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Postdoctoral researcher socio-hydrology and drought 0.8 fte

Wageningen University has a vacancy for a post-doctoral researcher in the field of socio-hydrology and drought. As post-doctoral researcher you will play a central role in an interdisciplinary research project. You will focus on the development of a toolbox for drought management. This toolbox will first be developed and tested for a case study area in north-eastern Brazil and will later also feed into international initiatives aiming at increasing drought preparedness worldwide.

Project: Diagnosing drought for dealing with drought in 3D: Toolbox for increasing drought preparedness of actors in water and climate governance, starting from north-eastern Brazil
(project website: http://3ddd.wur.nl).

To manage drought better, human influences on drought must be better understood. Current frameworks for drought monitoring and water accounting focus on the natural boundary conditions and therefore offer little help in distilling human influences on drought. This project combines insights from socio-hydrology and water management to produce an entirely new approach, incorporating the study of water-related human dimensions (D1), socio-hydrological dynamics (D2), and the structuring of dialogues (D3) among actors. The project will develop and test the integrated, participatory 3D Drought Diagnosis (3DDD) toolbox. We will investigate nested scale levels, related to local water resources and virtual-water transfers together with actor networks of users, managers, traders, and policymakers.

Test case is the semi-arid, drought-affected north-east of Brazil. The 3D Drought Diagnosis toolbox will be developed to extend existing drought monitoring frameworks to provide contextualized information in drought-affected regions worldwide. We will demonstrate how proposed drought management solutions perform with regard to cross-scale synergies and trade-offs in relation to the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2, 6, 10, and 13. With the support of national and international partners, our project will contribute to the development of the South American Drought Information System and the Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP) of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and Global Water Partnership (GWP).

Your tasks.

  • Together with three PhD students you will develop and test an integrated, participatory 3DDD toolbox for providing actionable knowledge to improve water and climate governance, supported by drought monitoring frameworks. The toolbox will serve to increase drought preparedness of actors in multi-level water and climate governance.
  • Using Integrated Assessment methods for drought management you will explore how best to support actors in north-eastern Brazil to move away from traditional crisis management, to a drought preparedness approach that is iterative and predicated on greater proactivity.
  • Upscaling of tools and concepts for improving drought preparedness by proactive and inclusive governance in drought-affected regions worldwide. For this you will work together with international partners to contribute to the development of the South American Drought Information System and the Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP) of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and Global Water Partnership (GWP).
  • Organising workshops for partners and other interested parties.
  • Writing academic publications (in collaboration).

This project is a joint effort of Brazilian and Dutch partner organizations including: Wageningen University (The Netherlands); the Research Institute of Meteorology and Water Resources (Brazil); the Federal University of Ceará (Brazil) and the Brazilian Research Agricultural Corporation, National Research Tropical Agroindustry Center (Brazil).

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13-12-2019 Wageningen University & Research
Assistant or Associate professor Landscape Planning and Analysis

an assistant or associate professor in Landscape Planning and Analysis. In this position, you will study both physical and social landscape processes, using approaches such as agent-based modelling and/or empirical (survey-based) research. We specifically invite candidates with experience in studying interactions between natural, agricultural and urban land uses, preferably with a clear spatial policy relevance.

Next to your research, you will teach and coordinate courses in our study program, including both studios and theoretical courses. You will be supervising MSc and BSc students, and take up positions in relevant committees and boards within the university.

You will do all of this in an ideal working environment. Our campus is an inspiring, green place to work, and has been selected as the most sustainable campus in the world multiple times. Besides that, we have an impressive ranking in several fields, with a #1 ranking for environmental science, ecology and agriculture, as well as very strong rankings in other fields. Finally, as for education, Wageningen University has been chosen as the "Best University" in the Netherlands for the 15th consecutive time.

Do you want to know more about our work at the Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning group, and the Land Use Planning chair group in particular? Check out our page with news, recent publications and projects.

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13-12-2019 Wageningen University & Research
Lecturer Strategische Communicatie

De groep Strategische Communicatie zoekt een enthousiaste en ambitieuze docent op het gebied van strategische communicatie met interesse in de Wageningse Life Sciences. We bieden veel mogelijkheden om jezelf verder te ontwikkelen in onderwijs in een Education Career Path, met ruimte voor het doen van onderzoek.

De leerstoelgroep Strategische Communication (COM) geeft onderwijs en doet onderzoek op het gebied van communicatie op één of meer van de life science gebieden, zoals: voedselproductie, duurzame consumptie, klimaatverandering, natuurbehoud, ruimtelijke ordening en gezondheid. Samenwerking met sociaal wetenschappers en natuurwetenschappers is een bepalend onderdeel van de onderzoeks- en onderwijsportfolio van de groep. In het onderwijs draagt de groep bij aan verschillende programma's, waaronder de bachelor programma's 'Communicatie en Life Sciences' (BCL), 'Bedrijfs- en Consumentenwetenschappen' (BBC) en het masterprogramma 'Communication, Health and Life Sciences' (MCH).

Het onderwijs en onderzoek van de groep Strategische Communicatie is georganiseerd rond drie thema's, te weten:

  1. communicatie, organisatie en verandering;
  2. communicatie en gedragsverandering;
  3. communicatie en samenwerking (www.wur.nl/com).

In de functie van lecturer coördineer en verzorg je vakken op het gebied van strategische en overtuigende communicatie en gedragsverandering, mede afhankelijk van je expertise en interesse. De lecturer in onze groep draagt bij aan een internationaal georiënteerd onderwijsprogramma en een aantal van de verantwoordelijkheden zijn:

  • coördineren en ondersteunen van COM-vakken in verschillende onderwijsprogramma's, zowel op bachelor- als op masterniveau, inclusief begeleiden en beoordelen van groepsopdrachten en werk van individuele studenten;
  • begeleiden van individuele studenten bij bachelor- en masterscripties en bij masterstages;
  • mogelijkheid om een beperkt deel van je tijd te besteden aan onderzoek en/of relevante projecten.

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12-12-2019 Wageningen University & Research
PhD for project LiFeTracer

We are looking for a PhD candidate for the project "Lignin as intrinsic Tracer for gastrointestinal transit behavior and Feed digestion (LiFeTracer)". The selected candidate will be part of a larger (TTW-NWO) project, working with another PhD student and researchers from the Animal Nutrition group of the Wageningen University & Research, in collaboration with various related companies. The aim of LiFeTracer is to set-up methodology to use lignin or a recalcitrant lignin-fraction, intrinsically present in the feed, as tracer in digestion studies, via 1. Quantitative and qualitative lignin analysis in feed and digesta; 2. Validate that lignin does not disappear nor change during passage through the intestinal tract; 3. Set-up implementation in large-scale animal nutrition studies via high-throughput NIR analysis, feasible for lignin, but impossible for current tracers used.

Metal oxides such as titanium dioxide, are commonly used as inert tracer to evaluate digesta transit and digestibility, but do not well represent fiber-rich diets in monogastric animals. Nevertheless, fiber-rich co-products increase in animal nutrition as a result of our circular economy, and future protein demand asks for selection of fiber-compatible animal genotypes. Hereto, digestibility mapping in large-scale field studies are key, but currently impossible with common tracers (metal oxides).

The Food Chemistry PhD candidate will set-up and optimize lignin analysis taking into account feed and digesta matrix effects and taking into account presence of conventional markers. In addition, 13C-/12C-lignin will be isolated and identified from grain pericarp/seeds. The content and structure of lignin in digesta of three tract segments will be determined of three animal trials. Both analytical pyrolysis-GC-MS and 2D-NMR methodology will be carried out by the PhD-student. Eventually, lignin as marker should be made possible via NIR analyses, which is a concerted action of all researchers and companies in this project.

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12-12-2019 Wageningen University & Research
PhD position - Detection and characterization of micro- and nanoplastics in beverages and food

THE PROJECT
The Initial Training Network MONPLAS concerns the training of early stage researchers (ESR) for the development of technologies to MONitor concentrations of micro and nanoPLAStics in water for their presence, uptake and threat to animal and human life. The ESR at WFSR will develop analytical methods to determine micro and nanoplastics in food products or additives. The aim of this proposal is to improve analytical sample preparation and detection techniques for both micro and nanoplastics, and gain insight into the oral exposure of humans to environmentally relevant micro and nanoplastics. For this, reliable analytical methods will be developed and validated to detect them in complex matrices, based upon our extensive experience with engineered nanoparticles. For more information you can go to www.monplas.eu

YOUR JOB
It is your job to make this project into a success. You will develop reliable analytical methods to determine micro and nanoplastics, at first in water, than in more complex samples such as food products, additives and biological tissues. Not only instrumental techniques but also sample preparation and quality control techniques are of major importance. For this you will stay in contact with the other ESRs in the MONPLAS project from whom you will learn and who will learn from you. With the analysis of typical food basket products you will gain insight into the oral exposure of humans to micro and nanoplastics. For this you will be in contact with organizations as the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, and the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority. You will present your results at international congresses and (project)meetings, and publish your results in international journals.

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11-12-2019 Wageningen University & Research