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SZN (IT): Positions on offer Open University International Ph.D. Program 2018 – 2019

SZN (IT): Positions on offer Open University International Ph.D. Program 2018 – 2019

Positions on offer Open University – Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn International Ph.D. Program 2018 – 2019

3-years fellowships are available to carry out PhD level research in Biological Sciences at the Stazione Zoologica ‘Anton Dohrn’ Naples, Italy. Applications are invited from qualified postgraduate candidates to work on the following topics:

1. Multilevel assessment of seagrass response to main climatic and anthropogenic stressors: epigenetic changes and early warning indicators of mortality

Director of Studies: Gabriele Procaccini, Department of Integrative Marine Ecology
2. Dietary composition of scyphomedusae in the Gulf of Naples
Director of Studies: Isabella D’Ambra, Department of Integrative Marine Ecology
3. Evolution of the TRH neuropeptide pathway and its growth regulation function in echinoderms
Director of Studies: Maria I. Arnone, Department of Biology and Evolution of Marine Animals
4. Plankton-benthos coupling at different time scales
Director of Studies: Marina Montresor, Department of Integrative Marine Ecology
5. Interactions between microalgae and bacteria during growth in photobioreactor: Modulation and biotechnological implications
Director of Studies: Christophe Brunet, Department of Integrative Marine Ecology
6. Microalgal enzymes with biotechnological applications
Director of Studies: Chiara Lauritano, Department of Integrative Marine Ecology
7. Pigment cell gene regulatory networks in the Ciona robusta nervous system
Director of Studies: Filomena Ristoratore, Department of Biology and Evolution of Marine Animals
8. Modelling cell response and molecular mechanisms of extracellular self-DNA inhibition
Director of Studies: Maria Luisa Chiusano, Department of Research Infrastructures for marine biological resources
9. Sea urchin as a model for development of new ecosafety nanoremediation
Director of Studies: Elisabetta Tosti, Department of Biology and Evolution of Marine Animals

The closing date for applications is July 20th 2018 – h. 12.00.

Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn: Call for members of evaluation panels

Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn: Call for members of evaluation panels

Call for members of the evaluation panels of the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn

The Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn is opening a call for the establishment of independent expert

  1. The Stazione Zoologica hereby invites application for the establishment of a database of
    independent expert evaluation panels;
  2. The Evaluation Panels, once selected, will be invited to review and evaluate the Projects of
    the PhD Program; flagship project of the SZN, International extra EU project funded by SZN
    and other evaluations requiring a specific scientific expertise;
  3. Independent experts shall be chosen on the basis of skills, experience and knowledge,
    appropriate to carry out the tasks assigned to them;
  4. The experts can be either professors or assistant professors of the university or researchers
    / technologists of the public research institutions;
  5. The University/Research Institution to which the expert belongs must member of EMBRC or
    Euromarine or MARS Network;
  6. The expert activity is unpaid, unless differently specified;
  7. The evaluation and review work may be carried out fully or partially at expert’s home or
    place of work. All exchanges with independent experts shall be carried out through the
    electronic systems available, including meeting via video in remote or call conferences;
  8. Prospective independent experts are expected to have a high level of professional
    experience in one or more of the following ERC sector LS (Life sciences) LS1, LS2, LS3, LS4,
    LS5, LS6, LS7, LS8, LS9;
  9. The SZN shall take appropriate measures to seek a balanced composition within the expert
    groups and evaluation panels in terms of various skills, experience, and knowledge,
    geographical diversity and gender, depending on the situation in the field of the action;
  10. In order to declare your potential availability please fill the Application form and
    send it together with a short CV to the email address phdszn(at);
  11. The Deadline for application 28/02/2018 h. 12.00.

Application form download link: Application-Form-expert-2018EU.pdf


TCD (IRL): PhD project on impacts of multiple stressors on marine benthic resources

TCD (IRL): PhD project on impacts of multiple stressors on marine benthic resources

The Department of Zoology, Trinity College Dublin, is seeking a highly qualified and ambitious candidate to undertake a PhD project that will quantify the impacts of multiple stressors on marine benthic resources.
NOTE: The deadline for receipt of 1st phase applicants is 30th April 2018.

This project will use novel experimental methods to address research questions that specifically quantify and characterise the independent and cumulative effects of multiple stressors (e.g. ocean warming, nutrient enrichment and acidification) on key ecological processes.

The Provost Scholarship Project Awards:
This new award includes:
• Fees for a Ph.D in Science: €7,013 (EU); €13,768 (non-EU)
• Annual stipend: €16,000 for 4 years
• Access to new infrastructure at Trinity College including a mesocosm-based platform – Quantifying the Impacts of Multiple Stressors on marine benthic ecosystems (QIMS)

You are applying for a highly competitive 4 year fully funded scholarship.
You must have a full, clean driving license, be willing and able to work independently and as part of a team and have a positive attitude.

Phase 1:
Send preliminary applications to: Dr O’Connor ( Please place ‘Provost PhD application’ in the subject line of the email.
Attach a single PDF Document that contains the following:
• A cover letter: Your letter should clearly set out your suitability and motivation for this PhD with reference to your past relevant experience and achievements.
• A CV that includes your relevant experience, undergraduate results, postgraduate results (if applicable), any relevant publications and contact information for 2 academic referees.

Phase 2:
Successful Phase 1 candidates will proceed to Interview.
The successful candidate will then be invited to submit a full application to Trinity College Dublin.

PhD start date is September 1st 2018.

Dr. Nessa E. O’Connor
School of Natural Sciences
Zoology Building
Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin
Dublin 2

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UEA (UK): PhD project on trace gas production by seaweeds – urgent deadline

UEA (UK): PhD project on trace gas production by seaweeds – urgent deadline

Biogenic trace gas production by seaweeds: exploring the impacts of worldwide aquaculture expansion (MALIN_UENV18EE)

Please read the recruitment introduction for more information about eligibility, how to apply, and possibilities for further funding.
If you meet the residency requirements but are not a native English speaker please also check the English language requirements

Project Supervisor: Dr. Gill Malin
University of East Anglia (UEA) – School of Environmental Sciences
Other supervisors:
– Professor Bill Sturges (UEA)
– Dr. Emma Elvidge (UEA)
– Dr Michael Cunliffe (Marine Biological Association of the UK)
– Professor Siew Moi Phang (University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur)

Deadline for nominating a candidate: Friday 9 February 2018, noon. Apply as soon as possible!
Interviews: 12 February 2018 (UEA)

Project description

Scientific Background

Seaweeds are major components of coastal ecosystems worldwide. Alongside microalgae, they provide essential ecosystem services including using carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. Our research shows they are also remarkable producers of trace gases that contain halogens (Br, Cl and/or I) or sulphur. Such gases are important for global biogeochemical cycles, chemical reactions in the atmosphere, cloud formation and climate.
This PhD is an exciting opportunity to advance understanding of trace gas production by seaweeds, today and in the future. With climate changing and the population increasing, demand for food, fuel, feed and other products are increasing pressure on marine resources. Seaweed production has increased 20-fold since 1970 and has helped people escape poverty in disadvantaged coastal areas. Your challenge is to investigate whether trace gases from worldwide expansion of seaweed farming could have important consequences for the climate.


• Use gas chromatography mass spectrometry to examine trace gas production for a range of lab-grown or field-collected temperate and tropical seaweeds.
• Experimentally determine how current and future conditions (light, temperature, nutrients, CO2,) influence seaweed trace gas production.
• Investigate whether seaweed-derived organics and sea surface microlayer bacteria reduce trace gases emissions.
• Explore future scenarios for seaweed aquaculture in terms of environmental impacts and the positive social contexts for aquaculture. Could low trace gas/strong microlayer seaweeds be selected to reduce emissions?

Supervisory team

Based at the University of East Anglia (Dr Gill Malin, Prof Bill Sturges, Dr Emma Elvidge), this studentship will include travel/research opportunities with co-supervisors Prof Siew Moi Phang (University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur) and Dr Michael Cunliffe (Marine Biological Association, Plymouth). We are a strong multidisciplinary team with excellent track records for research on algae, trace gases and microlayers.


You will develop advanced lab and field research skills plus transferable skills to help in your future career.


This project has been shortlisted for funding by the EnvEast NERC Doctoral Training Partnership, comprising the Universities of East Anglia, Essex and Kent, with twenty other research partners.
Successful candidates who meet RCUK’s eligibility criteria will be awarded a NERC studentship. In most cases, UK and EU nationals who have been resident in the UK for 3 years are eligible for a full award. In 2018/19, the stipend will be £14,777.

Candidate Profile

This project would suit a self-motivated student, with a good experimental skills and practical ingenuity. Relevant analytical skills and an appreciation of algae would be ideal. You should have/anticipate at least a 2i BSc and/or an MRes or MSc in the Biological, Chemical or Environmental Sciences.
If you are interested please apply as soon as you possibly can so that we can consider your application, arrange a pre-interview etc. Applications must be made via Contact Gill Malin by email or phone 01603 592531 (leave your contact number if you get my answerphone) if you wish to discuss the project ahead of making an application. Our absolute deadline for nominating a candidate is mid-day Friday 9th February 2018. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed at UEA (Norwich, UK) in person on 12 February 2018.

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Centres of scientific excellence in Poland funded by MPG and NCN: Dioscuri call opened

Centres of scientific excellence in Poland funded by MPG and NCN: Dioscuri call opened

On behalf of the National Science Centre in Poland we are pleased to announce the recent possibility of funding your excellent research in Poland within a Dioscuri scheme.

Dioscuri is a programme initiated by the German Max Planck Society (MPG), jointly managed with the National Science Centre in Poland (NCN), and mutually funded by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MNiSW) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
The Dioscuri scheme is designed to establish Centres of Scientific Excellence at Polish Host Institutions. Addressees of the call are researchers with a PhD degree obtained within a period not exceeding fifteen years prior to the submission of their application to Dioscuri.
Funding will be provided by the NCN from the resources contributed by MNiSW and BMBF. Polish Host Institution will receive up to € 300,000 annually to be spent exclusively on the Dioscuri Centre’s operations.
To learn more about the call visit or

Did you know that you can apply for NCN funds even if you do not have Polish citizenship?

The only condition is that projects we fund must be carried out at Polish host institutions. So, if you have ever thought of coming and conducting your basic research in Poland, we have a variety of opportunities for you.
For other funding opportunities see the NCN website.

Best regards,
Joanna Płaszewska
Zespół ds. informacji i promocji
ul. Królewska 57
30-081 Kraków

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IGNITE: “Comparative Genomics of Non-Model Invertebrates” – 15 PhD positions available

IGNITE: “Comparative Genomics of Non-Model Invertebrates” – 15 PhD positions available

We are happy to announce that 15 PhD/Early Stage Researcher (ESR) positions now available in the Pan-European MSCA-ITN “Comparative Genomics of Non-Model Invertebrates”
(IGNITE) Network of institutions and companies for a maximum duration of 36 months.

All positions, several on marine invertebrate genomics, will open on 1st July 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.
The deadline for applications is 28th February 2018 (23:59 CET).

Europe is home to world-leading expertise in invertebrate genomics and the aim of IGNITE is to gather together this European excellence to train a new generation of scientists skilled in all aspects of invertebrate genomics.

The well-trained genome scientists emerging from IGNITE will be in great demand in universities, research institutions, as well as in software, biomedical, agrofood and pharmaceutical companies. Through their excellent interdisciplinary and intersectoral training spanning from biology and geobiology to bioinformatics and computer science, our graduates will be in a prime position to take up leadership roles in both academia and industry in order to drive the complex changes needed to advance sustainability of our knowledge-based society and economy.

IGNITE is an European Training Network and we are searching for applicants with a broad interest in invertebrate genomics.
The IGNITE consortium acknowledges that genomics is still a largely male-dominated field and aims to change this situation.
Females are therefore strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply and for general information about the positions, please visit our central application tool available here:

For a detailed description of the individual projects please see:

best wishes


Prof. Dr. Gert Wörheide
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Division of Paleontology & Geobiology & GeoBio-CenterLMU Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, and Director, Bavarian State Collections of Palaeontology and Geology Richard-Wagner-Straße 10
80333 München

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FCT (PT): 500 research positions in Portugal

FCT (PT): 500 research positions in Portugal

The Foundation for Science and Technology of Portugal (FCT) opened 500 new scientific positions at all levels (Junior researcher, Assistant Researcher, Principal Researcher, Coordinating Researcher).

The call is open between 19th January and 15th February.

We invite strong candidates to apply to the FCT ‘Stimulus to Individual Scientific Employment 2017’ having CCMAR- Centre of Marine Sciences at the University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal ( as the host institution (where selected candidates will be working).

CCMAR is a top marine research institute in Portugal, with a vibrant and enthusiastic group of scientists an support, excellent facilities, extensive international collaboration and leading member of the European Biological Resource Centre (

Those interest top apply should send, as soon as possible considering the short deadline, an e-mail to (subject: Scientific Employment 2017) addressed to the director and include:

  1. Motivation letter including planned research goals and up to two contact for references;
  2. Curriculum vitae;
  3. level of the application.

CCMAR will reply shortly and may carry out online interviews.

Detailed information about the call can be found here (– in Portuguese but CCMAR will help with translation and the application):

The guidelines (In English) can be downloaded here:

If you have particular questions about algal research at CCMAR you can contact one of the researchers directly to discuss a project.
find us at:

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DTU (DK): 22 fellowships under the H.C. Ørsted Postdoc COFUND Programme

DTU (DK): 22 fellowships under the H.C. Ørsted Postdoc COFUND Programme

With this call Technical University of Denmark (DTU) invites highly talented experienced researchers who have achieved outstanding results in their research while demonstrating excellence and potential in their field to apply for one of the 22 fellowships under the international H.C. Ørsted Postdoc COFUND Programme, co-funded by Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions. The Programme is named after Hans Christian Ørsted, discoverer of electromagnetism and founder of the University.

Applicants can apply for an individual fellowship at DTU. At the time of recruitment (1 July 2018), the applicant must not have resided or carried out their main activity in Denmark for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to this date. The applicant must be an Experienced Researcher, i.e. must have obtained a PhD degree, or be very close to graduating (PhD degree must be obtained by the time of recruitment, 1 July 2018). Fellowships should commence during the same calendar year as granted; 15 December being the latest possible date.

The Programme includes two level of seniority; junior (postdoc level) and senior (assistant/associate professor level)

Applicants should apply for a junior fellowship if they have received their PhD degree within the period of 0 months to 5 years from time of recruitment (1 July 2018). Junior fellowship contracts are offered for 12-24 months; 24 months being the general duration.

Applicants should apply for a senior fellowship if they have 5+ years of experience from PhD graduation at time of recruitment (1 July 2018), and should be at a level of their career where they have had postdoc fellowships or similar and are ready academically to enter the next level of the career ladder. Senior fellowship contracts are offered for 3-12 months; 12 months being the general duration.

Applications should be based on the details of the full call text which can be downloaded at

Applications must be submitted via DTU’s online submission service at Applications received by other means will not be considered.

Applications must be submitted as one compiled PDF and should contain all the requested annexes in the following order:
1. Research plan (maximum of 5 (A4) pages)
2. Signed host statement
3. Prioritised CV and List of Publications
4. Ethics issues table
5. PhD documentation (or declaration from supervisor)
The research plan must be arranged in advance with the host at DTU and should be formulated to be comprehensible to reviewers without core expertise in the research field in question.

Application deadline is 23 February 2018 (23.59, CET). To apply, please click the link “apply online”, fill in the online application form and attach your application.

For more information about the Programme please visit or contact the secretariat at

DTU welcomes applications from all interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion and ethnic background.

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Stockholm University (SE): 5 positions in Baltic Sea Research

Stockholm University (SE): 5 positions in Baltic Sea Research

At Stockholm University, successful marine research and education has been conducted for over five decades. World leading research about the Baltic Sea, as well as high-level science about other marine areas such as the tropical seas and the artic regions, originates from Stockholm University.
Stockholm University Baltic Sea Centre’s mission is to strengthen and illuminate this significant marine activity that involves over ten different Departments at the University. We are a combination of experts and communicators who collaborate with a wide network of marine scientists to improve the knowledge about the Baltic Sea and help society handle its marine environmental problems. Stockholm University is now inviting applicants for the following positions in Baltic Sea research:

1. Assistant Professor in Hydrological Transport, Dept. of Physical Geography
2. Assistant Professor in Marine Geophysical Mapping and Modelling, Dept. of Geological Sciences
3. Assistant Professor in Marine Isotope Biogeochemistry, Dept. of Geological Sciences
4. Postdoctoral Fellow in Baltic Sea Molecular Ecology, Dept. of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences
5. Postdoctoral Fellow in Baltic Sea Ecosystem Change, Dept. of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences

We particularly seek scientists interested in collaborative research related to different aspects of the Baltic Sea environment. While each position has a home department, the employees will enjoy being a part of an interdisciplinary research team at the Stockholm University Baltic Sea Centre. More information about the positions and application procedure at

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PhD opportunities marine ecology in Edinburgh and Glasgow (UK)

PhD opportunities marine ecology in Edinburgh and Glasgow (UK)

Please find below details of three exciting marine ecology / biogeochemistry PhD positions in Edinburgh and Glasgow currently open for applications:

PhD 1: Using genetics, physiology & modelling to improve marine ecosystem conservation (based at the Lyell Centre, Edinburgh)

In collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh and Scottish Natural Heritage, this project will combine genetics, physiology and modelling to improve the evidence-base that currently supports maerl bed conservation. Maerl beds – diverse ecosystems formed by accretions of free-living red coralline algae – are one of Europe’s most ecologically and economically important marine ecosystems. Scotland is a European maerl bed stronghold, but current protection is based on a paucity of empirical data. Throughout the project, the student will work towards research objectives designed to improve management and conservation practice, forming recommendations underpinned by robust, multi-disciplinary scientific evidence. To achieve this, the student will combine field and laboratory experimentation, developing technical skills in spatial modelling, environmental genetics, bioinformatics and ecophysiology. Fieldwork will be conducted around the UK, with potential opportunities in the wider NE Atlantic (e.g. Iceland, Norway). Application deadline: 31st January 2018.

PhD 2: Blue carbon in a changing world (based at University of Glasgow)

Carbon sequestration by natural systems may be a solution for slowing down atmospheric CO2 increases. The sequestration of carbon into ocean sediments by marine ecosystems for long-term storage is termed ‘blue carbon’, to differentiate it from carbon stored in terrestrial ecosystems such as forests. Coralline algae are a globally ubiquitous, highly calcified type of macroalgae (i.e. seaweed) found from the intertidal to the lower limit of the photic zone (300+ m), forming vast reef-like structures that harbour high biodiversity at multiple trophic levels. Accumulations of coralline algae create deposits (known as maerl beds) spanning the last 20,000 years. There is evidence that these beds store significant quantities of carbon, acting as globally-important blue carbon repositories. This project will investigate the spatio-temporal response of blue carbon to environmental change, using the extensive maerl beds in Scotland. The student will utilise a multi-disciplinary approach that will combine field and laboratory research, developing skills in carbon biogeochemistry, stable isotope ecology, marine carbonate chemistry and spatial modelling. Partnership with Marine Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage will allow the scholar to directly engage with marine policy and management, providing a unique opportunity for multi-sector experience and research-policy translation. Application deadline: 18th December 2017.

PhD 3: Role of coralliths in coral reef recovery and expansion (based at University of Edinburgh)

The ecosystem services provided by coral reefs are worth over $100 billion annually and include coastline protection, tourism, food and medical derivatives. There are significant efforts in place to protect these ecosystems, but to further optimise these efforts we need to fully understand their ecology. Coralliths (mobile corals) are found in reef systems worldwide, and have typically been regarded simply as an ecological curiosity. Emerging evidence has highlighted that coralliths can in fact play a fundamental role in habitat provision on reefs, and have done so since the Pleistocene(1) through the ‘free living stabilisation’ hypothesis. However, the prevalence of this service provision, the species that can become coralliths, and the role of corallith growth in facilitating species expansion remain key knowledge gaps. The PhD scholar will address these knowledge gaps through a multidisciplinary laboratory and fieldwork approach in collaboration with Operation Wallacea. Understanding the drivers behind corallith formation, and the mechanisms by which they can create habitat would provide key information for future coral reef integrated management: firstly by allowing us to understand potential disaster-recovery processes on reefs not managed, and secondly whether they should be integrated in managed reef conservation efforts.
Application deadline: 11th January 2018.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like any further information.
Best regards,

Heidi Burdett
Lyell Centre for Earth and Marine Science and Technology

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