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The candidate  will work half-time on a research project in the framework of marine modelling in cooperation with a Vietnamese institute, and half-time he/she will be in charge of capacity building in marine modelling and remote sensing in Benin and other developing countries.

Context

RBINS (https://www.naturalsciences.be/) is one of the ten federal scientific institutes. It executes multidisciplinary scientific research, offers services of public interest and is open for the public through its museum.

The candidate will be working within the ecosystem modelling team (ECOMOD),  and within the CEBioS team (Capacities for Biodiversity and Sustainable Development, http://www.biodiv.be/cebios2/ ). He/she will maintain close contacts with our remote sensing team (REMSEM, https://odnature.naturalsciences.be/remsem/ ). All three teams are part of the Operational Directorate ‘Natural Environment’ within RBINS.

Tasks

The candidate will perform the following tasks:

Halftime-1 within ECOMOD

  • CLIMDIS project (Climate and Disaster Resilience) project financed by BELSPO: maintain and use an existing biological hydrodynamical modelling module (based on COHERENS), apply it to the waters of Ha Long Bay Vietnam and make this model operational, in close collaboration with and according to the needs of our Vietnamese  partners.

Halftime-2, within CEBioS

  • Manage the capacity building project with IRHOB (Institut de Recherches Halieutiques et Océanologiques du Bénin), Benin on: ‘The effect of hydrodynamics on dispersal of shrimp larvae and its consequences for fisheries in lake Nokoué, Benin’ in cooperation with the Beninese partners. This implies giving trainings about COHERENS in Benin and to selected grantees in Belgium.
  • Organize stakeholder meetings within partner countries, while including a remote sensing training component.
  • Actively looking for new projects.
  • Provide reports on the projects involved in, vulgarize the scientific work, and assist in writing policy briefs.
  • General:

    • Analyse results and publish scientific articles
    • Participate in the meetings of the different teams
    • Organize and participate in the project meetings

Diploma

Interested candidates own at least a Master degree in exact sciences. At least 3 years professional experience since Master diploma. 

Technical competence

  • Mathematical interest and excellent programming skills
  • Good writing skills, both scientific writing and vulgarization are necessary
  • Skills in managing and handling big datasets
  • Experience with hydrodynamic models
  • Basic understanding of remote sensing techniques and willingness to improve on them
  • Good knowledge of scientific methodology, interest in performing research

 

Generic competence

  • Team spirit, proactivity
  • Excellent communication skills, as this is an interdisciplinary programme. The candidate should be able to bring together people from different disciplines and with different backgrounds, promote their enthusiasm for learning complex matter
  • Willingness to travel to Benin, Vietnam and other developing countries at least two times a year
  • The candidate should have a strong interest in transferring his/her knowledge and skills to professionals from developing countries in order to strengthen their capacities. This demands not only pedagogic skills, but also sociability, flexibility, patience, adaptability and openness and willingness to work in a multi-cultural context and challenging conditions.

Assets

  • Good knowledge (writing, oral) of English and French or Dutch
  • Knowledge of project management (ToC, logframe or other)
    • Experience in capacity building or teaching
    • Experience with working in Africa or Asia
    • Experience in development cooperation

We offer

  • A fixed term full-time contract of 3 years, preferably from 1/07/2020, based at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, in Brussels, within the Operational Directorate ‘Natural Environment’. The contract could be prolonged providing funding opportunities.
  • Remuneration according to the scale for a grade SW1 scientific staff at the federal government.
  • The work place is the Royal Belgium Institute of Natural Sciences, 29 Rue Vautier, 1000 Brussels.
  • Free public transport or a bike allowance between home/work

How to apply

The candidates should send their motivation letter, CV and evidence of accomplished skills and competences at the latest 31/05/2020, by e-mail to glacroix@naturalsciences.be and ljanssens@naturalsciences.be (reference: Application “Capacities for marine modelling”).

Interviews will take place in the first half of June 2020 at the buildings of RBINS Vautierstraat 29, B-1000 Brussels or by videoconference, depending on the COVID-19 measures.

The date of hiring will be as soon as possible. For more information on this job offer you can contact glacroix@naturalsciences.be and ljanssens@naturalsciences.be .

 

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