17/03/2020

PhD Sublethal effects of psychotropics on aquatic species, populations and ecosystems, how relevant are subtle effects for real-world ecosystems?

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Wageningen University & Research
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Physics
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    28/04/2020 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Netherlands › Wageningen
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    38.0

OFFER DESCRIPTION

We are seeking a PhD candidate in the NWO funded project Psychopharmac'eau who is interested in interdisciplinary research into the possibilities to assess the environmental effects of psychotropics.
The Psychopharmac'eau project will be carried out in a project team consisting of 3 PhD students involving researchers from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) and Wageningen University and Research. You will also work closely with partners in the water sector.

Over a million people in the Netherlands use psychotropics, like anti-depressants and anti-psychotics. After use residues enter surface waters, where they are known to affect aquatic organisms. Currently, very limited information is available on the environmental risks. As psychotropics are designed to affect the nervous system, they are also known to affect aquatic organisms at very low and environmentally relevant concentrations and are expected to mimic so-called info-chemicals, influence natural communication and cause effects on the behaviour of organisms. The PhD projects aims to assess the effects of psychotropics at the individual, population as well as the ecosystem level, by the use of laboratory and microcosm and mesocosm experiments.

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Benefits

In principle this is a 48-month PhD position. We offer you a temporary contract for 12 months which will be extended with three years if you perform well (after go/no go evaluation). Salary will increase from € 2325,- gross per month in the first year up to € 2972,- in the last year, based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week).

In addition, we offer:

  • 8% holiday allowance
  • a structural end-of year bonus of 8.3%
  • excellent training opportunities and secondary employment conditions
  • flexible working hours that we determine together in good consultation
  • excellent pension plan through ABP
  • 232 vacation hours, the option to purchase extra and good supplementary leave schemes, e.g. the possibility to work a maximum of 2 hours per week extra for extra leave
  • a flexible model to put together part of your employment conditions yourself, such as a bicycle plan
  • a lively workplace on the Wageningen Campus
  • make use of the sports facilities on campus for a small fee.

Wageningen University & Research stimulates internal career opportunities and mobility with our internal recruitment policy. There are ample opportunities for personal initiative in a learning environment. With us you get a versatile job in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

Selection process

For more information about this function you can contact, Professor of Chemical Stress Ecology, telephone +31-317-481615 or by e-mail; paul.vandenbrink@wur.nl

For more information about the procedure you can contact Edgar Tijhuis, corporate recruiter, e-mail edgar.tijhuis@wur.nl

Do you want to apply?
This can be done directly by uploading your CV and motivation letter via the application button below so that we can process your personal data with your permission. This vacancy is open until 27 April 2020. We want to plan the first job interviews soon after the closing date of this vacancy.

Equal opportunities employer
We are an employer that offers equal opportunities. We are happy to receive applications from all suitably qualified people regardless of race, gender, functional impairment, religion / belief, sexual orientation or age. We believe that a diverse and inclusive working environment makes us a more relevant, competitive and resilient organization. Click here for more information about working at WUR with a functional impairment.

Coming from abroad
Wageningen is a center for research and entrepreneurship. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees. It is a historic university town of about 36,000 residents in the central Netherlands. The academic community hails from more than 100 countries, giving the town a lively, international feel. Our highly qualified team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.

The WUR International Community page contains practical information about what we do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen.

Additional comments

For more information about this function you can contact, Professor of Chemical Stress Ecology, telephone +31-317-481615 or by e-mail; paul.vandenbrink@wur.nl

For more information about the procedure you can contact Edgar Tijhuis, corporate recruiter, e-mail edgar.tijhuis@wur.nl

Do you want to apply?
This can be done directly by uploading your CV and motivation letter via the application button below so that we can process your personal data with your permission. This vacancy is open until 27 April 2020. We want to plan the first job interviews soon after the closing date of this vacancy.

Equal opportunities employer
We are an employer that offers equal opportunities. We are happy to receive applications from all suitably qualified people regardless of race, gender, functional impairment, religion / belief, sexual orientation or age. We believe that a diverse and inclusive working environment makes us a more relevant, competitive and resilient organization. Click here for more information about working at WUR with a functional impairment.

Coming from abroad
Wageningen is a center for research and entrepreneurship. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees. It is a historic university town of about 36,000 residents in the central Netherlands. The academic community hails from more than 100 countries, giving the town a lively, international feel. Our highly qualified team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.

The WUR International Community page contains practical information about what we do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen.

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Offer Requirements

Specific Requirements

  • a highly motivated and skilled PhD candidate with a recent university MSc degree in environmental sciences, biology or related area.
  • a result-driven team player
  • good communication skills and good proficiency in English (both oral and written).
  • experience in ecosystem-level experimentation in relation to the ecological effects of chemicals, while experience in ecological modelling is a plus.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Wageningen University & Research
Netherlands
Wageningen
6708 PB
Droevendaalsesteeg

EURAXESS offer ID: 505488
Posting organisation offer ID: 290696

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