Call for applications to join OYSTER in 2020Internal

Orienting Young Scientists of EuroMarine - EuroMarine early career scientists group

Call Overview

Call Category: Other
Managing Body: EuroMarine
Contact: Alina Wieczorek AND Stefania Piarulli
Email: oyster [at]
Opening: November 26, 2019
Closing: December 8, 2019

OYSTER (Orienting Young Scientists of EuroMarine; EuroMarine's early career scientists working group) is looking for enthusiastic, engaged and creative young scientists who are willing to play an important role in advocating EuroMarine and promoting the role and relevance of marine science and the ocean in general. OYSTER in particular seeks individuals within the field of marine social science to join the working group.


The OYSTER network was set up in early 2019 following the success of the 2018 Young Scientists Working Group (funded under EuroMarine 2016 call; the outputs of that working group can be found here). The goal of OYSTER is to support a bottom-up approach and help understand and develop the marine landscape of early career researchers. The working group currently consists of 18 early career scientists from across EuroMarine member institutes. The specific goals of OYSTER are to:

  • Establish a permanent network designed and driven by young researchers themselves
  • Engage, empower and assist early career marine scientists by establishing a platform for networking and collaboration
  • Support EuroMarine bottom-up approach by communicating early career marine scientists’ matters of concern to develop ways the network can help to address these concerns

More information about OYSTER can be found here.


The ideal candidate is a PhD student or post-doctoral researcher in their first position after their PhD and who is based at a EuroMarine Member Organisation or Invited Member Organisation. Individuals should have experience in marine-based research and be willing to use their creativity, imagination, communication and interpersonal skills to help promote marine science and EuroMarine activities. To enable a maximum representation of EuroMarine members, OYSTER would particularly like to invite applications from EuroMarine institutes which do not yet have an early career researcher in the OYSTER network (a list of those can be found here).

The position will commence in January 2020 and commitment for one-year is required*. This timeframe will allow members to follow projects from start to finish. New members need to be able to attend the OYSTER Workshop II, held during the 14th and 15th of January in Piran, Slovenia. Workshop attendance is funded and during the workshop early career researchers will engage with topics such as open science, PhD/post-doctoral responsibilities as well as career development and contribute to the design of the OYSTER 2020 survey aiming to capture and communicate views and concerns of early career marine scientists.

Interested candidates should send a one-page motivation letter together with their CV to: alina [dot] maditaatgooglemail [dot] com AND stefania [dot] piarulli2atunibo [dot] it (or oysterateuromarinenetwork [dot] eu) by the 8th of December. New members will be selected in early December 2019.

* If an OYSTER member leaves the EuroMarine institute he/she will be allowed to stay on until the end of the year.