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Postdoc in ‘’Soil quality assessment for sustainable agroecosystems’’

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6 oktober 2021
4 november 2021 Vacature gesloten

The Faculty of Science and Institute of Environmental Sciences  is looking for a Postdoc in ‘’Soil quality assessment for sustainable agroecosystems’’

Vacancy number: 21-512

Key responsibilities

Your research is part of the NWA project Transitie naar een duurzaam voedselsysteem. The central aim is to quantify and predict the flows and balances of particularly water, carbon and nutrients in agroecosystems (and its associated ecosystem services). In experimental settings of ongoing initiatives (such as Deltaplan Living Labs), you will measure the relationships between agricultural land use and these material flows. You will work closely with another postdoc (based at Radboud University) who focusses on biodiversity assessments.  You will upscale your findings through spatial and temporal predictions. You will also measure and estimate how indicators of soil and water quality change during the transition towards sustainable food systems. Those indicators will feed into models developed elsewhere in the project.

Selection Criteria

  • PhD in ecology or environmental science;
  • Experience with empirical research methods on carbon, nutrient and water balances, preferably in agroecosystems;
  • Affinity with upscaling indicators of soil and water quality for modelling and scenario analyses;
  • Familiarity with the food system and/or an interest and understanding of sustainability challenges facing the Dutch food system;
  • Team player with strong social skills and the ability to communicate effectively with multiple research partners;
  • Ability to work both independently and in an inter- and transdisciplinary team;
  • Experience with publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals as well as communication in popular media;
  • At least a basic knowledge of Dutch language or a willingness to improve your Dutch language skills if your knowledge is suboptimal;

Research at our faculty

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.

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.

For more information, see here and  here. Information about CML can be found here.

From your base at Leiden University, CML, you will frequently interact with collaborators at the Institute of Biology of Leiden University (Martijn Bezemer) and the University of Amsterdam (Franciska de Vries), who will act as co-supervisors of your project. 

Terms and conditions 

We offer  1.0 fte,  appointment for 2 years and 10 months. The salary range is from € 2.790 to € 4.402 gross per month (pay scale 10 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. 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 Peter van Bodegom p.m.van.bodegom@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 consider applications submitted before November 4th.  Interviews will take place in the following week

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