16/04/2019

Researcher "Skin Care for Mother Earth"

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Wageningen University & Research
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Physics
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    06/05/2019 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Netherlands › Wageningen
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    38.0

A post-doctoral researcher in soil microbiology as part of the new NWO-TTW Open Mind project Skin Care for Mother Earth. The project focuses on restoring the health of soils that have suffered from desertification using, among other things, appropriate soil microbes. Your work will focus on the proof of principle that microbes influence soil physical properties and improve soil wettability, water infiltration capacity and soil water retention. Your main tasks will be threefold: (1) find promising soil microbiological communities; (2) determine how microbiology affects soil physical properties; (3) investigate how indigenous microbiology and organic materials can be used to restore degraded topsoil in desertified areas. Your work will result in a peer-reviewed paper and provide input for further research proposals.
According to the UN, desertification ranks among the greatest environmental challenges of our time. One third of all land is currently threatened by desertification and more fertile soil is lost every year. Desertification affects areas at all latitudes, on all continents, in at least 110 countries. It is estimated that 50 million people may be displaced in the next decade due to desertification. Solutions that truly restore fertile topsoil, the Earth's living skin, in a short amount of time are urgently needed. One of the limitations to current approaches to soil restoration is the lack of life in the soil. The Skin Care for Mother Earth project is based on the view that soil microbiology may be the missing link to bringing the soil back to life. Soil microbes enable the colonization of land by plants, and throughout evolution microbes developed a wide array of functions in soils. Skin Care for Mother Earth therefore aims to investigate 1) how microbiology can be used to improve soil hydrological properties and 2) how indigenous microbiology and organic materials can be used to restore degraded topsoil in desertified areas. The project will be carried out at the Soil Physics and Land Management Group and Soil Biology Group of Wageningen University by Dr. Martine van der Ploeg (Project leader) in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Gerlinde De Deyn of the Soil Biology Group.

Benefits

A full-time employment (38 hours per week) or part-time employment position as researcher within the Soil Physics and Land Management Group for 8 months, starting as soon as possible. Salary depends on skills and experience, with a maximum of € 3.389 per month. In addition we offer a holiday bonus of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.

Selection process

Additional information about this vacancy can be obtained from Dr. Martine van der Ploeg: martine.vanderploeg@wur.nl Telephone: +31 (0) 317-483714.

How to apply
Interested? Do not email directly to the people mentioned above. Please use the website to apply and upload your CV and a motivation letter before May 6, 2019.
Applications should include:

  • a motivation letter, stating why you want to do this research and how you fit the requirements (maximum one page);
  • a full academic CV.

Additional comments

Additional information about this vacancy can be obtained from Dr. Martine van der Ploeg: martine.vanderploeg@wur.nl Telephone: +31 (0) 317-483714.

How to apply
Interested? Do not email directly to the people mentioned above. Please use the website to apply and upload your CV and a motivation letter before May 6, 2019.
Applications should include:

  • a motivation letter, stating why you want to do this research and how you fit the requirements (maximum one page);
  • a full academic CV.

Web site for additional job details

Offer Requirements

Specific Requirements

  • You have a PhD in (soil) microbiology.
  • Preferably you have experience with the research of soil hydrology as well.
  • You are a skilled experimentalist and will be able to apply these abilities to the present subject.
  • You are an enthusiastic researcher interested in looking beyond the boundaries of your own discipline and joining efforts with the other members of the project team.
  • You are proficient in English, have excellent oral and written communication skills, and the ability to work efficiently as an individual as well as in a team.
  • Considering the short period of this proof of principle project, we ask for full-time commitment and will expect you to not work on other projects at the same time during working hours.

We are committed to and look for colleagues who - in their scholarship, teaching, and service - demonstrate experience with, knowledge of, and sensitivity to diversity and inclusion.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Wageningen University & Research
Netherlands
Wageningen
6708 PB
Droevendaalsesteeg

EURAXESS offer ID: 400036
Posting organisation offer ID: 54165

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