PhD Student Movement Ecology "Connectivity of plaice larvae between the North Sea and the Wadden Sea" 

The Department of Coastal Systems (COS, department head dr. ir. Henk W. van der Veer) is looking for a highly motivated PhD student with a background in quantitative biology, physical oceanography or a related subject to take part in our research on survival and recruitment of plaice larvae.

2018-06-12 15:54:43
VACANCY ID:         2018-050
CLOSING DATE:     September 17th, 2018

Marine flatfish can be sensitive to climate change if this affects essential parts of their life cycle. For plaice, an important commercial flatfish species, suitable spawning areas are expected to shrink to the extent that the connectivity between spawning and nursery areas may be impaired. The candidate will investigate effects this has on the larval stages of plaice, using an extensive data set of plaice recruitment from the Wadden Sea. He/she will also further develop and use and a particle tracking model to investigate potential changes in connectivity between spawning and nursery grounds. In this model, particles representing plaice larvae move through and are influenced by a three-dimensional hydrodynamical and biogeochemical environment simulated with a model of the North Sea. Historic, present-day and climate-change scenarios will be considered.



The candidate should be an excellent, highly motivated student with a strong background in quantitative/theoretical biology, physical oceanography, mathematics, physics or a related subject. The successful candidate will have a solid background in computer programming, and a strong interest in marine biology.

Due to the international character of the research group, excellent English communication skills are expected. PhD defense will take place at Utrecht University (promotor prof. dr. Karline Soetaert).



Employment of this position at Royal NIOZ is by NWO (The Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research). We offer a position for 4 (fulltime) years with an excellent salary, a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, a year-end bonus, and flexible work arrangements. You may expect attractive secondary employment conditions. We offer generous relocation expenses for employees coming from abroad and support with finding accommodation.



For additional information about this vacancy, please contact dr. ir. J. (Johan) van der Molen (senior scientist).

For additional information about the procedure, please contact Sigrid Moerbeek (senior HR advisor).

Interviews with pre-selected candidates will take place on October 11th on Texel or online (e.g., by Skype).

Learn more about the Department of Coastal Sciences here.


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