[ES_JOBS_NET] PhD position on O3 deposition impacts on ecosystem functioning using remote sensing

Ganzeveld, Laurens laurens.ganzeveld at wur.nl
Tue Oct 4 05:22:53 MDT 2016

LS, I would appreciate if you could post the following PhD vacancy on “Ozone deposition impacts on ecosystem functioning using remote sensing observations” at Wageningen University:

PhD position “Space-based assessment of ozone deposition impact on ecosystem functioning”

Meteorology and Air Quality group, Wageningen University and Research, Netherlands

The Meteorology and Air Quality (MAQ) department contributes to the further understanding of atmospheric processes and their relevance for weather, air quality and climate. MAQ is part of the Environmental Sciences Group (ESG) of Wageningen University. ESG provides academic education and research on our living environment: the atmosphere, soil, water, nature, landscape and land usage. Knowledge is applied for adaptation to climate change, ocean management, competing claims on space, biodiversity and the sustainability of management and production. Wageningen University is part of the Wageningen University and Research Centre.

Project The PhD vacancy is for the project “ Space-based ASsessment of Ozone Deposition and its Impact on Ecosystem functioning: SASODIE” funded by the Dutch Scientific Organisation (NWO). Ozone is an important greenhouse gas but also a pollutant at the surface. Deposition of ozone on vegetation reduces photosynthesis and hence the net primary productivity (NPP) of the biophere and climate. Assessments of the ozone deposition impact on vegetation are generally limited to small scale laboratory- and tower measurements. SASODIE aims to integrate atmospheric composition and land surface remote sensing observations with atmospheric chemistry and land surface models in a data-assimilationsystem to infer ecosystem-scale ozone deposition and to assess its impact on ecosystem NPP and carbon exchange under contrasting climate and pollution conditions.

Wageningen University and Research Centre aims to deliver a substantial contribution to the quality of life. Within our domain, healthy food and living environment, we search for answers to issues affecting society – such as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy. Every day, 6,500 people work on ‘the quality of life’, turning ideas into reality.

Tasks The PhD student will conduct analysis of long-term meteorological, air quality and plant functioning field observations to assess the impact of ozone on ecosystem functioning. The PhD student will also develop a data-assimilation system that integrates atmospheric composition and land surface remote sensing observations with an atmospheric chemistry and land surface model to simulate ecosystem-scale ozone deposition fluxes being evaluated with the field observations. The system will then be applied to assess the role of ozone deposition in ecosystem productivity for contrasting climate and pollution conditions relative to other drivers of NPP. During the PhD you will write several scientific publications that will be combined in a PhD thesis.


• MSc on physics, environmental/earth sciences, or remote sensing, with a strong focus on computer modelling, GIS and/or remote sensing and statistics

• Good programming and computer skills

• Creative, innovative

• Strong collaborative skills.

• Excellent English writing and communication skills


Conditions of employment

A full-time appointment (1.0 fte, 38 hours/week) for a period of 18 months with extension of 30 months after satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment . Salary ranges from € 2191,- (gross) in the first year to € 2801,- (gross) in the fourth year based on full-time employment.

Additional information: L. Ganzeveld (tel: + 31 317 486651; laurens.ganzeveld at wur.nl

Applications for this position should be submitted before 10 October 2016.

For further information about working at Wageningen UR, take a look at www.jobsat.wur.nl. Acquisition regarding this vacancy is not appreciated.
Please do not send your application directly to Dr.ir. Ganzeveld.

Laurens Ganzeveld
Dr. ir. Laurens Ganzeveld
Assistant professor
Department of Environmental Sciences, now (1-1-2016) at Meteorology and Air Quality (MAQ)
Wageningen University and Research Centre
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E-mail: laurens.ganzeveld at wur.nl<mailto:laurens.ganzeveld at wur.nl>
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