Post-doc position in climate change impacts on harmful algal blooms

The Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW)

Wageningen, Netherlands 🇳🇱

Locatie: Wageningen
Max uren per week: 38.00
Max salaris: €3,557.00
Duur overeenkomst: 3 jaar
Solliciteer t/m: 09-04-2023

What you will be doing

Coastal waters provide a wide range of services to humanity, which may be impacted by the occurrence of harmful algal blooms (HABs). Proliferation of HABs is impacted by a multitude of environmental, climatic, and biological factors that together determine their timing, magnitude, and toxicity. This project sets out to explore the effect of combined factors on HABs in coastal waters across Europe by analyzing long-term data, complemented with data on toxins and toxin genes. Also, the project will involve field studies in waters along the Dutch coast, and include microcosm experiments to test the combined effects of key factors based on the long-term data and fieldwork.

What you will be contributing

You will contribute to the analysis of long-term data, fieldwork and experiments, and be a member of a large EU consortium aimed to understand the impacts of combined global change factors on biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and services.

Job requirements:

  • Holding a PhD with a background in phytoplankton ecology, microbiology, or related fields.
  • Experience with analyzing time series, marine fieldwork, and/or mesocosm experiments.
  • Strong intrinsic motivation for doing science, a natural curiosity, and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Professional working proficiency in English, including scientific writing.

What we are offering

We offer ample opportunities for personal development through mentoring, training programs, and courses. Because this project is part of a larger European consortium, we also can offer various opportunities for collaboration. Moreover, the project includes funds for conference visits.

Your workplace

This project will be performed within the Department of Aquatic Ecology of the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), located in Wageningen, the Netherlands, with supervision by Prof. dr. Dedmer van de Waal. The Department of Aquatic Ecology at NIOO-KNAW is a dynamic, diverse and respectful group of enthusiastic aquatic ecologists, with ample opportunity to socially and scientifically interact. This project furthermore is a close collaboration with post-docs at the Marine Biological Association (Plymouth, UK), and the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (Texel, The Netherlands).

For more information

Please contact: Dedmer van de Waal, Senior Researcher,, +31(0)317 473 553.


In your applications, please include a cover letter indicating your motivation and relevant experience, a CV, and 1-3 professional referees (name, address, telephone & email).

About NIOO
The Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) is a top research institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). NIOO-KNAW focuses on fundamental and strategic research on individual organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems.

Terms of employment
Depending on education and experience the minimum salary is €3,557.00 and the maximum salary is €3,557.00 gross per month for a full-time appointment (scale 10 cao Nederlandse Universiteiten/KNAW). This is exclusive of 8% vacation allowance, 8.3% year-end bonus, travel allowance, internet allowance, home working allowance and pension accrual with ABP.

The KNAW offers its staff an excellent package of secondary benefits. A package that meets the different needs of employees depending on their stage of life, lifestyle or career ambitions. For example, by working an extra two hours a week, it is possible to increase the number of days off from 29 to 41 days a year (with full-time employment). 

For a complete overview of the terms of employment, please refer to the web page: werken bij de KNAW.

Diversity & Inclusion
The KNAW considers a working environment in which everyone feels welcome and appreciated of great importance. A working environment in which attention is paid to individual quality and where development opportunities are paramount. Together we strive for an inclusive culture in which we embrace differences. We would therefore like to invite candidates who want to contribute to this through their background and experience. In the event of equal suitability, preference will be given to the candidate who thus enhances diversity within the Academy.

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IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development