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Scientist European Biodiversity Monitoring

Scientist European Biodiversity Monitoring

Are you familiar with biodiversity monitoring program designs, including their cost-effectiveness? Do you have experience with biodiversity policy and legislation in Europe? Are you able engaging and communicating with a large network of stakeholders? Then we may be looking for you.


Biodiversity loss has severe impacts on ecosystem services and humans. Many EU-level policies and initiatives demand unbiased, integrated and regularly updated biodiversity and ecosystem service data. However, efforts to monitor biodiversity are spatially and temporally fragmented, taxonomically biased, and lack integration. The advertised position will be part of the international consortium Europa Biodiversity Observation Network (EuropaBON), which aims to bridge these gaps by designing an EU-wide framework for monitoring biodiversity and ecosystem services to support biodiversity policies in Europe.

What are you going to do:
  • Develop designs for the robust sampling of Essential Biodiversity Variables across Europe.
  • Interact with project partners and stakeholders to understand current data integration, analyze the cost-effectiveness of monitoring schemes, and describe the potential contribution of novel technologies for the future monitoring of biodiversity across Europe.
  • Produce a synthesis report with suggestions for biodiversity data flows in the context of reporting to the European biodiversity policies.
  • Participate in international EuropaBON stakeholder workshops and in regular EuropaBON meetings and networking events.
  • PhD in a relevant field (e.g. ecology, biodiversity science, statistics, physical geography, data science, remote sensing).
  • Comprehensive knowledge of biodiversity policy and monitoring in Europe.
  • Understanding the current way of reporting to European nature policies, e.g. Habitats Directive, Water Framework Directive, Birds Directive, Marine Strategy Framework Directive.
  • Experience with biodiversity sampling designs and/or the calibration of remote sensing data with in-situ measurements.
  • Capability of working in interdisciplinary teams and willingness to interact with a diverse set of partners and stakeholders.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English (and willingness to learn Dutch) .
  • Proven track record in scientific publications.
Our offer & your application

A temporary contract for 38 hours a week, until the end of the EuropaBon project in November 2023.

The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €2,836 to €4,474 (scale 10) gross per month, based on a fulltime contract (38 hours a week). This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

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For more information and application for this position, visit the website of the University of Amsterdam: