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The departments of Biological Oceanography, and Geology and Chemical Oceanography are looking for a postdoctoral researcher for a research program on Caribbean coral reefs
Project 1: “Seawater chemistry of CO2 system and nutrients as drivers of benthic community structure and carbon metabolism of coral reef ecosystems of different trophic status in the Caribbean”
Vacancy number: 2014-047
In this project combined effects of ocean acidification and eutrophication on net benthic ecosystem calcification of coral reefs of different trophic status will be explored. It comprises the investigation of spatial and diurnal variability in seawater chemistry of inorganic carbon, nutrients and zinc (Zn) with rates of carbon metabolism of coral reefs of different trophic status in the Netherlands Caribbean. Variations in seawater chemistry will be studied in relation to the composition of benthic communities and their metabolism, including physical drivers light, temperature, current velocity (ADCP) and upwelling. The benthic community surveys (benthic community composition) and benthic metabolism (net calcification/dissolution and net production) will be conducted in cooperation with other linked projects. Benthic metabolism will be measured in incubation tents until 25 m depth for a selection of benthic communities during diurnal cycles by SCUBA diving. Data will be collected during a seagoing cruise aboard NIOZ vessel Pelagia and field studies conducted from the Caribbean Netherlands Science Institute at St Eustatius and from Bonaire.
We are looking for highly motivated and driven individuals with excellent practical and cognitive abilities.
The applicant for the PostDoc position must hold a doctoral degree and have excellent and demonstrable knowledge of the marine carbonate system and/or marine (de)calcification (e.g. peer reviewed publications, PhD-Thesis). Experience with benthic carbonate chemistry dynamics and coral reef functioning would be beneficial. Good English oral and writing skills are essential. Projected candidate should be a qualified and experienced SCUBA diver.
The program description (research proposal) and additional information about the vacancies can be obtained from:
Program coordinator: Dr. F.C. van Duyl, Senior scientist (firstname.lastname@example.org )
For specific information on each project please contact:
Project 1: Prof. Dr. Ir. H. de Baar, Senior scientist
Conditions of employment:
We are offering fulltime positions for 3 years for the postdoctoral researcher, a pension scheme, a yearly 8% vacation allowance, year-end bonus and flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Labour Agreement of Research Centers. The positions will be located on Texel. Cost of relocation and help with housing will be provided by NIOZ.
Applicants should send a cover letter with motivation, CV, names and email addresses of two referees, to the Human Resources Department, Jolanda Evers NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, P.O. Box 59, 1790 AB Den Burg, the Netherlands, or preferably per e-mail to: email@example.com.
Please quote the vacancy number in your application.
Closing date: Applications can be submitted until October 1st, 2014.