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Associate Research Scientist, GOA-ON support – IAEA Environment Laboratories (NAEL), Monaco

Closing date: 3 December 2017. Position open for US citizens.

Note: This position is part of an IOC-UNESCO/IAEA- collaboration to support GOA-ON.

Organizational Setting

The Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications implements the IAEA’s Major Programme 2, “Nuclear Techniques for Development and Environmental Protection”. This Major Programme comprises individual programmes on food and agriculture, human health, water resources, environment and radiation technologies. These programmes are supported by laboratories in Seibersdorf, Monaco and Vienna. The Major Programme’s objective is to enhance the capacity of Member States to meet basic human needs and to assess and manage the marine and terrestrial environments through the use of nuclear and isotopic techniques in sustainable development programmes. The IAEA Environment Laboratories consists of four laboratories, three of which are located in Monaco and one in Seibersdorf. The Division implements the IAEA Environment Programme and operates in a complex matrix environment with inputs from many parts of the organization, such as the Department of Technical Cooperation for the implementation of projects, and collaborates with other Departments.

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Job opportunity: Ocean acidification assistant project leader

Closing date: 6 November 2017

This position is in the Marine Resources Program (MRP) administered by the Fish division of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) located in Newport.

Pursuant to Senate Bill 1039 (2017), Oregon is establishing an Ocean Acidification Coordination Council (Council), co-chaired by Oregon State University and ODFW. The purpose of this position is to coordinate and support activities undertaken by the Council and the agency related to ocean acidification research, monitoring, and policy outcomes. The person in this position conducts work associated with coordination and support of the Coordination Council as outlined in the statutory mandate and subsequent state policy on ocean acidification.

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Research Assistant – Ocean Acidification & Biogeochemistry, Ryan Institute, College of Science, NUI Galway

Closing date: 31 October 2017

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full time, fixed term position as a Research Assistant with the Ryan Institute at the National University of Ireland, Galway. This position is funded by the Marine Institute and is for 2 years.

The Ryan Institute is the National University of Ireland, Galway’s hub for Environmental, Marine and Energy research and contributes to some of the most important national and international, long-term, environmental, marine and energy research issues.  Staff from a range of disciplines and schools across the University contribute to research in the Institute. The research project to which this post will be linked includes staff from the School of Natural Sciences (disciplines of Earth & Ocean Sciences and Botany & Plant Sciences) and from the School of Physics.   

Job Description:  The successful candidate will be involved in day to day support for a range of research activities involving physical, chemical and biological studies related to ocean acidification (OA). The post will be based partly at NUI Galway’s Ryan Institute and partly at the Marine Institute in Rinville, Oranmore, Co. Galway, as different phases of the project are undertaken. The project involves a considerable amount of fieldwork which will involve travel and some out of hours work, and will include seagoing work. Training for specific skills will be given where required. Candidate will have the opportunity to become involved in the development of a CPD module in ocean acidification and biogeochemistry suitable for persons involved in environmental monitoring.

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Post-doctoral research scientist – COMPASS interreg project

Closing date: Monday, 30 October.

The Marine Institute, as partner in the COMPASS Partnership, has been awarded funding under the Interreg VA area project to develop cross-border capacity for the monitoring and management of Marine Protected Areas (MPA) & species. The Marine Institute wishes to recruit a research scientist at Post-Doctoral level for a period of up to three and a half years, who will have a central role in implementing the research project along with the project team. The role will involve:

  • Procuring, operating and deploying oceanographic sensors and other equipment;
  • Developing and carrying out a water sampling programme;
  • Chemical analysis to complement and verify sensor results;
  • Undertaking Ocean Acidification vulnerability study for project MPAs;
  • Data management, quality assurance and assessment;
  • Preparing reports, publications, and other relevant project outputs; and
  • Day to day coordination of the project to ensure the deliverables and milestones are achieved.

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Two PhD opportunities, University of Otago, New Zealand

(1) PhD opportunity: ”Effect of ocean acidification on nitrogen fixation in the South Pacific”, University of Otago, New Zealand

Marine nitrogen fixation plays a major role in the biogeochemical cycling of C and N. Climate change related stressors such as ocean acidification and ocean warming have shown to significantly affect marine nitrogen fixation rates however, it seems that iron availability plays an overpowering role. Most research on nitrogen fixation has been performed in laboratory experiments or in the northern parts of the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean but very little is known about the South Pacific where primary production is low due to limiting nutrient concentrations. Changes in nitrogen fixation rates would therefore have significant implications for the ecosystem here. This PhD project will investigate the distribution and activity of diazotrophs in the South Pacific and quantify their contribution to primary production. In detailed incubation experiments the PhD student would further investigate the effect of ocean acidification, ocean warming, and iron availability on nitrogen fixation in this region.

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Funded PhD: “Coral reef futures under climate change and ocean acidification, geography”

The University of Exeter and the University of Queensland are seeking exceptional students to join a world-leading, cross-continental research team tackling major challenges facing the world’s population in global sustainability and wellbeing as part of the recently launched QUEX Institute.

Project Description

Coral reefs are biologically and societally critical ecosystems, which are perhaps uniquely sensitive to climate change (Perry et al. 2012). Tools to monitor and understand contemporary drivers of reef change are becoming increasingly sophisticated (e.g. eReefs, ReefMod), yet our ability to predict coral reef futures – fundamental to planning protection strategies – remain extremely limited. The challenge of linking contemporary reef monitoring and modelling to future climate projections arises from the spatial-scale and complexity disconnect between the information that state-of-the-art climate models provide (e.g., Kwiatkowski et al. 2013, 2014, 2015), and that required to model individual coral reefs (e.g. Kennedy et al., 2013; Mumby et al. 2014).

This project aims to:  

1) Take statistical downscaling techniques typically applied to terrestrial precipitation questions, and translate them to provide reef-scale climatic and biogeochemical data from the IPCC-focused CMIP5/6 (Climate Model Intercomparison Project) model projections.

2) Build a simple ocean carbon-chemistry (ocean acidification) model to account for the local scale (e.g. reef lagoon) chemical buffering/amplification of the open-ocean chemical conditions simulated by the IPCC-focused models.

3) Build a novel set of 21st Century climate-change driven coral reef projections, and identify potential hotspots/refugia.

This project would be undertaken in two parts, first at the University of Exeter with a focus on climate modelling and carbon chemistry, then at the University of Queensland with a on focus reef-scale modelling and pioneering new coral reef projections which build on existing carbonate budget data (ReefBudget). Frequent Australia/UK visits would be required throughout the project.

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Associate Research Scientist, ocean acidification and warming, Palisades, USA

The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University invites applications for an Associate Research Scientist to study ocean acidification and ocean warming across the last deglaciation, using geochemical signatures of boron isotopes and Mg/Ca in fossil shells of planktic foraminifera.


– Candidates should have a PhD in Earth Sciences with at least two years of relevant employment experience after having been awarded a PhD.
– Experience in planktic foraminifera identification and geochemical analysis using TIMS and ICP-MS is preferred.
– A record of publications in scientific literature.


Appointments are made on a fiscal year basis and are eligible for renewal each 1 July, contingent upon performance and funding.

The proposed start date is 1 September 2017.

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