Junior researcher ‘modelling ecosystem services’
Protected areas (nature reserves, national parks) are the cornerstone of biodiversity conservation. As part of the EU 2030 Biodiversity Strategy, a trans-European nature network (TEN-N) will be developed, which should enhance the coherence of the existing network of Natura 2000 sites and other nationally designated protected areas. The TEN-N should generate a functionally connected network of green infrastructure, including in cities and other intensively managed systems, that allows for the migration and exchange of plants and animals and maintains healthy ecosystems and their associated ecosystem services (benefits to people).
The Horizon Europe project NaturaConnect aims to generate knowledge, tools and capacity to support EU Member States in realizing the TEN-N. As part of the project, NaturaConnect partners will develop and apply spatially explicit models for quantifying the responses of biodiversity and ecosystem services across Europe to changes in the configuration and management of the TEN-N.
Within the NaturaConnect project, PBL is looking for a junior researcher to 1) map opportunities and constraints for the development of the TEN-N based on relevant socio-economic and land-use variables, and 2) contribute to the development and application quantitative and spatially explicit models for assessing multiple ecosystem services provided by green infrastructure. For the second component, you will assess the societal demand for certain ecosystem services (e.g., based on policy guidelines and people’s requirements) and develop and improve biophysical models capable of quantifying ecosystem service supply, building upon PBL’s GLOBIO-ES model framework. Finally, you will contribute to the evaluation of ecosystem service supply relative to the demands for different possible realizations of the TEN-N.
We are looking for a motivated junior researcher with the following profile:
- You hold an MSc degree in a relevant discipline (a.o. (industrial) ecology, environmental biology, physical geography, environmental science) with a clear focus on quantitative modelling approaches.
- You have proven affinity with spatially explicit environmental modelling, preferably including the modelling of ecosystem services.
- You are familiar with open-source programming languages commonly used in environmental research (notably R and/or Python) and you have experience with GIS software.
- You have a drive for policy-relevant research that contributes to solving environmental issues and sustainability challenges.
- You like to work in a team, manage your time well and meet deadlines.
- 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 Aafke Schipper, project leader, at +31 6 11739557 or Alexandra Marques, senior researcher biodiversity, at +31 6 21353369.
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