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Postdoc Job in Wageningen, Netherlands – Anticipating cyanobacterial blooms via mathematical modelling

The Netherlands, Wageningen University & Research (WUR)

Within the Chair group Applied Mathematics of Biometris we have a vacancy for a Postdoc on the subject ‘Anticipating cyanobacterial blooms’ at the Wageningen University and Research – Netherlands 2022

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General Info

Position: Postdoc
No. of Positions: 1
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Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
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Salary: € 2.836,- € 4.447/month

Biometris, central group for mathematics and statistics
Wageningen University & Research (WUR)

Wageningen, ,

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Qualification Details

The ideal candidate:

  • has obtained a PhD in applied mathematics;
  • has a solid background in mathematical modelling in the context of the life sciences, and tangible experience in (simulation) modelling of growth and diffusion processes, and preferably also of time series analysis;
  • has tangible experience in programming, for instance in R, C++, Python, or Matlab;
  • has a keen interest in multidisciplinary research and collaboration with scientists from various backgrounds, in and outside the university environment;
  • has good communication skills;
  • is fluent in oral and written English.


Responsibilities/Job Description

Cyanobacteria or blue-green algae frequently cause blooms in lakes. Despite an increased understanding of the general principles of the hydrodynamics and ecology behind these blooms, the ability to accurately predict the onset and disappearance of specific bloom events is limited. Accurate warning systems are needed to allow water managers to take timely action to either prevent the bloom from occurring, or to minimise the negative impacts of a bloom (e.g. stop the intake of water for drinking water production or avoid human contact with toxins by closing swimming locations). This postdoc project aims at improving our ability to predict cyanobacterial blooming at the time scale of days, as to allow managers to take appropriate and timely action.  The project is part of a cooperation between Biometris (WUR), NIOO (KNAW), the water specialized stakeholders Dunea, Rijnland District Water Control Board (Leiden), Deltares (Delft), and the consultants Witteveen+Bos and RoyalHaskoningDHV.  In this postdoc position you will work on developing, analyzing and extending models for cyanobacterial growth and spread, as well as on the development of new quantitative methodologies for the detection of and anticipation on the blooming phenomenon – within the context of the main stakeholders in watermanagement. Key activities are model development, model analysis, uncertainty propagation, data integration and model validation. The methodologies should be validated in close collaboration with the stakeholders and lead to models with satisfactory predictive power.  Good communication skills and a keen interest in multidisciplinary research are clear benefits. The work is expected to lead to a number of scientific publications.


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About the Department

More about Biometris Biometris is the central group for mathematics and statistics at Wageningen University and Research Centre. The group consists of about 75 people, 50 permanent staff and 25 PhDs and postdocs. Education and consultation are pivotal for the societal role of Biometris. Education is at the very heart of the university and Biometris provides all BSc courses on mathematics and statistics at Wageningen UR, as well as numerous other courses for MSc and PhD students, post-docs and industry.  Biometris also provides statistical and mathematical consultancy and training to researchers inside and outside Wageningen UR.Within Biometris we focus our research on the development of mathematical and statistical techniques that can be applied to the Life Sciences. In this way, we contribute to the scientific and societal impact of Wageningen UR. Our vision can be expressed by the slogan: “Quantitative methods brought to life”. Consequently, our research is generally done in collaboration with other research groups both in and outside Wageningen.Our research focusses on the themes of Systems Biology and Ecology, Statistical Genetics and Genomics, Food and Health Risk Assessment, and Big Data in Life Sciences. Our capital lies in the mathematical and statistical expertise of our employees. We therefore strive to keep our employees motivated and scientifically up-to-date and offer ample opportunities for personal development.For general information, see: www.biometris.wur.nl

About the Employer:

Note or Other details

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

  • sabbatical leave, 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 of course receive a good salary. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive gross salary of between € 2.836,-to a maximum of € 4.447,- for a full-time working week of 38 hours, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 10). The job is for a period of 2 years. An appointment of 0.8 FTE is negotiable. Wageningen University & Research encourages internal advancement opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a unique position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland, and at a university that has been chosen as the “Best University” in the Netherlands for the 17th consecutive time.

Coming from abroadWageningen University & Research is the university and research centre for life sciences. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, known as the 30% ruling. Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen University & Research's International Community page contains practical information about what we can do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. Furthermore, we can assist you with any additional advice and information about helping your partner to find a job, housing, schooling, and other issues.

Equal opportunities Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. For more information please go to our inclusivity page. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with afunctional impairment.

This vacancy is open until January 15th, 2022. The first job interviews will take place in the last 2 weeks of January 2022.

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Contact details

For more information about this position, please contact prof dr. Jaap Molenaar (+31 317 486042, jaap.molenaar@wur.nl) or dr. Geerten Hengeveld (+31 317 488336, geerten.hengeveld@wur.nl).

For more information about the procedure, please contact vacaturemeldingen.psg@wur.nl.

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