Job vacancy: Postdoctoral research opportunity – Impact of ocean acidification on coral biomineralization, Northeastern University Marine Science Center, Boston, Massachusetts.

The Ries Lab (http://nuweb2.neu.edu/rieslab/) in the Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences at Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center (MSC) seeks a postdoctoral researcher interested in conducting federally funded research on the impact of ocean acidification on coral biomineralization to begin summer/fall 2016.

Research will include employing a multi-disciplinary approach to quantifying the impact of ocean acidification on the carbonate chemistry of corals’ calcifying fluids.

This opportunity affords access to newly acquired state-of-the-art analytical equipment at the MSC, including a laser ablation inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometer for trace element analysis, a powder x-ray diffractometer for mineralogical characterization, and a scanning electron microscope with energy dispersive spectrometry and electron backscatter diffraction for micro-imaging and elemental/mineralogical mapping of skeletal ultrastructure, and a 72-tank array for conducting ocean acidification experiments.

The selected postdoc will receive interdisciplinary training in ocean acidification research, carbonate geochemistry, coral biomineralization, boron isotope analysis (via multi-collector ICPMS), and deployment of pH microelectrodes and pH-sensitive dyes for quantifying calcifying fluid chemistry. The postdoc will be based at Northeastern University’s MSC (http://www.northeastern.edu/marinescience/), located on the shores of Massachusetts Bay on the Nahant tombolo (13 miles north of downtown Boston).

The renovated MSC features a state-of-the-art flow through seawater facility, direct access to classic New England rocky shore intertidal study sites, an in-house SCUBA program, and small-craft research vessels.

Applicants should be highly motivated and creative, possess strong writing and analytical skills, and have a solid foundation in both theoretical and applied isotope geochemistry (preferably focused on boron isotope systematics in carbonates), pH microelectrodes, and pH-sensitive dyes. Funding for a postdoctoral fellow is available for one year with the option of renewal, pending funding availability.

Interested individuals should contact Prof. Justin Ries (j.ries@neu.edu).

Further information.

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