The Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics
(IBED) at the University of Amsterdam started 2023 with several new positions to collaboratively further strengthen the research within the institute. The research is carried out as a collaboration between the four research departments at IBED:
For one of the positions, embedded in the FAME department, we are now looking for a new Assistant Professor Biological Feedbacks in the Marine Carbon Cycle.
An improved understanding of the global carbon cycle, including its feedback mechanisms and potential controls, is one of the major scientific challenges of the 21st century. Marine organisms play a key role in the global carbon cycle. Large quantities of CO2 are fixed by marine phytoplankton, seagrass beds and kelp forests; marine bacteria and sponges process massive amounts of organic carbon; calcium carbonate is incorporated in the shells and skeletons of molluscs, corals and many other calcifying organisms. All these biological processes are strongly affected by environmental change. Yet, quantitative understanding of the biological feedbacks in the marine carbon cycle is still in its infancy. Introduction to the department of Freshwater and Marine Ecology
The research will be embedded in the Department of Freshwater and Marine Ecology
(FAME) of the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) of the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Our research aims to unravel how aquatic ecosystems function in all their complexity, and how they change due to natural processes and human activities. The focus lies on the interactions between aquatic organisms and their abiotic environment, including the roles of different organisms in primary production, biogeochemical cycles and water quality, and the temporal and spatial dynamics that emerge from these interactions.
Research in our department spans five research field: (1) Aquatic environmental chemistry, (2) benthic ecology, (3) microbial ecology, (4) plankton ecology & evolution, and (5) coral reef ecology. Our approach includes detailed molecular studies, advanced laboratory experiments, dedicated field studies, and the development of new mathematical models. We have extensive analytical facilities for chemical analyses
, culture facilities for bacteria, phytoplankton and aquatic invertebrates
, and a fully equiped research vessel for lake research
. Furthermore, we frequently join oceanographic cruises through the Dutch National Marine Facilities
and have a long-standing collaboration with the Caribbean research institute CARMABI
for coral reef research.
The University of Amsterdam has excellent high performance computing facilities
and IBED has a dedicated computational support team
with specialized knowledge of bioinformatics, (geo)database management and scientific programming.
With an improved scientific understanding, we aim to support the sustainable management of freshwater and marine ecosystems at local and global scales. Research profile
We wish to appoint a promising candidate developing mathematical or computational models at the interface of marine biology, biogeochemistry and climate change, and with a keen interest to investigate biological feedbacks in the marine carbon cycle.
The candidate is expected to develop their own research line and to contribute to collaborative research within the institute and with (inter)national partners. It would be ideal if the candidate works on models that can connect one or more of the research fields in our department to the marine carbon cycle. Examples of potential lines of research of the successful candidate include dynamics of dissolved organic carbon, global models of marine primary production, CO2 fixation and plankton community structure, the biological carbon pump and ocean-atmosphere CO2 exchange, impacts of ocean acidification on calcifying organisms, blue carbon in coastal ecosystems, and so on.
We appreciate data-driven model approaches, and also welcome candidates that would like to combine models with global data analysis or remote sensing of marine ecosystems. Research that can link carbon dynamics across the freshwater-marine continuum would also fit excellently within the department.
In IBED, close collaboration within and between departments is encouraged. For example, the Department of Theoretical and Computational Ecology
(TCE) holds extensive expertise in modelling and computational research, and have opened new positions on climate change and land use impacts. The Department of Ecosystem and Landscape Dynamics
(ELD) has recently hired an Assistant Professor ‘Carbon cycle dynamics in terrestrial ecosystems’ linking modelling and empirical data analysis, which creates a further interesting opportunity for potential collaboration. Educational profile
The candidate is expected to contribute to one or more of the university teaching programs that IBED is involved in, such as the BSc Future Planet Studies, BSc Biological Sciences, MSc Earth Sciences and MSc Biological Sciences. Educational tasks include lectures in courses, teaching of skills and techniques in laboratory and fieldwork, the development of programming skills, and the supervision of BSc and MSc students during internships. For this position, we are searching for educational expertise in the fields of aquatic biogeochemistry and/or ecosystem models as well as the teaching of programming skills relevant in these fields. Examples of courses to contribute to include: Dynamische systemen in de Biologie
, Toekomstperspectief voor de Aarde
, Biological Oceanography
and Digital Earth
. There will also be opportunities to develop new courses in the field of aquatic biogeochemistry, Earth system models and/or marine remote sensing.
In addition, all our staff members are expected to contribute some of their time to organisational tasks in research and/or education management at the university. What are you going to do?
- Conduct and develop high-quality research within the area of academic specialisation resulting in publications in leading academic journals;
- Supervise research of PhD candidates and postdocs;
- Contribute to education, in the fields of aquatic biogeochemistry and/or ecosystem models;
- Supervise research internships and literature reviews of BSc and MSc students;
- Acquire funding through national and international research grants, governmental or private sectors;
- Collaborate with colleagues in the department of Freshwater and Marine Ecology, and in other departments of IBED;
- Engage in and foster collaboration with other scientists in the Netherlands and abroad, to build a broad national and international network;
- Contribute to scientific outreach through diverse media channels, public events or engagement with stakeholders outside academia.
The overall balance of the work for this position will be approximately 50% research, 40% education, and 10% organisational tasks.