Postdoctoral Researcher in Soil Food Web Ecology, University of Amsterdam

The Ecosystem and Landscape Department of the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED), University of Amsterdam are looking for a postdoctoral researcher within the Horizon2020 EU-funded project SOIL GUARD, which is a large-scale, global project that investigates how soil biodiversity contributes to soil multifunctionality and human wellbeing.

The position seeks to improve the understanding of the functioning and dynamics of abiotic and biotic components of (geo-)ecosystems across landscapes through time. As a researcher, the candidate will be responsible for handling and analyzing project samples for soil fungi and bacteria, as well as for data analysis and interpretation of project-collected data on soil organisms, including constructing soil food webs and co-occurrence networks. He/she will work closely with other postdoctoral researchers and scientists within the project in analyzing and interpreting these data, most specifically with researchers at the University of Alicante.


The candidate will perform the following tasks:

  • Actively read the literature relating to (and around) the project.
  • Have frequent meetings with the project team and collaborators to present work in progress and discuss experiments.
  • Produce high-quality work for publication in international peer-reviewed journals.
  • Show willingness to contribute to the work of others in the lab by offering practical and intellectual help, including technical staff and post-graduate students.
  • Take an active part in group meetings, and to give presentations at these when required.
  • Supervise postgraduate and undergraduate students, if and when relevant.
  • Perform routine laboratory tasks and duties.
  • Keep good general records and work with all levels of staff.
  • Plan and manage own research activity in collaboration with others.
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Start Date: May 1, 2022.

Duration: 16 months


  • The salary amounts, depending on education and experience, ranges between €2,836 to €4,474  gross per month.
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.

Job Requirements

  • A PhD in soil or microbial ecology, or a related discipline.
  • A thorough understanding of linkages between soil organisms and environmental parameters.
  • Experience in setting up and sampling field-based and controlled-environment experiments, and in analysing basic plant and soil properties.
  • Experience in analysis and interpretation of experimental data, including statistical analyses of large and complex datasets, in particular in soil food webs and co-occurrence networks.
  • Excellent computational, analytical and statistical skills, including proficiency in the use of programming languages such as R.
  • Experience in the use of molecular methods for characterising microbial communities, including processing and interpretation of the resulting data.  
  • Publication record appropriate to stage of career including recent first authored research publications in internationally recognised peer-reviewed journals.
  • Good written and spoken English.
  • Effective interpersonal skills, an open and inclusive approach, and ability to work with colleagues at all levels.  

Application Process

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  • A cover letter outlining the candidate specific interest, qualifications, and motivation to apply for this position
  • A detailed CV

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Application Deadline: March 04, 2022.

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