PhD Candidate: Biogeochemistry

Employment
1.0 FTE
Gross monthly salary
€ 2,770 - € 3,539
Required background
Research University Degree
Organizational unit
Faculty of Science
Application deadline

Would you like to contribute to understanding the impact of climate change on nutrient dynamics in high-latitude marine environments? Do you thrive in the dynamic blend of fieldwork adventures, laboratory experiments and geochemical modelling? As a PhD Candidate, you will explore the impact of climatic changes on nutrient dynamics in high-latitude regions and the role they play in the growth of phytoplankton in marine environments.

High-latitude oceans are rapidly changing due to human-induced climate change. Variations in the environment can strongly alter the dynamics of key nutrients such as iron and manganese, which can limit primary productivity in surface waters. The sea floor is a key source of iron and manganese to the ocean. In this project we aim to determine how iron and manganese are currently released from sediments and transported to offshore waters where they can impact phytoplankton growth and how this will change in the future.

The project focuses on samples that were collected around East Antarctica and Svalbard this year. These two locations contrast in terms of the impact of climate change. Where the impact of human-induced climate change around East Antarctica is limited, Svalbard is already heavily impacted. Your work will be to determine current iron and manganese dynamics at these two locations by conducting laboratory work and geochemical modelling. Additional fieldwork is expected. The ultimate goal of the project is to implement the findings in a state-of-the-art global model to determine how iron and manganese dynamics will change in the future upon continued climatic changes.

Your teaching load may be up to 10% of your working time.

Profile

  • You hold an MSc degree in Earth or Chemical Life Sciences (biogeochemistry, geobiology or environmental chemistry).
  • You have good communication skills and are able to operate in a dynamic international research team.
  • You have a good command of written and spoken English.
  • You are willing and able to develop yourself into an independent scientist (growth mindset).
  • Experience in geochemical lab work is helpful. Experience in or the willingness to learn quantitative geochemical modelling is essential.
  • Experience in fieldwork would be an advantage.

We are

The department of Microbiology is part of the Radboud Institute for Biological and Environmental Sciences (RIBES), Faculty of Science, Radboud University, Nijmegen (Netherlands), and is world-leading in environmental microbiology. The department was recently expanded with a research group focusing on environmental geo(micro)biology and biogeochemistry. We offer a dynamic research environment with a strong international profile, state-of-the-art laboratory infrastructure, strong national and international collaborations, and the possibility for researchers to further develop themselves both scientifically and professionally through a large variety of courses, training opportunities and conferences. Radboud University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and as such encourages applications from women and minorities.

Radboud University

At Radboud University, we aim to make an impact through our work. We achieve this by conducting groundbreaking research, providing high-quality education, offering excellent support, and fostering collaborations within and outside the university. In doing so, we contribute indispensably to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. To accomplish this, we need even more colleagues who, based on their expertise, are willing to search for answers. We advocate for an inclusive community and welcome employees with diverse backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives. Will you also contribute to making the world a little better? You have a part to play.

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Faculty of Science
The Faculty of Science (FNWI), part of Radboud University, engages in groundbreaking research and excellent education. In doing so, we push the boundaries of scientific knowledge and pass that knowledge on to the next generation.

We seek solutions to major societal challenges, such as cybercrime and climate change and work on major scientific challenges, such as those in the quantum world. At the same time, we prepare our students for careers both within and outside the scientific field.

Currently, more than 1,300 colleagues contribute to research and education, some as researchers and lecturers, others as technical and administrative support officers. The faculty has a strong international character with staff from more than 70 countries. Together, we work in an informal, accessible and welcoming environment, with attention and space for personal and professional development for all.

We offer

  • We will give you a temporary employment contract (1.0 FTE) of 1,5 years, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, your contract will be extended by 2.5 years (4-year contract).     
  • You will receive a starting salary of €2,770 gross per month based on a 38-hour working week, which will increase to €3,539 in the fourth year (salary scale P).
  • You will receive an 8% holiday allowance and an 8,3% end-of-year bonus. 
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Support Service. The Dual Career Programme assists your partner via support, tools, and resources to improve their chances of independently finding employment in the Netherlands. Our Family Support Service helps you and your partner feel welcome and at home by providing customised assistance in navigating local facilities, schools, and amenities. Also take a look at our support for international staff page to discover all our services for international employees.
  • You will receive extra days off. With full-time employment, you can choose between 30 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the statutory 20. 

Additional employment conditions

Work and science require good employment practices. Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions reflect this. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself. For example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports membership. And, of course, we offer a good pension plan. We also give you plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.

Practical information and applying

You can apply only via the button below. Address your letter of application to Wytze Lenstra. In the application form, you will find which documents you need to include with your application.

The first round of interviews will take place in the week of 23 September. If a second round of interviews is required, this will take place in the week of 7 October. You will preferably start your employment on 1 November 2024.

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We would like to recruit our new colleague ourselves. Acquisition in response to this vacancy will not be appreciated.

Would you like more information?

Dr W.K. Lenstra (Wytze)

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