About the organizations

Throughout your employment NESSC itself will organise various activities for all PhD students, employed at the different NESSC institutes. These activities will be hosted at one of the organisations above or elsewhere.

UU (Utrecht University)
 A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

The Faculty of Geosciences at Utrecht University offers a wide spectrum of education and research applied to the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and anthroposphere. The Faculty is committed to interdisciplinary and cross-institutional collaboration, and plays a key role in the Dutch national research structure. It embodies four Departments: Earth Sciences; Physical Geography; Sustainable Development and Human Geography & Spatial Planning.

The Department of Earth Sciences is the largest academic Earth Sciences institute in the Netherlands, and among the larger ones in Europe. We conduct teaching and research across the full range of the Solid Earth and Environmental Earth Sciences, with activities covering most areas of geology, geochemistry, geophysics, biogeosciences and hydrogeology. The Department is an international organisation hosting over 45 tenured scientists and more than 100 PhD students and postdoctoral researchers.

The Faculty of Science consists of six Departments: Biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Information and Computing Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry and Mathematics. The Faculty is home to 5,600 students and nearly 1,500 staff and is internationally renowned for the quality of its research. The Faculty’s academic programmes reflect developments in today’s society. Read the overall impression 2016 of the Faculty of Science.

The Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research Utrecht (IMAU) offers a unique research and teaching environment, in which the fundamentals of the climate system are studied. Research is organized in five themes: Atmospheric Dynamics, Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry, Coastal and Shelf Sea Dynamics, Ice and Climate and Oceans and Climate. In 2017, IMAU research quality and impact were qualified as ‘world leading’ by an international visitation committee. Currently, IMAU employs 15 faculty members and 10 support staff and some 20 postdocs and 25 PhD students. The graduate programme is organized in the Buys Ballot research school. For more information about the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research Utrecht, please visit the IMAU website.

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NIOZ (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)
The Royal NIOZ, an NWO Institute, is the Dutch national institute for fundamental and applied marine sciences. It is our goal to improve and share our knowledge of estuaries, seas and oceans: for a better understanding of our planet

The Royal NIOZ aims to improve the career development of masters, Ph.D.’s and Postdocs. We support the goals of the Postdoc Career Development Initiative (PCDI) in the Netherlands. The aim of this organization is to stimulate the broad professional and career development of early career researchers who (are about to) have a Ph.D.

At the Royal NIOZ, we aim to create progress from the day you start. To achieve this we reimburse training/courses, monitor your achievements and assist further growth in a career development program.

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VU (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. And to be a university where personal education and societal involvement play a leading role. Where people from different disciplines and backgrounds work together on innovations and on generating new knowledge. Our teaching and research embrace the whole spectrum of science – from the humanities, the social sciences and the pure sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 23,000 students. We employ more than 4,500 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible, located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

Diversity is one of our university’s core values. We are an inclusive community, and we believe that diversity and international activities enhance the quality of education and research. We are always looking for people who can enhance diversity on our campus thanks to their background and experience.

The Faculty of Science
The Faculty of Science inspires researchers and students to find sustainable solutions for complex societal issues. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to medicines and from molecules to the moon: our teaching and research programmes cover the full spectrum of the natural sciences. We share knowledge and experience with leading research institutes and industries, both here in the Netherlands and abroad.
Working at the Faculty of Science means working with students, PhD candidates and researchers, all with a clear focus on their field and a broad view of the world. We employ more than 1,250 staff members, and we are home to around 6,000 students.

The Department of Earth Sciences studies the Earth as a fully coupled system with emphasis on the interactions between the geo-, hydro-, bio-, cryo-, and atmosphere. Our main goal is to improve our understanding of the processes (including anthropogenic) that ultimately shape our planet and affect our daily lives. We offer high-class teaching and carry out our ambitious and innovative research in a dynamic academic environment, supported by excellent research facilities.

The Department of Ecological Science answers fundamental ecological and evolutionary questions regarding the relationship between organisms and their environment at the full array of hierarchical levels: from molecular ecology to ecosystem research. The department comprises a dynamic community of researchers and provides an excellent research environment with state-of-the-art facilities and high quality training.

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WUR (Wageningen University & Research)

Working with and for society
The world around us is changing quickly. We need creative solutions for serious issues like population growth, the increasing demand for safe and healthy food, and the preservation of biodiversity and our natural environment. Wageningen University & Research is committed to finding those solutions through intensive collaboration with the business world, government and social organisations.

World-class university with cutting-edge institutes
Wageningen University & Research is one of the world’s top-ranked universities in the fields of agriculture, food science and forestry. A strong commitment to teaching and fundamental research, combined with innovative applied research, creates a rich learning environment. Our nine research institutes focus on topics like food production and safety, environmental health, livestock, nutrition and climate change. Thanks to state-of the-art laboratories and research facilities, they can quickly translate their scientific breakthroughs into business-ready applications.

Working environment
The Environmental Sciences department of Wageningen University performs fundamental research and provides academic training within the broad area of the environmental sciences. Topics of interest are nature, biodiversity, landscape, land use, climate change, sea- coastal and inland waters. The Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management group falls under the department of Environmental Sciences. The research of the Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management group focuses on the physical, chemical and biological processes occurring in aquatic ecosystems. The main goal is to develop new knowledge and better instruments for restoration and management of these ecosystems. The research is multidisciplinary (environmental engineering, environmental chemistry and aquatic ecology) and ranges from the laboratory scale (detailed process studies) to the scale of actual ecosystems (field studies). The multidisciplinary expertise of the team comes together in the development of integrated models for ecosystem and water quality management. The research approach thus is quantitative with a strong emphasis on state-of-the-art statistical and modelling techniques.

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RU (Radboud University)
At Radboud University, we do research and teach programmes covering the full width of the academic spectrum. We do this on a green, modern campus with state-of-the-art facilities. The atmosphere on campus is open and personal, which stimulates colleagues to share their knowledge beyond the boundaries of their own discipline. It encourages all to look further, to see more. Thus, Radboud University contributes to the development of new perspectives. Within science and within society. This makes Radboud University successful and of international importance.

Work environment
Microbiology is one of the research priority areas of the Radboud University and has won many prestigious awards including three ERC Advanced Grants, a Spinoza price and two Gravitation Grants. We offer a dynamic research environment in a group with a strong international profile, state-of-the-art laboratory infrastructure, strong national and international collaborations, and the possibility to further develop your scientific education with a large variety of courses, training and conferences.

The Faculty of Science is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and as such encourages applications from women and minorities.

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