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Forests are key land systems in Europe and require elaborated and planned forest management to ensure resilient forests that provide high levels of ecosystem services in the future. However, pathways towards creating synergies between forest-based bio-economy, climate mitigation, and biodiversity are highly unclear. This PhD position aims at developing novel forest and land management scenarios to assess trade-offs and synergies between contrasting change scenarios. The tools you will design build upon spatial land-system models and optimization approaches, tailored to the forest management sector for which so such tools are largely missing across broad spatial scales. You will develop a spatially explicit approach that can represent forest-management patterns and changes therein, and allows for a spatially explicit analysis of their socio-ecological impacts. You will also contribute to identifying and co-designing pathways towards more sustainable forest management in alignment with EU forest policies and targets. The PhD work will contribute to the success of a EU HorizonEurope project as well as to the analysis of sustainability solutions and the identification of leverage points for transformation.

Your duties
conduct high quality research and publish results in academic journals and a PhD thesis
conduct literature review, design modelling approaches, conduct data analysis, and perform simulation studies
contribute to reporting and dissemination within a HorizonEurope project
collaborate within and outside the institute with experts in the field
contribute to teaching, especially by supervising MSc thesis projects

MSc degree in environmental sciences, (landscape) ecology, (physical) geography, or another relevant programme with proven knowledge of interdisciplinary approaches
knowledge of and experience with quantitative (spatial) methods as well as land-system models
very good writing skills
very good command of English (speaking and writing)

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel and amounts €2,434 (PhD) per month during the first year and increases to €3,111 (PhD) per month during the fourth year, based on a full-time employment. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 1 FTE.

The appointment will initially be for 1 year. After a satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for a duration of 4 years.
Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment, 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus, solid pension scheme (ABP)

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 30,000 students. We employ over 5,500 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

The Faculty of Science
The Faculty of Science inspires researchers and students to find sustainable solutions for complex societal issues. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to medicines and from molecules to the moon: our teaching and research programmes cover the full spectrum of the natural sciences. We share knowledge and experience with leading research institutes and industries, both here in the Netherlands and abroad.

Working at the Faculty of Science means working with students, PhD candidates and researchers, all with a clear focus on their field and a broad view of the world. We employ more than 1,250 staff members, and we are home to around 6,000 students.

About the institute
IVM is a leading environmental research institute that is internationally recognized for its high quality research output in a range of environmental disciplines, as well as for its interdisciplinary work. The mission of the institute is to contribute to sustainable development and care for the environment through scientific research and teaching. IVM aims to do excellent problem-oriented research that is useful to a wide range of stakeholders in the Netherlands and internationally. A unique strength of our research is to understand sustainability problems in their social and economic context. IVM research community works within four departments: Environmental Economics; Environmental Policy Analysis; Environmental Geography; and Water and Climate Risk. Since 2001, IVM is part of the Faculty of Science at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (www.ivm.vu.nl). This position is based within the Environmental Geography department.

Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until April 3, 2022. Your motivation letter should not only provide your motivation for the application (why a PhD and why this position?), but also provide a short section (maximum half a page) that describes your perspective on the use of (spatial) modelling tools in addressing complex human-environment systems in general, and forest systems in particular. Preferably, we also receive the contact details of two possible references. There is no need to include recommendation letters. It is appreciated if you can provide a link to your MSc thesis or an alternative relevant document (e.g. journal article) written by you. We anticipate that the successful candidate can start the position at September 1st 2022.

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