Internship opportunity: applied radiotracer techniques in ocean acidification and marine plastic research

Multiple internships:

1) Applied Radiotracer Techniques in Ocean Acidification and

2) Marine Plastic Research

Organization: IAEA Environment Laboratories in Monaco

Primary Location: Monaco-IAEA Environment Laboratories in Monaco

Application Deadline: 14 October 2020

Duration: 12 months

Main Purpose: The internships will focus on the development and application of radiotracers, to better understand the organismal impacts of subtle effects of ocean acidification and marine plastics.
Under the guidance of tutor in the Radioecology Laboratory, the interns will learn and apply novel laboratory techniques and experimental aquaria for the collection, preparation, analysis and interpretation of a suite of radiotracers to quantitatively assess the transport and impacts of these two pervasive marine stressors: ocean acidification and marine plastic. The interns will utilize this new information to better understand the metabolic impacts of these two stressors on key-stone marine species.

Functions / Key Results Expected:

  • Assist in the collection, preparation, analysis, and interpretation of a suite of radiotracers in experimental aquaria;
  • Contribute to treatment and analysis of specialized radiotracer data;
  • Participate in the development and implementation of multiple radiotracers to determine the bioaccumulation, transport, and metabolic impacts of either ocean acidification and/or marine plastics so that we can gain a better understanding of the subtle impacts of these two large scale stressors on marine organisms.

Qualifications and Experience

  • University degree in Environmental Science, Marine biology, Oceanography or a related field.
  • Basic knowledge biology, oceanography, biogeochemistry, ecology, and marine science.
  • Good written and spoken English essential; fluency in any other IAEA official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) an asset.
  • The intern should be familiar with Good Laboratory Practices, have some experience in the use of basic laboratory equipment, and be able to communicate in, read, and understand scientific English.

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