Junior researcher ‘forest biodiversity’
The EU target to significantly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and become climate neutral by 2050 requires new mitigation measures within all sectors. Clear policy pathways are needed that outline alternative trajectories for European forests and the forest-based sector towards a climate-neutral and resilient society and economy. The Horizon Europe ForestPaths project will co-design, quantify and evaluate holistic forest-based policy pathways to optimize the contribution of forests and the forest-based sector to climate change mitigation, while considering the need to adapt forests to climate change, conserve biodiversity and sustain forest ecosystem services provisioning.
ForestPaths goes beyond the state-of-the-art by finding feasible Climate & Biodiversity-Smart (CBS) policy options across Europe, suggesting effective mitigation actions, and analysing their co-benefits and trade-offs with biodiversity and ecosystem services. Within ForestPaths we are looking for a junior researcher to contribute to the further development of the global biodiversity model GLOBIO and its application for forest ecosystems and management systems. You will first collect data and apply meta-analytical approaches to derive biodiversity values for different forest management systems in Europe and include them in the GLOBIO model. You will then apply the improved GLOBIO model to evaluate policy strategy scenarios to be formulated in the ForestPaths project and in two more Horizon Europe projects (LAMASUS and BRIGHTSPACE). Finally, you will attribute biodiversity characterization factors to forest products, and their alternatives, for improving Life Cycle Assessments.
We are looking for a motivated junior researcher with the following profile:
- You hold an MSc degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. ecology, biology, forestry, environmental science)
- You have experience in statistical modelling and meta-analysis and you are skilled in handling and analysing large datasets.
- You have affinity with life-cycle assessments or other large-scale environmental assessments
- You are familiar with open-source programming languages commonly used in environmental research (notably R and/or Python).
- You have a drive for policy-relevant scientific research that contributes to solving environmental issues and sustainability challenges.
- You are enthusiastic to work in multidisciplinary teams
- Dutch is the working language at PBL. English is spoken in international project teams. Therefore, you are expected to be fluent in English (written and spoken). A basic level of Dutch (mainly spoken) is appreciated
Are you missing some of the job requirements, but would you like to work at PBL? Motivate why you think you are a good fit in our organization, and who knows, you might become our new colleague!
A good landing in the organisation is very important to us. In your induction period, you will therefore be supervised by a direct colleague. She or he will be your first point of contact in the period in which you get acquainted with the organisation. In addition, PBL has an introduction programme for new employees which focuses on the role and position of the planning office, our working methods and the work culture.
- For more information about the application procedure, please call Ellen van Tongeren, HRM advisor, on +31 6 11499768.
- Do you have any questions about this position? Please contact Rob Alkemade, senior researcher biodiversity, on +31 6 29510692 or Alexandra Marques, senior researcher biodiversity, at +31 6 21353369
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