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Postdoc on modeling of carbon and nutrient flows in mushroom beds (1.0 FTE, 2 yrs)

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    Utrecht University
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    06/01/2020 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Netherlands › Utrecht

The Department of Earth Sciences of Utrecht University has a 2-year postdoctoral position to develop and explore models for biogeochemical cycling in mushroom beds. In the NWO-TTW-funded project 'Traffic Control', the Departments of Earth Sciences and Biology of Utrecht University collaborate to elucidate energy and nutrient flows from compost to mushrooms and other micro-organisms. The postdoc will join a team of two PhD students and another postdoc with the task to develop models to quantify carbon and nutrient flows. There are possibilities for experimental research to further elucidate the processes involved.
You will be working within the geochemistry group which focuses on the geochemistry of the earth’s surface. The group combines field data with experimental, modeling and theoretical approaches to elucidate biogeochemical cycles and mineral transformations along the aquatic continuum, e.g. from weathering of rocks to biogeochemistry of deep-sea sediments. We investigate (bio)geochemical processes from the nanometer to the global scale and utilize the geological record to better project earth surface conditions in the future.


We offer a temporary position (1.0 FTE) for the duration of two years. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranges between €3,123 and €3,637 (scale 10 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here.

Facilities for sports and child care are available on our main campus (where the Department of Earth Sciences is situated), which is located only 15 minutes away from the historical city centre of Utrecht.

Selection process

Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. To apply, please send your curriculum vitae, including a letter of motivation via the ‘apply’ button below.

We aim to fill the position ultimately by April 1, 2020.

Additional comments

For more information about this position, please contact:
Prof Jack Middelburg (Professor in Geochemistry, Project Leader), via J.B.M.Middelburg@uu.nl.

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Offer Requirements

Specific Requirements

We are looking for a highly motivated postdoc holding a PhD degree at the start of the project. You have excellent understanding of soil sciences, biogeochemistry, ecology, environmental sciences or a related field. You should have experience with mathematical modeling. Moreover, you have the ability to work in a multidisciplinary, international environment. Good English oral and writing skills are essential.

Work location(s)
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Utrecht University
3512 JE
Domplein 29

EURAXESS offer ID: 470172
Posting organisation offer ID: 288048


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