09/07/2019

Postdoc in Marine Trace Metal and Isotope Biogeochemistry

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    ChemistryBiochemistry
    Environmental scienceEarth science
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    07/09/2019 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Netherlands › 't Horntje
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    38

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.

LOCATION:           ROYAL NIOZ TEXEL (THE NETHERLANDS)

VACANCY ID:        2019 - 30

CLOSING DATE:    7th of September 2019

THE RESEARCH

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 program. 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, remineralization 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.

THE PROJECT

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.

THE CANDIDATE

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.

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

CONDITIONS

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.

MORE INFORMATION

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).

Learn more about the Department of Ocean Systems here.

Interviews will be held on Texel on October 2nd 2019

Web site for additional job details

Required Research Experiences

  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Chemistry
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    None
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Environmental science
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    None
Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Netherlands
't Horntje
1797 SZ
Landsdiep 4

EURAXESS offer ID: 425614
Posting organisation offer ID: 131638

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