PhD opportunity: Transgenerational effects of ocean acidification and warming on fish, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI)

Application deadline: 20 June 2015!

This project is joined between German and French research institutes and universities, with partners at the AWI, the University of Hamburg, the Université de Bretagne Occidentale (UBO) and the Institut Français de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de la Mer (IFREMER) on its campus in Plouzané. The candidate would be affiliated with The Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), division of „Biosciences“, section “Integrative Ecophysiology“ (within the framework of the DFG funded project “FITNESS”).

The goal is to carry out the first multi-generation experiment on the effects of ocean acidification and warming in an economically important temperate fish species. We will specifically look into transgenerational effects in the adaptation and acclimation of sea bass in a changing ocean, using an integrative ecophysiological approach that applies methodology from molecular over biochemical to whole animal physiology. We seek a candidate for the work package on the effects of ocean acidification and warming on the metabolic physiology of the different generations and life stages of sea bass.

Amongst others, the work will include:

  • Experiments on blood oxygen binding and characterisation of haemoglobin isoforms through biochemical and molecular methods.
  • Analysis of the mitochondrial energy metabolism, mitochondrial efficiency and related parameters in different tissues and life stages.
  • Active involvement in the long-term rearing of the experimental fish populations in the flow-through seawater systems at the IFREMER campus over the course of the project.

Requirements

Diploma/MSc degree in biology/marine biology. Preferably the candidate should have a broad background in marine ecophysiology and general experience in laboratory work. Good knowledge in written and spoken English is expected; communication abilities in French are highly advantageous. The candidate should be prepared to spend a substantial part of the contract time with the French project partners at the experimental site on the IFREMER campus in Plouzané in Brittany, France. Previous experience in ecophysiology of marine ectotherms, especially in the above-mentioned fields, is desirable.

The position is limited to 3 years, the salary will be in accordance with the German Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst (TVöD Bund): salary group E13 (66%). Official starting date for this position is August 1st, 2015. The successful candidate will be based at the AWI in Bremerhaven and will obtain the opportunity to subscribe to the Helmholtz graduate school for Polar and Marine Research ‘POLMAR’ (www.polmar.awi.de).

To apply for the position, please cite the code 51/D/Bio and send your application (cover letter, letter of motivation, CV, 3 addresses for references) by June 20th, 2015, to: Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar- and Marine Research, Personnel Department, P.O. Box 12 01 61, 27515 Bremerhaven, Germany or by email (all documents merged into one PDF file) to: Petra.Breyer[at]awi.de Questions regarding the project should be directed to Felix.Christopher.Mark[at]awi.de

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