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Postdoc in contaminants transport modelling in coastal area, Toulon University, France

Employer: Toulon University - MIO and PROTEE laboratories (,

Job location: La Garde (France)

Duration: 18 months - Expecting starting: 1st september 2017 - Salary: ~ 2000€ / month

Deadline for application: June 30th 2017

Job description: In the framework of the Interreg Marittimo IMPACT project (2017-2020, European Union funding), coordinated by ISMAR/CNR (Italy), MIO and PROTEE laboratories from Toulon University (France) are opening an 18-months post-doc position. Gathering the competences from Italian and French research partners, the IMPACT project aims at better understanding the influence of large harbors onto Marine Protected Areas, along the Italian and French Mediterranean coasts. In particular, MIO and PROTEE laboratories will be in charge of coastal circulation (through physical observation and numerical modelling) and the assessment of inorganic contaminants (trace elements) levels in the main environmental compartments (water column, sediments) from such confined environments. In such context, the recruited post-doc will have to adapt modelling approaches in order to simulate the distribution, transport and fate of contaminants in coastal environments. Among the 4 areas selected in the IMPACT project, this offer will mainly focus on the study of the Toulon Bay (France) and surrounding Marine Protected Area (Parc National de Port Cros), as a case study particularly affected by anthropogenic pressures. On field physical and chemical data collection will be part of the proposed tasks. Most of the job will be conducted at Toulon University, along with few field campaigns and meetings in Italy and Corsica with the other involved partners. MIO and PROTEE laboratories are seeking for a candidate having either (1) a strong background in ocean numerical modelling with experience in (bio)geochemistry of trace elements and/or contaminants, or (2) a strong background in marine (geo)chemistry of trace elements and/or contaminants with experience in numerical modelling. This position being in the framework of an international research project, a PhD is requested as well as fluent English capacity. Additional experience as a post-doc is welcomed together with field campaign ability.

To apply for this position: detailed CV, motivation letter and at least 2 references to Dr. Yann OURMIERES and Dr. Cédric GARNIER (,

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Quantitative Ocean Biogeochemistry at the University of Liverpool, UK

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Quantitative Ocean Biogeochemistry at the University of Liverpool - £32,958 - £38,183

We are looking to appoint an ambitious and creative individual in the broad field of ocean biogeochemistry and phytoplankton physiology. Our research group is interested in understanding how bio-essential resources are cycled in the oceans and how their availability affects phytoplankton physiology and vital rates. This particular post is linked to an exciting European Research Council project led by Dr Alessandro Tagliabue concerned with expanding our understanding of what shapes the magnitude and variability in biological activity in the ocean ( The exact nature of the position is open to be developed in line with your interests, skills and future ideas, but will have strong links to the impact of micronutrients on phytoplankton activity using quantitative tools.  You will come with your own research ideas, but also operate as part of a wider team of researchers concerned with similar questions within the research group. In particular, the project has a strong set of national and international collaborators with whom you will be able to interact with. There is funding to support your travel to collaborators laboratories and to present our results at key international conferences.  The post is available until 30 September 2019.

For for information please contact Alessandro Tagliabue at a.tagliabue@liverpool or at the following link:

Senior Research Associate in Chemical Thermodynamic Modelling and Data Analysis for Oceanographic Applications

Senior Research Associate
University of East Anglia - School of Environmental Sciences

Location: Norwich
Salary: £32,004 to £38,183 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Job Ref: RA1400

This NERC-funded collaborative project, with scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in the USA, and elsewhere, focuses on the development of a metrologically traceable chemical thermodynamic model of speciation in natural waters. The research involves the analysis of data from which the parameters of the Pitzer-based speciation model are derived, and the application of statistical methods so that experimental uncertainties can be propagated through the model to the calculated speciation. The work involves collaboration with several groups in other countries carrying out experiments, and culminates in the development of online and other practical modelling tools to be used by natural water chemists.

The successful candidate will have a minimum of a Ph.D in the physical sciences or applied mathematics/statistics, and be able to fulfil all the essential elements of the person specification.

This full time post is available from 1 July 2017 for a fixed term period of 36 months.

Key Words: applied statistics, data analysis, mathematical modelling, chemical speciation, natural waters, Pitzer equations, chemical oceanography, pH standards, web-based models.

Closing date: 12 midnight on 19 May 2017.

For further information and applications:

The University is a Bronze Athena Swan Award holder, currently working towards Silver

Geochemistry Research Technician, National Oceanography Centre Southampton, UK

Geochemistry Research Technician
Location: National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Applications are invited from researchers to work as a research technician in the laboratories of the Geochemistry Group of Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Southampton. Our group comprises of more than 30 researchers and postgraduate students applying cutting edge geochemical analysis and modelling to scientific questions of major societal, economic and environmental importance. We have a world-class range of analytical equipment and associated clean laboratories and our instruments and techniques are applied to applications in a diverse range of fields from the geological to the medical.

This post will involve supporting our lead researchers by performing cutting edge isotope and geochemical analyses, training postgraduate and undergraduate students and visitors, and developing new analytical techniques and methodologies to ensure the Geochemistry Group remains at the forefront of geochemical research in the UK. The principal research areas will be in the fields of paleoclimate and oceanography but it is expected that the appointee will be involved in research across a broad range of disciplines.

The applicant should have skill level equivalent to achievement of HND, Degree, NVQ4 or basic professional qualification and experience in either chemistry, geochemistry or isotope geochemistry and should have some experience of sample preparation, clean lab methodologies, elemental purification using column chromatography, and ideally analysis using (multi-collector) inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Some experience with the following non-gaseous stable isotope systems would also be beneficial: Li, B, Mg and Fe.

This post is a permanent position. Further information about the Geochemistry group can be found here ( For further enquiries please contact Professor Gavin Foster (

For further information and applications:

Postdoctoral Fellowships, FWO - Odysseus programme, Belgium

The FWO Odysseus programme supports outstanding researchers who have built up a career outside Flanders. The programme provides start-up funding in order to develop a research group within a Flemish university or to set up a research line and become progressively more involved in the Flemish research establishment.

 Profile and conditions:

  • The subsidy is spread over 5 years and includes the salary cost for supporting staff, equipment and bench fees. This breakdown is purely indicative, because the researcher under this programme is entitled to freely dispose of the financial resources.   Salary costs and remunerations of the Odysseus beneficiaries are borne by the host institution. Otherwise the same guidelines as for FWO projects apply.
  • The subsidy is used for two types of start-up funding:

Odysseus Group I:

    • for researchers who are internationally recognised as pioneers in their field and who already have a position at a foreign university
    • research funding: €400,000 to €1,500,000/year (€2,000,000 to €7,500,000 for the 5-year period)

Odysseus Group II

    • Researchers who have at least 3 years' post-doctoral experience abroad and whose work has convinced leading colleagues in the field that they have potential to develop a leading international position.
    • Research funding: €100,000 and €200,000/year (€500,000 to €1,000,000 for the 5-year period)
  • Only the Flemish universities can, potentially in cooperation, nominate candidates at the FWO.

To be considered an eligible candidate:

  • you have been employed by a foreign institution for at least one year before the date of the application.
  • you have for at least three years been affiliated to a foreign institution in the last five years ('foreign' here meaning a non-belgian institute).
  • you meet the criteria of excellence, as demonstrated in the CV and submit a research plan at the relevant universities. This plan includes a budget with an indicative breakdown of planned expenses over a period of five years. This research plan is approved by the university or universities and is consistent with the research policy. 
  • In case of a nomination by two or more universities, they should formulate a common proposal.

For further information:

 Data Product (IDP2014)


 Data Assembly Centre (GDAC)


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