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Technician in Soil Biology – PAPILLONS Project, Vrije, Netherlands

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

The Netherlands

The sub-department A-LIFE / Ecology and Evolution of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is looking for a technician within the project “Plastic in Agricultural Production: Impacts, Lifecycles and LONg-term Sustainability” (PAPILLONS) – The Netherlands, Oct 2021.

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General Info

Position: Technician
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: -
Contract Period: Not Mentioned
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Faculty of Science
The sub-department A-LIFE / Ecology and Evolution
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

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Qualification Details

We are looking for a biological technician with knowledge of soil biology and good communicative skills, both in speech and in writing (in English). Knowledge of and experience with the species identification of soil invertebrates would be an advantage. Candidates should be able to work independently, but also have good skills in cooperating with colleagues from different partner institutions.

Responsibilities/Job Description

PAPILLONS is financed by Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) of the European Union, under project No. 101000210. The PAPILLONS consortium includes 20 universities, research institutes, companies and partner organizations from 11 European countries and China. It is a platform for investigating the sustainable use of plastics in the European agriculture, especially the emission and effects of micro- and nanoplastics (MNPs) and chemical additives in soil.The biological technician will work in the sub-department A-LIFE / Ecology and Evolution, and be responsible for the coordination and performance of mesocosm-experiments on the fate and effects of micro- and nanoplastics in soil that will be run in collaboration with different partners of the PAPILLONS consortium. In addition, the technician will be involved in three dedicated field experiments, that will be performed by partners in the consortium. The technician will be responsible for the species identification of soil invertebrates in samples from the field and mesocosm-experiments, especially of Collembola and mites.The work will contribute to developing knowledge on the fate and transport of micro- and nanoplastics and chemical additives in soil, their effects on the biodiversity and the functioning of the soil community (micro-organisms, fauna, flora), and their possible uptake in soil organisms and transfer in the food chain.The technician is expected to play an active role in the planning and execution of the mesocosm-experiments and the contribution to the field experiments.Your duties

  • Coordination and performance of mesocosm-experiments in the so-called CLIMECS facility of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Together with colleagues of partner institutions, taking care of the sampling of mesocosm- and field experiments for the determination of the effects of micro- and nanoplastics on different components of the soil community
  • Species identification of soil invertebrates, especially Collembola and mites, in soil samples from mesocosm- and field experiments
  • Reporting of results to supervisors and to colleagues of the partner institutions

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About the Department

The sub-department A-LIFE / Ecology and Evolution (www.amsterdamecology.nl) offers a stimulating international research environment with world-class academic reputation, and excellent state-of-the-art facilities. Research in the department covers a wide range of fundamental and applied research topics, including stress ecology, species interactions, evolutionary adaptation, symbiotic interactions, climate change and ecosystem functioning. Our strength lies in the ability to integrate studies of adaptive changes across the entire range of biological organizational levels. The sub-department has a strong commitment to equity and diversity.

About the Employer: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

Note or Other details

The job interviews are planned for the end of October/early November.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

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Contact details

If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:Name: Prof.dr. C.A.M. van GestelPosition: Professor of Ecotoxicology of Soil Ecosystems E-mail: kees.van.gestel@vu.nlTelephone: +31-20-5987079or Name: Prof.dr. M.P. BergPosition: Professor of Community Ecology
E-mail: m.p.berg@vu.nlTelephone: +31-20-5987077


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