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PhD candidate, Evaluation of ecosystem services to enhance urban biodiversity

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27 oktober 2020
20 november 2020 Vacature gesloten

The Faculty of Science and Institute of Environmental Sciences is looking for a

PhD candidate, Evaluation of ecosystem services to enhance urban biodiversity

Key responsibilities
We are looking for an outstanding PhD candidate to support a recently granted  project by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. The Chinese-Dutch collaborative project MultiGreen (Multi-functional urban Green space planning based on transdisciplinary learning) aims at developing an integrated modelling tool to support the planning of green infrastructure based on its multiple benefits. The project is led by the Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) at Leiden University with participation of Wageningen University and Research (WUR), the Institute of Urban Environment of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and other partners. You will work with another PhD at CML and a larger group of international team members on this project. For this position, key tasks include:

  • Evaluating how green roofs, urban agriculture and other green infrastructure enhance urban biodiversity;
  • Developing a scheme of indicators for quantifying ecosystem services by urban agriculture;
  • Modelling the ecosystem services provided by green roofs and other green infrastructures;
  • Quantifying the impacts of different green infrastructures on the various services related to health;
  • Supporting better implementation of GIs and maximizing its benefits in cities in the Netherlands and China.

Selection criteria

  • Strong interest in the quantitative evaluation of ecosystem services;
  • Motivation to develop new methods and improve existing software tools;
  • Data management, visualization and programming skills are an advantage;
  • A MSc in a relevant field, and ideally have proven already to be productive in terms of scientific output. Relevant backgrounds include, but are not limited to environmental biology, industrial ecology, quantitative sustainability science, innovation studies, engineering and modelling;
  • Experience with, and knowledge of the green infrastructure and urban planning are an advantage;
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English as well as good communication skills;
  • Moreover, you are a team player, are able as well to work independently, take initiative, and have a strong interest and motivation to pursue academic research.

Our organisation
The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. Our people are driven by curiosity to expand fundamental knowledge and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to make a contribution to addressing the major societal challenges of the future. For more information, see the website of the Faculty of Science.

The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organised in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor’s and twelve master’s programmes. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 2,300 staff and almost 5,000 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together.

The Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) is positioned in the Faculty of Sciences. The core focus of CML is to perform research and education in the interdisciplinary field of Environmental Sciences. CML has two Departments: Industrial Ecology (CML-IE) and Environmental Biology (CML-EB). Presently, about 125 fte (including postdocs and PhDs) are employed at CML. CML collaborates with the TU Delft and Erasmus University in the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability (LDE-CfS), Naturalis Biodiversity Centre, and other partners.

Terms and conditions 
We offer a one year position with the possibility of extension to 4 years based on performance. Salary ranges from  2.395.- gross per month in the first year to € 3.061 gross per month in the fourth year based on a full-time position (pay scale P in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). 

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.  

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Enquiries can be made to Mingming Hu, email hu@cml.leidenuniv.nl.

To apply for this vacancy, please send an email to sollicitaties@cml.leidenuniv.nl. Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents quoting the vacancy number:

  • CV;
  • Motivation letter;
  • The names and phone numbers of two referees.

We will only consider applications submitted no later than November 20th 2020. Interviews will take place on 27th November between 10 AM and 5 PM Central European Time. You are kindly requested to be available on this date.


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