PhD Candidate: Freshwater Ecosystems (Impacts and Feedbacks) via EURAXESS

Radboud University

Nijmegen, , NL

Freshwater ecosystems provide vital resources for humans, such as drinking water, water for irrigation and hydropower. At the same time, freshwater ecosystems are affected by a variety of pressures resulting from human activities, including water abstraction and diversion, pollution and climate change. These pressures affect freshwater biodiversity and may ultimately have repercussions also for human health, either directly (e.g. through consumption of polluted water) or indirectly (i.e. mediated by changes in freshwater biodiversity). In this PhD project we aim to understand and quantify human impacts on freshwater ecosystems as well as feedbacks to human health.

We will cover a selection of pathways from human pressures (for example, climate change, land use, emissions of pollutants) to changes in fresh water quantity and quality, freshwater habitats, biodiversity and human health effects. The project should result in quantitative, generalisable relationships that can be integrated into global hydrological and freshwater biodiversity models. As this is a joint research project between Radboud University and Deltares, you will work at both these institutes.


  • Employment: 40 hours per week.
  • The gross starting salary amounts to €2,325 per month, and will increase to €2,972 in the fourth year (salary scale P).
  • In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • Duration of the contract: your performance will be evaluated after 18 months. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended to 4 years.
  • The intended start date is 1 June 2020.
  • You will be able to make use of our Dual Career Service: our Dual Career Officer will assist with family-related support, such as child care, and help your partner prepare for the local labour market and with finding an occupation.
  • Are you interested in our excellent employment conditions?

Selection process

Please address your application to Aafke Schipper and submit it, using the application button, no later than 12 April 2020, 23:59 Amsterdam Time Zone.

Your application should include the following attachments:

  • Letter of motivation.
  • CV including the contact details of two referees.

Additional comments

For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Aafke Schipper, Assistant Professor
Tel.: +31 24 3652623
Email: [email protected]

Gertjan Geerling, Senior Scientist
Email: [email protected]

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Offer Requirements

Specific Requirements

We are looking for a motivated PhD candidate who meets the following requirements:

  • You hold an MSc degree in ecology, environmental science or a relevant related field.
  • You have a strong quantitative background in statistical and/or process-based ecological modelling.
  • You have experience with managing and analysing large (spatial) datasets.
  • You are a proficient programmer, preferably in R or Python.
  • You have a good command of spoken and written English.





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