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Post Doctorate

Postdoctoral Positions at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. Closing date: until filled!

The Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (CAOS; http://caos.iisc.as.in) at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc; https://iisc.ac.in) welcomes applications from recent PhDs in oceanography for the newly established Raman Postdoctoral Fellowships.

Candidates of all nationalities are eligible to apply. The application form, details regarding the application process, salary and qualifications can be found at https://iisc.ac.in/post-docs/. The initial appointments will be for a period of two years.

Qualifications and Experience
Ph.D. with First Class or equivalent (in terms of grades, etc.) in the preceding degree and a good academic record throughout. Candidates who are expecting to submit the Ph.D. thesis shortly may also apply but their applications will be considered only after thesis submission.  Candidates should preferably be less than 32 years of age at the time of applying.

The duration of the fellowship is two years. In exceptional cases, the duration may be extended by one more year.

Selected candidates will receive a consolidated monthly package of Rs. 1 Lakh. In addition, they will receive a research grant of Rs. 8 Lakhs per year.

Additional Information
An application for being considered for the advertised position can be made in the prescribed form (fillable pdf file).
Overseas Citizens of India (OCI), Persons of Indian Origin (PIO), and foreign nationals are eligible to apply.

The Institute reserves the right to screen and call only such candidates for an interview as are found suitable. Thus, just fulfilling the minimum eligibility criteria would not entitle one to be selected.
The candidate is responsible for the correctness of the information provided in the application. If it is found at a later date that any information given in the application is incorrect or false, the candidature/appointment is liable to be cancelled/terminated.
Candidates are encouraged to contact the chair of their preferred department/s for additional information.

How to Apply:
Candidates must first contact a faculty member in the Institute who is willing to host the candidate. A consent letter or consent email is required from the faculty member as a part of the application package. Candidates should apply using the fillable PDF form. The following documents are required along with the application.

(A) Curriculum Vitae with a list of all publications

(B) PDF files of at least two and up to five important publications

(C) Proposed research plan (up to 500 words)

(D) Consent letter or email from faculty member. Please get in touch with the faculty member offline and obtain the consent of the faculty member for hosting you

(E) Any other relevant information the applicant may like to furnish

The filled-out PDF form must be saved as a PDF file, and a single PDF file needs to be made along with the required documents. This single PDF file must be emailed to the Registrar, Indian Institute of Science at the email address: registrar@iisc.ac.in, with a copy to the chair of the Department/Centre in which the candidate would like to work and to the faculty memberwho is willing to host the candidate.

For any further information visit this website: https://iisc.ac.in/post-docs/

Postdoctoral scientist position on trace gas chemistry, University of Miami, USA. Closing date: until filled

We are looking for a postdoctoral scientist to work on trace gas chemistry of the upper troposphere/lower stratosphere during one or more airborne research missions over the continental United States or the Western Pacific Ocean.

The scientist will become involved in all aspects of the preparation, deployment, chemical analysis, and data interpretation of trace gas measurements from high altitude research aircraft. One position is associated with the Dynamics and Chemistry of the Summer Stratosphere (www.dcotss.org) project. A second position is potentially available for similar work on a project that is still waiting on a funding decision. Both positions will involve collaboration with a large, multi-disciplinary team of scientists.

The requirements are a recent PhD in atmospheric, environmental, or chemical sciences. Experience in areas of gas chromatography/mass spectrometry analyses, trace gas analysis, airborne instrumentation, and data analyses is desired. Significant time doing field work is expected.

Interested applicants should send a statement of interests and future goals, a CV and names of 3 references to: Elliot Atlas (eatlas@rsmas.miami.edu).  

The position is located at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami. The University of Miami offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package including medical and dental benefits, tuition remission, vacation, paid holidays and much more. The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Postdoctoral Position in biogeochemical cycling of trace metals in the oceans - Marine Biogeochemistry at GEOMAR, Germany - Closing date: 14th February 2019

Postdoctoral Position in biogeochemical cycling of trace metals in the oceans

Colsing date: 14th February 2019

Starting on April 1st 2019

Topic of position: Investigations into sources, sinks and cycling of trace elements in the oceans.


  • The candidate must have a M.Sc and PhD, or be close (within four months) to completion of a PhD, in chemical oceanography or a similar field.
  • The candidate must have a strong background in marine biogeochemistry.
  • Experience with investigations into the behaviour, fate and ecological effects of trace elements in the ocean is required. Expertise with ship-board sampling for dissolved trace elements is required.
  • The candidate must have the expertise to undertake trace element analysis in seawaters using ICP-MS. Experience with statistical techniques for analysis of large data sets is preferred.
  • The candidate must have an excellent publication record, including first author publications, commensurate with experience
  • We expect excellent English language skills, and that the candidate is willing and able to participate in sea-going expeditions of several weeks in duration.

Job Description / Project Description
Our work focuses on the role of the oceans in the global carbon cycle, and the biogeochemical cycles of carbon, nutrients and trace elements and their interactions with ocean biology. We combine developments of analytical techniques and novel sensors, with ocean observations and laboratory experiments.

The candidate will investigate the sources, sinks, biogeochemical cycling and ecological effects of trace elements in the oceans. The work will focus on open ocean systems and form part of the large contribution by the team to the International GEOTRACES Program. State of the art analytical techniques are available to undertake ocean observations, experiments and data handling. The candidate will perform ocean observations and link the sources and behaviour of trace elements to tracers (e.g. Ra isotopes, 3He). The candidate will undertake sample collection and analysis with assistance of technical staff, with subsequent data analysis, interpretation and scientific manuscript publication. Preparation and submission of research proposals is expected. Supervision and co-supervision of students and researchers is envisaged.

The position is available for a funding period of 3 years, with a possibility for another 3 years following positive evaluation. The fixed-term contract shall comply with Section 2 Paragraph 1 of The Act of Academic Fixed-Term Contract (German WissZeitVG).

The salary depends on qualification and is at class E13 TVoD-Bund of the German tariff for public employees, but could be up to class E14 in case on qualification. The position is a full-time position and can be split.

For further information regarding the position and research unit please contact Prof. Dr. Eric Achterberg (eachterberg@geomar.de or +49431-600-1290).


Research/faculty positions

Marine Biogeochemist - Biological or Chemical Oceanographer, Atlantic Ocean and Mainz, Germany. Closing date: until filled

The Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (MPIC) seeks a:

Marine Biogeochemist - Biological or Chemical Oceanographer

to work on the newly build research sail yacht Eugen Seibold https://www.wernersiemens-stiftung.ch/en/projects/a-sailing-research-lab/

SY Eugen Seibold is a 72-foot vessel for ocean and climate research, fully equipped with state-of-the-art research technology to analyze the upper ocean and ocean-atmosphere exchange processes. The new colleague will be a member of the climate geochemistry department at MPIC, and is co-responsible for sampling and data acquisition on the Eugen Seibold.

We are looking for a highly motivated scientist with excellent research skills. Apart from pursuing her/his own research direction, the position requires a technical understanding of major systems onboard the Eugen Seibold. Good organization and communication skills are needed.

Prerequisites are a degree in marine biogeochemistry, biological or chemical oceanography, marine microbiology or in a related field, and a serious interest in sea-going expeditions. Applicants are expected to work at sea for approximately 4 months per year. The office and onshore laboratories are located at Mainz, Germany. We offer excellent research and work conditions in an international team of experts, and a longer-term professional perspective.

The Max Planck Society wishes to increase the number of female coworkers and applications by women are particularly encouraged. The Max Planck Society has set itself the objective of employing more people with disabilities. Applications from people with disabilities are expressly encouraged.

Applications are welcome until the position is filled. Please apply with a letter of intent, CV, and three referee's names to ralf.schiebel@mpic.de

Coordination positions

Executive Secretary Position at the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) - closing date: June 15, 2019

Executive Secretary of the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES), in Sidney, British Columbia, Canada

The announcement is posted on the PICES Home page at: https://pices.int

The full description of the job and the application process is available at: https://meetings.pices.int/about/Job-PICES-Executive.pdf

Applications are invited for a five year appointment to the position of Executive Secretary of the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES), based in Sidney, British Columbia, Canada. 

PICES is an international scientific organization, established by an intergovernmental Convention in 1992 (http://www.pices.int/about/convention.aspx). 

The vision, mission, strategy and goals are outlined in the PICES Strategic Plan (https://meetings.pices.int/About/PICES-Strategic-Plan-Oct-2016.pdf).



The Executive Secretary is the Organization’s chief administrative officer and must be impartial in promoting and coordinating the interests of all Contracting Parties. The Executive Secretary is responsible for the management of the Organization’s office, staff, and budget, which is presently over CAD $2 million, including nearly CAD $800,000 contributed equally as dues by the Member States; conducts business on behalf of the Organization; arranges meetings of the Organization and its constituent bodies and committees; prepares annual budget statements, estimates and forecasts; raises funds for priority activities of the Organization; invests funds that are surplus to immediate needs; manages the Intern program; prepares annual financial statements, and other documents as required;  handles correspondence; provides secretarial services to meetings, symposia, and conferences approved by Governing Council, prepares minutes of Governing Council, Science Board, and Finance and Administration Committee; prepares an annual report of the Organization for distribution to the Member States; coordinates the Organization’s publication program; and supports the Organization’s science program. The Executive Secretary anticipates the future needs of the Organization and prepares an analysis of options for decision by Governing Council. The successful candidate must be self-motivated and be responsible for the administration and staff of the Organization, working collaboratively with the Chairman of Council, Science Board, Scientific Committees, Working Groups, and other bodies.

The Executive Secretary is aided by a Deputy Executive Secretary, a Deputy of Administration, a Database and Web Administrator, and other staff on temporary basis.

The term of office is for five years, subject to demonstrated performance during the first two years of the term (probationary period).The term of office may be renewed at the discretion of Council. The probationary period is applicable only to the first term of office.


Principal qualifications required (at a minimum, the successful applicant will have):

Citizenship: Citizenship of a PICES Member State at the time of assuming the position.

Education: A PhD in a discipline of marine or fishery science from a recognized university or demonstrated equivalent experience.

Language: Fluency in both spoken and written English, including the ability to draft English text quickly and concisely; fluency in another language of a PICES Member State would be an asset.


  • Demonstrated leadership in conducting and/or managing marine scientific research, preferably with international marine scientific programs and with marine scientists from a number of countries.  
  • Experience in or detailed knowledge of the operations of intergovernmental organizations.
  • Significant experience in the preparation of financial budgets and management of funds.
  • Significant experience in managing technical and/or administrative staff.
  • Experience in the organization of large scientific conferences or symposia.

Other skills and/or abilities:

  • Ability to work with all individuals equally and diplomatically and to deal appropriately and effectively with scientists from different countries, backgrounds and disciplines.
  • Ability to negotiate and promote consensus in complex situations requiring tact and diplomacy while recognizing cultural differences of Member States.
  • Ability to anticipate future needs of the Organization and to identify solutions, alternatives, and consequences.
  • Ability to maintain sound judgment and decision making in demanding or stressful situations
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally, as needed, but at least once a year for the PICES Annual Meetings.


Application Procedure

For more information about PICES, please contact the Executive Secretary, Mr. Robin Brown (Robin.Brown@pices.int)or consult the PICES website (http://www.pices.int).

Applications should include the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • A brief statement written by the applicant explaining why he/she considers him/herself to be suitable for the post;
  • Copies of academic certificates or diploma;
  • At least three letters of reference from individuals with a recent knowledge of the applicant’s character, qualifications and experience. At least one reference is preferred from a country other than that of the applicant.

The applicant should indicate in their letter a suitable starting date; however, the starting date can be no later than May 1, 2020.

Applications and letters of reference must be in English and marked “Personal and Confidential”.

Applications must be transmitted electronically to Dr. Chul Park, PICES Chairman at chulpark@cnu.ac.kr, and received no later than June 15, 2019.

In-person interviews will be conducted during or just prior to the PICES Annual Meeting in October 2019, in Victoria, Canada.

Executive Director for the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR), Closing date: 1 April 2019

Executive Director for the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR), based in the United States.  

The candidate should either be a U.S. citizen or have permission to work in the United States, having a “green card” or H1B Visa.

The Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) is seeking its next full‐time Executive Director to carry on from the current Executive Director, Dr. Ed Urban, who will retire this fall. SCOR is an interdisciplinary committee of the International Science Council and is the leading non‐governmental organization for the promotion and coordination of international ocean science activities (see www.scor‐int.org). Thirty nations currently have national SCOR committees and form SCOR’s foundation. SCOR activities include (1) working groups that address focused ocean science topics, (2) large‐scale ocean research projects, (3) a variety of infrastructural activities for ocean science, and (4) ocean science capacity building.

The duties of the SCOR Executive Director include the following:

  • Serve as the staff for the SCOR Executive Committee, SCOR Finance Committee, and SCOR Committee on Capacity Building;
  • Manage the SCOR Secretariat, raising funds from national SCOR committees, and national and international funding agencies;
  • Manage spending for SCOR activities according to the annual SCOR budget and regulations of financial sponsors;
  • Organize SCOR Annual Meetings;
  • Coordinate with national SCOR committees and partner organizations;
  • Prepare written reports for SCOR Annual Meetings and documents to publicize SCOR activities;
  • Lead outreach activities for SCOR, including preparation of tri‐annual SCOR Newsletters, Tweets, and Facebook posts, and maintenance of the SCOR Website.

Applicants should preferably have (1) a Ph.D. or the equivalent in a field of marine, Earth, or environmental sciences; (2) significant management experience in such a field; (3) excellent oral and written communication skills in English; (4) a record of successful grants; and (5) basic knowledge of accounting and financial management practices.

The new SCOR Executive Director will be based in United States; the SCOR Secretariat is currently located at the University of Delaware. The candidate should either be a U.S. citizen or have permission to work in the United States, having a “green card” or H1B Visa. The position requires international travel. The starting annual salary will be competitive and will depend on qualifications, salary history, and experience of the successful applicant.

Interviews will take place at the University of Delaware during the week of 10‐14 June 2019.

A letter of application with a curriculum vitae, and the names of three references should be e‐ mailed no later than 1 April 2019 to the SCOR Secretary, Prof. Paul G. Myers at pmyers@ualberta.ca

Any informal queries about this post may be addressed to the SCOR President (Dr. Marie‐Alexandrine Sicre, Marie‐Alexandrine.Sicre@locean‐ipsl.upmc.fr) or SCOR Executive Director (Dr. Ed Urban, ed.urban@scor‐int.org).

The original announcement is availabe to download as pdf file here.

PhD/Masters/Student jobs

PhD position in Biogeochemistry/Marine Microbiology at the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde (IOW), closing Feb 15, 2019, starting at the earliest convenient date

PhD position in Biogeochemistry/Marine Microbiology

The departments Biological Oceanography and Marine Chemistry of the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde (IOW) are offering a PhD position in Biogeochemistry/Marine Microbiology.

(26 hours/week) at the earliest convenient date. Remuneration is paid in accordance with the TV-L salary scale at level EG 13 monthly gross salary. The employment is temporary for 3 years.

The IOW is an independent institute of the Leibniz Association, engaged in system analysis of coastal and marginal seas, with special focus on the Baltic Sea. The scientists of the four departments (Physical Oceanography, Marine Chemistry, Biological Oceanography and Marine Geology) cooperate within the framework of a joint research program.

Job description
Marine oxygen minimum zones (OMZ) are important sites of trace gas production (e.g. N2O, CH4). In the project EVAR (The Benguela Upwelling System under climate change - Effects of variability in physical forcing on carbon and oxygen; see https://www.io-warnemuende.de/evar.html) we will investigate trace gas production in the OMZ of the Benguela upwelling system (Namibia). The PhD student will have the unique opportunities to work both in the groups "Microbial Ecology" and “Trace gas chemistry and to combine ship-based field work with lab experiments in order to investigate regulating mechanisms of trace gas production and to identify responsible microorganisms. In the frame of this project two ship expeditions of several weeks in Namibia and accompanying laboratory studies with microbial communities at IOW are planned. State-of-the-art trace gas analytics, stable isotope techniques and molecular microbial approaches will be applied. The successful applicant will work closely together with two PostDocs addressing microbial community functional analysis and trace gas transport and flux.

MSc in Biology, Chemistry, Geology or related field is mandatory; good background in marine biogeochemistry and microbiology; experiences with process rate measurements and molecular/bioinformatics methods for microbial community analysis, are desirable. Willingness to participate in research expeditions and to pursue research in an interdisciplinary framework is expected.

Applicants are asked to send their complete applications (CV, copies of certificates, references) quoting the

Code: Bio 01/2019
Until 02/15/2019 to:

Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde
Dept. Human Resources
Seestraße 15
D-18119 Rostock
Applications of disabled persons with same professional and personal qualification will be treated preferentially. Please indicate a handicap in the cover letter and enclose the relevant certificates.                                                          
The IOW promotes equal opportunities and has been awarded the Total Equality Certificate in 2013 and 2016. An overview of our actions on gender equality and for improving the work-family balance can be viewed at https://www.io-warnemuende.de/equal-opportunity.html.

Applications of female candidates are expressly encouraged and will be treated preferably in case of equal qualifications and suitability.

The Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research offers a varied work in the immediate vicinity of the Baltic Sea. Interdisciplinary research topics on the Baltic Sea ecosystem, broad in-house expertise in physical, chemical and biological oceanography, and marine geology, state-of-the-art-laboratory equipment and infrastructure together with modern facilities provide an excellent framework for best research conditions.

Application and travel costs cannot be reimbursed.

For further information please contact:
Prof. Dr. Klaus Jürgens, Prof. Dr. Gregor Rehder
or visit our website: www.io-warnemuende.de

For more information on the project EVAR please see https://www.io-warnemuende.de/evar.html.
For the original job advertisement see:

- last update November 2018 -