2012 Postdoctoral Position at VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands

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The applicant will be based in the Department of Spatial Analysis and Decision Support at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM). The department investigates the role of spatial variation in environmental systems to increase our understanding of environmental change and support environmental management. Methods include monitoring environmental change by remote sensing and multi-scale analysis of spatial patterns and processes. Adaptation to climate change is addressed by mapping risks and associated costs. Alternative adaptation strategies are evaluated in the context of both developed and developing countries. Temporal dynamics and future scenarios are explored with spatial modeling of changes in land use and ecosystem services, including rural, urban, marine and coastal systems. Advanced methods for stakeholder participation and ex-ante evaluation are developed and tested to support environmental management and land use planning.

• A completed PhD degree in the field of geography; environmental sciences or ecology; • ability to use spatial simulation models for environmental modeling and contribute to further development of such models; • affinity with an interdisciplinary working environment; • an excellent record of independent research and publication skills, proven by past accomplishments; • preferably some experience with project acquisition, proven by past accomplishments; • willingness to make a contribution to teaching.

Deadline: August 1st, 2012

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