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Marine Ecology Jobs | PhD Position @ NIOZ, Netherlands

Marine Ecology Jobs | PhD Position @ NIOZ, Netherlands: The Royal Netherlands Institute of Sea Research, also known as NIOZ, in Dutch the Nederlands Instituut voor Zeeonderzoek, is the Dutch national oceanographic institute. It is located on the island of Texel, and in Yerseke, in the Netherlands. The Institute was founded in 1876. It carries out marine research in the waters of the Netherlands and overseas; it also plays a role in educating students, and offer facilities that can be used by marine scientists from the Netherlands and other countries worldwide. NIOZ is part of the NWO, the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research.

Wim Mook was director of the institute from 1990 to 1996. Henk Brinkhuis is director since October 2011.

PhD Marine Ecology “Trait-based community analysis and resilience of benthic communities” for project DISCLOSE

The Department Estuarine and Delta Systems (EDS, Royal NIOZ Yerseke) is looking for a highly motivated PhD candidate with a keen interest in marine benthic communities to join our work on the topic ‘Trait-based community analysis and resilience of benthic communities’. This project is part of the recently funded project DISCLOSE (Distribution, Structure and Functioning of low-resilience benthic communities and habitats of the Dutch North Sea), financed by the Gieskes-Strijbis Fund. The candidate will closely collaborate with two other PhD’s that are appointed at the University of Groningen and Technical University of Delft.

Marine Ecology Jobs | PhD Position @ NIOZ, Netherlands


VACANCY ID: 2016-37

CLOSING DATE: June 21st, 2016


The department of Estuarine and Delta Systems (EDS, NIOZ-Yerseke) aims to understand how the interplay between benthic organisms, water flow, and sedimentation shapes the physical environment as well as the habitats that can support diverse natural communities.

Central to our department is a multidisciplinary approach that combines state-of-art biophysical measurements, remote sensing, and manipulative experiments with mathematical and numerical modelling to create in-depth understanding of the processes that form estuarine, delta and coastal systems.

The Department of Estuarine and Delta Systems is a research partner in the recently funded project DISCLOSE. This project will run in close cooperation with the Technical University of Delft, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering (Chair Acoustics, Prof. dr. D. Simons) and the University of Groningen, Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences (Prof. H. Olff).


  • The Dutch Continental Shelf, the Dutch part of the North Sea, is twice as big as the land surface of the Netherlands. It is one of the most navigated and occupied seas of the world.
  • Human impacts and disturbances, mainly beam trawling, aggregate extraction, dumping or sub-marine cable-laying, have large impacts on the North Sea ecosystem, but especially the effects on the different benthic habitats and their associated species is still poorly recognized and understood.
  • There are indications that large differences exist in the way different benthic communities react to these disturbances and pressures, especially their resilience (recovery time after disturbance), but these are poorly understood and spatially not well defined.

The proposed program will make a large contribution to addressing this problem through three interlinked subprojects:

  • Development of new methods for underwater acoustic remote sensing
  • Trait-based analysis of benthic communities
  • Mapping low-resilience seafloor habitats
  • These three sub-projects represent a spatial hierarchy from coarse-grained to fine-grained analysis (from acoustics, to video methods, to box core sampling).
  • This hierarchy allows the calibration of the larger-scale methods, and hence the mapping of relevant biological information over relatively large areas.
  • Together they represent an integrated trade-off between the area that can be studied and the level of ecological detail and mechanism captured with a method.

The collected data, together with available datasets, will be used for developing species distribution models and will serve as ground thruthing for the other methods applied. The integration of the different results will lead to a methodological innovation and to new insights into the ecology and spatial distribution of vulnerable seafloor habitats and their associated organisms along the Dutch Continental Shelf.

THE CANDIDATE (Marine Ecology Jobs | PhD Position @ NIOZ, Netherlands)

The Royal NIOZ PhD will analyse the resilience of benthic communities based on specific traits of the different species. The PhD-student we are looking for is expected to actively participate in several research cruises during which he/she will participate in field observations on biological and biogeochemical aspects of the seafloor.

Do you have a Master in Science (within the field of Biology, Biochemistry, Oceanography or equivalent)?

Do you have a keen interest in marine ecology and benthic communities (taxonomy and trait analysis)?

Are you a highly motivated and determined individual with a cooperative mindset? Do you have good insights in analyzing, statistically processing and interpreting of data?

Prepared to participate in sampling campaigns at sea for several days? Do you have good English oral and writing skills?

In that case we would very much like to know more about you. Send us a motivational letter and your cv.

Closing date is 21st June.

CONDITIONS (Marine Ecology Jobs | PhD Position @ NIOZ, Netherlands)

We offer you a fulltime position for 4 years, a pension scheme, a yearly 8% vacation allowance, year-end bonus and flexible employment conditions. Our labour policies are based on the Collective Labour Agreement of Research Centers. Cost of relocation and help with housing is provided by Royal NIOZ.

Additional information about this vacancy: Prof. dr. T. Ysebaert. For additional information about the procedure, please contact Jolanda Evers or Sigrid Moerbeek, senior HR advisors.

Interviews with pre-selected candidates will take place in Yerseke on the 29th of June, 2016.

Only applications that meet the profile and that are received in time will be taken into consideration.

Apply here

Marine Ecology Jobs | PhD Position @ NIOZ, Netherlands

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