Postdoctoral position in Modelling Arctic Bird Areas

The Faculty of Science – Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics calls for applications for a Postdoctoral position in Modelling Arctic Bird Areas.

The Netherlands Polar Programme (NPP) is a funding scheme from the Dutch Research Council (NWO) to support scientific research into and in the polar regions. Part of this project will assess the climate change risks for Arctic migratory bird distributions. Here, the main aims are to:

  • compile a comprehensive Arctic bird distribution database for stopover areas, breeding, and wintering sites;
  • model the effects of climate and other drivers on these bird distributions;
  • predict future species distributions and areas of risk under different scenarios of climate warming;
  • write high quality scientific papers;
  • contribute to teaching of the MSc course Global Ecology & Biodiversity (e.g. computer practicum using R and/or GIS);
  • help with supervising MSc and BSc students in their research projects in macroecology and global ecology;
  • present your work within IBED, at conferences, project meetings, policy events and elsewhere.

Duration: The Postdoctoral position in Modelling Arctic Bird Areas offers a temporary contract for 2 years.


  • The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €2,836 to €4,474 per month
  • A holiday pay and a year-end bonus.
  • Assistant with family-related issue, help partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help to settle in Nijmegen.

Job Requirements

The position seeks candidates with:

  • PhD in ecology, ornithology, biodiversity or a related discipline;
  • comprehensive knowledge of climate change impacts on biodiversity;
  • exceptionally strong quantitative skills and profound experience in statistical analyses and biodiversity modelling, preferably in R, incl. handling and compiling large ecological and environmental datasets, modelling and predicting species distributions, and visualizing geospatial patterns;
  • demonstrated dedication to teaching and interest in supervising students;
  • capability of working in interdisciplinary teams and willingness to interact with a multi-disciplinary team of scientists;
  • excellent oral and written communication skills in English (and willingness to learn Dutch);
  • successful and strong track-record of publications.
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Application Process

To apply for this position, fill in the application form and attach the following documents:

  • a CV, including a list of publications;
  • a motivation letter.

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Application Deadline: December 31, 2021.

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