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Postdoctoral researcher in Global Ecology

Faculty of Science – Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics

Postdoctoral researcher in Global Ecology
Publication date 6 June 2019
Closing date 14 July 2019
Level of education PhD
Hours 38 hours per week
Salary indication €2,709 to €4,274 gross per month
Vacancy number 19-365

Are you interested in understanding the spatial and temporal variation of biodiversity and its underlying drivers? Are you exceptionally good in modelling species distributions, community composition and ecological networks? Do you like programming and statistical analyses in R? We have a job opening for an 18 months Postdoctoral researcher in global ecology at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. You will be responsible for conducting high-quality research on global ecology, e.g. on global biodiversity patterns and species distributions, functional traits, species interactions, and changes in community composition of ecosystems in relation to global change. You will also be responsible for fostering global ecology research within our institute (e.g. through the developing cross-departmental activities) and is expected to contribute to teaching in the MSc course Global Ecology & Biodiversity.

What are you going to do?

You are expected to:

  • conduct statistical analyses of species distributions, community composition, species interactions, functional traits and/or other biodiversity variables;
  • write high quality scientific papers;
  • contribute to teaching of the MSc course Global Ecology & Biodiversity (e.g. computer practicum using R and/or GIS);
  • help with supervising MSc and BSc students in their research projects in macroecology and global ecology;
  • present your work at conferences and within the institute or elsewhere.

What do we require?

  • A PhD in ecology, biodiversity or a related discipline;
  • exceptionally strong quantitative skills and profound experience in statistical analyses and biodiversity modelling, preferably in R, incl. analyses of spatial, environmental and geographic datasets;
  • experience in species distribution modelling, and/or analyses of species composition, functional traits and species interactions;
  • demonstrated dedication to teaching and interest in supervising students;
  • proficiency in scientific writing;
  • ability to speak and communicate in English at an academic level;
  • successful and strong track-record of publications.

Our offer

A temporary employment contract for 38 hours per week, for the duration of 18 months.
The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be  €2,709 to €4,274 (scale 10) gross per month, based on 38 hours a week. This amount is exclusive 8 % holiday allowance and 8,3 % end-of-year bonus. A favorable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

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About the Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 6,500, as well as 1,600 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 within the Faculty of Science at the University of Amsterdam. Our scientific work aims at a better understanding of the dynamics of ecosystems at all relevant levels, from genes to ecosystems, using a truly multi-disciplinary approach, and based on both experimental and theoretical research. We want to unravel how ecosystems function in all their complexity, and how they change due to natural processes and human activities.

Job application

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise 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.

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your CV and cover letter by 14 juli 2019. You may apply online by using the link below. 

Applications should include a:

  • motivation letter (max. 1-2 pages, containing your motivation for applying and a description of your previous research experience);
  • CV (with applicant’s e-mail address and telephone number, birth date, documentation of education and complete publication list, and contact details of two professional references [name, address, telephone and email]. References will only be contacted if the candidate is short-listed;
  • list of your 2-3 most significant publications (incl. a short description in 2-3 sentences what is interesting in each paper);
  • short outline (max. 1 page) of an idea for a research project on global ecology that you would like to conduct (will only be used for evaluating the applicants);
  • short description (max. 1 page) of how you suggest to develop cross-departmental activities for fostering global ecology research within IBED.


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