PhD student coastal ocean acidification

Context: The invasion of CO2 into the ocean causes ocean acidification, and the projected decrease in the pH of seawater will have multiple effects on the functioning of marine ecosystems. Within the Dutch ZKO National Program for Coastal and Sea Research, a new project will be initiated to study the dynamics of acidification within the North Sea at a basin-wide scale. This project involves three academic partners, the Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), the University of Utrecht and the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW).

Requirements: The goal of this PHD project is to examine how alkalinity generation within sediments influences the CO2 dynamics of the North Sea. To this end, we are looking for an enthusiastic MSc in the natural sciences (marine biology, marine geochemistry, oceanography), who has a strong interdisciplinary interest at the interface between marine ecology, chemical oceanography and geochemistry. The research activities involve experimental work in both laboratory and field (seagoing cruises within the Wadden Sea and North Sea area), as well as the use of technical computing software for data analysis. Good communicational skills in English are essential to publish research findings in peer reviewed international journals.

Appointment: The appointment is for 4 years, with a 1 year evaluation period. Supervision of the project is done by Dr. ir. F.J.R. Meysman (Dept. Ecosystem Studies).

Location: The Centre for Estuarine and Marine Ecology (NIOO-CEME) is an international and multidisciplinary research environment with state-of-the-art facilities for marine ecological studies located in the Dutch delta area in the South of the Netherlands (

Applications: Please send your application before 15 November 2010, including complete curriculum vitae, referees and vacancy number CEME-ES-010505 to NIOO-CEME, P.O. Box 140, 4400 AC Yerseke, The Netherlands or by e-mail to

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