Two-year engineer contract, “Effects of ocean acidification on benthic communities in the Mediterranean Sea”

A research engineer position is available for two years within the project eFOCE (European Free-Ocean Carbon dioxide Enrichment experiments) funded by the “Fondation BNP-Paribas”

Ocean acidification and its impacts on organisms are the subject of growing research interest. Most of the data acquired so far have been obtained through laboratory perturbation experiments although only in situ studies will allow investigation of the effects of ocean acidification over long periods of time, on the structure and functioning of natural communities. Within the framework of the eFOCE project, an in situ benthic experimental system, that allows the continuous regulation of pH in coastal areas, will be constructed and tested to assess the effect of ocean acidification on key benthic communities of the Mediterranean Sea.

Responsibilities: The applicant will be in charge of construction, testing and deployment of this in situ perturbation system in the bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer. The work will involve close interaction with colleagues from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI; USA), who are partners of the project and have designed previous FOCE systems.

Requirements: A candidate with a good knowledge in sub-aquatic instrumentation and previous experience in working with PVC and metal instruments. Scientific diving experience as well as a good command of written and oral English are essential.

Host laboratory: The engineer will be based at the Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche (Villefranche-sur-mer, France) and will work in close collaboration with partners from MBARI, Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK), Station Biologique de Roscoff (France) and the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (Spain).

Duration of contract and salary: This two-year position is expected to begin around the 1st of September 2011. The gross monthly salary is, according to the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) rules, 2350 to 2700 €, depending on the candidate’s experience.

Further information:
Frédéric Gazeau (+33 493-763802),
Jean-Pierre Gattuso (+33 493-763859),

How to apply
The candidates should send a curriculum vitae, a short (less than one page) statement on why she/he finds this offer attractive, and the name and email addresses of three referees. The deadline for application is 24 June 2011.

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