Early-Stage Researcher (ESR)/PhD position as part of the MSCA ETN '4D-REEF'
(3 or 4 years)
Using past and current reef response to physical stressors for model-based forecasting of reef distribution
Host: Coastal and Marine Systems Unit, Deltares (Delft, The Netherlands)
Supervisors: Prof. Peter Herman, Dr Bregje van Wesenbeeck
Are you fascinated by forecasting models for complex reef systems? Are you accurate and fast in processing data? Do you have the drive to communicate and connect to different kinds of people all over the world? Is travelling for fieldwork a welcome addition to your daily job? Our Coastal and Marine Systems Unit is looking for an
Early Stage Researcher (ESR) for a period of 3-4 years
As an Early Stage Researcher you will work on a project that is part of the MSCA Innovative Training Network "Past, present and future of turbid reefs in the Coral Triangle (4D-REEF) You will collaborate with 14 other ESRs and their supervisors in this international network.
Objectives of 4D-REEF
"Using a variety of paleo-ecological and present-day data, 4D-REEF investigates the hypothesis that turbid coastal environments provide a refuge for coral reefs in periods of warm climate".
The key questions to be addressed by the network are:
By answering these questions, we aim to understand the role of turbid reefs for the future of marine ecosystems in the Coral Triangle as they respond to anthropogenic environmental change.
What can you expect as an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) for a period of 3-4 years?
The aim of the MSCA ESR positions is to enhance the career perspectives of young researchers in both the academic and non-academic sector. You will be enrolled in a university PhD programme, but in addition the international network will provide you with secondments, prolonged periods of research at two other institutes in the network, and with diverse training activities. These consist of local and network-wide training in scientific knowledge and transferrable skills, as well as profound immersion in inter-sectoral research, communication and application activities. Your individual research programme is at the core of the training, but the consortium will provide you with the broader background needed to develop a fruitful career in (applied) science.
In this individual project; you are using past and current reef response to physical stressors for model-based forecasting of reef distribution. Reefs respond non-linearly to physical stressors, such as currents, waves, temperature, nutrients and turbidity. You will statistically analyse these responses from palaeontological reef records integrated with records of the abiotic environment from climate archives in shells and foraminifera, as well as from present-day monitoring data. This will be used to develop a prognostic model, incorporated into a hydrodynamical model setting, of reef response to changes in external parameters. The model will predict reef persistence under a range of future scenarios, including direct anthropogenic stressors such as dredging and wastewater discharges, but also long-term climate change.
You will perform both lab and field work in two secondments at Goethe University Frankfurt and University of Bristol. Field work takes place in Southwest Sulawesi.
What does Deltares expect from you as an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) for a period of 3-4 years?
Furthermore, Deltares requires that:
Working at Deltares
Deltares is an independent institute for applied research in the field of water, subsurface and infrastructure. Worldwide we work on smart solutions, innovations and applications for people, environment and society. To achieve our goals, we develop our own expertise, innovative software and services. We have special facilities on our campus in Delft, like the Delta Flume and our iD-lab (Interactive data research laboratory) and the Geochemical and Microbiological laboratory in Utrecht.
Deltares supports governments, industries, water boards, and municipalities in their ambitions to reduce water and energy consumption and to develop and implement sustainable energy technologies. Deltares places high demands on the quality of its knowledge and advice. Enabling Delta life is our core business.
We offer an informal, dynamic and challenging working environment. Your personal development and building on your resume is important to us. Therefore we offer excellent training opportunities and future perspective. Deltares will pay ESRs in conformity with the Deltares CAO (collective labour agreement) compliant with H2020 MSCA ITN conditions.
More information about 4D-REEF is available at: https://www.naturalis.nl/en/4d-reef
Are you interested in this job and do you fit the job qualifications? Apply directly by uploading your CV and motivation letter, before the 1st of October. We will get in touch with you within three weeks after the closing date. Only applications via our website will be considered. See: https://www.deltares.nl/en/careers/early-stage-researcher-esr/
4D-REEF has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research
and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement