Postdoc Position on 'Modelling Water Quality Ganges/Brahmaputra'

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 09 Jun 2024

23 May 2024
Job Information

Utrecht University
Research Field

Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

9 Jun 2024 - 21:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Not Applicable
Hours Per Week

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
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Offer Description

The department of Earth Sciences is now looking for highly motivated applicant to join us in a postdoctoral research position on 'Modelling water quality of the Ganges/Brahmaputra’.
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The study is part of a collaboration project between the Netherlands and India called 'Co-creating Sustainable Agri-Water Use in the Hindon Sub-Basin – A Multi-Scale Participatory Approach'. The focus of the whole project is the Hindon sub-basin, part of the Gangetic Plain, which suffers from water depletion and pollution due to over-extraction and emissions of nutrients and pesticides. The contribution of agriculture and other sectors to reduced water quantity and quality will be determined by monitoring and modelling. Alternative agricultural management options to improve water use efficiency and to reduce emissions by agriculture will be identified. These will be evaluated and visualised at the levels of fields, farms, landscapes, and the whole sub-basin. A vision of future development will be formulated and steps for its implementation will be identified and started.
The current position aims to investigate water quality (nutrients and pesticides) for future decades for the whole Ganges/Brahmaputra basin through modelling with the Integrated Model to Assess the Global Environment (IMAGE) - Dynamic Global Nutrient Model (DGNM) framework fed with data from other partners in this project. Work will consist of development of a new model for transport of pesticides from land to sea for India. Next to model development, applying a more local water quality model for simulating the effect of changes in the agricultural sector on water quality should be performed. You are expected to construct the model, run the model for historic and future scenario’s. All has to result in scientifical output, e.g. papers - in Open Science - and presentations.
The research team members include Professor Lex Bouwman and Dr Arthur Beusen at the department of Earth Sciences . The research will be performed at Utrecht University, The Netherlands.

Specific Requirements

The successful candidate should be ambitious and have a PhD degree in Earth, Environmental or Agricultural Sciences, ultimately obtained by the time the position starts.
A theoretical background as well as practical experience in modelling and model development is important. A broad interest in Geosciences and the willingness and capacity to interact in a multidisciplinary team are essential. You are willing to work on an interdisciplinary project, travel abroad (e.g. to India), and to expand your knowledge of modelling techniques.
Additionally, you are proficient in English and have excellent scientific writing and presenting skills. You are an enthusiastic team player and have good communicational skills.

Additional Information

We offer:

  • a position as a postdoctoral researcher for 23 months;
  • a working week of 38 hours and a gross monthly salary between €3,720 and €4,332 (salary scale 10.3 – 10.7 under the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU));
  • 8% holiday pay and 8.3% year-end bonus;
  • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave and flexible terms of employment based on the CAO NU.

In addition to the terms of employment laid down in the CAO NU, Utrecht University has a number of schemes and facilities of its own for employees. This includes schemes facilitating professional development , leave schemes and schemes for sports and cultural activities , as well as discounts on software and other IT products. We also offer access to additional employee benefits through our Terms of Employment Options Model. In this way, we encourage our employees to continue to invest in their growth. For more information, please visit Working at Utrecht University .

Selection process

As Utrecht University, we want to be a home for everyone. We value staff with diverse backgrounds, perspectives and identities, including cultural, religious or ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. We strive to create a safe and inclusive environment in which everyone can flourish and contribute.
To apply, please send your curriculum vitae, a letter of motivation, and the e-mail addresses of at least two referees via the 'apply now' button.
The intended starting date is 1 October 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Additional comments

For more information, please contact Dr Arthur Beusen , at [email protected] .
Note that international candidates that need a visa/work permit for the Netherlands require at least four months processing time after selection and acceptance. This will be arranged with help of the International Service Desk (ISD) of our university. Finding appropriate housing in or near Utrecht is your own responsibility, but the ISD may be able to advise you therewith. In case of general questions about working and living in The Netherlands, please consult the Dutch Mobility Portal .
Online screening may be part of the selection. Commercial response to this ad is not appreciated.

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Universiteit Utrecht
Postal Code
Princetonlaan 8a

Where to apply



Domplein 29
Postal Code

3512 JE


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