Two Postdocs in Savanna Spatial Community Assembly

Two Postdocs in Savanna Spatial Community Assembly

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31 Jan 20 Mar Utrecht
We are looking for a postdoc who will study savanna spatial community assembly. Are you interested? Please apply!

Job description

For our ERC-Synergy project Pathways of resilience and evasion of tipping in ecosystems (RESILIENCE), Utrecht University offers two postdoc positions for motivated candidates with a scientific background in the field of mathematics, ecology, environmental sciences or physics, preferably spanning two of the disciplines, and with excellent English language skills.

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There is an urgent need to understand the effects that global change can have on the Earth, its system components and ecosystems. One area of critical concern is the imminent abrupt and irreversible critical transitions of ecosystems through tipping points. Recent discoveries indicate that such tipping could be evaded and even reversed in ecosystems through spatial pattern formation, thereby creating pathways of resilience.

The aim of RESILIENCE is to fundamentally advance our understanding and predictions of tipping points and critical transitions in ecosystems and reveal how these can be evaded and even reversed through spatial pattern formation. RESILIENCE will develop a new theory for emerging resilience through spatial pattern formation and link this with real tipping-prone biomes undergoing accelerating global change: savanna and tundra. You will benefit from the expertise of the four Principal Investigators (PIs) in the RESILIENCE project: Max Rietkerk, an ecologist at Utrecht University, Arjen Doelman, a mathematician at Leiden University, Ehud Meron, a physicist at Ben-Gurion University, and Isla Meyers-Smith, an ecologist at the University of British Columbia.

In this postdoc project Savanna spatial community assembly at Utrecht University, you will analyse existing and collect new spatial-temporal data on vegetation community composition from African forests to open savannas. This is to test the hypothesis that community re-assembly along with spatial pattern formation can evade forest-savanna-woodland tipping. You will work in a team through a joint approach, in close collaboration with PhD candidates, other postdocs and (senior) researchers from the different involved universities. You are expected to take initiative and a facilitating role in establishing and maintaining close collaborations between the different universities involved, and with the additional existing collaboration networks, as well as a mentoring role towards the collaborating PhD candidates.

Specifications

Utrecht University

Requirements

The ideal candidate has a relevant PhD degree and a background and proven interest in:
  • environmental sciences, biology or ecology, preferably spanning those disciplines;
  • experience in field work, data collection and spatial data analysis;
  • programming (e.g. Matlab, Python).

The project is interdisciplinary and affinity with or interest in working in an interdisciplinary environment is important.

Conditions of employment

  • a position for one year, with an extension to a total of three years upon successful assessment;
  • a working week of 38 hours and a gross monthly salary between € 3.226,- and € 5.090,- in the case of full-time employment (salary scale 10 under the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU);
  • 8% holiday pay and 8.3% year-end bonus;
  • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave and flexible terms of employment based on the CAO NU.

In addition to the terms of employment laid down in the CAO NU, Utrecht University has a number of schemes and facilities of its own for employees. This includes schemes facilitating professional development, leave schemes and schemes for sports and cultural activities, as well as discounts on software and other IT products. We also offer access to additional employee benefits through our Terms of Employment Options Model. In this way, we encourage our employees to continue to invest in their growth. For more information, please visit Working at Utrecht University.

Employer

Universiteit Utrecht

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major strategic themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Pathways to Sustainability. Shaping science, sharing tomorrow.

Utrecht University’s Faculty of Geosciences studies the Earth: from the Earth’s core to its surface, including man’s spatial and material utilisation of the Earth – always with a focus on sustainability and innovation. With 3,400 students (BSc and MSc) and 720 staff, the faculty is a strong and challenging organisation. The Faculty of Geosciences is organised in four Departments: Earth Sciences, Human Geography & Spatial Planning, Physical Geography, and Sustainable Development.

The position is embedded at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, in the Environmental Sciences group. The Copernicus Institute is the scientific institute for sustainability research and teaching of Utrecht University. The mission of the Environmental Sciences group is to understand the interactions between terrestrial ecosystems and global environmental change.

Additional information

For more information, please contact Professor Max Rietkerk (Professor Spatial Ecology and Global Change) via m.g.rietkerk@uu.nl or Dr Mariska te Beest (Associate Professor Systems Ecology and Conservation) via m.tebeest@uu.nl.

There are multiple PhD and Postdoc vacancies within the RESILIENCE project. Take a look at our overview of vacancies for more information. It is possible to apply for more than one position at the same time.

Specifications

  • Postdoc; Research, development, innovation; Education
  • Natural sciences
  • 36—40 hours per week
  • €3226—€5090 per month
  • University graduate
  • 3557

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Location

Princetonlaan 8a, 3584CB, Utrecht

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As Utrecht University, we want to be a home for everyone. We value staff with diverse backgrounds, perspectives and identities, including cultural, religious or ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. We strive to create a safe and inclusive environment in which everyone can flourish and contribute.

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Application procedure

Application procedure

As Utrecht University, we want to be a home for everyone. We value staff with diverse backgrounds, perspectives and identities, including cultural, religious or ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. We strive to create a safe and inclusive environment in which everyone can flourish and contribute.

To apply, please send your curriculum vitae, including a letter of motivation, via the ‘apply now’ button.

Make sure to apply no later than 20 Mar 2024 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).