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Postdoc in Marine Trace Metal and Isotope Biogeochemistry, Royal NIOZ Texel, The Netherlands. Closing date: 07th of September 2019

The Department of Ocean System Research (OCS) is looking for a highly motivated post doc with a background in marine trace metal biogeochemistry and with an interest in the cycling of iron and iron isotopes as well as other bio-active metals (Principal investigator Dr. Rob Middag).



Researchers in the Department Ocean System Research (OCS) study open-ocean processes from a variety of disciplines, ranging from physical and chemical oceanography, marine geology, paleoceanography to deep-sea ecology. We investigate the oceans in the past and present, to assess their future role. We make use of experiments and data collection during sea-going oceanographic research, as well as laboratory experiments and analyses in our home base on Texel. The department works around the globe, from the Antarctic to the Arctic, from the Caribbean to the North Sea. One of the areas we work in is the North Atlantic Ocean.

Researchers within OCS focus on the biogeochemical cycles of trace elements and their isotopes (TEI’s) in the global ocean and are active in the International GEOTRACES programme. Many trace elements are essential for marine life and as such influence ocean ecosystems and the global carbon cycle. Advances in sampling and innovative analytical techniques make it possible to study the cycles of TEI’s at unprecedented scale and in ever more detail. Specifically for iron, it is not only apparent that this micro-nutrient plays a pivotal role in the ocean, but also that the cycle of iron is changing due to ongoing climate change. However, our current understanding of the marine iron cycle still does not allow reliable biogeochemical modelling to predict and evaluate the consequences of these changes. Particularly processes such as biological metal uptake, remineralisation and dissolved-particle interactions in both the water column and benthic boundary layer are not sufficiently understood, nor the susceptibility of these processes to change.



This project is part of the NWO Vidi grant recently awarded to Rob Middag, “Trace metals and the Arctic-Atlantic gateway in a changing world, local processes and global connections (MetalGate)”. In this project we will investigate the cycling of iron and its isotopes as well as other bio-active metals in the Greenland-Iceland-Norwegian-Sea region, the main gateway between the Arctic and Atlantic Ocean. We will combine trace metal and isotopic measurements with temperature controlled bio-assays at ecologically relevant conditions and develop sampling techniques to study the processes and interactions in the benthic boundary layer.

The project will be focused around an expedition aboard our research vessel ‘Pelagia’ to the high latitude North Atlantic and the seas surrounding Iceland where we will use the NIOZ Titan sampling and CTD system for trace metals as well as state-of-the- art temperature controlled deck incubators. Prior to the expedition, a new trace metal clean sampler for sampling of the benthic boundary layer will be developed and tested together with experienced NIOZ technicians. The expedition will be a GEOTRACES process study and various international collaborators will be involved.



We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a PhD in chemical oceanography or a related area with proven ability to publish research in international peer reviewed journals. You have experience in marine trace metal sampling and analysis, and experience with iron isotope analysis is of advantage. Participation in an oceanographic research expedition is an essential part of the project and due to the international character of the research team, it is crucial you are proficient in spoken and written English.



Employment of this position at Royal NIOZ is by NWO (The Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research). We offer a position for 3 (fulltime) years with an excellent salary, a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, a year-end bonus, and flexible work arrangements. You may expect attractive secondary employment conditions. We offer generous relocation expenses for employees coming from abroad and support with finding accommodation.

Your position will be hosted by the Department of Ocean Systems (OCS) at the Royal NIOZ on the isle of Texel.



For additional information about this vacancy, please contact Rob Middag (Principal investigator) or Prof. Dr. Gert-Jan Reichart (department head).

For additional information about the procedure, please contact Alexandra Noppeney (senior HR advisor, +31 (0)222 369 371, Alexandra.Noppeney@nioz.nl).

Learn more about the Department of Ocean Systems here.



VACANCY ID: 2019 - 30

CLOSING DATE: 07th of September 2019


Information can be found here:



Postdoctoral Fellow in marine biology/biological oceanography at the UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø. Closing date: 31st August 2019

About the Position

The Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics (BFE) UiT The Arctic University of Norway has a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position vacant in marine biology/biological oceanography. The research project will be focusing on the unique ecological functioning of Arctic sea ice pressure ridges. The work is part of the international Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) ice drift study from 2019 to 2020 onboard the German ice breaker Polarstern.

The position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow is a fixed term position for a period of two years and four months. The main objective of the appointment as a post-doctoral research fellow is to qualify for work in senior academic position. No one may be appointed to more than one fixed term period as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the same institution.

The Department of Arctic and Marine Biology (AMB) includes 6 research groups. Research and teaching at AMB has a broad span, from molecular mechanisms at cellular/subcellular levels via studies of adaptations at the organismal level, to ecological interactions in aquatic and terrestrial environments. The staff counts 52 permanent scientists, 28 technicians, 9 administrative positions and 65 temporary employees (researchers, postdocs, PhD research fellows, technicians).


The position’s field of research

The applicant will work in an interdisciplinary team linking ice physics, oceanography to marine ecology using a wide range of observational and experimental approaches. The successful applicant will participate in one cruise leg of the MOSAiC expedition in 2020 (ca. 3 months) and will be responsible for a wide range of measurements including primary and bacterial productivity, ROV observations and sampling of sea ice and water column biogeochemical parameters support of the entire science mission of MOSAIC.

The position is embedded in the Research Council of Norway funded project "Safe HAVens for ice-associated Flora and Fauna in a Seasonally ice-covered Arctic OCean (HAVOC) which is led by the Norwegian Polar Institute and with UiT as one of several project partners (http://www.npolar.no/havoc). The project is centered on establishing a ridge observatory, as sea ice pressure ridges harbor key ecosystem functions in terms of habitat and food web components for sea ice, under-ice and pelagic flora and fauna in the central Arctic. Pressure ridges will become an increasingly important component of the new Arctic sea ice regime dominated by first-year ice where the largest portion of the level ice melts completely in summer.

The candidate will be responsible for activity measurements of algae and bacteria, standing stock measurements in ice and water as well as supporting physical ridge measurements. In addition, support of other MOSAiC activities during the regular ecological time series sampling is expected. The successful candidate will be trained in sampling and analytical procedures prior to the cruise in detail based on established standard operating procedures and sampling protocols. The candidate is also expected to contribute to the practical organisation of the expedition, logistics, fieldwork, meetings and data related to the project as well as handling complex interdisciplinary research tasks.



We seek a candidate with a PhD degree in marine biology or biological oceanography (or similar). Experience with polar marine field work (specifically biological and interdisciplinary sea ice research) and experimental approaches is required, including for example bacterial/algal productivity, sea ice ecology, active fluorometry, staining and/or eDNA analysis approaches, Arctic marine zooplankton studies or measurements of vertical flux.

Skills in relevant analytical methods and both radioactive and stable isotopic work is regarded as positive, and so is experience with fieldwork in Polar Seas in general and on Arctic sea ice specifically. Field work during MOSAiC will occur under harsh environmental conditions and candidates must be capable to conduct physical work related to e.g. ice coring, loading and unloading of equipment etc under such conditions. Health requirements for participating the MOSAiC expedition must be met. Good cooperative abilities are a requirement, together with an ability to work independently and proactively.

Experience with multidisciplinary groups and an interest in scientific interaction towards understanding physical and biogeochemical ecosystem functions will be evaluated positively. Excellent team skills are needed. Proficiency in communicating science to different audiences will be evaluated (including symposia presentations and peer reviewed publications). Excellent communication skills (in English) both oral and in written documents (including reports and peer-reviewed publications) are essential.

It is required that the candidate attaches a short scientific motivation (max 1 page) with suggestion of relevant research questions within the frames of the project.

The position will be part of an international project where the working language is English. The application should therefore be written in English.



The application must be submitted electronically via the application form available on www.jobbnorge.no and shall include:

  • Letter of application
  • Scientific motivation letter
  • CV (containing a complete overview of education, supervised professional training and professional work)
  • Diplomas and references
  • List of works and description of these. The list of works shall contain the following information: author(s), the work’s title; for articles: the journal’s name and volume, the first and last page of the article, year of publication; for publications: publisher, printer, year of publication, number of pages.
  • Up to ten works that are central to the applicant’s academic production. The applicant’s PhD thesis should be submitted as one of these works.

Additionally, the applicant should provide a description of his/her academic production, indicating which works are the most relevant in relation to the announced position, and therefore should be emphasised in the assessment. The remaining listed works should be described briefly in order to demonstrate the depth of the production. The description should be attached to the application.

All documentation that is to be evaluated must be certified and translated into English language.


We offer

  • Good welfare arrangements for employees
  • Good arrangements for pension, insurance and loans in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Involvement in an interesting research project

The remuneration for an Postdoctoral Fellowis in accordance with the State salary scale code 1352. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.

More information about moving to Tromsø: uit.no/mobility



For further information, please contact:

Rolf Gradinger, rolf.gradinger@uit.no, phone +47 77 64 60 36

Marit Reigstad, marit.reigstad@uit.no, phone +47 77 64 45 14

Jørgen Berge, jorgen.berge@uit.no, phone +47 77 64 45 25


Other information

UiT’s HR policy objectives emphasises diversity, and encourages all qualified applicants to apply regardless of gender, functional ability and national or ethnic background. UiT is an will make the necessary adaptations in order to facilitate for employees with reduced functional ability.

We process personal data given in an application or CV in accordance with the Personal Data Act. You may request to not be registered on the public list of applicants, but the University may decide that your name will be made public. You will receive advance notification in the event of such publication.


About UiT The Arctic University of Norway

The Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics (BFE) consists of Department of Arctic and Marine Biology, Norwegian College of Fishery Science (NFH) and School of Business and Economics. The main task of BFE is to conduct teaching and research dissemination at a high national and international level within all relevant fields. Prioritized research areas are aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, climate, life in the arctic, marine bioprospecting, fish health, seafood products, business and macroeconomics, resources and environment, markets and management of marine resources. The interdisciplinary profile of the faculty provides good opportunity to develop research projects involving several research groups at the faculty according to its strategy.


Deadline: 31st August 2019

Employer: UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Location: Municipality Tromsø

Extent: Fulltime

Duration: Temporary

Jobbnorge ID: 172120

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Research/faculty positions

Permanent research position in oceanography with focus on climate change at SMHI, Norrköping, Schweden, Closing date: 1 September 2019

Would you like to participate in increasing the knowledge about the influence of climate change on the marine environment? The oceanographic unit at the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHIs) research department is now strengthening the group working on ocean and climate related questions in order to meet the society’s need of knowledge. We offer a stimulating working environment with ample internal and external interactions and flexible working conditions.

The oceanographic unit at SMHIs research department conducts research and development on the marine environment, marine climate, and operational oceanography. We work with analyses and development of models and observations in the open sea and the coastal zone with main focus on the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the Arctic. Today 16 researchers are employed at the unit which is a part of the research department (about 100 employees). The research is mainly based on external funding, and the oceanography unit has succeeded in attracting funding at national and European levels.

You will work with research on the effects of climate change on the ocean and the marine ecosystems, with main focus on the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, and the Arctic. Depending on the applicants, we see different position possibilities. Either a younger researcher with specialization within oceanography and marine climate research, or an established researcher that can help to lead our group and research forward within this area.

The research and development work will include modeling and qualified analyses of climate projections from coupled physical-biogeochemical ocean models and coupled atmosphere-ocean models. This means that the work comprises tasks such as model development, model validation, process and climate effect studies, and analyses of model output and observation data. A more qualified applicant will also contribute to the strategic development of the unit, supervise younger researchers, apply for funding, and maintain and develop the collaboration networks inside and outside SMHI.

The work will mainly be performed within various national and international research projects, which means participation in all project phases from proposal to reporting.

We offer you a permanent position with placement in Norrköping or Gothenburg.

Your profile

You have a PhD in oceanography or a related discipline and good theoretical knowledge about ocean physics, and preferably also about ocean climate and ocean biogeochemistry. You have documented experience on:

  • research within the areas of expertise of the oceanographic unit,
  • scientific publications and oral presentations at international conferences,
  • programming (Fortran is preferred, but other programming languages are also valuable), and
  • work with analysis and statistical programming with MatLab, Python, R or similar tools

Preferably you have a large research network and experience in:

  • development, validation, and usage of numerical models on climate time scales,
  • work with regional high resolution ocean models to downscale global climate scenarios according to international protocols,
  • work in the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, and/or the Arctic Ocean.
  • attracting external funding, preferably even for larger international projects,
  • interaction with stakeholders,
  • supervision of students and younger researchers,
  • academic commissions, and
  • project management

As a person, you are structured, and plan, organize, and prioritize you work in an efficient manner to meet deadlines. You are able to work in a team as well as independently. You are highly motivated to work with research, data analysis, model development, and problem solving. You also have a large interest in natural sciences and especially in ocean and climate related questions.

A good knowledge of English in both speech and writing is required. Knowledge of Swedish is beneficial, and if absent, an effort to learn is expected.


Your application

For more information, please contact Lars Arneborg, head of the oceanography unit or Elin Ring, Human Resources.

Union representatives are for SACO Lennart Robertson, and for ST Anders Höglund. All can be reached at +46 11 495 80 00 or by e-mail, firstname.surname@smhi.se.

We look forward to receiving your application marked with reference number 1379, but not later than 1 September 2019.

SMHI is an expert authority with a global outlook and a vital mission to forecast changes in weather, water and climate. With a scientific foundation, we use knowledge, research and services to contribute to a more sustainable society. Every hour of every day, all year round.



Lars Arneborg, Head of Unit, 011-495 80 00, firstname.surname@smhi.se

Elin Ring, Human Resources, 011-495 80 00, firstname.surname@smhi.se

Lennart Robertson, SACO, 011-495 80 00, firstname.surname@smhi.se

Anders Höglund, ST, 011 495 80 00, firstname.surname@smhi.se


For further information: http://web103.reachmee.com/ext/I011/1056/job?site=8&lang=UK&validator=991c4fb3061ea054e09848134790b230&job_id=209

Closing date: 1 September 2019.

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PhD/Masters/Student jobs

PhD position at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Strathclyde. Starting date is 30 September 2019

PhD position in Global warming, plankton functional diversity, and the biological ocean pump.

Project Description

We all know that global warming is a serious issue for the future of humankind and is intimately related with anthropogenic CO2 emissions. But what is the most critical process affecting atmospheric CO2 concentrations? In this project, you will be able to develop mathematical models to describe the process of the biological pump, which is deemed as the most critical process in regulating atmospheric CO2 concentrations and the global climate (Sigmann & Boyle 2000). Biological pump is the process that phytoplankton capture CO2 at sea surface (via photosynthesis) and transfer organic matters to the interior ocean by sinking. Due to the vast volume and the carbonate system, the deep ocean stores the majority of soluble inorganic carbon in the Earth system, thus playing the pivotal role in regulating atmospheric CO2. The exciting part of the project is that you will need to incorporate plankton functional diversity into the model, which has not been seriously considered in previous models.

It is anticipated that you will receive substantial trainings on mathematical and statistical modelling including but not limited to analyses on ordinary and partial differential equations and Bayesian inference. You will also have the invaluable opportunity to work on the high-performance computing system in Strathclyde (https://www.archie-west.ac.uk/). Your mathematical, statistical, and programming skills are expected to be substantially enhanced during the PhD training. These skills will be very useful for securing some of the most popular jobs in this Big Data era.

You will mainly work within the Marine Population Modelling group, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Strathclyde (https://www.strath.ac.uk/science/mathematicsstatistics/smart/marineresourcemodelling/). You will also have the opportunity to collaborate with the group of Prof Hongbin Liu in Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Applicants should have or expect to obtain a good honours degree (1, 2.1, or equivalent) in applied mathematics, statistics, earth science, ecology, or a highly quantitative science. Experience of numerical modelling and programming in Fortran, Matlab or R would be highly beneficial, but not essential.

To apply, send 1) a complete CV, 2) a 1 page personal statement explaining your interests and skills for this project, and 3) names and contact information of three references to the lead supervisor, Dr Bingzhang Chen, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow at bingzhang.chen@strath.ac.uk.

The preferred starting date is 30 September 2019.


We value diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

The University currently holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award, recognising our commitment to advancing women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia.

Funding Notes

This studentship is funded by the University of Strathclyde and is open to all nationalities. However, it is expected that non-EU/UK students should bring their own funding to match up with the extra international fee.


Sigman, D. M., & Boyle, E. A. (2000). Glacial/interglacial variations in atmospheric carbon dioxide. Nature, 407, 859.

Laws, E. A., Falkowski, P. G., Smith Jr, W. O., Ducklow, H., & McCarthy, J. J. (2000). Temperature effects on export production in the open ocean. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 14, 1231-1246.

Cael, B.B. and Follows, M.J., 2016. On the temperature dependence of oceanic export efficiency. Geophysical Research Letters, 43, 5170-5175.

Chen, B. and Laws, E.A., 2017. Is there a difference of temperature sensitivity between marine phytoplankton and heterotrophs?. Limnology and Oceanography, 62, pp.806-817.


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