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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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Postdoctoral associate opportunity: marine biology/ocean carbonate chemistry

Role and Responsibilities: The Downeast Institute (DEI) seeks a motivated and creative marine biologist with expertise in ocean and sediment carbonate chemistry to help assemble an ocean acidification laboratory, and conduct experiments in the laboratory and field to determine effects of ocean acidification (OA) on the biology and ecology of local, commercially-important shellfish. This research will be facilitated by state-of-the-art hatchery facilities at DEI where we have been rearing bivalves and crustaceans for the past 30 years. The successful candidate will work closely with the institute’s Director of Research and its staff to establish and operate the OA laboratory, and promote interactive research with outside investigators to utilize DEI facilities for OA research. The candidate will be responsible for recommending appropriate equipment and supplies for the OA laboratory and for the field to conduct manipulative experiments to examine how current and future carbonate chemistry of seawater and sediments affect life-history dynamics of local shellfish. The successful candidate will have broad, in-depth knowledge of shellfish biology/ecology as well as carbonate chemistry related to seawater and sediments. She/He will have experience writing successful grants, and assembling and working in an OA laboratory. The position (including salary, fringe, and funding for some laboratory equipment) is for a period of 24 months.

Requirements: The ideal candidate will have/be:
1) A Ph.D. in Marine Biology or Marine Chemistry, or a related field;
2) In-depth understanding of shellfish biology/ecology/physiology, and seawater carbonate chemistry;
3) Experience in assembling an OA laboratory;
4) Experience working with infaunal and epibenthic shellfish;
5) A desire to play a key role in developing new technologies;
6) An independent thinker and problem-solver who is an enthusiastic and collaborative professional, and with excellent written and oral communication skills;
7) A proven ability to work well in a team environment;
8) Experience writing and obtaining extramural funding for research grants; and,
9) Passionate about working in a rural setting in the newest marine laboratory on the east coast of the United States.

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Job opportunity: project consultant for ocean acidification at IOC-UNESCO

Main responsibilities
Under the overall authority of the Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and the particular supervision of the Head of the Ocean Science Section, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
i. Ensure effective communication among members of the Executive Council of the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON), including organization of workshops, meetings, tele-conferences and the facilitation of e-mail exchanges;
ii. Coordinate and deliver IOC’s and GOA-ON’s contribution to relevant UN processes in the area of ocean acidification, in particular, compilation of relevant information for the reports on progress made to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 14.3 (IOC is the custodian Agency for indicator 14.3.1);
iii. Develop ocean acidification information products and contents of training modules with respect to SDG target 14.3, in strong collaboration with the Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre and GOA-ON at large;
iv. Support GOA-ON and IOC with respect to the Community of Ocean Action on Ocean Acidification, and the organization and implementation of capacity building activities in the area of ocean acidification;
v. Assist the Head of the Ocean Science Section with other IOC activities related to ocean
acidification, as required;
vi. Perform any other duties related to the Ocean Science Section portfolio, as required.

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