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Postdoc Position | Ecology Jobs @ NIOZ, Netherlands

Postdoc Position | Ecology Jobs @ 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.

Postdoc Position | Ecology Jobs @ NIOZ, Netherlands

Postdoc “Pattern formation and restoration of seagrass beds” for the EU MERCES project

The Department Estuarine and Delta Systems (EDS, Royal NIOZ Yerseke) is looking for a highly motivated Postdoc researcher with a keen interest in the modeling of ecological interactions and the resulting spatial pattern formation in marine ecosystems, to join our work on the restoration of seagrass beds in the Wadden Sea. Our research is part of the recently funded project EU MERCES (Marine Ecosystem Restoration in Changing European Seas), financed by the EU H2020 program. The candidate will closely collaborate with another postdoc that is appointed at the Radboud University Nijmegen.


VACANCY ID: 2016-43

CLOSING DATE: August 1, 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-the-art biophysical measurements, remote sensing, and manipulative experiments with mathematical and numerical modeling 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 MERCES project. This project will run in close cooperation with the Radboud University Nijmegen, Aquatic Ecology & Environmental Biology (Dr. T. van der Heide).


  • ‘Ecosystem engineers’ play a key role in many coastal systems. In Europe some of the most valuable ecosystem engineers are disappearing, including seagrass meadows (Zostera spp, Posidonia oceanica), and mussel reefs (Mytilus, Pinna, Serripes, Ostrea).
  • One of the still poorly understood topics in ecosystem restoration is the interaction between engineering organisms (Bruno et al 2003, Lotze et al 2006). Our research will investigate the role and implications of potential positive feedbacks between species and apply these in restoration measures of soft bottom habitats.
  • The main objectives in our research are twofold. Firstly, we will investigate ecological interactions between ecosystem engineers (bivalves, seagrasses) and other species by use of comparative field surveys and numerical modelling. With these studies we aim to identify key processes and mechanisms influencing restoration success. Secondly, we have the goal to provide indicators to assess the performance of suggested restoration measures.
  • Active communication between researchers and managers involved in restoration is essential to complement the testing of restoration methods. The research will provide practical tooling for the restoration of seagrass beds facing increased pressure from sea level rise.


  • We are looking for a highly motivated postdoc with a PhD in the fields of theoretical ecology or geomorphology, and preferably experience in studying ecological pattern formation or biogeomorphology, combining mathematical modeling with empirical study.
  • You are willing to combine ecological modeling with conducting field surveys and experiments in a collaborative context.
  • You have excellent practical and cognitive abilities and have the ability to work in a multidisciplinary environment.
  • You have good English oral and writing skills that you will use to write both scientific papers as well as reports on the project deliverables, adhering to the milestone-deadlines that are characteristic of EU projects.

CONDITIONS (Postdoc Position | Ecology Jobs @ NIOZ, Netherlands)

We offer you a fulltime position for 2 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. Johan van de Koppel.

For additional information about the procedure, please contact Jolanda Evers or Sigrid Moerbeek, senior HR advisors.

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

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Postdoc Position | Ecology Jobs @ NIOZ, Netherlands

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