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PhD position Modelling the potential of seaweed and bivalves for marine food production – Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands, 2022

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PhD position is available with background in (theoretical) ecology, environmental engineering, applied mathematics, at Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands, 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 18 Months
Salary: 2.443 to 3.122 Euro/Month

Wageningen University & Research

Wageningen University & Research (WUR), the Netherlands


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Qualification Details

As the ideal candidate you:

  • Have a successfully completed MSc degree in (theoretical) ecology, environmental engineering, applied mathematics or a related field.
  • Show strong skills in integrating empirical work (e.g. surveys at sea) with elaborated mathematical modelling and theoretical thinking.
  • Are experienced in mathematical modelling of complex dynamic systems, for example size-structured populations, ecological communities or ecosystems.
  • Preferably have knowledge of Dynamic Energy Budget theory.
  • Have excellent English language proficiency (a minimum of CEFR C2 level). For more information about this proficiency level, please visit our special language page
  • Meet all the entry requirements of the WUR PhD programme.

Responsibilities/Job Description

In the NWO-funded project ‘From Sea to Society’ project (FS2S) you will theoretically study the potential of seaweed and bivalves to contribute to marine food production from the coastal North Sea and you will also explore the interactions with the natural marine ecosystem.

  • The project is carried out by a consortium of the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), Wageningen University, Applied University Zeeland (HZ) and others. Aim of the project is to initiate an alternative marine protein production chain based on combined, off-shore seaweed and mussel cultivation, i.e. low trophic aquaculture (LTA), in balance with the marine ecosystem. Scientists, industry partners and marketing leaders will collaborate closely in (i) selective seaweed breeding using sterile sporophytes to produce high seaweed biomass yields with high protein content , (ii) modelling (this PhD position) and monitor combined off-shore seaweed and mussel cultivation that is economically and ecologically sound, and (iii) realise an efficient and mild enzyme-assisted extraction of seaweed biomass to produce functional protein.
  • In addition to the monitoring studies performed by WUR staff and a project technical assistant, an innovative modelling approach will integrate the empirical findings. Dynamic modelling of the coastal marine food web should provide first answers on how seaweed and mussel culturing affect the mass and energy balance of the entire food web and to find out what the carrying capacity of the system is for food production.
  • The modelling activities address the development of a conceptual community model for a shallow coastal sea, based on the Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) theory with the aim to explore the interactions between seaweed, bivalves and the natural ecosystem.
  • The candidate is expected to finish the 4 year project by writing a PhD thesis that contains a series of scientific papers.


How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval.

You can apply directly by uploading your CV and motivation letter, using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval.

This vacancy will be listed up to and including 20 June 2022. We hope to schedule the first job interviews in the last week of June.

About the Employer:

Note or Other details

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our  Collective Labour Agreement include:

  • study leave and partially paid parental leave;
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional compensation / holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.

In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will receive a fully funded PhD position and you will be offered a course program tailored to your needs and the research team.

The gross salary for the first year is € 2.443,- per month rising to € 3.122,- in the fourth year in according to the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale P). This is based on a full-time working week of 38 hours. We offer a temporary contract for 18 months which will be extended for the duration of the project if you perform well.

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Contact details

For more information about this position, please contact Jaap van der Meer, senior scientist and special professor Sustainable Marine Food Production, telephone +31(0)317488105 or by e-mail [email protected].

For more information about the procedure, please contact Ine van 't Land, e-mail [email protected]

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