Postdoc Animal Ecology “Shorebirds growing up in a rapidly warming Arctic”

The department of Coastal Systems (COS) is looking for a highly motivated Postdoc with a background in animal ecology to take part in our research on effects of rapid Arctic warming on the development of young shorebirds. We would like to get in contact with a candidate who is experienced in the fields of animal ecology, physiological ecology, and theoretical ecology.

2017-10-04 16:39:14
VACANCY ID:         2017-083



There are strong indications that long-distance migrant shorebirds breeding in the high Arctic have difficulty keeping up with the phenology changes taking place at their rapidly warming breeding grounds.

Using the red knot (Calidris canutus canutus) as a focal species, the aim of the project is to investigate whether new-born knots face a trophic mismatch at their breeding grounds in northern Taimyr, Russia.

The emphasis in the Postdoc Work Package is on experimentally manipulating food conditions (i.e. insect abundance and phenology). The entire project is embedded in long-term demographic and experimental work taking place on red knots at the Royal NIOZ since 1988.



The candidate should be an excellent, highly motivated Postdoc with a background in animal ecology, who is able to work under tough field conditions (full-summer camping at a remote site in the high Arctic).

Due to the international character of the research group, excellent English communication skills are expected. You will closely work together with the PhD student in this project (see vacancy 2017-082 “PhD Bodyshrinkage project”), other animal ecologists at COS, and with Russian ecologists in the field.



We offer a two-year fulltime employment, a pension scheme, a health insurance allowance, a yearly 8% vacation allowance, year-end bonus and flexible employment conditions. Our labour policies are based on the Collective Labour Agreement of Research Institutes (WVOI). NIOZ will provide cost of relocation and help with housing.

Additional information on job details: dr. J.A. (Jan) van Gils (senior scientist)

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

Please note: job interviews will take place on December 11th or 14th, 2017

Visit the department of Coastal Systems (COS) for more information on our research.


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