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Postdoc Biomonitoring 2

Working at Naturalis Biodiversity Center? We are often searching for ambitious professionals with passion for nature and research.

The focus of Naturalis is biodiversity. Naturalis, situated In Leiden the Netherlands, curates a collection of 42 million specimens; this is one of the world's largest natural history collections. We present the history of our planet and the diversity of life on Earth with permanent and temporary exhibitions, educational programmes and websites. Our research and education are maintained at a high academic level and organized in six research groups with their own expertise and focus.

Naturalis Biodiversity Center is searching for

Two Postdocs to study spatial and temporal variability of marine biodiversity using an eDNA or metabarcoding approach

In collaboration with the Institute of Environmental Sciences at Leiden University (CML), Naturalis develops the Netherlands Center for Genetic Biodiversity Assessments (http://www.dnabiomonitoring.nl), combining world leading expertise on taxonomy, ecology and genetics. Using our extended DNA reference collections, our high-tech lab facilities and our bioinformatics pipelines, we continuously improve and apply genetic biodiversity assessments, making them more rapid, accurate, reliable and cost-effective. Applications are in freshwater quality, marine benthic surveys, soil fertility diagnosis, air pollen distribution or invasive species surveillance. Genetic assessments are already widely used for impact analyses.

To strengthen our marine activities on DNA biomonitoring, Naturalis is searching for two postdocs within the research team Marine Biodiversity. The postdocs will execute their own research projects and thereby contribute to the optimization of molecular techniques and protocols for genetic identification and detection of marine species and communities. They will also develop new proposals for additional funding.


Successful candidates will have

What we offer

A contract (36 hours per week) for a period of one year, to be extended with one year after successful first year evaluation. A salary of circa € 3.000- 4.000 gross per month, circa € 40.000 - € 53.300 gross per year, depending on experience.  As an employee of Naturalis you will work under the Collective Bargaining Agreement of Dutch Museums. Naturalis Biodiversity Center promotes gender equality and wants to enhance the diversity of staff members. Feel free to contact Dr. Willem Renema or Berry van der Hoorn with questions about the position.


Applicants are invited to submit their application, including a cover letter, CV (should include: (1) complete publication list with IFs -when relevant-, number of citations, and your H-Index; (2) grants obtained; (3) teaching experience; (4) invited talks; (5) other relevant information), and research statement (max 2.5 A4, should include 1) outline of the intended project to be conducted during two year appointment, 2) link and contribution to the Naturalis goals described, 3) time frame and 4) requirements/necessities needed to successfully complete project) and the names and e-mail addresses of at least two persons that can be contacted for reference before November 16th using the application form.