The Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IO PAN) announces two PhD positions to work within the Polish National Science Centre funded project: Coastal Ecosystem functioning under different anthropogenic pressure - linking Benthic communities And biogeochemical Cycling in the southern Baltic Sea (COmEBACk), in collaboration with the Laboratory of Marine Environmental Sciences (LEMAR,France).
This project aims to study seasonal changes in environmental gradients, further modified by the anthropogenic impacts, influence on benthic communities, their trophic relations and functioning, and related implications for C, N, P fluxes, in the shallow southern Baltic Sea. The successful candidates will be expected to work with other team members in the project, present results of work during seminars and scientific conferences and write high quality scientific articles as part of PhD thesis. Specific expectations of the successful candidates will include:
- taking part in cruises and field work
- performing ex situ experiments including simultaneous measurements of sediment oxygen demand, nutrient fluxes at the sediment-water interface, and bioturbation processes
- performing ecological (benthic meio- and macrofauna community structure) and biogeochemical analysis on bulk sediments and solutes (organic matter, nutrients and carbon)
- analyzing ecological and biogeochemical data, including use of statistics
To be considered for this position, the applicants should possess a master degree in a relevant area (oceanography, marine ecology, biology and biogeochemistry or related disciplines), have good knowledge on the ecology of benthic organisms and/or marine biogeochemical processes including carbon and nutrient cycling. Successful applicants will have good verbal and writing skills in English, and be able to work in an interdisciplinary team, willing to solve scientific problems and to face new challenges. Experience in field and sea work is welcome (cruises, biogeochemical benthic fluxes, bioturbation quantification). Experience in ecological and chemistry laboratory work including benthic fauna community analysis, carbon and nutrients analysis will be additionally valued.
To apply, please e-mail the following to Dr Monika Kędra at kedraiopan [dot] gda [dot] pl:
1) Motivation letter (in English)
2) Detailed CV (in English) with a list of published papers;
3) Copy of diploma;
4) References from supervisor.
An Interview might be requested (via skype).