Postdoctoral Researcher implementation climate-biodiversity benefits in peatlands

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 07 Apr 2024

1.0 FTE

Gross monthly salary
€ 3,226 - € 5,090

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Organizational unit
Faculty of Science

Application deadline
07 April 2024

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Are you ready to team up combining benefits from climate and biodiversity action? The Admire project calls upon you to create and communicate a sound scientific base for peatland rewetting to actors in the Netherlands and Belgium.Join our inspiring team connecting award winning peatland science to innovative solutions for Paludiculture and Healthy Landscapes.

Your research and teamwork will aim at identifying novel opportunities for peatland restoration that minimise trade-offs among carbon storage, biomass production, biodiversity, and water- or nutrient-related regulation ecosystem services. You will be working in the Interreg ADMIRE and associated Paludiculture projects. Your primary goal is to take a leading role in identifying opportunities for biodiversity and climate protection and their synergies on peat soils in protected areas (NL/Be). Your work will included field measurements like GHG emission, biomass carbon dynamics and soil biogeochemistry in collaboration with your team members. Using the project’s vegetation and groundwater data you will quantify management scenarios using the GEST approach to improve estimates of GHG emission and carbon sequestration potential in rewetted peatlands. Your work will lead to scientific publication in the field of integrative peatland sciences. Within the Admire project (link is external) your work will contribute to a decision support system that minimises trade-offs between ecosystem services and that summarizes existing knowledge on climate-benefiting peatland restoration.

You will engage with actors on the landscape scale sharing your insights and scientific publications together with your two Radboud team members within Admire.

  • You are proficient in Dutch and English.
  • You hold a PhD or Master's degree in ecology, biogeochemistry, biology, landscape ecology, environmental science, environmental management, hydrology agricultural sciences, forestry or an equivalent field, or will have completed such a degree before the start date.
  • You are pro-active, results-oriented, willing to lead and you perform well in large teams.
  • You have experience in quantifying ecosystem services including biodiversity scores, carbon budgets and nutrient balances.
  • You have excellent communication skills and enjoy summarizing scientific knowledge to a broader audience and societal partners.
  • You are ready to conduct fieldwork supporting GHG measurements in wetland ecosystems together with your team members.
  • You enjoy working with biogeochemical and GHG flux datasets for example by using R or Python.
  • You are interested in working with interdisciplinary research teams across Europe and at Natuurplaza in Nijmegen.

We are

Ecology is an inspiring, collaborative and interdisciplinary department. We are a young, ambitious and internationally connected research group. We aim for both timely and innovative fundamental research and applied science that lie at the heart of society. Working at the Radboud Institute for Biological and Environmental Sciences (RIBES ; formerly Institute for Water and Wetland Research) will provide you with opportunities to deepen interdisciplinary aspects of your research, investigating key ecological drivers and processes that explain the functioning of wetlands and the ecosystem services they provide. Your research will be embedded in ongoing research lines in the field of wetland ecology, wetland biogeochemistry and greenhouse gas emission monitoring, and you will collaborate with colleagues from different universities and institutes in the Netherlands and beyond. The main project collaborators for your research are Dr Christian Fritz and Prof Fons Smolders. Additional support will be provided by Prof. Leon Lamers.

Radboud University

At Radboud University, we aim to make an impact through our work. We achieve this by conducting groundbreaking research, providing high-quality education, offering excellent support, and fostering collaborations within and outside the university. In doing so, we contribute indispensably to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. To accomplish this, we need even more colleagues who, based on their expertise, are willing to search for answers. We advocate for an inclusive community and welcome employees with diverse backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives. Will you also contribute to making the world a little better? You have a part to play.

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Faculty of Science
The Faculty of Science (FNWI), part of Radboud University, engages in groundbreaking research and excellent education. In doing so, we push the boundaries of scientific knowledge and pass that knowledge on to the next generation.
We seek solutions to major societal challenges, such as cybercrime and climate change and work on major scientific challenges, such as those in the quantum world. At the same time, we prepare our students for careers both within and outside the scientific field.
Currently, more than 1,300 colleagues contribute to research and education, some as researchers and lecturers, others as technical and administrative support officers. The faculty has a strong international character with staff from more than 70 countries. Together, we work in an informal, accessible and welcoming environment, with attention and space for personal and professional development for all.

We offer
  • We will give you a temporary employment contract until 31 March 2026.
  • Your salary within salary scale 10 depends on your previous education and number of years of (relevant) work experience. The amounts in the scale are based on a 38-hour working week.
  • You will receive an 8% holiday allowance and an 8,3% end-of-year bonus.
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Support Service . The Dual Career Programme assists your partner via support, tools, and resources to improve their chances of independently finding employment in the Netherlands. Our Family Support Service helps you and your partner feel welcome and at home by providing customised assistance in navigating local facilities, schools, and amenities. Also take a look at our support for international staff page to discover all our services for international employees.
  • You will receive extra days off. With full-time employment, you can choose between 30 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the statutory 20.

Additional employment conditions

Work and science require good employment practices. Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions reflect this. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself. For example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports membership. And, of course, we offer a good pension plan. We also give you plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.

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Practical information and applying

You can apply no later than 7 April 2024 only via the button below. Address your letter of application to Christian Fritz.

The first interviews will take place on 15 April. Any second interview will take place on 1 May. You will preferably start your employment as soon as possible.
We can imagine you're curious about our application procedure . It describes what you can expect during the application procedure and how we handle your personal data and internal and external candidates. If you wish to apply for a non-scientific position with a non-EU nationality, please take notice of the following information (link is external) .

Apply now Application deadline 07 April 2024

We would like to recruit our new colleague ourselves. Acquisition in response to this vacancy will not be appreciated.

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Dr C. Fritz (Christian)

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Last modified: 07 March 2024
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