Postdoc Marine Conservation Ecology (1.0 FTE)

Research / Academic
How healthy is the subtidal Wadden Sea ecosystem?

The Wadden Sea is a UNESCO world heritage site, renowned for the most extensive intertidal mudflat system in the world. In the ‘Wadden Mosaic’-project, we will investigate the status and functioning of the subtidal habitats and their associated communities of the Dutch Wadden Sea, and test the effectiveness of potential restoration actions. You will contribute to this, by elucidating the spatial structure and distribution of vital subtidal benthic habitats (e.g. biogenic reefs), and by reconstructing the associated food webs using stable isotope analyses. For identification and mapping of subtidal habitats, you will deploy a number of techniques, including side scan sonar and a towed video camera system. In addition to scientifically developing and performing this subproject, you will also co-supervise 4 PhD projects, integrate their results into clear management recommendations, and disseminate these overarching outcomes to a wide audience. All research will be conducted in close collaboration with nature managers.


• you have a PhD degree in marine biology or marine ecology
• you have experience with marine fieldwork and designing field experiments
• you are a real team player, willing to work with a diverse group of researchers, technicians and project stakeholders
• you are willing to co-supervise PhD students
• you have excellent communication skills and are motivated to disseminate results to both scientific peers and a broad audience
• you are willing to consider your research in a conservation perspective
• you have strong quantitative (statistical) and spatial (GIS) skills
• you have an excellent command of the English language (oral and written)
• we have a preference for Dutch-speaking candidates to enhance stakeholder communication.

Salary Benefits:

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:
• a salary of € 3,255 gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 4,274 gross per month (salary scale 10)
• a full-time position (1.0 FTE)
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
• an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance
• a temporary position of one year with the option of a three-years extension (4 years in total), conditional on sufficient progress in the first year.
Work Hours:

38 hours per week


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