The Centre for Environmental Sciences is an international academic leader in holistic, multi-, and transdisciplinary analyses pertaining to the environment and a source of robust science-driven advice to public and private decision-makers from the local to the international level. Within CMK, researchers from biology, ecology, economics, epidemiology, chemistry and law work together to address environmental challenges of high societal urgency that require analyses that span across the boundaries of different scientific domains and disciplines, and necessitate fundamental, as well as applied research. CMK research aims to improve our understanding on society’s impact on nature, and on nature’s impact on society, in particular with regard to (1) understanding influences of the environment on organisms, (2) developing and assessing sustainable clean technologies to mitigate influences of the environment on organisms, and to (3) monitoring, valuing and optimizing biodiversity and ecosystem services under different stress conditions, including climate change.
CMK researchers publish in top-ranked academic journals and are represented in national and international scientific and policy advisory boards.
You will be carrying out an interdisciplinary research project about the assessment and valuation of ecosystem services. You will be tasked to assess how the use of biochar, a soil amendment made from pyrolysis of biomass, impacts on ecosystem services (e.g. biodiversity, crop productivity, carbon sequestration, water purification), in particular for marginal soils, and to value these changes in services in monetary terms. The ultimate goal of your PhD is to provide quantitative guidance to policy-makers and businesses on the full societal advantages and disadvantages of using biochar as a soil amendment.
Within this project you will work closely together with colleagues from different disciplines, from different national and international universities, and with an extensive advisory board that spans the full biochar stakeholder chain.
You will be appointed and paid as PhD student.
You will be initially appointed for a period of 2 years, which is extended for 2 additional years on the condition of a positive evaluation.
You can only apply online up to and including 31 May 2019.
The selection procedure consists of a preselection based on application file, an interview and a test lesson / presentation.
Preselection is based on CV, motivation letter and a single writing sample of your own work.
Prof. dr. Robert MALINA, +32-11-268687, firstname.lastname@example.org
prof. dr. Tom KUPPENS, +32-11-268755, email@example.com
Prof. dr. Ann CUYPERS, +32-11-268326, firstname.lastname@example.org
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|Title||PhD student Valuation of Ecosystem Services|
|Job location||Wetenschapspark 2, 3590 Diepenbeek|
|Published||April 18, 2019|
|Application deadline||May 31, 2019|
|Job types||PhD  |
|Fields||Ecology,   Civil Engineering,   Industrial Engineering,   Bioengineering,   Environmental Engineering  |