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PhD position "Past Methanotrophy"

Researchers in the Department Marine Microbiology and Biogeochemistry (MMB) aim to understand the crucial role that microorganisms play in regulating global biogeochemical cycles, including primary productivity, carbon sequestration, and changing climate. To support this research, the Royal NIOZ has a sea-going research fleet to collect marine water column and sediment samples. MMB also offers world-leading in-house analytical facilities for both lipid and molecular techniques.

2020-02-07 10:09:07

LOCATION:              NIOZ TEXEL

VACANCY NR.:        2020 - 7

CLOSING DATE:       March 6th 2020

 

THE DEPARTMENT

Researchers in the Department Marine Microbiology and Biogeochemistry (MMB) aim to understand the crucial role that microorganisms play in regulating global biogeochemical cycles, including primary productivity, carbon sequestration, and changing climate. To support this research, the Royal NIOZ has a sea-going research fleet to collect marine water column and sediment samples. MMB also offers world-leading in-house analytical facilities for both lipid and molecular techniques.

THE PROJECT

This project is part of and funded by the Netherlands Earth System Science Center (NESSC). The PhD project will be developed at the Department of Marine Microbiology and Biogeochemistry, Royal NIOZ, Texel (Principal Investigator dr. Darci Rush).

Methane is an important greenhouse gas and modern atmospheric methane concentrations are rising. However, the effects of this modern shift are uncertain as the role of methane in past climate change is essentially unknown, due to a lack of quantitative proxies. This project will validate several potential organic proxies for methane oxidation by constraining their occurrence and their relationship with environmental variables, such as atmospheric methane concentration and temperature. Stable isotope geochemistry will also be employed. This work will focus on the validation of these organic biomarkers for past methanotrophy. We will analyze sedimentary archives from time periods where atmospheric methane concentration was thought to be elevated.

THE CANDIDATE

The ideal candidate holds a MSc degree in (organic) geochemistry, microbial ecology, marine sciences, chemical oceanography, (analytical) chemistry and/or a related field. Expertise in microbiology would be advantageous. You are well-organized and methodical in the lab but also willing to get your hands dirty while sampling and analyzing natural systems, often under demanding conditions. Fieldwork at sea can be expected during this PhD position.

You are eager to communicate your findings at (inter)national conferences and in peer-reviewed publications and you have excellent computer and software skills.

The inter-disciplinary and international research environments at the Royal NIOZ suits you well, and you have an excellent command of the English language in speaking and writing.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

Employment of this position at Royal NIOZ is by NWO (The Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research). We offer a position for a period of 1 year (fulltime). At the end of this first year, the employment will be extended for a fixed-term of a maximum of 4 years, if the first-year evaluation held with the employee is positive. The salary is compliant to the CAO-OI (Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Research Institutes). A pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, a year-end bonus, and flexible work arrangements are part of the employment conditions.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from: Dr. Darci Rush (Research Scientist).

Additional information about the procedure can be obtained from Alexandra Noppeney (Sr HR Advisor).

 

Interviews will be held in March 2020

 

 

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