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Het Nederlands Instituut voor Ecologie (NIOO-KNAW) is één van de onderzoeksinstituten van de Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (KNAW), met ruim 200 medewerkers, gastonderzoekers en studenten. De meeste van onze medewerkers zijn afkomstig uit de (internationale) wetenschap: hoogleraren, onderzoeksmedewerkers en promovendi. Daarnaast zijn ook de collega’s in ondersteunende functies, zoals HR, communicatie, financiën, ICT en facilitair, onmisbaar. Iedereen levert vanuit het eigen vakgebied met passie een bijdrage aan een leefbare wereld. Wil jij dat ook?
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Vacatures

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  1. Management Assistent

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  2. HR medewerker / Junior HR adviseur

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    Wij zoeken een HR medewerker/ Junior HR adviseur (24 uur per week). 

Stages

  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. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Nematode hitchhiking in shaping phage-bacterial interactions

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    Nematodes and viruses (phages) are important predators of bacteria.
  10. 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?
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  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. 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. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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).
  20. 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?
  21. Trekken planten natuurlijke vijanden van hun wortelbelagers aan?

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    Als planten worden aangevallen door bovengrondse insecten, worden bij een aantal plantensoorten stoffen vrijgemaakt die de parasitoiden van de insecten aantrekken. Er is vrijwel niets bekend of eenzelfde soort fenomeen (aantrekking van antagonisten als reactie op wortelaantasting door nematoden, insecten, of schimmels) zich ook in de bodem voordoet. Het is ook niet bekend of de inductie van een reactie van een plant op een insect bovengronds een effect heeft op een wortelherbivoor (nematode, insect).
  22. Student project Licht op Natuur

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    Light pollution is increasingly recognised as one of the strongest anthropogenic factors that can impact ecosystems. At the NIOO-KNAW, we investigate the impact of light on nocturnal species, such as bats, amphibians, mice and mustelids. We try to understand their response to the colour composition of light, and the ligth intensity
  23. Modelleren van aquatische voedselwebben

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    Om voedselwebben te onderzoeken, worden twee benaderingen naast elkaar toegepast: computermodellen en modelecosystemen (voedselwebjes). De belangrijkste experimentele ecosystemen die gebruikt worden zijn zogenaamde chemostaten: vaten van 1,6 liter waarin het plankton zich bevindt en die een continue aanvoer van verse voedingsstoffen hebben. Verder hebben we ook de beschikking over de Limnotrons (zie afbeelding), van zo'n 1000 liter, die meer worden gebruikt om grootschaliger processen te betuderen. Tijdens experimenten worden regelmatig monsters genomen uit beide typen modelecosytemen om veranderingen te volgen in de planktongemeenschap (bijv. aantallen, mate van verdediging) en abiotische variabelen (bijv. pH of nutriënten).
  24. Ecologische en evolutionaire interacties tussen waardplant, pathogene schimmel, en herbivoor insect: aanpassingen in een complexe wereld

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    Een groot deel van de potentiële reproductie van planten in natuurlijke populaties gaat verloren door toedoen van pathogenen en herbivoren. Twee anjerachtigen, Silene alba en S. dioica worden in ons land bijvoorbeeld geïnfecteerd door de brandschimmel Ustilago violacea, die de vruchtbeginsels van geïnfecteerde bloemen aborteert, en de helmhokjes gebruikt om haar eigen sporen in te produceren.
  25. De rol van secundaire plantenstoffen in de smalle weegbree in resistentie tegen pathogenen en herbivoren

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    Secundaire plantenstoffen kunnen een rol spelen bij afweer tegen zowel herbivoren als fytopathogene schimmels. In natuurlijke populaties wordt vaak een grote mate van genetische variatie in (constitutieve) gehaltes aan secundaire plantenstoffen gevonden. Een algemeen aanvaarde verklaring hiervoor is dat er kosten verbonden zijn aan deze vorm van afweer: waardgenotypen met hoge gehaltes hebben een selectief voordeel bij hoge selectiedruk door herbivoren, maar genotypen met lage gehaltes, d.w.z. lage kosten, bij een lage selectiedruk.
  26. 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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