29/07/2019

PhD Student on Coral Reef Mapping

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Max-Planck-Instiute for Marine Micribiology
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Biological sciences
    Information scienceOther
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    25/08/2019 23:00 - Europe/Athens
  • LOCATION
    Germany › Bremen
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    39,00
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    813360 - 4D_Reef
  • IS THE JOB RELATED TO STAFF POSITION WITHIN A RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE?
    Yes

OFFER DESCRIPTION

Framework

As a part of the EU-funded Training Network project “4D-REEF: Past, present and future of turbid reefs in the Coral Triangle”, 15 early-stage researcher (doctoral candidate) positions are available. The project consortium of 17 research institutes and universities will provide an excellent foundation for career development in reef studies, with local and international links, collaborative projects and an exciting training program.

Project: Habitat structure and spatial ecology in modern turbid reefs

The benthic dimension of reef habitats sets the stage for a complex set of interactions between biogeochemical processes, hydrodynamics, habitat competition and pelagic communities. Therefore, a comprehensive description of the reef benthos in terms of community composition, coverage and structure, is a key target of reef surveys. Using novel underwater hyperspectral surveying systems (HyperDiver), rich snapshots of the reef can be easily acquired. With the use of machine learning and image analysis, detailed habitat structure maps can be efficiently created. The dense reef biodiversity maps opens up the reef mesoscale to seascape-style analyses.

Objectives:

  • Establish methods and protocols for hyperspectral surveying of the seafloor in turbid or light-limited regions.
  • Development of computational pipelines for generating classified reef maps, exploring the use of modern machine learning techniques
  • Derive metrics of reef health from survey data which can be validated against other measured ecological indices for pigmentation, bleaching, calcification.
  • Detailed study using chemical & optical microsensors of the status and role of key reef players (turf algae, calcifiers, etc.)

More Information

Eligibility criteria

We offer a 3 year full-time appointment. Candidates can be of any nationality, but in order to be eligible for the EU-funded positions the following criteria applies to all applicants:

  • At the time of recruitment the applicant shall be in the first four years of his/her research career (eg. since completing Masters) and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
  • The applicant must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity in the country of the host institute for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment.

Selection process

Applications must be submitted online. The deadline is August 25, 2019.

Additional comments

The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more disabled individuals and especially encourages them to apply. The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds.

 

Required Research Experiences

  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Biological sciences
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    1 - 4

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Biological sciences: Master Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent

Skills/Qualifications

What we expect from you:
  • Experience in computational research and programming, esp. machine learning, neural networks and image analysis
  • A Masters degree in a relevant field of natural sciences or information & computing technology
  • A Strong motivation for marine ecological studies, preferably with experience of field work
  • A SCUBA diving certification, preferably Rescue Diver level
  • A strongly inter-disciplinary outlook and good written and oral communication skills
  • Experience with any of the following points of advantage: software/web development, ecological field work, biogeochemical analyses
  • Able to attend interviews and start the position soon after the application deadline

     

     

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Max-Planck-Instiute for Marine Micribiology
Germany
Bremen
Bremen
28359
Celsiusstr. 1

EURAXESS offer ID: 432372

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