Post-doctoral Researcher in Coral Reef Biogeochemistry, Southern Cross University, Australia

Deadline for applications: 17 June 2015!

Open to Australian and international applicants

The Centre for Coastal Biogeochemistry, Southern Cross University is looking for a post-doctoral researcher to contribute to our coral reef biogeochemistry program. The ARC funded position will be offered for up to 3 years, with the possibility of a further fixed term contract dependent upon performance and additional external funding being available.

The successful applicant would be responsible for the planning and implementation of field and laboratory work, data analysis, synthesis and interpretation, preparation of manuscripts for submission for publication in refereed journals, preparation of reports to funding sources e.g. ARC, preparation of funding proposals, and assistance, as appropriate, in supervising undergraduate and/or postgraduate students undertaking research projects within this larger program.

Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant field such as biogeochemistry, environmental chemistry or closely related and experience in carbonate geochemistry. Experience with coral reefs, benthic chambers, stable isotope biogeochemistry, electronic field equipment, continuous high-density data sets from automated instrumentation and modelling would also be an advantage. Applicants should be highly motivated, enthusiastic and have a strong desire to publish in high impact journals.

Current research programs include enhanced acidification of coral reefs driven by inputs of nutrients and organic matter e.g. Geophysical Research Letters 41, 5538-5546, dissolution of shallow coral reef sediments in an acidifying ocean e.g. Nature Climate Change 4, 969-976 and nitrogen cycling in permeable carbonate sediments e.g. Biogeosciences 10, 1-16. The post-doctoral researcher is expected to contribute to this work and develop independent research in one or more of these, and/or similar areas.

The Centre for Coastal Biogeochemistry has a number of post-graduate, post-doctoral and senior researchers working in similar areas, which provides an environment for intellectual stimulation and opportunities for exchange of ideas. The Centre has world-class infrastructure including a brand new stable isotope facility with full technical support, a membrane inlet mass spectrometer (MIMS), well equipped inorganic and organic chemistry laboratories, and a range of field equipment including benthic chambers, data sondes and Picarro Cavity Ring-down Spectrometers (see

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