Postdoc Position in Multiple Climate Change Stressors and Coral Eco-physiology

Faculteit/Dienst:  Faculteit der Natuurw., Wiskunde & Informatica
Opleidingsniveau:  Gepromoveerd
Functie type:  Wetenschappelijk Personeel
Sluitingsdatum:  11 december 2022
Vacaturenummer:  10867

 

 

We invite applications for a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Freshwater and Marine Ecology, Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The position will be for the duration of two years and is part of a 5-year Vidi research project funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO). The postdoctoral researcher will conduct research on corals living in extreme/marginal reef environments to better understand how environmental variability alters coral stress tolerance to future ocean conditions (warming, acidification, deoxygenation/hypoxia). This position is part of the research group of Dr Verena Schoepf (www.verenaschoepf.com).

 

What are you going to do?

 

You will investigate how fluctuating environmental conditions alter coral resistance to heat, acidification and low-oxygen stress. You will conduct controlled aquarium experiments to simulate different variability regimes in combination with future ocean conditions, analyze seawater physico-chemical conditions and conduct coral physiological analyses. You will also conduct fieldwork in extreme/marginal coral reef environments in the Caribbean where corals are naturally exposed to extreme and variable conditions. The aim is to investigate whether such an environmental history is linked to enhanced stress tolerance. Finally, you will supervise BSc and MSc student projects that are aligned with the postdoc project, and communicate your results via conference presentations and publications in peer-reviewed journals, while closely working with the project team.

 

Your experience and profile

 

  • PhD in marine biology, ecology or environmental science, or a related discipline
  • committed researcher, demonstrated by publications in international refereed academic journals;
  • An interest in, and understanding of, how marine organisms adjust their physiology to environmental stress, especially in the context of climate change
  • Experience with setting up and running aquarium experiments where temperature, pH and dissolved oxygen are manipulated
  • Experience with laboratory work, preferably related to coral eco-physiology and seawater chemistry (e.g. nutrients, carbonate chemistry)
  • Experience with marine fieldwork in tropical locations and willingness to conduct fieldwork in the Caribbean
  • SCUBA diving certificate and scientific diving experience, preferably Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent
  • Good analytical and statistical skills, including the use of programming languages such as R
  • Excellent English skills  and demonstrated skills in scientific writing (published papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals).
  • An ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Driving license

 

Our offer

 

We offer a temporary employment contract for 38 hours per week for a period of 2 years. The preferred starting date is spring 2023.

The gross monthly salary, based on 38 hours per week and dependent on relevant experience, ranges between € 2,960 to € 4,670 (scale 10). This does not include 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% year-end allowance. The UFO profile researcher 4, scale 10 is applicable. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Universities of the Netherlands is applicable.

 

Besides the salary and a vibrant and challenging environment at Science Park we offer you multiple fringe benefits:

  • 232 holiday hours per year (based on fulltime) and extra holidays between Christmas and 1 January;
  • multiple courses on topics such as time management, handling stress and an online learning platform with 100+ different courses;
  • 7 weeks birth leave (partner leave) with 100% salary;
  • partly paid parental leave;
  • the possibility to set up a workplace at home;
  • a pension at ABP for which UvA pays two third part of the contribution;
  • the possibility to follow courses to learn Dutch;
  • help with housing for a studio or small apartment when you’re moving from abroad.

Are you curious to read more about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits, take a look here.

 

About us

 

The University of Amsterdam is the Netherlands' largest university, offering the widest range of academic programmes. At the UvA, 30,000 students, 6,000 staff members and 3,000 PhD candidates study and work in a diverse range of fields, connected by a culture of curiosity.

 

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 8,000, as well as 1,800 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

 

The Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) is one of eight research institutes of the Faculty of Science at the University of Amsterdam. The research at IBED aims to unravel how ecosystems function in all their complexity, and how they change due to natural processes and human activities. At its core lies an integrated systems approach to study biodiversity, ecosystems and the environment. IBED adopts this systems approach to ecosystems, addressing abiotic (soil and water quality) and biotic factors (ecology and evolution of plants, animals, and microorganisms), and the interplay between those. The IBED vision includes research encompassing experimental and theoretical approaches at a wide variety of temporal and spatial scales, i.e. from molecules and microorganisms to patterns and processes occurring at the global scale.

 

Want to know more about our organisation? Read more about working at the University of Amsterdam.

 

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Job application

 

If you feel the profile fits you, and you are interested in the job, we look forward to receiving your application. You can apply online via the button below. We accept applications until and including 11 December 2022.

 

Applications should include the following information (all files besides your cv should be submitted in one single pdf file):

 

  • a cover letter describing your motivation and addressing how you meet the selection criteria (2 pages max);
  • a detailed CV including the months (not just years) when referring to your education and work experience;
  • a list of publications;
  • the names and email addresses of two references who can provide letters of recommendation.

 

Only complete applications received within the response period via the link below will be considered.

 

 

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

 

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