Post-doc position in population/evolutionary ecology (The Netherlands) ~

14 de diciembre de 2012

Post-doc position in population/evolutionary ecology (The Netherlands)

Job description: This post-doc position is part of a new research group that studies how individuals and populations respond to environmental variability. The post-doc will analyze existing long-term datasets (>25 years) on birds and develop and apply theoretical models to study the eco-evolutionary dynamics of trait change and population change in the wild. The project aims to understand how individuals respond (microevolution, plasticity, demographic change) to extreme climatic events –such as flooding of nesting sites— and whether the response will be fast enough for populations to keep up with climate change. The post-doc will interact with other group members and collaborators working on field-based projects; a limited amount of fieldwork may be part of the project.

Requirements: We are looking for an independent, highly motivated and creative person with good social skills. Prerequisites are (1) a recent PhD in population, behavioural or evolutionary ecology, (2) a high-quality publication record, (3) excellent skills in mathematical and statistical modelling, and (4) an interest in both evolutionary and ecological processes and how they interact. Experience with long-term datasets and fieldwork on birds is a bonus. Applicants should be willing to start early 2013.
Appointment: The appointment will be on a temporary basis for a maximum of almost 4 years, ending 1-1-2017. Salary depends on training and work experience. The maximum gross monthly salary coming with a full-time appointment will amount to €3.755,00 (scale 10 of the Collective Agreement for Dutch Universities). In addition we offer an 8% holiday pay, an end-of-year bonus, and extensive package of fringe benefits.
Location: NIOO is located in the university town of Wageningen, situated close to all major cities in the Netherlands. The vibrant town offers a living environment surrounded by beautiful scenery, plenty of entertainment, bars, sports, and cultural activities.
Information: Additional information about this position (vacancy number AnE-012716) is available upon request from Dr. Martijn van de Pol ( More information about the NIOO and the department can be found on our website (
Applications: Please send your application including a cover letter detailing your motivation for and expectations from this position, your CV including a summary of your past research, and contact information for three references to The closing date is 13 January 2013, and the interviews will be early February. Vacancy number AnE-012716
The Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO) is a top research institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). NIOO-KNAW focuses on fundamental and strategic research into individual organisms, populations, ecological communities, and ecosystems. The mission is to carry out excellent research in ecology.

Prof. Dr Marcel E. Visser

Head of Department Animal Ecology

Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW)
Professor of Seasonal timing of behaviour, Groningen University
Professor of Ecological genetics, Wageningen University
P.O. Box 50, 6700 AB Wageningen, The Netherlands
Phone:  +31-317–473439

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