Sunday, September 28, 2008

PhD position in Vegetation Dynamics - University of Groningen

PhD Position
University of Groningen
Vegetation dynamics, plant population dynamics, sedimentation and grazing (1,0 fte)
(Groningen), 38 hours per week

Job description
Function title: PhD position
You will study the relationship between vegetation dynamics and sedimentation, vegetation dynamics and plant population dynamics, and their role for birds and invertebrates on salt marshes. These relationships will be studied under different grazing regimes.

Monitoring and controlled experiments will be carried out as a collaborative effort of three PhD candidates: a plant ecologist, an ornithologist and an entomologist. The three PhD candidates will be appointed at the University of Groningen, Community and Conservation Ecology COCON and supervised by prof.dr. J.P. Bakker in cooperation with SOVON Dutch Centre for Field Ornithology (dr. B.J. Ens and K. Koffijberg) and Dutch Butterfly Conservation (dr. M.F. Wallis de Vries).

Required education/skills:University Graduate
We are looking for a candidate with a masters or equivalent degree in biology with preferably a strong background in plant ecology. The project is expected to be very demanding and it is essential that candidates have a very creative mind and affinity with field experiments. Willingness to cooperate intensively with the other PhD students is important, as success of the project as a whole depends on close integration of the subprojects. The candidates should have a strong interest in statistics and data mining of large datasets. Good proficiency in the English language is essential. The candidates are supposed to attend a few graduate courses and assist in teaching (10% of time).
Job type: Research / Advising
- Teaching & Research(Scientific discipline: Natural Sciences)

University of Groningen
Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 25,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigeous partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.

The University provides a career advisory service for partners of new staff who move to Groningen.

The University is an equal opportunities employer. Because women are still underrepresented in a number of fields, they are particularly encouraged to apply.

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Conditions of employment
Maximum salary amount in Euro’s a month 2558
Employment basis: Temporary for specified period
Duration of the contract: Four years
Maximum hours per week: 38
Additional conditions of employment:
A salary of € 2000 gross per month in the first year up to a maximum of € 2558 gross per month in the final year. Objective of the temporary 4-year position is the production of a number of research articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, which together will form the basis of a thesis leading to a PhD degree (dr.) at the University of Groningen. After the first year, there will be an evaluation as to the feasibility of successful completion of the PhD thesis within the next three years.

Additional Information
Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from:

Prof.dr. J.P. Bakker
E-mail address:

Or additional information can be obtained through one of the following links:

* About the organization (
* About the Community and Conservation Ecology Group (

You can apply for this job before 10-10-2008 (dd-mm-yyyy) by sending your application to:

University of Groningen
Personnel and Organization Office

P.O. Box 72
9700 AB Groningen
The Netherlands

When applying for this job always mention the vacancynumber AT208237.