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Job opportunity: Ocean acidification senior scientist


The Environmental Assessment Program (EAP) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill an Ocean Acidification Senior Scientist (Natural Resource Scientist 4) position. This position will be located at our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.

The Ocean Acidification Senior Scientist position serves as the designated technical expert in the agency on ocean acidification science.

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Job opportunity: Assistant professor in the field of Life and Environmental Sciences, Shimoda Marine Research Center, University of Tsukuba, Japan

Outline: The Shimoda Marine Research Center at the University of Tsukuba (Japan) is seeking candidates for an Assistant Professor position in the field of climate change and marine ecology/biology. Successful candidates will be required to perform fieldwork using a natural CO2 seep as well as utilise aquarium-based experiments in order to investigate the impacts of ocean acidification under close collaboration with mentors in the Shimoda Marine Research Center. This project is also in collaboration with Prof. Jason Hall-Spencer at the University of Plymouth, UK, and so the candidate will be expected to work closely with Prof. Hall-Spencer including annual visits to the UK.

This position is part of the University of Tsukuba – International Education and Research Laboratory programme – which is aimed at promoting the internationalisation of the University of Tsukuba. For this purpose, selected candidates will be required to be non-Japanese Citizens. In order to be successful within the project we additionally expect the candidate to have previous marine fieldwork experience, preferably using SCUBA, be fluent in English, and have an excellent peer-reviewed publication record.

Job Description:
1. Conduct research in the field of ocean acidification and marine climate change
2. Teach undergraduate (College of Biological Sciences) and graduate students (Master’s/ Doctoral Program in Biological Sciences)
3. Program management duties in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, and the Shimoda Marine Research Center

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PhD opportunity: ocean acidification reduction through effective port policies

Location: University of Tasmania, Australia

Closing Date: 11th August 2019

Description: Ocean acidification is a process whereby carbon dioxide (CO2), mainly from the atmosphere, dissolves in seawater and form carbonic acid. This weak acid triggers changes in the seawater chemistry that lead to the decrease of ocean’s pH. It is estimated that oceans absorb about 30% per cent of CO2 produced by humans. As such, CO2 emissions reduction is probably the only sustainable way to minimise this acidification process. However, the present trend of CO2 release to atmosphere does not support this effort. According to the Third IMO Green House Gas Study 2014, the mid‐range forecasted scenarios project a potential increase of CO2 emissions from international shipping between 50% to 250% by year 2050. The magnitude of this increment depends on the aggressiveness of world economic growth as well as energy developments.

In line with the effort of Goal 14 (Life Below Water) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, target 14.3 to “Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels”, the goal of this research is to establish potential port policy that can effectively contribute to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions from maritime activities within port limits through efficient port operations.

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PhD opportunity: Understanding coral reef ecosystem adaptation to ocean acidification in the Pacific

Description: A PhD scholarship is being offered to work with The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) alongside leading coastal and marine scientists at the University of Newcastle to examine ocean acidification, adaptation actions and reef resilience through coral restoration in two Pacific Island nations. The research seeks to build capacity to deal with ocean acidification as part of adaptation and resilience strategies for Pacific communities.

Closing Date: 26 July 2019

Funding: This scholarship provides a living allowance of $27,596 per annum (2019 rate) indexed annually. The living allowance scholarship is for 3.5 years and the tuition fee scholarship is for four years.

Eligibility Criteria:
Candidates are required to:
– Meet UON entry requirements in regards to previous qualifications
– Meet UON’s English Language Requirements for PhD study
– Be a citizen of a Pacific Island nation

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Postdoctoral positions in oceanography at the Millennium Institute of Oceanography (IMO), University of Concepcion, Chile

Full-time postdoctoral positions are available starting between September 1st 2019 and January 31st 2020 at the Millennium Institute of Oceanography (IMO) to undertake innovative research and to develop questions in three proposed topics within IMO’s larger research lines. Candidates will have to demonstrate experience and motivation to do research in their preferred research line, using observational, experimental and/or modelling approaches. Successful candidates will be expected to develop their research topics in association with two or more of IMO’s Associate Researchers, to publish their research as first author in high impact journals, to write and help write grants for external funding, and contribute collaboratively to related research projects.

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MS student opportunity: assistantship in marine biology (ocean acidification) at University of Alaska Fairbanks

Position: Research Assistantship (MS in Marine Biology) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

One MS student is sought to study the physiological impacts of future ocean change multi-stressors (OA, increased temperature, reduced salinity) on key marine invertebrates in coastal Alaska. Taking an integrative approach, this project includes biochemical, microscopy and carbonate chemistry analyses with the opportunities for seasonal fieldwork. This position is funded through the National Science Foundation’s EPSCoR Program Coastal Margins research group.

The Kelley lab is seeking a self-motivated, independent, and creative thinker that is excited about pursuing a graduate degree in the study of marine biology in Alaska. Preferably (but not a prerequisite) the successful candidate has experience with the following: Microsoft Office suite, R or Matlab, molecular biology laboratory skills, as well as an understanding of the fundamentals of chemical oceanography as it relates to ocean acidification. Minimum Qualifications: a BS degree in Biology, Environmental Science, Oceanography or a related field. The position starts Fall (Aug) 2019, with the potential to delay until Spring 2020.

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Postdoctoral opportunity: ocean acidification coral reef science

The Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) at the University of Miami invites applications for a postdoctoral associate specializing in coral reef carbonate chemistry to work closely with scientists at RSMAS and NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory’s Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystem Division (AOML/OCED).The position is for one year and does not require the applicant to relocate to Miami.  Duties can be fulfilled remotely. The position is within the Acidification, Climate, and Coral Reef Ecosystems Team (ACCRETE,, a subunit of the Coral Health and Monitoring Program (CHAMP,   The successful candidate’s duties will include, but are not limited to the following: 1) Focusing on synthesis and analysis of the NCRMP Ocean Acidification Enterprise datasets, i.e. baseline carbonate, diurnal suite, and census-based carbonate budgeting., 2) developing foundational models to link oceanic carbonate projection models with coastal biogeochemistry in focal island area within the NCRMP framework, and 3) Co-authors manuscripts describing the research for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals and outreach materials for a general audience.

For more information, please contact both Derek Manzello (derek.manzello(at) and Tom Oliver (thomas.oliver(at)

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