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PhD position on mangrove eco-geomorphology, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
The Department of Physical Geography at Utrecht University seeks a PhD candidate for the project ‘Mangroves and Mud (MangoMud): Monitoring and Modelling Coastal Dynamics in Suriname to Mitigate the Effects of Climate Change’.
The application deadline: 5 January, 2018
The project aims at improving our understanding of the complex dynamics of the Suriname coast, to create knowledge and awareness of global change processes and to help mitigating negative effects of climate change. The appointed PhD at Utrecht University (UU) will closely work together with another PhD appointed at the Anton the Kom University in Suriname (AdeKUS) and with experts and stakeholders of WWF, Conservation International, Wetlands International and the UN Development Program.

The UU PhD project  will focus on:
1) analysing time series of satellite images to monitor mangrove development and coastal dynamics 
2) developing an eco-morphodynamic model simulating decadal to centennial morphological change.
We seek a candidate with a strong motivation for scientific research, international collaboration, and keen interest in translating scientific findings to practical applications.
You preferably have:
  • a MSc degree in Earth Sciences, Physical Geography, Marine Sciences, Biology or a closely related discipline;
  • has knowledge of coastal processes, and (mangrove) vegetation;
  • has experience in spatio-dynamic modelling, remote sensing, GIS and computer simulations;
  • is able to work across different disciplines of coastal processes, biology, ecology, hydrology, geography, nature conservation and process modelling;
  • is willing to work with NGOs and the University in Suriname;
  • has excellent scientific writing, presentation and planning skills;
  • is an enthusiastic team player;
  • is able to place scientific results in the broader and interdisciplinary context of the NWO WOTRO Sustainability Development Goals;
  • is able to communicate the main research results to (professional) end users.
Additional information:
Please check: www.academictransfer.com/44124
or contact Prof S.M. de Jong s.m.dejong@uu.nl , Prof B.G. Ruessink (b.g.ruessink@uu.nl ) or Dr B. van Maanen b.vanmaanen@uu.nl.
How to apply:
Applications, including a letter of motivation, a curriculum vitae, and contact information of three references, should be submitted using the following link:
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