Ghent University
PhD student
Ghent University
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Published: 5 days ago
Application deadline: Aug 01
Location: Gent, Belgium
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PhD student

Last application date           Aug 01, 2018 18:16

Department                         LA24 - Department of Green Chemistry and Technology

Contract                              Limited duration

Degree                                MsC Bioscience engineering, MsC Biology, MsC Physics, MsC Civil Engineering or equivalent;

Occupancy rate                   100%

Vacancy Type                      Research staff

Job description

Junior project manager for flux tower installation in the Democratic Republic of Congo This position is opened at ISOFYS-lab (UGent) in the framework of the following European project: YPS: Yangambi, Pôle scientifique en service de l’homme et de la nature ISOFYS – Isotope Bioscience Laboratory, Department of Green Chemistry and Technology – ISOFYS is a research unit at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering of Ghent University, Belgium. The research unit is equipped with diverse state-of-the-art stable and radioisotope analytical equipment and carries out highly international oriented research and education on isotope biogeochemistry, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and integrated tropical soil fertility. Doing so ISOFYS contributes to a process based understanding of ecosystem functions. Scientific background Central African forests are poorly studied but an important component in the global greenhouse gas balance. In one part of this European YPS project, Ghent University is scientifically responsible to set up an eddy-covariance flux tower in lowland tropical forest in Yangambi, close to Kisangani (Democratic Republic of the Congo). Eddy covariance is a widely used, accurate and direct method to quantify greenhouse gas and water exchange between ecosystems and the atmosphere. Specific tasks Within the above-mentioned project, Ghent University is subcontractor of Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and in charge of the scientific implementation of the project. In other words; provide all the scientific-technical details to CIFOR and install the measuring equipment once the physical structure of the tower has been set up. We have a list of equipment that needs to be installed on the tower (CO2, N2O and CH4 trace gas lasers, meteorological equipment, etc.). However, the machines need energy supply, the data needs to be logged and uploaded, and the configuration of all the data logging and energy schemes need to be determined. All this will need to be implemented in a robust and low-maintenance way, because the tower site is located in the forest of the central Congo Basin.

For this, we are looking for someone to:

• Project management and reporting

• Procurement and installation of eddy covariance equipment in Belgium and the Democratic Republic of Congo

• Organizing the workflow of an international team

• Monitoring, processing and quality control of collected flux data

Profile of the candidate

Profile of the candidate

• We look for strongly motivated candidates with relevant working experience or a diploma-holder of one of the following training programs: MsC Bioscience engineering, MsC Biology, MsC Physics, MsC Civil Engineering or equivalent;

• General knowledge on and understanding of dataloggers, meteorological equipment and gas analyzers

• Knowledge in the field of eddy-covariance and tropical forest biogeochemistry is a plus

• Fluent in English and French (Dutch is a plus, but not a must);

• Willing to work in multidisciplinary team and with different stakeholders and project partners;

• Independent, dynamic, communicative and social are crucial soft skills

• Willing to travel occasionally to DRC Our offer

• Initial contract as full-time scientific collaborator for 12 month period, with options for prolongation • Starting date: 15th of September 2018 • The successful candidate will be based in Ghent

• The salary of this position is determined by Ghent University according to the relevant diploma.

How to apply

The candidate will be selected based on CV, reference letter, motivation letter and a job interview. Please forward the application (CV, motivation letter and reference letters) by 1/8/2018 or additional questions to: Prof. Dr. Ir. Pascal Boeckx Isotope Bioscience Laboratory, Ghent University Coupure Links 653, 9000 Gent, Belgium Tel.: +32 264 60 00 Email: Pascal.Boeckx@UGent.be

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