Working at NIOO

With more than 200 staff and students, the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) is one of the largest research institutes of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). Most are from the world of (international) science: professors, researchers and PhD students. They are joined by indispensable support staff in HR, Science Communication, Finances, ICT and Facilities. Everyone makes their own passionate contribution towards a more liveable world. Does that sound like you?
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We set great store by a working environment in which everyone can feel welcome and appreciated. Together, we strive for an inclusive culture that embraces difference.

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Facts and figures

  • Staff & students
    >200
  • Nationalities
    >30
  • Women/men
    52% / 48%
  • Research projects
    >120

Vacancies

  1. Junior Information Specialist

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    Are you looking for an interesting position in which you are responsible for (digital) scientific information systems?
  2. 2 PhD positions Global change impacts on cyanobacterial bloom toxicity

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    We are advertising two PhD projects that are closely interlinked. They are part of an overarching ERC project, which is aimed at mechanistically understanding the processes underlying bloom toxicity and their response to the complex interplay of multiple global change factors.
  3. PhD position: Benchmarking soil biodiversity

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    The Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO) is looking for a PhD candidate working on Benchmarking soil biodiversity at the department for terrestrial ecology, starting in October 2022.
  4. PhD position: The role of soil biodiversity in forest restoration

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    The Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO) is looking for a PhD candidate working on the role of soil biodiversity in forest restoration at the department for terrestrial ecology, starting in October 2022.
  5. Postdoctoral position in plankton traits and carbon storage in shallow lakes

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    A postdoctoral position in the Department of Aquatic Ecology for 2 years at 1.0 FTE starting in November-December 2022 (there is some flexibility with the start date). You will investigate the relationship between plankton traits and carbon storage in shallow lakes.

Internships

  1. MSc project on the effect of light at night on the spatial and temporal responses of insects

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    Artificial illumination at night (ALAN) is increasing globally due to intensified anthropogenic activities. ALAN can have devastating effects on the biodiversity of multiple trophic levels within ecosystems. Moth species specifically are key regulators of trophic interactions and provide important ecosystem services. However, it is poorly understood how light characteristics at night affect spatial and temporal responses across moth families/genera.
  2. Comparison of insect abundance and biomass in two Dutch wetland areas

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    Comparison of insect abundance and biomass in two Dutch wetland areas: the Oostvaardersplassen & Marker Wadden
  3. Carbon storage traits in soil microbiology

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    Soil microbial metabolism is important for global carbon cycling. Recent work has shown that soil microbes not only use carbon for growth and energy, but also store carbon in compounds analogous to fat reserves in animals. We aim to understand the role of storage physiology for soil microbial life and the implications for carbon cycling
  4. Arctic bird migration highways

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    Are you interested in bird migration? Do you wonder why birds take the routes they do? Would you like to use bird migration-tracks in combination with environmental data such as wind patterns to find out why? This might be the right project for you!
  5. MSc-projects on long term trends in virus epidemics and ecotoxicology

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    Changes in climate and habitat are happening in an unprecedented rate, and are affecting animal health and behavior as well as human health. In such a rapidly changing world, viruses are on the move. Birds are particularly affected by this. Recently, novel techniques were developed to use bird feathers for RNA/DNA-based screening of viruses.
  6. Soil phage thesis/internship

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    Soil microorganisms play important roles in carbon cycling, plant nutrition, and greenhouse gas production. Viruses that infect bacteria (phages) are abundant in soil, but their influence on these soil functions is not well known.
  7. Nematode hitchhiking in shaping phage-bacterial interactions

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    Nematodes and viruses (phages) are important predators of bacteria.
  8. Thesis project: Density fractionation of soil organic matter to trace biotic and abiotic drivers of carbon stabilization

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    Soils have great potential to store carbon in soil organic matter, potentially helping to mitigate climate change. However, we have limited understanding of how this storage occurs, and what biotic and abiotic factors influence the flow of C into stable soil organic matter.
  9. Plant-soil feedback effects for common crop species

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    Plant-soil feedback is defined as a process that plants alter the biotic and abiotic properties of soil they grow in, which then alter the performance of plants that subsequently grow in the soil. Applying plant-soil feedback theory in the agricultural system is a promising avenue for realizing sustainable agriculture.
  10. Loss of contact: Determining causes of termination of gps-logger data

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    The technology used to track birds has advanced greatly over the decades.
  11. MSc thesis project: Ecological and biophysical interactions of soil bacteriophages

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    Soil microorganisms play important roles in carbon cycling, plant nutrition, and greenhouse gas production. Viruses that infect bacteria (phages) are abundant in soil, but their influence on these soil functions is not well known.
  12. Breeding season fieldwork Westerheide - Great Tits

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    Animals differ in how they acquire knowledge and understanding through thought, experience and the senses. Can habitat changes shape these differences? How may habitat variation influence behavioural performance in wild birds and its fitness consequences?
  13. Well-hidden but still there: patterns of cryptic speciation in Dutch rotifer populations

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    Before the advent of molecular genetic techniques, zooplankton taxa were believed to be not exceedingly rich in species. Many species were also assumed to have a wide biogeographic distribution pattern. Recently, however, it has become more and more obvious that cryptic species (i.e. species that can not be morphologically distinguished) are actually rather common and that earlier biodiversity assessments have largely underestimated the number of species. This opens a lot of interesting avenues for evolutionary and ecological research, with questions such as: How long ago have these species come to existence? Did they evolve in sympatry or allopatry? Is there still hybridization going on? And to what extend do such species (and possibly their hybrids) differ from each other ecologically?
  14. Pathogen determination in black water

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    Pathogens can be categorised as bacteria, viruses, protozoa and helminths (Awuah, 2006). The most common pathogen found in wastewater is Salmonella. However, there are many other pathogens harmful to human health, such as E. coli, Pseudomonas, Shigella, Vibrio, Mycobacterium, Clostridium, Leptospira, Yersinia, Giardia, Cryptosporidium, intestinal worms, Norwalk virus and rotavirus (Marsalek et al., 2002).
  15. Master student in ecological genomics

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    Evidence is accumulating that epigenetic mechanisms can affect heritable phenotypic traits and thus, may play a role in plant adaptation. However, little is known about the magnitude and relevance of functional epi-allelic variation in natural plant populations.
  16. Manipulating your victim: the adaptive significance of host usurpation by the endoparasitoids Cotesia glomerata and Cotesia congregata

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    Parasitoid wasps are known to exhibit two strategies for exploiting host resources during development. The first is for the parasitoid larvae to consume the entire host (such as a caterpillar) before pupation. However, some parasitoids consume only a small fraction of the host during development. In this case, the mature parasitoid larvae emerge through the sides of the still-living host and pupate on, or next to it. In some instances, the caterpillar may remain alive for up to two weeks after parasitoid pupation and remain very close to the parasitoid cocoons.
  17. Lifetime reproductive success in two secondary hyperparasitoid wasps, Lysibia nana and Gelis agilis

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    Hyperparasitoids are insects that develop on, or in another parasitoid species. Secondary hyperparasitoids attack primary parasitoid hosts (usually their cocoons) that have already emerged from the secondary herbivore host. In spite of their potential importance in affecting the dynamics of plant-herbivore-parasitoid systems (over three trophic levels), little is still known about the biology and life-history of secondary hyperparasitoids (in the fourth trophic level).
  18. How do soil micro-organisms affect the chances of woodland expansions during water pulses?

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    Woodland expansion in arid environments occurs episodically during wet years. Recent research indicates that tree seedling growth rate and survival is crucial to explain the differences across ecosystems and that soil microorganisms likely play a crucial role.
  19. Ecologisch modelleren plantendiversiteit

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    Wil je een bijdrage leveren aan het verklaren van plantendiversiteit? Waarom zijn sommige soorten dominant en andere zo zeldzaam?

    Er zijn veel theorieën die proberen de plantendiversiteit te verklaren, maar tot nu toe met weinig succes. De situatie in het veld blijft voor verrassingen zorgen. Hoe kan het bijvoorbeeld dat de Amerikaanse vogelkers zo agressief onze bossen kan invaderen terwijl deze soort hier oorspronkelijk helemaal niet voorkomt?
  20. Data analysis changes in the food web under water-level fluctuations

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    Wetlands are one of the most productive systems of the world and often important stop-over sites for migratory bird species. Very characteristic of a wetland system are the boom and bust phases. During which high or low number of birds and bird species are found respectively. In natural systems the system returns to a boom phase after several dry years that lower the water level. This gives the opportunity for succession to start over and for pioneer species to establish. When the water level is rising again the system enters the boom phase.
  21. Coping with a changing world: the consequences of rapid evolutionary adaptation to combinations of multiple stressors

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    Rapid evolutionary adaptation is increasingly considered as an important mechanism allowing animals to adapt to a rapidly changing world. Our research has shown that rotifers, a type of very common freshwater zooplankton, are able to adapt to poor food quality or enhanced salt concentrations in not more than a few months. At this moment, we investigate how rotifers cope with combinations of stressors. More specifically, we run evolution experiments in the laboratory exposing populations to the metal Cu and high temperatures, with the aim to study how adaptation to one stressor impedes or enhances the response to the other stressor.
  22. Comparing insect communities on native Dutch wild mustard plants over a growing season

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    Host-plant suitability and quality for herbivore (and possibly natural enemy) development is determined by the presence of sufficient levels of nutrients and concentrations of adverse metabolites such as specific secondary plant compounds and digestibility reducers. In nature, these characteristics are dynamic and can change within individual plants over the course of a growing season. Many species of multivoltine insects (insects have more than one generation per year) are known to attack short-lived annual plants i.e. plants that are present for only 1or 2 months in the field. These short-lived plants may germinate and grow at different times and/or locations during the growing season. In this situation, each herbivore generation is faced with the challenge of leaving the natal patch to find and lay eggs on a different plant species that may be growing some distance from where they themselves developed. At the same time, the quality of the different food plant species on which they feed and grow over the spring and summer seasons may also be highly variable.
  23. Bad or good food, that’s the question!

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    A study on the effects of stoichiometric constraints on rotifer populations

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