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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Diversity & inclusion

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. Three PhDs for SoilProS project

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    We are looking for three PhD students as part of the project 'Soil Biodiversity analyses for Sustainable Production Systems' (SoilProS) starting in April 2023.
  2. Postdoc position in trait-based ecology 2.0 of harmful cyanobacteria

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    The Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO) is looking for a Postdoc to develop a high-throughput multi-trait pipeline for cyanobacterial blooms.
  3. Financial administrator

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    Are you mad about numbers and would you like to work in the inspiring world of science? NIOO has a vacancy for a financial administrator.
  4. Animal care assistant(s)

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    The department of Animal Ecology at NIOO-KNAW in Wageningen has a temporary opening for one or more animal carers,

Internships

  1. The role of soil fauna in regulating the soil microbiome

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    Soil microbes play an important role in the formation and stabilization of soil organic matter, but how soil fauna controls the microbiome is mostly overlooked.
  2. Understanding population characteristics of the house sparrow (Passer domesticus) along an urbanisation gradient.

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    This project will combine fieldwork and data analysis techniques to understand the distribution and abundance of Dutch house sparrows along urbanisation gradients
  3. *International fieldwork internship* - investigating human-commensalism in Passer sparrows

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    An exciting opportunity has arisen for a motivated and curious Masters student to participate in overseas fieldwork, as part of an international research team. The Rowe Group will be visiting Kazakhstan during the 2023 breeding season to sample human-associated house sparrows (Passer domesticus) and their non-human-associated counterpart, the Bactrianus sparrow (Passer domesticus bactrianus). We will take a Masters student with us who will act as a field assistant and complete their own behavioural study in the field.
  4. Student project: Nature-based solutions in drying river networks

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    In this project, we attempt to explore the potential for implementation of restoration measures including nature-based solutions (NBSs) within drying river networks
  5. Student project: Virus drivers of soil biogeochemistry

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    This project investigates the soil virosphere to assess phage interactions with soil materials, host bacteria, and soil fauna, with the aim to understand their influence on carbon and nitrogen cycling.
  6. Student project: Density fractionation of soil organic matter to trace biotic and abiotic drivers of carbon stabilization

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    Soil samples are available that have received 13C-labelled plant material, providing an opportunity to study its stabilization in different soil fractions. This project will apply density fractionation using these samples.
  7. Soil disease suppressiveness in agricultural rotation systems

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    Disease suppressive soils offer effective protection to plants against infection by soil-borne pathogens, including fungi, bacteria, and nematodes. We offer an internship/thesis for MSc students to test disease suppression in soils originating from a greenhouse experiment where 12 common crop species were grown.
  8. Microbial competition and cooperation in the phyllosphere

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    Suitable for Master students for at least six months
  9. Exploiting foliar yeasts for fungal pathogen inhibition and mycotoxin degradation

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    Suitable for Master students for at least six months
  10. Sperm biology and evolution (thesis/internship projects)

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    Sperm are critical to successful fertilisation in sexually reproducing animals. The function of sperm – to find and fertilise ova – is universal throughout the animal kingdom, yet the sperm cell is the most morphologically diverse cell type known.
  11. 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?
  12. 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).
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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).
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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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