounting for possible trends in risk factors, and identify at-risk groups within the selected regions in support of rural climate adaptation measures.

You will work closely together with colleagues to:

  • Develop an integrated health impact assessment protocol for, and gain insight in (health) consequences of climate change for people and their living environment in the three selected rural regions, including a description of vulnerable groups in these regions.
  • Gain insight in mechanisms of climate adaptation measures and interrelations between different transition tasks related to different sectors (health, agriculture, biodiversity) by developing a theoretical framework between healthy climate adaptation measures and potential impacts.
  • Develop practical guidelines for incorporation of these health considerations and vulnerabilities in decision making, to be used on a regional rural level.
  • You will be co-responsible for project leadership.

This position is embedded within the larger transdisciplinary NWO funded MANTRA project (CliMate AdaptatioN for HealTy Rural Areas ). MANTRA aims to develop an innovative system approach that integrates rural priorities for climate change with health risks and opportunities for local communities. It will co-create data, assessments, measures and interventions for healthy climate adaptation in 3 rural living labs. The MANTRA projects involves different disciplines (health, climate, ecology, governance) and various actors such as universities, applied science institutes, assessment agencies, organizations for societal issues and citizen participation, health organizations and various regional stakeholders.

Specifications

Maastricht University (UM)

Requirements

We are looking for a candidate who:

  • has a PhD degree (or is near completion) in the field of Public Health, Sustainability or Environmental  Sciences, Interdisciplinary Science, or another relevant field;
  • likes to engage in transdisciplinary research, collaborating with both scientists from across disciplines and societal actors; the post-doc should have experience in participatory research and co-creation processes.
  • has affinity with climate adaptation and health issues;
  • gets excited from hands on research in co-creation with local stakeholders in the rural labs.
  • is able to perform tasks independently and in teams, has good organization, communication and writing skills, and is fluent in both English and Dutch (For this position your command of the English language is expected to be at C1 level).

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: We offer a 4 year full-time fixed-term employment contract as Postdoc (Researcher 3 or 4). The Intended start date is September 1st.

  • We offer a rewarding career at a young university in the heart of Europe, with a distinct global perspective and a strong focus on innovative research and education;
  • The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO), supplement with local UM provisions. For more information on terms of employment, please visit our website www.maastrichtuniversity.nl > About UM > Working UM 
  • The salary will be set in salary scale 10/11 of the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (from € 2.960 to € 5.439) gross per month depending on experience and qualifications, based on a full-time appointment). On top of this, there is an 8% holiday allowance and a 8.3% year-end allowance;
  • We offer an attractive package of fringe benefits such as reduction on collective health insurance, substantial leave arrangements, optional model for designing a personalised benefits package and application for attractive fiscal arrangements for employees from abroad.

Employer

Maastricht University

Maastricht University is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht University has around 22,000 students and about 5,000 employees. Reflecting the university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts 6 faculties: Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) is also the home base faculty for the University Campus in the city of Venlo.

Department

Campus Venlo

The mission of Maastricht University - Campus Venlo is to bring academic education and research about health, food and sustainability to the  Venlo area. In the inner-city of Venlo, the Bachelor programme University College Venlo and two Master programmes in Health Food Innovation Management and Global Supply Chain Management & Change are situated. Life science research is subdivided over the inner-city campus and in Villa Flora at the former Floriade venue (Brigthlands Campus Greenport Venlo).

Additional information

More information on this vacancy can be obtained from prof. dr. Pim Martens  (p.martens@maastrichtuniversity.nl).

Specifications

  • Postdoc
  • Health
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €2960—€5439 per month
  • AT2022.264

Employer

Maastricht University (UM)

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Location

Nassaustraat 36, 5911 BV, Venlo

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RecruitmentFSE@maastrichtuniversity.nl

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Application procedure

You can send your application to this e-mail: RecruitmentFSE@maastrichtuniversity.nl

Maastricht University is committed to promoting and nurturing a diverse and inclusive community. We believe that diversity in our staff and student population contributes to the quality of research and education at UM, and strive to enable this through inclusive policies and innovative projects led by teams of staff and students. We encourage you to apply for this position.

Application procedure

Application procedure

You can send your application to this e-mail: RecruitmentFSE@maastrichtuniversity.nl

Maastricht University is committed to promoting and nurturing a diverse and inclusive community. We believe that diversity in our staff and student population contributes to the quality of research and education at UM, and strive to enable this through inclusive policies and innovative projects led by teams of staff and students. We encourage you to apply for this position.

Make sure to apply no later than 13 Aug 2022 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).