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Post Doctorate

Post-doctoral Fellowships in Marine Microbial Ecology from the Simons Foundation. Closing date: 14 June 2019

The Simons Foundation is seeking applications for post-doctoral fellowships in marine microbial ecology. Individuals from any nation may apply for these fellowships, to be conducted at an institution in the United States. More information here.

The Simons Foundation also sponsors the Regional Graduate Network of Oceanography (RGNO) in Namibia through SCOR (http://wwmicroeco.ethz.ch/rgno_namibia_18-21/RGNO_Namibia.html); therefore, SCOR particularly encourages applications from individuals interested in research on microbial ecology in the Benguela upwelling system.

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/

Postdoc in Marine Chemistry, Department of Marine Sciences, Göteborg, Sweden. Closing date: 09th April

The department for Marine Sciences (http://marine.gu.se/english/) is Sweden's most complete academic environment for marine research and education, and it is one of few such institutions in Europe. The Department for Marine Sciences, founded 2015, brings together expertise in physical oceanography, marine chemistry, marine biology, marine geology, and marine heritage conservation. Thus, the department has excellent opportunities to meet future challenges in marine research and education. The department of Marine Sciences are located with permanent staff in Gothenburg and at the research stations Kristineberg and Tjärnö on the Swedish west coast north of Gothenburg.


Subject area: Biogeochemical cycles of halogens in the Arctic during polar night– a contribution to the international expedition MOSAiC to the high Arctic.


Subject area description: At the Marine Science Department there is a long tradition of Polar science within chemistry and oceanography.  The subject area concerns the emissions of biologically produced trace gases, (halocarbons). These compounds are identified as ozone-depleting and are the subject to present and future regulation under international agreements (e.g., the Montreal Protocol). Global budgets of halogenated compounds exist, but the Arctic Ocean is not included in these models, and there is still a large knowledge gap regarding the influence of sea ice – atmosphere interactions during polar night. The changes in sea ice distribution, concentrations and age, especially in the Arctic where the extent of multiyear ice has declined substantially relative to seasonal ice, will affect the atmospheric composition of halogens. Halogen species involved in the depletion of ozone are associated with new sea ice formation, and they accumulate during polar winter. The position is devoted to measurements of halocarbons during the Arctic winter to obtain an understanding of biogeochemical processes during the sea ice growth and their impacts on Arctic tropospheric chemistry. The investigations include the role of ice as a reaction surface for chemical conversion processes, and as a source of halogens to the atmosphere. We will estimate the contribution of seasonal sea ice to the load of halocarbons in the troposphere during polar night and minimize the uncertainties in global flux models of halocarbons through air-sea-sea ice measurements.


Job assignments: The candidate will join an international team participating in the MOSAiC expedition (https://www.mosaic-expedition.org) to the high Arctic. The project will participate in 3 out of 6 legs and the successful candidate should be prepared to join the research vessel Polarstern during the dark period of the year (December 2019 to april 2020, dates to be determined). The practical work will include determination of volatile halocarbons in air, seawater, sea ice and snow with gas chromatography. The candidate will take part in the evaluation of the data together with the international biogeochemistry team and present results in manuscript(s) and at conferences, and communicate the findings at various dissemination activities. The candidate is also expected to take part in other research-related activities at the department, and within the research group in particular. The candidate should also be prepared to join specialized courses in polar bear protection and basic safety according to SOLAS during April to June 2019.


Eligibility: Qualified for appointment as postdoc is a person who has been awarded a PhD degree in a subject area relevant for the position no longer than 3 years ago. Relevant subject areas for this position are marine chemistry, chemical oceanography or equivalent academic disciplines. A candidate with a foreign degree that is judged to be comparable is also eligible.

The candidate should have earlier experience of analytical determinations of trace compounds in seawater and/or air and extensive field work. Experience of working with halogen chemistry is of special merit.


Assessment: Scientific proficiency will be the primary criteria for the assessment of merits.

The scientific proficiency is assessed with a focus on the candidate's capacity and earlier experience of working in the field of marine chemistry.

The assessment is based primarily on scientific publications, on participation in international conferences and workshops and field work experience. The successful candidate will be chosen based on an overall assessment of proficiency and potential within the subject area, the potential and ability to independently carry out the duties of the position, and the abilities to communicate and cooperate with others.


Diary id: PAR 2019/52

Employment level: Fixed term

Location: Department of Marine Sciences

Apply by: 2019-04-09



Postdoctoral and Assistant Research Scientist Positions at Texas A&M University, Closing date: until filled

Postdoctoral and Assistant Research Scientist Positions at Texas A&M University

The Qingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology (QNLM), Texas A&M University (TAMU), and the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) have establish the International Laboratory for High-Resolution Earth System Prediction (iHESP).This laboratory will play a fundamental role in advancing Earth System science by combining the expertise of these three renowned research institutions to pursue transformational efforts in the development and application of high-resolution Earth System models for predicting climate variability at subseasonal-to-decadal time scales.

We are currently conducting a cluster-hire for up to five positions with research interests that intersect with one or more scientists within iHESP

2-3 positions for postdoctoral researcher,

1 position for an assistant research scientist in Earth system modeling and analysis

1 position for an assistant research scientist specializing in software engineering and high-performance computing

The postdoctoral researchers will be supported and managed through the iHESP main office at TAMU, College Station, Texas, but can be mentored by scientists in the partner institutions of iHESP. 

The research scientists will be on the research staff of the Department of Oceanography at Texas A & M University, but are expected to work closely with scientists at NCAR and QNLM.

Area of research: We seek candidates with strong background and training in physical oceanography, atmospheric and climate dynamics, and/or high-performance scientific computing.

Special areas of expertise include but not limited to:

  • Modeling and understanding ocean dynamical processes, including oceanic fronts, eddies, waves and mixing, and their interactions with the atmosphere
  • Subseasonal-to-decadal climate prediction and predictability studies
  • Weather and climate extreme simulations and analyses
  • High-performance scientific computing and data science with application to Earth system modeling and prediction

Appointment: The postdoc positions each will be supported for 2 years, and the assistant research scientist positions will be supported for 5 years. All positions are contingent upon funding availability and satisfactory performance.

Application Instructions: Applications must include the following:

- Cover letter containing a statement of interest in a specific position,

- Curriculum vita,

- Three references with complete contact information.

Review of applications will begin immediately and the advertisement will remain open until the positions are filled.

More detailed information about the required and preferred education and experience for the postdoctoral and assistant research scientist positions along with the electronic applications submission information can be found:

Postdoctoral positions:





Assistant research scientist in Earth system modeling and analysis:



Assistant research scientist specializing in software engineering and high-performance computing:



Information on applying for a position is also available at: http://ocean.tamu.edu/about 

Texas A&M is located in College Station, Texas, The Department of Oceanography is part of an alliance of Ocean Sciences at Texas A&M University that spans the Marine Biology and Marine Sciences Departments at TAMU Galveston, the Geochemical and Environmental Research Group, the International Ocean Discovery Program, and Texas Sea Grant. This alliance of Ocean Sciences represents a unique concentration of educational and research resources. The capacity is greatly enhanced by close ties to the College of Geosciences Departments of Atmospheric Sciences, Geography, and Geology & Geophysics, as well as the Berg Hughes Center, the Texas Center for Climate Studies and the International Laboratory for High-Resolution Earth System Prediction.  The Department web site http://ocean.tamu.edu contains a full description of our program. 

The Texas A&M System is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.

Post-doc in biogeochemical ocean modeling in Paris, France - Closing date: May 15, 2019. Start: in fall 2019

We are offering a 2-year post-doctoral position to work in our group at LOCEAN (Laboratoire d’Océanographie et du Climat, in Paris) in collaboration with LSCE (Laboratoire des Sciences duClimat et de l’Environnement, near Paris), in the framework of a funded French national project called SOBUMS (http://sobums.lsce.ipsl.fr/). The project aims to gain a better understanding of the response of the ocean to changes in climate and related environmental stresses, while focusing primarily on the Southern Ocean and the role of small-scale processes.

The position is open to enthusiastic candidates with experience in physical or biogeochemical ocean modeling. The successful candidate will 1) analyze a set of new global-scale model simulations that couple circulation, sea ice, and biogeochemistry at different resolutions and with different forcings, 2) develop new analysis tools to contribute to the science objectives, e.g., assessing how small-scale processes affect large-scale changes due to anthropogenic forcing, and 3) present results at scientific meetings and in publications.

Education and Experience: Candidates should hold a Ph.D., preferably in marine biogeochemistry or physical oceanography. Previous experience working with ocean models and analysis tools such as Python, MATLAB or IDL is highly desirable. Candidates must be fluent in English and should be skilled in presenting science.

Duration and salary: A 2-year contract is currently available, with a salary that depends on diploma and experience as assessed by the French CNRS. Benefits include excellent health insurance and social services.

Contact: Applicants should send a brief letter of motivation, their CV, and contact information for 3 references to Marina Lévy (e-mail: marina@locean-ipsl.upmc.fr).

The application deadline is May 15, 2019, while the work is targeted to begin in, Fall 2019.

Research/faculty positions

Lecturer in Ocean Science, University of Liverpool, UK, Closing date: 20 April 2019.

Lecturer in Ocean Science, University of Liverpool, UK

The University of Liverpool is seeking a Lecturer whose research and teaching interests in Ocean Science will build on and extend our international reputation, as well as complementing wider research across the School of Environmental Sciences and the University more broadly. Applicants should demonstrate an ability to conduct relevant and internationally leading, collaborative research. You should have an ambition to develop teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including field-based teaching and taking your research into the classroom to foster an inquiry-based approach to learning.

For further information: https://recruit.liverpool.ac.uk/pls/corehrrecruit/erq_jobspec_details_form.jobspec?p_id=011134

Closing date: 20 April 2019.

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.

Scientific project manager – EU project management (ocean and climate science), permanent position. Open until filled

Scientific project manager
There is a vacancy for a permanent position as scientific project manager at the Geophysical Institute. The position is associated with the project EU H2020 COMFORT. 75 % of the position will be financed through this project for the first 48 months. The rest of the position is connected to an internal project to strengthen research administrative processes linked to contract follow-up.

The main task for this position is to become the Project Manager for the COMFORT project “Our common future ocean in the Earth system – quantifying coupled cycles of carbon, oxygen, and nutrients for determining and achieving safe operating spaces with respect to tipping points,” which is a central European research project aiming to provide added value to decision and policy makers in terms of science-based safe marine operating spaces, refined climate mitigation targets, and feasible long-term mitigation pathways. The project has 32 partners from Europe, Africa, Canada, and India.

About the project/work tasks
The candidate will assist the project director of COMFORT on all matters concerning the scientific management of the project (the financial management will be dealt with by respective other consultants).

The tasks include:

  • Develop a plan for communication, establish and execute the internal and external communication
  • Developing the plan for exploitation and dissemination
  • Help in coordinating the work between the different work packages
  • Following-up the project activities, in particular, ensuring that all deliverables as well as milestones are provided in time
  • Compilation of periodic reports.
  • Organisation of project meetings.
  • Networking with other international and national projects as well as agencies in the field.
  • Help in coordinating the work between the different work packages
  • Following-up ethical requirements and the obligation to publish in open access mode.

Qualifications and personal qualities
Key requirements:

  • Applicants must have achieved a Norwegian PhD within higher education within oceanography, meteorology, physics, mathematics, biology, geology, or related fields, or must have achieved equivalent education abroad
  • In-depth familiarity with the process of scientific research in the climate and ocean sciences.
  • Excellent communication skills with various stakeholders and across disciplines.
  • A high level of writing skills and in particular the ability to formulate easy to understand texts for dissemination to (a) experts and (b) non-experts.
  • Proficiency in both written and oral English.
  • Excellent team working skills (with respect to e.g. diplomacy, patience, problem solving, efficient delegation of tasks).
  • Ability to approach and organise complex tasks in a structured manner.
  • Self-confidence and ability to work under tight time frames (resilience to stress).

Highly desirable are further:

  • Previous experience in management of large scientific projects.
  • Scientific expertise in ocean and climate science, in particular in marine biogeochemical cycles.
  • Experience in scientific publishing with special emphasis on open access publishing.
  • Experience in programming/maintenance of websites.
  • In-depth knowledge of the EU funding system.
  • Experience with the EU participant portal.
  • Travelling must be expected
  • Awareness of environmentally friendly management procedures and reductions of the carbon foot print.

We can offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment
  • Position as Advisor (code 1434) Salary at pay grade 57-64 in the state salary scale. This currently amounts to an annual salary of NOK 497 000 – 565 500. Higher salaries may be considered for particularly highly qualified applicants.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise).
  • Good welfare benefits

General information:
For further details about the position, please contact: Professor Christoph Heinze, Geophysical Institute, e-mail: christoph.heinze@uib.no, telephone: +47 5558 9844 and +47 9137 4288.
The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.
Information about the applicant may be made public even though the applicant has requested not to be named in the list of applicants. The applicant will be notified if his/her request is not respected.
Further information about our employment process can be found here.

PhD/Masters/Student jobs

PhD position in the scientific areas of Chemistry, Environmental Sciences and Engineering or related areas, Aveiro, Portugal. Closing date: 14 May 2019

PhD Holder position to pursue scientific research activities within the framework of 'Impact of atmospheric multi-stressors to coastal marine systems in a changing climate scenario' (AMBIEnCE project, website).

Doctor Paulo Jorge dos Santos Gonçalves Ferreira, Full Professor and Rector of the University of Aveiro, hereby announces that for a period of 10 business days, starting on the first business day immediately after the publication of the present notice, an international public notice is opened for recruitment in the form of a Uncertain Term Work Contract, under the Portuguese Labour Code, a position for a PhD Holder position for the exercise of activities of scientific research in the scientific areas of Chemistry, Environmental Sciences and Engineering or related areas, to assess the impact of the deposition of atmospheric organic aerosols on the molecular composition and reactivity of dissolved organic matter, within the frame of the project with reference PTDC/CTA-AMB/28582/2017, entitled “Impact of atmospheric multi-stressors to coastal marine systems in a changing climate scenario”, supported by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), in its State Budget component.

The present public notice was opened on 8 of April of 2019, by order of the Rector of the University of Aveiro, following the proposal of the Scientific Council.

The contest is governed by the provisions of Decree-Law 57/2016, August 29, that approves the rules for post-doctoral work contracts, designed to stimulate employment in science and technology in all areas of knowledge (RJEC) within the legal provisions of the Labor Code, Law on 7/2009, February 12, in its current wording and other applicable legislation and regulations. The monthly payment corresponds to Level 33 (2128,34 €) of the single remuneration table (TRU).

More information here.

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.


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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.

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PhD in Ocean Biogeochemistry at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, Germany. Closing date: 15 May 2019

The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, a multidisciplinary centre for climate and Earth system research located in Hamburg, Germany, invites applications for

1 PhD in the field of ocean biogeochemistry (W060).

The applicant will be part of the Research Group Ocean Biogeochemistry in the Department The Ocean in the Earth System and will work within the DFG Project TERSANE. The research will focus on reconstructing the ocean carbon and nutrient cycles and their interactions with climate during the Permian-Triassic transition. The task will involve designing and conducting numerical experiments with the existing Earth system model of the MPI-M, which includes the ocean biogeochemistry model HAMOCC. One main objective of this project is to get a better understanding of the relationship between the observed dramatic climate changes (pCO2 and temperature rise) and nutrient cycling, changes in the carbon cycle and its consequences for marine life during P-T transition.


Qualifications / Experience

  • The applicant is expected to hold a M.Sc. or diploma in Geosciences, Oceanography, Environmental Sciences,  Physics or a related field.
  • Experience, or a strong interest in ocean biogeochemistry and modeling is of advantage.
  • Good skills in programming and computer science will be regarded very favorably, since the applicant will work with large-scale computing systems (unix or GNU/linux OS, parallel computing).
  • Basic knowledge of numerical analysis and statistical methods are desirable.


Employment conditions

  • The position is offered for three years.
  • This Ph.D. position is part of the International Max Planck Research School on Earth System Modelling (IMPRS-ESM).
  • Payment will be in accordance with German public service positions up to TVoeD E13/65%, including extensive social security plans. The conditions of employment follow the rules of the Max Planck Societyfor the Advancement of Sciences and those of the German civil service.
  • The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds.
  • Handicapped persons with comparable qualifications receive preferential status.


How to submit your application

Please submit

1)  a cover letter,

2)  a detailed curriculum vitae, and

3)  copies of certificates.

by uploading the documents in our online application system:


To complete your application, two reference letters are required. Applicants are asked to forward to their referees the IMPRS-ESM template reference sheet and information letter. These can be downloaded from:



Deadline: Please submit your application until 15 May 2019.


For further information, please contact Dr. Tatiana Ilyina (tatiana.ilyina@mpimet.mpg.de).

Please note that applications will be considered only when submitted via the online application system (see link above).

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