This position has been reopened with the following link, with new deadline

Place of work: European Commission – Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy

Deadline: May 25, 2022

This position focuses on the coordination and expansion of the soil biodiversity component of LUCAS Soil survey, combining the current LUCAS soil monitoring system of the European Commission and existing National soil monitoring systems in Member States. The job holder will especially take care of all aspects related to the survey, from sample management (e.g., sampling point selection) and target selection (metabarcoding) to data analyses (bioinformatics and statistics). Based on data generated, the main focus will be on assessing the relation between soil biodiversity and ecosystem services and developing indicators relevant to the European Green Deal and the EU Soil Strategy for 2030. The indicators will be made available to users and stakeholders over the indicator dashboard of the EU Soil Observatory. Specifically, the job holder will support the development and expansion of LUCAS Soil Biodiversity survey. The proposed research activity will focus on the identification of National soil biodiversity monitoring and following assessment of their possible integration into LUCAS scheme. The job holder will be also responsible for the Technical Working Group on soil biodiversity within the EU Soil Observatory, the JRC contribution to the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative (GSBI) and the Global Soil Biodiversity Observatory. Furthermore, the selected profile will co-supervise PhD students dealing with projects associated to LUCAS Soil (biodiversity) survey.

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