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PhD position in Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research

Job Title: PhD- “Bio-engineering for Safety using vegetated foreshores (BE SAFE)”.

Location: Netherlands

Organization’s profile:

NIOZ, the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research is the Dutch national marine science institute and amongst the most renowned internationally.

Job Description:

Restoration and conservation of wetlands in front of dikes (=vegetated foreshores) is a promising cost-effective method of flood defence. Unfortunately, practical application is hampered by lack of fundamental understanding of two key aspects: (1) insight in the long-term ecosystem dynamics of these vegetated foreshores and (2) the compatibility of safety goals with conservation aims like maximizing biodiversity.

This project aims to generate fundamental insights by comparing 4 different wetland types with contrasting plant growth strategies, and translating this to applicable knowledge for managers of dike safety, managers of nature conservation, consultants designing dikes and industry.


M.Sc. degree in either (marine) ecology OR physical geography OR engineering.

How to apply:

Send a cover letter with motivation, CV, names and email addresses of two referees, to receptie-ceme.yerseke(at)nioz(dot)nl quoting the vacancy number 2014-014 in your application.

Last date for the application: 15th March, 2014

Reference: NIOZ

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