Within the European research project NaturaConnect a large European consortium will work the coming 4 years in supporting the design and implementation of a Trans-European Nature Network with state-of-the-art research. The Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at VU Amsterdam contributes to this project by evaluating changes in land use in Europe and how these affect, and are affected by the development of such an improved infrastructure for biodiversity. The premise is that by foreseeing potential land use change a more robust and resilient nature network can be established. The PhD student will contribute to this project by developing and simulating land use scenarios, collecting data on the constraints and opportunities for strengthening nature networks (e.g. on abandoned agricultural land) and in assessing the co-benefits of alternative scenarios for climate mitigation and ecosystem services.

Your duties
conduct research and publish results in academic journals and a PhD thesis
conduct literature review, perform spatial analysis, build quantitative scenarios, run simulation models, 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, Geography, or another relevant programme with proven knowledge of interdisciplinary approaches
knowledge of and experience with quantitative (spatial) methods and 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.

We expect the PhD student to start the position at July 1st, 2022. 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, contribution to commuting expenses

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