Multiple Postdoc. positions at NIOZ, Netherlands are available for 2020. Royal NIOZ (Royal Netherlands Institute of Sea Research), founded in 1876, is a national level marine research institute located in Netherlands.

About Nioz

NIOZ is a world leading marine research institute and consists of 5 centers of expertise; North Sea Research Centre,Wadden & Delta Research Centre, Sea Level Research Centre, Seaweed Research Centre, Deep Sea Science & Technology Centre. The research centers at NIOZ, being the most influential in the field of oceanography/marine sciences have received several awards, prizes and has an outstanding record of external funding. NIOZ is involved with multidisciplinary and applied marine research relating to aspects of oceans and seas in national and international context. The aim of the organization is to develop expertise and knowledge to pursue sustainable marine management, read Mission Blue Planet.

The science plan at NIOZ (2014-2020) has identified two broad research themes; 1) the changing ocean system (past, present, future) and 2) marine system adaptability in a changing environment.

NIOZ is divided into four departments of science; Estuarine & Delta Systems, Coastal Systems, Ocean Systems, Marine Microbiology & Biogeochemistry and two support departments: National Marine Facilities (NMF) and General Support (GES).

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and Utrecht University both organizations provide funding for NIOZ, more information on funding is available in the Annual Report.

Postdoc. position in Movement Ecology

A postdoc. position in Movement Ecology is available at NIOZ focusing upon; Studying the causes of shorebird movement and habitat selection at the Department of Coastal Systems (COS).

The position (Vacancy ID: 2019-78) is valid for a maximum of 3 years and is related to movement and spatial ecology of shorebirds under the supervision of Dr. Allert Bijleveld. This project is part of ongoing research on understanding how individual differences, sociality and resource distribution affect movement and spatial distributions of shorebirds in the Dutch Wadden Sea.

The deadline to apply for this position is December 5, 2019.

Department of COS is involved with studies on key physical, biological and chemical processes that determine the ecological functionality and productivity of coastal regions. The coastal system is studied in relationship to water, microalgae sediments, fish, birds, and macrozoobenthos. COS department is involved with research in coastal ecosystems and their populations of fish, birds and other marine animals in the North and Wadden Seas (a UNESCO world heritage site) as well as on a global scale.

Job details and Application

The object of the research project is to comprehend and analyze movement and spatial distribution of shorebirds and their response to variation in prey distribution. Apart from fieldwork, data analysis and manuscript writing, the researcher will also help in the operation and management of WATLAS tracking system.

Potential applicants are required to have a PhD in a relevant discipline, with background in ecology or animal behavior, experience with handling large data sets, and analysis of data related to animal movement. Strong analytical, statistical and computational skills are required for this position. Practical work experience especially fieldwork is a plus along with teamwork skills and research publication skills/experience.

The expected start date is spring 2020, applicants should submit their documents online, including; CV, cover letter, names/contact information for 3 referees before the deadline. Cover letter should include: applicant’s research summary, past experience in spatial data analysis and animal movement data analysis and 1-3 research questions/approaches that the applicant would like to pursue with the WATLAS tracking data. Candidates will be reached out for an interview by December 10, 2019 and interviews will be held on December 16, 2019

Interested candidates should apply electronically on this link.

Salary and benefits are offered based on the Collective Labour Agreement of Research Centers, including 42 days of holiday leave, a pension scheme, yearly vacation allowance, end of the year bonus and flexible employment conditions. Cost of relocation and house is provided by NIOZ.

Additional information on this position can be inquired from: Dr. A.I. (Allert) Bijleveld, scientist. For more information on the application procedure, contact Sigrid Moerbeek (senior HR advisor).

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Postdoc. position in Water quality & sound

The Department of Ocean System Research (OCS) is looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral candidate (Vacancy ID: 2019 – 44) with a background in marine (inorganic) carbon chemistry and acoustic seawater properties.

Department of Ocean System Research (OCS) is involved with studying ocean processes in terms of several key marine science disciplines. These disciplines include: marine geology, paleoceanography, physical oceanography, chemical oceanography and deep-sea ecology. Researchers at OCS work in investigation past and present oceans to assess their future role.

The priority area for OCS is the North Atlantic ocean, but research work is also carried out in other regions, including: Antarctic, Arctic, Caribbean and the North Sea. Data from the oceans is gathered along with laboratory experimentation and analysis at the department’s home base – Texel.

OCS researchers work on marine (inorganic) carbon chemistry and the effects of climate change (ocean acidification) on seawater properties. Sound propagation in the marine environment is influenced by water chemistry; pH and particulate matter concentration. Micro-scale bubbles furthermore determine the far- and nearfield propagation of sound. Cavitation by ships is one of the main sources of underwater noise and with a growing maritime sector, there is an emerging need to reduce this noise. Understanding the effect of bubbles, the influence of seawater chemistry and their relationship is vital in reduction of underwater noise.

More information on the Department of Ocean Systems is available here.

Job details and Application

This postdoc. position is part of a program: Aqua – Water quality in maritime hydrodynamics, led by Prof. Dr. D. Lohse, University of Twente. The aim is to develop technology and knowledge to improve predictions of the effect of water quality on; ship resistance and underwater radiated noise of cavitating ship propellers and pile driving for offshore wind turbines.

Within this larger program, the project titled; The effect of water quality on the acoustic footprint of ships will aim at understanding effect of water quality on ship noise. This research work would improve spatial and temporal predictions of ship noise behavior on a global scale. High quality dataset will be obtained featuring relevant parameters affecting propogation of ship noise. Effect of individual/combined environmental parameter(s) on the occurrence and characteristics of micro-bubbles and cavitation will be investigated. Finally, this dataset will be used to produce future research in the laboratory and for the development of process-based models on cavitation and noise propagation.

Potential candidate must have a PhD in acoustics or a relevant discipline with proven record of research publication in international peer reviewed journals. Experience in marine acoustic measurements, analysis, field-based measurements and maritime technical research is essential. Candidate should have excellent proficiency in spoken and written English due to the international nature of the project. Interested candidates can apply online for this position.

Salary and benefits are offered based on the Collective Labour Agreement of Research Centers, including 42 days of holiday leave, a pension scheme, yearly vacation allowance, end of the year bonus and flexible employment conditions. Cost of relocation and house is provided by NIOZ.

Information regarding this position can be inquired from Lennart de Nooijer (Principal investigator) or Prof. Dr. Gert-Jan Reichart (department head).

Information related to application procedure can be asked from Alexandra Noppeney (senior HR advisor).

Interviews for this position will be held on December 16, 2019. the last date to apply for this position is December 1, 2019

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Postdoc. position in Modeling microbial communities of the Southern Ocean

Highly motivation early career scientist is required to work as a Postdoctoral researcher (Vacancy ID: 2019-65) in Dr. Julia Engelmann’s research team at the department of Marine Microbiology and Biogeochemistry, Royal NIOZ, Texel. Dr. Julia’s team is involved with studying the interaction of marine microbes among each other and their community formation.

Job details and Application

The postdoctoral researcher will work on marine microbial inter-species interactions in the Southern Ocean (Rothera, Antarctica; 2-month expedition in 2021). Sampling will be carried out along with high-throughput sequencing, network modeling and validation experiments both in the laboratories at Rothera and NIOZ. One question we aim at answering is how climate change impacts microbial communities and especially their inter-species interactions in the Southern Ocean.

Potential applicants are required to have a PhD in a relevant discipline, e.g. Computational Biology, (Bio-)Statistics, Ecology, Microbiology, Bioinformatics, Molecular/Microbial Ecology. Applicants are required to have background in Genomic data analysis, programming (R, python, Unix/Linux systems), laboratory and fieldwork. Excellent command of English language is required. Interested candidates should apply online on this link.

Salary and benefits are offered based on the Collective Labour Agreement of Research Centers, including 42 days of holiday leave, a pension scheme, yearly vacation allowance, end of the year bonus and flexible employment conditions. Cost of relocation and house is provided by NIOZ.

Additional information related to the vacancy can be obtained from: Dr. Julia Engelmann (Research Scientist). Information regarding application procedure can be obtained from Alexandra Noppeney (Sr HR Advisor).

Interviews will be held between January 13-17, 2020. The last date to apply for this positions is January 5, 2020.

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