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New positions at the University of Tasmania, Australia

 
There are a number of new academic and professional positions available in Hobart (Australia) under the Australian Antarctic Program Partnership.

The University of Tasmania is pleased to host the operation and activities of the Australian Antarctic Program Partnership (AAPP) – a new research program funded through the Antarctic Science Collaboration Initiative of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. The AAPP brings together government and non-government entities to deliver and lead a significant part of the national Antarctic science program. The partnership includes the University of Tasmania (UTAS), the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD), CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, Geoscience Australia, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), the Tasmanian State Government and Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS).

The AAPP will carry out research to understand the role of the Antarctic region in the global climate system and the implications for marine ecosystems, by enabling collaborative research aligned with the Australian Antarctic Science Strategic Plan and Australian Antarctic Strategy and 20 Year Action Plan. 

Please see here for full listings: http://careers.utas.edu.au/cw/en/listing/

Applications close either 13 or 23 June.

Postdoctoral Position at the University of Southern California, USA

 Postdoctoral position in ocean metals ecology

The John Lab at the University of Southern California seeks a post-doctoral research associate to study the role of metals in ocean ecology. The applicant will develop large-volume trace-metal clean mesocosms. This experimental setup will allow us to explore the role of trace-metals on ocean ecology, moving beyond the ‘instantaneous’ effects measured in typical bottle incubations towards longer-term ecosystem-scale experimentation. Initial experiments will focus on the role of iron from dust in supporting nitrogen fixation in the oceans, with further experiments based on the specific skills and interests of the postdoc, and on opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration. Possible areas of further research include the biological cycling of trace-metal isotopes, the role of trace-metals in viral ecology, or the use of mesocosms to constrain global numerical models of metal cycling. The postdoc will have frequent opportunities for collaboration and travel through the Simons Collaboration on Ocean Processes and Ecology (SCOPE) project. Applicants should send a CV and a cover letter describing areas of research interest to Professor Seth John (sethjohn@usc.edu).

Postdoc in biological fractionation of non-traditional isotopes, LOV, Villefranche-sur-Mer, France

General information

Workplace : Lab of Oceanography of Villefranche-sur-Mer, France (http://www.lov.obs-vlfr.fr/)
Date of publication : 20th May 2019
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist (full time)
Contract Period : between 18 to 24 months according to experience
Expected date of employment : 1st October 2019
Remuneration : between 2500 and 3500 euros gross monthly according to experience
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : Indifferent
Deadline for application: 30th June 2019

Missions

The relationships between the concentrations of trace metals and marine biomass and biodiversity remain uncertain. The ISO2MET ANR project targets to apply stable isotope fractionations of trace metals in marine ecotoxicology, and to determine the relationship

Activities

The post-doc will focus his/her activity on characterizing and quantifying biological fractionation of lithium, copper and zinc isotopes in the marine environment. The post-doc will also participate to the experimental work initiated at the cellular level, in collaboration with a laboratory located at the Faculty of Medicine in Nice. At the organism level, the candidate will perform high sensitivity isotopic measurements on plankton, plankton-feeders, fishes, bivalves and corals, collected in contrasted environments, or cultured under controlled conditions. The objective is to establish the control laws of biological isotope fractionations in the ocean and to provide new approaches in ecotoxicology, paleoenvironment and medical fields.

Skills

Candidates should hold a PhD in non-traditional isotopes in the environment and have significant skills in biology and/or paleo-environments. Experience in modeling isotopic and geochemical data would be an asset. The capacity to work in a multidisciplinary team, and the ability to communicate and write easily in English is essential. Additional expertise will be appreciated in ecotoxicology and environmental science.

Work context

LOV is a joint research unit of both the CNRS and Sorbonne University, and is a French marine station specialized in plankton ecology, ocean acidification and marine biogeochemical cycles. At LOV, the post-doc will participate to the newly formed Chemistry-Ocean-Climate (CHOC) team dynamics, that involve 8 researchers, technical staffs and several PhD students. In the context of the project, the post-doc will be part of the ANR ISO2MET team and will benefit from the interdisciplinary and numerous interactions of its members from LOV, LP2M (Nice), IAEA-Monaco, LIENSs (LaRochelle) and ENS-Lyon (https://anr.fr/Project-ANR-18-CE34-0002).

Equipped clean laboratories, ICP-OES, ICP-MS, GC and EA-IRMS are part of the CHOC and the LIENSs platforms. MC-ICP-MS are available in ENS-Lyon. Modeling is performed in collaboration with Nice University biophysicists.

Application

Send applications (CV, name of two referents, motivation letter) or questions to nathalie.vigier@obs-vlfr.fr and to isabelle.maire@obs-vlfr.fr, before 30th June 2019.

Two postdoctoral opportunities, LEMAR, Plouzané, France


1. Postdoctoral Researcher – Ocean Biogeochemistry Modelling 24 months, Plouzané, France

Job description:

The postdoctoral researcher will work on a recently funded ANR project entitled “BIIM” (Biogeochemical Impact of Iron released by Marine particles of sedimentary and hydrothermal origin) which aims to 1) assess the processes leading to the net dissolution of abiotic particulate iron from sedimentary and hydrothermal origin, and 2) evaluate its impact on marine biogeochemistry.

In particular, the postdoctoral researcher will be in charge of setting up the numerical simulation of this newly considered iron compartment. The modelisation will have more specifically to take into account the impact of external parameters (e.g. T°, light, bacteria abundance) on the dissolution of these iron particles. The selected candidate will have to write the equations describing the time evolution of the dissolved iron originating from the iron particles. A 0D model derived from these equations will then have to be coded in Fortran (in order to be easily incorporated in the full 3D biogeochemical model, later in the project) and used to numerically simulate the role of the various in-situ environmental parameters (e.g. T°, light, sediment types) on the dissolved iron concentration. Results of the 0D simulations will be confronted to the comparable experimental data to refine the parameterization. In some cases, this confrontation between the 0D simulations and the experimental data may lead us to modify the experimental design, which has been thought to be flexible. Then, the processes modelled in 0D will be embedded in a 3D ocean biogeochemical model (PISCES) by adding the code corresponding to the influence of the iron particles on the dissolved iron to the PISCES iron module. The end goal of this work is to produce an assessment of the global biogeochemical impact of iron particles on the dissolved iron distribution and variability that, in turn, will impact global biological production patterns. He/She is expected to publish the results in high-impact journals and participate to international conferences. Previous experience with biogeochemical modelling (Unix/Linux environment, Fortran) and knowledge in trace metal biogeochemical cycles are required. Excellent oral and written English and ability to work within a multidisciplinary team are compulsory.

How to apply

To apply, a CV, a letter of application (2 pages max) and the names of three referees should be emailed to helene.planquette@univ-brest.fr

Closing date for applications

All applications for this post should be received in advance of on Monday 17th June 2019. Please note that late applications will not be accepted. Starting date would ideally be in September 2019.

Contact

For further information, contact Dr Thomas Gorgues : thomas.gorgues@ird.fr

 

2- Postdoctoral Researcher – Trace metal ocean biogeochemistry 12 months, renewable 12 months, Plouzané, France

Job description

The postdoctoral researcher will work on a recently funded ANR project entitled “BIIM” (Biogeochemical Impact of Iron released by Marine particles of sedimentary and hydrothermal origin) which aims to 1) assess the processes leading to the net dissolution of abiotic particulate iron from sedimentary and hydrothermal origin, and 2) evaluate its impact on marine biogeochemistry.

In particular, the postdoctoral researcher will be in charge of undertaking careful dissolution experiments of sedimentary and hydrothermal particles. Analyses will include SF-ICP-MS (Element XR/SeaFAST), iron organic speciation by competitive ligand exchange adsorptive cathodic stripping voltammetry (CLE-ACSV) and SEM/XDS imaging. He/She will interpret the results regarding the parameters affecting the dissolution of iron from suspended sedimentary particles. He/she will be interacting with the modellers so that outputs of these experiments can be embedded in biogeochemical models. The end goal of this work is to produce an assessment of the global biogeochemical impact of iron particles on the dissolved iron distribution and variability that, in turn, will impact global biological production patterns.

Previous experience with trace metal clean analytical techniques is required. Excellent oral and written English and ability to work within a multidisciplinary team are compulsory. He/She is expected to publish the results in high-impact journals and participate to international conferences. Strong knowledge in trace metal biogeochemical cycles are required.

How to apply

To apply, a CV, a letter of application (2 pages max) and the names of three referees should be emailed to helene.planquette@univ-brest.fr

Closing date for applications

All applications for this post should be received in advance of on Tuesday 25th June 2019. Please note that late applications will not be accepted. Please note that late applications will not be accepted. Starting date would ideally be in September 2019.

Independent Research Fellowships - NERC, UK

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>> PLEASE note that this call is now closed but it will likely be available again next year. We are posting it on this web page to inform researchers about this potential opportunity. Please check the following NERC web page for updates: http://www.nerc.ac.uk/funding/available/fellowships/irf/

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The NERC Independent Research Fellowship (IRF) Scheme is designed to develop scientific leadership among the most promising early-career environmental scientists, by giving all fellows five years' support, which will allow them sufficient time to develop their research programmes and to gain international recognition.

As part of this scheme, NERC will expand its fellowship networking and training activities, working with host institutions, to support the development of future leaders in NERC science.

Application and assessment process

In order to identify future science leaders, the assessment process will concentrate on applicants' research potential, with track record assessed in a way that is appropriate to career stage. Applicants will be expected to: (1) demonstrate their research vision and philosophy and outline ways in which their research could be developed over the five year fellowship; (2) explain how they will contribute to the international research area and interact with the leading international groups in their field; (3) explain how they will enable the potential economic or societal benefits of their research to be realised.

In order to demonstrate a commitment to the development of NERC IRFs, the Head of Department of the host institution will be required to demonstrate:

(1) the availability of structured institutional support, including infrastructure and facilities, funds to support research, and access to PhD students; (2) support for personal development of the fellow, including mentoring, appropriate review, and training courses.

For further information: http://www.nerc.ac.uk/funding/available/fellowships/irf/

 

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