PhD Position in Biogeochemistry, Germany

PhD Position in Biogeochemistry at Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) GmbH in Bremen, Germany 2012
Study Subject(s):Adaptation strategies of Crustose Coralline Algae (CCA) to ocean acidification
Course Level:PhD
Scholarship Provider: German Federal and State Governments
Scholarship can be taken at: Germany

We are seeking an excellent PhD candidate with a background in biology, ecology, chemistry, biogeochemistry, or geology. The ideal candidate would have experiences with marine photosynthesizing and calcifying organisms.

Scholarship Open for International Students: No

Scholarship Description: The continuous raising of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, due to burning of fossil fuels, causes major environmental concerns. The oceans absorb approximately a quarter of the all CO2 emitted in the atmosphere. This CO2 is changing the chemical composition of seawater by reducing pH, carbonate ion concentration, and saturation states of biologically important minerals such as calcite and aragonite. These chemical changes are called “ocean acidification”. Crustose coralline algae (CCA) are important calcium carbonate producers fostering reef accretion by stabilizing reef sediments. We are interested to investigate how CCA respond to increasing atmospheric CO2 particularly with respect to their growth and Mg-content and to assess how these responses change the competitive strength of these organisms. The work will be performed under controlled laboratory conditions in our state-of-the-art marine experimental facility (MAREE) and in close cooperation with the Systems Ecology Group of the ZMT and Jacobs University in Bremen. The appointment is for a three-year period. Salary will be according to the German TV-L 13 for a half-time position.

How to Apply: Post

Scholarship Application Deadline: 31 January 2012

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