12/11/2018
The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

2 PhD candidates Marie-Sklowoska-Curie

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Wageningen University and Research
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Biological sciences
    Environmental science
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    31/12/2018 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Netherlands › Wageningen
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    38
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    ECORISK2050EU-ITN
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    813124

We are looking for two highly motivated and skilled PhD candidates with a recent university MSc degree in environmental sciences, biology or related area. The candidates should be a result-driven team player and have good communication skills and good proficiency in English (both oral and written). He or she should have experience in, preferably both, ecosystem-level experimentation as well as ecological modelling in relation to the ecological effects of chemicals. The provisional title of the PhD projects are “Understanding the relationships between increased CO2 and temperature and community effects of chemicals on aquatic ecosystems” and “Modelling effects of global change induced alterations of aquatic biological community composition on vulnerability to chemicals”

The successful candidates will

be part of the EU funded ECORISK2050 project, which is an Innovative Training Network consisting of 8 beneficiaries and 12 PhD positions aiming to study the effects of global change on the emission, fate, effects and risks of chemicals in aquatic ecosystems.

 

PhD 1: Understanding the relationships between increased CO2 and temperature and community effects of chemicals on aquatic ecosystems.

The objectives of the first PhD project are to develop a mobile device to study the effects on increased CO2 concentrations and temperature in combination with chemical exposure on aquatic ecosystems and to use the device in microcosm experiments to be performed in Norway, The Netherlands and Spain to study the regionalism of these combined effects. The expected result is improved insight in how increased CO2 concentrations and temperature affect the fate of pesticides, personal and home care products and medicines and their effects on the sensitivity of communities (phytoplankton, macrophytes, zooplankton, and macroinvertebrates) to pesticides, on functional parameters (e.g. pH, DO, nutrient levels) and the recovery potential of impaired ecosystems.

 

PhD 2: Modelling effects of global change induced alterations of biological community composition on vulnerability to chemicals.

The objectives of the second PhD project are to develop models at different levels of biological organization (individual, population, community, ecosystem) which are able to describe the influence of global climate change on ecosystem function and structure and its interaction with chemical pressures. The expected results are a (partly) validated modelling framework that is able to evaluate the global climate change scenarios developed by another PhD student within the project in terms of future effects of chemicals on aquatic ecosystems. The models will be set up so that they can be linked to the exposure modelling framework for agrichemicals also developed within the project. Finally, the outcomes of this PhD project will be used to improve the risk assessment approach and the derivation of risk mitigation measures.

Benefits

More information

For more information about these positions please contact Prof. dr. Paul van den Brink (paul.vandenbrink@wur.nl) or look at https://www.wur.nl/en/Research-Results/Chair-groups/Environmental-Sciences/Aquatic-Ecology-and-Water-Quality-Management.htm and http://www.stressecology.eu.

 

Applications for this position should be submitted before 1st January 2019.

Please indicate clearly whether you apply for PhD 1 or PhD 2.

Do not e-mail directly to the person mentioned above, but use the website of Wageningen University & Research.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants should not have a doctoral degree, should have obtained their MSc degree within the last four years and should not have spent more than 12 months of his/her time during the last 3 years in the Netherlands.

 

Selection process

Applications for this position should be submitted before December 8st 2018.
Please upload a letter of motivation and a curriculum (use website of Wageningen University & Research).

Additional comments

Do not e-mail directly to the person mentioned above, but use the website of Wageningen University & Research.

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Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Environmental science: Master Degree or equivalent

Skills/Qualifications

Applicants for these PhD positions should hold a recent university MSc degree in environmental sciences, biology or related area, with a strong aquatic and ecotoxicology-related background.

 

Specific Requirements

Applicants should comply to the EU rules regarding ITN projects (https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/grants_manual/amga/h2020-amga_en.pdf).

The most important rules are that applicants should not have a doctoral degree, should have obtained their MSc degree within the last four years and should not have spent more than 12 months of his/her time during the last 3 years in the Netherlands.

 

Work location(s)
2 position(s) available at
Wageningen University and Research
Netherlands
Wageningen
6708 PB
Droevendaalsesteeg 3

EURAXESS offer ID: 354545

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