PhD Candidate Interactions Between Birds and Windfarms

Applications are invited for a PhD position in social sciences to join University of Amsterdam. The initial contract for this position is 18 months. Eligible candidates should submit the applications before February 25, 2019.

A PhD position is available with Dr Judy Shamoun-Baranes, leading animal movement ecology research in the Department of Theoretical and Computational Ecology within theInstitute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED)at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). IBED is one of the eight research institutes within the Faculty of Science. Its goal is a better understanding of the dynamics of ecosystems at all relevant levels, from genes to climate change, using a truly multidisciplinary approach. social sciences.

This PhD position is one of several research positions withinthe project ‘Interactions between birds and offshore wind farms: drivers, consequences and tools for mitigation’funded by NWO-TTW.

Within this project we aim to increase our understanding of the factors that influence bird movement patterns, bird interactions with wind farms and population consequences of these interactions. Research results will be used for mitigation of potential negative impacts of wind energy on migratory and resident populations and to support a transition to renewable energy. Integrating radar measurements of bird movement, individual GPS trackingand demographic measurements, we will measure and model these interactions and their consequences, from large scale migration patterns to the fine scale flight behaviour of seabirds within wind farms. A predictive migration model will be developed to support the temporary shutdown of wind turbines. We will also develop a roadmap and tools for a national e-science infrastructure for remote monitoring of avian movement, laying a foundation for a science based approach to understand and mitigate population level consequences of offshore wind farms. To achieve these aims the project team includes 3 PhD candidates and 3 postdoctoral researchersas well as experts from UvA and the NIOZ and collaborators from KNMI and SURFSara.

In this project we offer a 4 year PhD position to carry out the subproject ‘Spatial and temporal dynamics of bird movement in and around offshore wind farms’.

The research requires integrating different spatio-temporal datasets including bird movement data extracted from dedicated bird radar and GPS tracking data, as well as meteorological data. The candidate is expected to handle large and heterogenous datasets efficiently, explore different data exploration analysis techniques, statistical, machine learning and potentially including mechanistic modelling. This position will require coordination with other members of the project team.

The starting date of the position is preferably spring 2019. Initiallywe will appoint you on a temporary basis for 18 months. Subsequently we offer you an extension of the employment contract of 30 monthsif we assess your performance positive.The appointment is full-time (38 hours per week), but part-time employment (0.8 fte minimum) implicating a longer extension as compensation is negotiable. The full-time gross monthly salary will range from 2,325 in the first year to 2,972 in the fourth year. The annual salary will be supplemented with 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus. TheCollective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universitiesis applicable.

The UvA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We value a spirit of enquiry and endurance, provide the space to keep asking questions and cherish a diverse atmosphere of curiosity and creativity.

You may apply no later than 25 February 2019 using the link below.Interviews are planned in the second week of March.

Deadline: February 25, 2019
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