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EDITORIAL

The really cold Dutch winter not yet being quite over, it is hard to imagine that within a few months the sun will warm us all once again.
Still the SENSE Office is working hard on the preparations of the SENSE Summer Academy 2013, from 18-20 June.

The preliminary programme includes a symposium on Sustainable Energy and Water Systems, short workshops and discussions on 18 June, and longer workshops and masterclasses on 19 and 20 June. Please take a look at the website for more details.

Of course there will also be ample opportunity for meeting new SENSE colleagues and having fun, for instance during the SENSE dinner and party in the Botanical Gardens of Utrecht University.

The programme not yet being final, you cannot yet register for this event, but please keep these dates in mind. In March we will finalise the programme and open registration.
We will keep you updated!

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The uncertain health impacts of climate change

A new study assesses the potential impacts of climate change on human health in the Netherlands. The researchers conducted a survey, asking health experts to rate the level of uncertainty attached to different health impacts of climate change, which highlighted heat-related deaths and vector-borne diseases as particularly relevant to climate change adaptation.

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Miljoenensubsidie voor dierecologe Jacintha Ellers

NWO Vici subsidie van anderhalf miljoen euro voor onderzoek naar interacties tussen soorten die kunnen leiden tot verlies van eigenschappen.

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Stagnating liquid biofuel developments in Russia (watch the video)

Alexey Pristupa presents the major findings from the article "Stagnating liquid biofuel developments in Russia: Present status and future perspectives", that was written by him in collaboration with Arthur Mol and Peter Oosterveer.

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Ever dreamt of becoming a SENSE PhD?

Write now your own PhD research proposal ! Deadline: 3 June 2013 !

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Kennis van aanpassend vermogen natuur nodig voor behoud ecosysteemdiensten

Op donderdag 7 februari 2013 hield Wolf Mooij zijn inaugurele rede als hoogleraar Aquatische voedselwebecologie bij de leerstoelgroep Aquatische ecologie en waterkwaliteitsbeheer. Planten, dieren en ecosystemen zien zich wereldwijd steeds meer geconfronteerd met een veranderend milieu. Daarom is onderzoek van het aanpassend vermogen van de natuur van belang om grip te houden op ecosysteemdiensten zoals schoon drinkwater, zegt hij.

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Country-wide rainfall maps from cellular communication networks

Accurate and timely surface precipitation measurements are crucial for water resources management, agriculture, weather prediction, climate research, as well as ground validation of satellite-based precipitation estimates. However, the majority of the land surface of the earth lacks such data, and in many parts of the world the density of surface precipitation gauging networks is even rapidly declining. This development can potentially be counteracted by using received signal level data from the enormous number of microwave links used worldwide in commercial cellular communication networks.

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Upcoming PhD Graduations

PhD Graduations March 2013

Ruud Janssen
Chemical and physical drivers of the evolution of organic aerosols over forests
1 March 2013, 13.30 hrs, Wageningen

Okka Jansen
The feeding ecology of harbour porpoises Phocoena phocoena and white-beaked dophins Lagenorhynchus albirostris in Dutch coastal waters

8 March 2013, 16.00 hrs, Wageningen

Syed Hamid Hussain Shah
Modeling the effects of saline groundwater and irrigation water on root zone salinity and sodicity dynamics in agro-ecosystems
19 March 2013, 13.30 hrs, Wageningen

Willemijn Appels
Water redistribution at the soil surface: ponding and surface runoff in flat areas
19 March 2013, 16.00 hrs, Wageningen

Don't forget to announce your own graduation at www.sense.nl/graduations. Or send an email to marjolijn.dannenburg(at)wur.nl.

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Upcoming PhD Courses

SENSE Courses

S080 Scientific and Professional Publishing on Environment and Sustainability (4.3 ECTS)
13 March - 12 June 2013; Course Lecturers: Dr W. Ivens and dr. L. Fredrix (OU); registration deadline: 28 February 2013
http://www.sense.nl/?module=courses&func=displayplanned&planningid=1313

Workshop Analysing geomorphic coupling and sediment connectivity using digital elevation models (1.0 ECTS)
14-15 March 2013; Course instructor: Dr. Tobias Heckmann (Cath. University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt, Germany)
http://www.sense.nl/articles/events/8998

S016E Mathematical Models in Ecology and Evolution (6.0 ECTS)
18 March - 29 June 2013; Course lecturers: Prof. Ido Pen and Prof. Franjo Weissing (RUG)
http://www.sense.nl/?module=courses&func=displayplanned&planningid=1316

A1 Environmental Research in Context (2.0 ECTS)
20-22 March 2013; Course Coordinator: Ad van Dommelen, Vrij Universiteit Amsterdam
http://www.sense.nl/?module=courses&func=displayplanned&planningid=1298

S289E Sampling in space and time for survey and monitoring of natural resources (1.0 ECTS)
1-5 April 2013; Course Coordinator: Dick Brus (Team Soil Geography, WUR)
http://www.sense.nl/?module=courses&func=displayplanned&planningid=1314

S104E Lasers and Optics in Fluid Research (3.0 ECTS)
4-16 April 2013; Course coordinator: Elmar Fuchs (WETSUS); registration deadline: 31 March 2013
http://www.sense.nl/?module=courses&func=displayplanned&planningid=1321

S358 Complex Dynamics in Human-Environment Systems (2.0 ECTS)
15-19 April 2013; Course Coordinators: Prof. Carolien Kroeze (WUR and OU), Serge Stalpers (SENSE), Aritta Suwarno (WUR)
http://www.sense.nl/?module=courses&func=displayplanned&planningid=1271

S221 Dynamic Energy Budgets (8.0 ECTS)
15-26 April 2013; Course coordinator: Bas Kooijman (VU)
http://www.sense.nl/?module=courses&func=displayplanned&planningid=1235 

S101E Speciation and Bioavailability (2.0 ECTS)
3-7 June 2013; Course Coordinator: Professor Raewyn M. Town
http://www.sense.nl/?module=courses&func=displayplanned&planningid=1262

S602a Sustainable Bio-energy and Bio-products & Innovation (2.0 ECTS)
1-5 July 2013; Course Coordinator: Annemiek ter Heijne (WUR)
http://www.sense.nl/?module=courses&func=displayplanned&planningid=1312

S246E NCK Summer School: Estuarine and Coastal Processes in relation to Coastal Zone Management (3.0 ECTS)
1-12 July 2013; Course Coordinator: Dano Roelvink (UNESCO-IHE); registration deadline: 5 April 2013
http://www.sense.nl/?module=courses&func=displayplanned&planningid=1318

S474E Measuring and Modelling Dynamics in Innovation Systems (3.0 ECTS)
26-28 August 2013; Course Leader: Dr. Frank van Rijnsoever; registration deadline: 1 May 2013
http://www.sense.nl/?module=courses&func=displayplanned&planningid=1322

A1 Environmental Research in Context (2.0 ECTS)
25-27 September 2013; Course Coordinator: Ad van Dommelen, Vrij Universiteit Amsterdam
http://www.sense.nl/?module=courses&func=displayplanned&planningid=1317


Skills Courses
An updated overview of all skills courses at SENSE universities and institutes is available now at www.sense.nl/docs/2503.  

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Online courses

N44311: Environmental Problems: Crossing Boundaries between Science, Policy and Society (4.3 ECTS)
e-Learning, Open University
Link to the course (Word file)

New portals for online courses

  • coursera, portal for free online courses worldwide
  • edX, portal with free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) from edX Universities (US)
  • Udacity, portal of accessible, affordable, engaging online classes

More e-Learning courses
http://www.sense.nl/docs/6045

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External Courses

The following is a selection of interesting external courses.

Integrated Valuation of Environmental Services and Trade-offs
Dates: 5 March or 7 March 2013, Location: London or Edinburgh, UK
http://www.sense.nl/articles/events/8961

PCDI Postdoc Retreat for Life Sciences
Dates: 13-15 March 2013, Location: Kapellerput, Heeze (Eindhoven area)
http://www.sense.nl/articles/events/8914

LIAISE Spring School Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services; Assessment and Valuation Tools
Dates: 15-19 April 2013, Location: Edinburgh, UK
http://www.sense.nl/articles/events/8884

Summer School on "Restoration of Mediterranean Ecosystems"
Dates: 13-17 May 2013, Location: Avignon, France; application deadline: 22 March 2013
http://www.sense.nl/articles/events/9027

VOLANTE Summer School on "Transitions in Landscape and Land Use"
Dates: 12-18 June 2013, Location: Lesvos, Greece
http://www.sense.nl/articles/events/8908

Energy Summer School ‘A multi-disciplinary approach to energy transition, from policy to physics’
Dates: 17-28 June, 2013, Location: Groningen
http://www.sense.nl/articles/events/9002

NCEAS Summer Institute 2013: Intensive training workshop in ecological analysis and synthesis
Dates: 19 June - 10 July 2013, Location: Santa Barbara CA, US; application deadline: 1 Mar 2013
http://www.sense.nl/articles/events/9025

Summer Program in Austria for Ph.D. candidates
Dates: June, July, August 2013, Location: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis – IIASA, Vienna, Austria
http://www.sense.nl/articles/events/7637

Climate-KIC summer school 2013
Dates: 8 July - 8 Aug or 5 Aug - 6 Sep 2013, Location: Wageningen, London, Zurich, Paris, Berlin, deadline for application: 4 March 2013
http://www.sense.nl/articles/events/8960

Course Biodiversity Conservation through the Lens of Indigenous Peoples
Dates: 5-18 Aug 2013, Location: Costa Rica
http://www.sense.nl/articles/events/8971

ALTER-Net summer school
Dates: 4-14 Sep 2013, Location: Peyresq, France, deadline for application: 30 Apr 2013
http://www.sense.nl/articles/events/9017

NCAS Climate Modelling Summer School
Dates: 8-20 Sept 2013, Location: Oxford, UK, deadline for application: 12 Apr 2013
http://www.sense.nl/articles/events/8995

Find PhD Courses, Winter and Summer Schools in Europe at ShortCoursesPortal.eu

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SENSE Events

SENSE Summer Academy 18-20 June 2013 - pre-announcement

Date: June 18, 2013
Location: Utrecht
Duration: all day.

YOU ARE INVITED to join our SENSE SUMMER ACADEMY 2013 !

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Upcoming events

Overview of upcoming events

5 Mar 2013  Wet Bibob: de strijd tegen milieucriminaliteit, Utrecht > Read more...

12 Mar 2013  Landelijk Geurcongres 2013, VVM, Deventer > Read more...

16-20 Mar 2013  TWAM 2013: International Conference & Workshops: Transboundary water management across borders and interfaces; present and future challenges, Aveiro, Portugal > Read more...

18-20 Mar 2013  European Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2013: Integrating Climate into Action, Hamburg, Germany > Read more...

7 Mar 2013  Conferentie "Op weg naar een cleantech toekomst", Lelystad > Read more...

7 Mar 2013  Leegloop in de Watersector: Zoektocht naar de watermedewerker van de toekomst, Wageningen > Read more...

7 Apr 2013  Symposium Buzzing toxicity, Wageningen > Read more...

7-10 Apr 2013  Symposium Biorefinery for Food, Fuel and Materials, Wageningen (deadline for Poster sbstract submission: 1 March 2013) > Read more...

15-18 Apr 2013  ALTER-Net Conference 2013: Science underpinning the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy, Ghent (registration deadline: 22 March 2013) > Read more...

16-19 Apr 2013  12th International UFZ-Deltares Conference on Groundwater-Soil-Systems and Water Resource Management, Barcelona, Spain > Read more...

22-25 Apr 2013  2nd Sustainable Watershed Management Conference - CALL FOR PAPERS, Turkey > Read more...

24-26 Apr 2013  3rd International Conference on Water Economics, Statistics and Finance, Marbella, Spain > Read more...

24-26 Apr 2013  Conference on Asset management for enhancing energy efficiency in water and wastewater systems, Marbella, Spain > Read more...

26 Apr 2013  Symposium Pollution Management in China: Nutrient Export from Land to Sea, Wageningen > Read more...

2-4 May 2013  International scientific conference "Landscape and Imagination. Towards a new baseline for education in a changing world", Paris, France > Read more...

17-18 May 2013  International Workshop: The rush of China and India to Africa: State versus market driven development cooperation strategies, The Hague > Read more...

21-24 May 2012  International Conference: Water in the Anthropocene - Challenges for Science and Governance. Indicators, Thresholds and Uncertainties of the Global Water System, Bonn, Germany > Read more...

27-28 May 2013  3rd International Conference on Research Frontiers in Chalcogen Cycle Science & Technology, Delft > Read more...

27-30 May 2013  Impacts World 2013, International Conference on Climate Change Effects, Potsdam, Germany > Read more...

29-31 May 2013  Symposium: Developing Capacity from Rio to Reality: Who's taking the lead?, Delft > Read more...

29-31 May 2013  International Conference: Cooperation or Conflict? Economics of natural resources and food, Wageningen > Read more...

30 May 2013 BCF Career Event, RAI Amsterdam > Read more...

3 June 2013  21st European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, Copenhagen, Denmark > Read more...

9-12 June 2013  The Workshop on Atmospheric Composition and the Asian Summer Monsoon (ACAM), Kathmandu, Nepal > Read more...

16-22 June 2013  The 13th Interntional (Geo)Conference SGEM 2013, Bulgaria > Read more...

17-18 June 2013  Conference on Desertification and Land Degradation, Ghent, Belgium > Read more...

18-20 June 2013  1st Global TraPs World Conference, Beijing, China > Read more...

25-28 June 2013  2nd International Conference Energy & Meteorology - Water & Climate for the Energy Industry - CALL FOR ABSTRACTS, Toulouse, France > Read more...

26-29 June 2013  SIM2013 - International Conference Sustainable Intelligent Manufacuring, Lisbon, Portugal > Read more...

1-3 July 2013  Fourth International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies, Groningen > Read more...

2-5 July 2013  GI_Forum 2013 - Creating the GISociety (including a special session on Ecosystem and Biodiversity Monitoring), Salzburg, Austria (deadline for paper submission: 1 Feb 2013) > Read more...

14-16 July 2013  The 2nd International Conference on Pollution and Treatment Technology (PTT), Beijing, China (deadline for submission: 15 April 2013) > Read more...

22-27 Sept 2013  8th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems, Dubrovnik, Croatia (deadline abstract submission: 15 Feb 2013) > Read more...

28-30 Dec 2013  12th International Asian Urbanization Conference: "Urban Dynamics, Environment and Health: Challenges for the Twenty First Century", Varanasi, India (deadline abstract submission: 30 Apr 2013) > Read more...

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Postdoc information

Postdoc Career Development Initiative

http://www.pcdi.nl/

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Practicalities

Practicalities archive

On the SENSE website you can find information on:

  • SENSE Benchmarks for Publication output
  • Measuring the Societal Impact of SENSE Research Groups
  • The Netherlands Code of Conduct for Scientific Practice
  • Publication tips and trics
  • Social Media tips and trics

URL: http://www.sense.nl/qualityassessment

SENSE Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/218651218200356/

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Social media tips and trics

Here is a number of links that may assist you in expanding your social media activities in order to increase your scientific and societal impact:

- Altmetrics, a guide to Twitter for academics, and increasing your academic footprint
- Using Twitter in university research, teaching and impact activities - A guide for academics and researchers
- Moving on from a moving story: following the AAA pathways - a blogpost on the necessity and options of sharing knowledge for impact
- Wetenschapper 2.0 - een blog over wetenschap, wetenschappers en social media (in Dutch)

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Calls, funding, grants

Apply now for Marie Curie Career Integration Grants (CIG) - deadline 7 Mar 2013

Call for proposals 2013 for Marie Curie Career Integration Grants (CIG) was published on 18 October 2012. Career Integration Grants (CIG) support experienced researchers of any nationality, with at least 4 years’ full-time research experience or a doctoral degree. The grant is a flat-rate contribution towards research costs. These may, for example, include the salary costs of the researcher or other staff employed for the project, travel costs, consumables, patent costs and publication costs. The grant will cover a period of 2 to 4 years.

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Brazilian – Netherlands Research Programme on ‘Biobased Economy’ - deadline 25 Apr 2013

Source, with more information: Bulletin of the Graduate School Experimental Plant Sciences:
http://www.graduateschool-eps.info/images/stories/newsletter/EPS-News%20581.html#Brazilian

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Vacancies

Two Assistant Professors of Geography, Planning and Environment (0,8 fte), Nijmegen School of Management - deadline: 23 March 2013

As an Assistant Professor you will provide high-quality courses in human geography, planning and social/political sciences of the environment. You will be involved in the teaching programme of the Nijmegen School of Management (NSM) and, in particular, in the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes of the department of Geography, Planning and Environment (GPM). These tasks also include supervising Bachelor’s and Master’s theses. In addition, you will be expected to carry out high-quality research in the context of the programme ‘Shaping and Changing of Places and Spaces’ (SCAPES), one of the research programmes within the multidisciplinary setting of the faculty’s Research Institute for Management Research (IMR). You will also be expected to acquire funds for research projects from Dutch and European institutions. You will regularly publish articles on your research in international academic journals.

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Postdoc voor deelproject 'Stakeholderdialoog' van het gasresearchproject 'The Next 50 years', TU Delft - deadline 20 March

Dit postdoc (deel) project is een leuk toekomstgericht researchproject op het raakvlak van techniek en maatschappij dat deel uitmaakt van een groter nationaal onderzoekprogramma op het gebied van (aard)gas. Het project behelst de opzet en analyse van de stakeholderdialoog, met gebruikmaking van het werk dat in de afzonderlijke deelprojecten is ontwikkeld. Doel van deze stakeholderdialoog is om bijdragen te leveren aan de ontwikkeling van robuuste toekomststrategieën voor de Nederlandse gassector.

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Lecturer/Researcher in Water Supply Engineering, UNESCO-IHE Delft - deadline 30 April

UNESCO-IHE is the largest international postgraduate water education facility in the world and is based in Delft, the Netherlands. The Institute confers fully accredited MSc degrees and PhD degrees in collaboration with partner universities in the Netherlands. Since 1957 the Institute has provided postgraduate water education to more than 14,500 water professionals from over 160 countries. The Institute has a permanent staff population of 180 of whom 90 are scientific staff and around 250 guest lecturers from academia and industry contribute to the educational programmes. Each year around 750 water professionals from all over the world attend the various educational programmes at UNESCO-IHE. The overall thrust of the Environmental Engineering and Water Technology Department is urbanization as one of the dominant global processes. Although urbanization offers enormous opportunities for socio-economic development, it also presents major challenges for the equitable and sustainable development of drinking water and sanitation infrastructure and services. Within this context the Environmental Engineering and Water Technology Department helps to build the necessary human resources and higher education and research capacities through postgraduate education, training, research and other capacity building activities in the fields of water supply, sanitation and resource recovery. The department consists of three chair groups, namely, Water Supply Engineering, Sanitary Engineering and Pollution Prevention and Resource Recovery, each headed by a professor. The department intends to recruit a Lecturer/Researcher in Water Supply Engineering (m/f) - 1.0 FTE.

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(Senior) Lecturer/Researcher in Sanitation/Sanitary Engineering UNESCO-IHE Delft - deadline 30 April

UNESCO-IHE is the largest international postgraduate water education facility in the world and is based in Delft, the Netherlands. The Institute confers fully accredited MSc degrees and PhD degrees in collaboration with partner universities in the Netherlands. Since 1957 the Institute has provided postgraduate water education to more than 14,500 water professionals from over 160 countries. The Institute has a permanent staff population of 180 of whom 90 are scientific staff and around 250 guest lecturers from academia and industry contribute to the educational programmes. Each year around 750 water professionals from all over the world attend the various educational programmes at UNESCO-IHE. The overall thrust of the Environmental Engineering and Water Technology Department is urbanization as one of the dominant global processes. Although urbanization offers enormous opportunities for socio-economic development, it also presents major challenges for the equitable and sustainable development of drinking water and sanitation infrastructure and services. Within this context the Environmental Engineering and Water Technology Department helps to build the necessary human resources and higher education and research capacities through postgraduate education, training, research and other capacity building activities in the fields of water supply, sanitation and resource recovery. The department consists of three chair groups, namely, Water Supply Engineering, Sanitary Engineering and Pollution Prevention and Resource Recovery, each headed by a professor. The department intends to recruit a (Senior) Lecturer/Researcher in Sanitation/Sanitary Engineering (m/f) - 1.0 FTE.

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(Senior) Lecturer/Researcher in Microbiology, UNESCO-IHE Delft - deadline 30 April

UNESCO-IHE is the largest international postgraduate water education facility in the world and is based in Delft, the Netherlands. The Institute confers fully accredited MSc degrees and PhD degrees in collaboration with partner universities in the Netherlands. Since 1957 the Institute has provided postgraduate water education to more than 14,500 water professionals from over 160 countries. The Institute has a permanent staff population of 180 of whom 90 are scientific staff and around 250 guest lecturers from academia and industry contribute to the educational programmes. Each year around 750 water professionals from all over the world attend the various educational programmes at UNESCO-IHE. The overall thrust of the Environmental Engineering and Water Technology Department is urbanization as one of the dominant global processes. Although urbanization offers enormous opportunities for socio-economic development, it also presents major challenges for the equitable and sustainable development of drinking water and sanitation infrastructure and services. Within this context the Environmental Engineering and Water Technology Department helps to build the necessary human resources and higher education and research capacities through postgraduate education, training, research and other capacity building activities in the fields of water supply, sanitation and resource recovery. The department consists of three chair groups, namely, Water Supply Engineering, Sanitary Engineering and Pollution Prevention and Resource Recovery, each headed by a professor. The department intends to recruit a (Senior) Lecturer/Researcher in Microbiology (m/f) - 1.0 FTE.

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Full Professor Green Urban Planning and Design, Wageningen University - deadline 8 March 2013

The full professor (1.0 / 0.8 fte) is responsible for the scientific development of interdisciplinary research and education in the field of Green Urban Planning and Design (GUPD) in close cooperation with some current staff members of the Landscape Architecture (LAR) and Land Use Planning (LUP) groups. The chair Green Urban Planning and Design will focus on the development of new planning and design principles and concepts for dealing with the functioning of the urban metabolism, including creating sustainable spatial green and blue solutions for flows of energy, water and materials (or cycles) in the urban environment.

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Assistant Professor Environmental Science (1.0 fte) Utrecht University - deadline 8 March

You will take care of the development and teaching of courses in the field of Environmental Science, Ecology and Sustainability. Your teaching program is oriented towards challenges in ecology and global change. You will also supervise students working on their Bachelor or Master thesis. You will contribute to the research program of the Environmental Science Group which centers around global change and ecosystems. Your own research theme in this field is well-matched with the research interests of the group. An important task is to contribute to the acquisition of externally funded projects. Coaching and supervising PhD students is also one of your responsibilities. You will be stimulated and coached in applying for a personal research grant.

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General research vacancies pages

Acedemic Transfer

GHG Europe (Greenhouse gas management in European land use systems)

Netherlands Ecological Research Network (NERN)

Recruitment.nl - overzicht voor recruiters en werkzoekenden

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