PhD Candidate in Biodiversity Change, Radboud University, Netherlands

Postdoc in Netherlands
PhD Candidate in Biodiversity Change: Radboud University is offering a PhD position focused on understanding and predicting global biodiversity changes and identifying conservation solutions. The position includes conducting research on biodiversity models and their response to human activities and environmental changes, teaching responsibilities, and collaborating with the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency for policy support.

PhD Candidate in Modelling Global Biodiversity Change

Summary Table

DesignationResearch AreaLocationEligibility/QualificationLast Date to Apply
PhD CandidateModelling Global Biodiversity ChangeRadboud University, Nijmegen, NetherlandsMSc in Biology, Ecology, or related field20 June 2024


PhD Candidate

Research Area

Modelling Global Biodiversity Change


Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands


  • MSc degree in Biology, Ecology, or a related field within the natural sciences.
  • Familiarity with statistical and/or process-explicit ecological modelling.
  • Experience with programming languages such as R, Python, or Matlab.
  • Strong data processing and programming skills.
  • Collaborative and solution-oriented research approach.
  • Proficient in written and spoken English.

Job Description

  • Research Focus: Develop and apply global models to understand biodiversity responses to human activities, using global datasets on biodiversity and environmental drivers.
  • Scenario Simulations: Explore impacts of future environmental changes and conservation measures on species and ecological communities.
  • Collaboration: Work with researchers from the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency for policy and decision support.
  • Teaching Responsibilities: Dedicate 10% of working time to teaching BSc and MSc students, including guiding students and developing course materials.

How to Apply

  • Application Procedure: Apply via the provided button, addressing your application to Aafke Schipper and Jelle Hilbers.
  • Required Documents: Include a motivation letter, curriculum vitae (CV), and contact details of two potential referees.
  • Interview Date: The first round of interviews will take place on 4 July.
  • Preferred Start Date: 1 September 2024.

Last Date to Apply

20 June 2024

Additional Information:

  • Employment Terms: Temporary 1.0 FTE contract for 1.5 years, extendable to a total of 4 years based on performance evaluation.
  • Salary: Starting salary of €2,770 gross per month, increasing to €3,539 in the fourth year, with additional holiday and end-of-year bonuses.
  • Benefits: Dual Career and Family Support Service, extra days off, flexible working hours, various leave arrangements, working from home options, a good pension plan, and training and development schemes.
  • Work Environment: Inclusive and supportive, with a mission to contribute to global sustainability through high-quality scientific research and education.

For more details on the application procedure and additional employment conditions, please visit our website or contact our support services for international staff.

Apply now to contribute to groundbreaking research and make an impact on global biodiversity conservation!



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