Postdoctoral Researcher for Peatland Biomass and Sphagnum Paludiculture

The Department of Aquatic Ecology and Environmental Biology, part of the Radboud Institute for Biological and Environmental Sciences (RIBES) of Radboud University invites applications from Postdoctoral Researchers for Peatland Biomass and Sphagnum Paludiculture.

Biomass produced on rewetted peatlands is an important strategy for the sustainable use of wet peatlands. In the currently running ‘Optimoos’ and ‘Carbon Connects’ projects, we quantify the effects of water chemistry, water level fluctuations, and top-soil management on the productivity of flood-tolerant plants and crops. The climate mitigation potential of this novel land-use option is assessed by greenhouse gas flux measurements and post-harvesting uses that can replace fossil products. Producing Sphagnum biomass on rewetted peatlands (i.e. Sphagnum plasticulture) is effective climate action and will be studied in detail on a large-scale field site.


The candidates’ research will be related to the following tasks:

  • Data integration of biomass and chemical data from different experimental paludicultures.
  • Paper writing and co-authoring project-related scientific publications and reports.
  • Supervising GHG flux measurements in a Sphagnum paludiculture filed experiment.
  • Advising junior researchers and BSc/MSc students in daily activities.


  • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €2,846 and a maximum of €4,490 depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience.
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • It concerns a temporary employment for 9 months.
  • ability to use Radboud Dual Career and Family Care Services.

Job Requirements

Postdoctoral Researcher for Peatland Biomass and Sphagnum Paludiculture requires:

  • experience in peatland sciences and related fields through a PhD, multi-year research assistance or similar.
  • hold a university degree (MSc) in biological, agricultural, earth or environmental sciences with a strong background in eco-hydrology, micrometeorology, vegetation or soil science.
  • have experience/affinity with monitoring of greenhouse gas emissions/uptake in the field and biogeochemistry.
  • a proven record of international peer-reviewed publications.
  • have experience with programming (e.g. R language) and handling, analysing and interpreting complex datasets.
  • excellent writing and oral communication skills in English and a strong ambition to publish work, proficiency in either Dutch or German is welcome but not required.
  • a standout colleague, who can work independently and who also communicates well with colleagues, and has the potential to supervise undergraduate/graduate students in their research.
  • affinity with stakeholder interaction and cooperation with other scientific subject areas.
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 Application Process

Interested applicants for the Postdoctoral Researcher for Peatland Biomass and Sphagnum Paludiculture are to fill in the application form and attach the following documents:

  • A letter of motivation.and
  • Curriculum Vitae.

To apply for the Postdoctoral Researcher position for Peatland Biomass and Sphagnum Paludiculture, click here.

Application Deadline: April 30, 2022.

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