Are you a talented biologist, ecologist, ecotoxicologist or an environmental scientist with demonstrated experience in ecological modelling and programming in R and/or Phyton? Do you like to collaborate with colleagues who have varying areas of expertise, including analytical chemistry, environmental fate of chemicals, ecology, ecotoxicology, statistics and computer science? Then, this vacancy might be of interest to you.
The Environmental Risk Assessment team
at Wageningen Environmental Research is looking for a PhD researcher to work on the recently granted four-year horizon Europe project SYBERAC (Towards a SYstems-Based, holistic Environmental Risk Assessment of Chemicals).
SYBERAC aims to advance the risk assessment of chemicals that end up in the environment. The project sets out to assess the risk due to different types of contaminants for terrestrial species, terrestrial ecosystems and biodiversity. To do so, innovative system-based ERA tools will be developed along 6 case studies. Wageningen Environmental Research is one of the international partners in this project, which is led by Wageningen University.
Your research will focus on the development of a mechanistic modelling suite for a system-based ERA of single, cumulative, and mixture chemical effects on terrestrial organisms for 2-3 of these case studies. The focus of the study will be on the assessment of effects on ecosystem services at the landscape level for a number of focal species. You will work here
The PhD project will take place within the Environmental Risk Assessment team
at Wageningen Environmental Research, where you will be supervised by Dr. Bas Buddendorf and Dr. Louise Wipfler.
Prof. Paul van den Brink of the Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management group
of Wageningen University will be your promotor.
The Environmental Risk Assessment (ERA) team is an interdisciplinary team of ecologists, chemists, modelers and ecotoxicologists and consists of a mixed group of juniors and seniors. The ERA team develops models and conducts experimental research to predict the behavior of organic contaminants in the environment, and to determine their effects on ecosystems.
This will offer you the unique opportunity to profit from an extensive collaborative network and expertise from two key research groups in the field. As a PhD student you will become part of the Wageningen Institute for Environment and Climate Research (WIMEK), which is one of the six Graduate Schools at Wageningen University that will support you with additional skills and opportunities to develop your academic and professional network.