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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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Masters opportunity: animal eco-physiology and climate change

Application deadline: 15 February 2019

Location: University of Hamburg, Germany

Description: This internship/masters project be start in April 2019 at the Institute for Ecosystem and Fisheries Sciences at the University of Hamburg, Germany. The position is within “CLIMAR”, an international project examining the impacts of ocean acidification and warming on marine animals. The successful candidate will work with embryos and larvae of ecologically impartant fish (Belone belone and/or Clupea harengus). The candidate will conduct short-term experiments examining physiological traits of the Baltic fish such as:
development, survival, metabolic rate, heart rate, biochemical analyses of cellular defense mechanisms and swimming performance, in response to increased CO2 and increased temperature.

Qualifications: The candidate should have:
– a bachelor with experience and interest in animal physiology, ecology or a related discipline
– experience or interest in the laboratory cultivation of marine organisms
– knowledge of the design of controlled laboratory experiments is helpful
– knowledge of ecophysiology and development of marine fish is helpful
– the ability to take responsibility and work independently

For more information, contact Katharina Alter (

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PhD opportunity: Testing the vulnerability of life stages of marine calcifiers to changes in ocean chemistry (Marine Institute Cullen Fellowship)

Deadline: Friday, January 11, 2019

Project Description: Global change includes a wide range of environmental (physical and chemical) changes and is occurring faster than our ability to predict it’s consequences (Kroeker, Kordas & Harley 2017). Much work has been done since it was first observed that the oceans were acidifying (Doney et al. 2009; Feely, Doney & Cooley 2009), however, the diversity of responses among species to date prevents clear predictions about the impact of acidification at the ecosystem level (Kroeker et al. 2011). The first generation of ocean acidification experiments focused on the physiological responses of individual organisms, usually calcified organisms because those were assumed to be most vulnerable (Widdicombe & Spicer 2008; Melzner et al. 2009; Dupont, Ortega-Martinez & Thorndyke 2010). These were followed by a wave of studies that also attempted to include wider community level responses and various proxies for ecosystem functioning (Hale et al. 2011; Russell et al. 2012; Murray et al. 2013; Queiros et al. 2015; Sunday et al. 2017). More recently, the factors that currently limit our understanding have been identified based on our knowledge that CO2 driven environmental change comprises a suite of stressors with different, sometime opposing, patterns of occurrence and effects of species (Kroeker, Kordas & Harley 2017). The interactions between ocean acidification (OA) and other natural or anthropogenic pressures can result in positive or negative net effects (Boyd & Hutchins 2012), which can determine individual species responses (Breitburg et al. 2015; Kroeker et al. 2016). Context is, therefore, critical for forecasting the ecological effects of OA and it is recommended that future studies should span a wide range of conditions to accurately interpret empirical results (Kroeker, Kordas & Harley 2017). Furthermore, the combined effects of multiple stressors on individual species can be mediated by their interactions with other species in an ecosystem (Alsterberg et al. 2013). It is, thus, imperative that the next generation of OA studies include diverse, functioning ecosystems that incorporate species interactions and compensatory dynamics (Kroeker, Kordas & Harley 2017).

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Postdoctoral Associate, Stony Brook University

Deadline for applications: 16 December 2018.

Brief Description of Duties:
The selected candidate will assist in the analysis of large-scale genomics data (RNASeq, RADSeq) to answer questions pertaining to the molecular mechanisms associated with the resilience of bivalve mollusks to pathogenic and environmental stress.

• Carry out research that allows the identification of genetic features and molecular pathways associated with bivalve resilience and response to environmental (e.g. ocean acidification, food limitation) and pathogenic stress. This includes planning and study design, wet lab experimentation with mollusks, nucleic acid extraction, high-throughput sequencing and data analysis using modern bioinformatics tools.

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POGO-PML visiting fellowship for training on-board Antarctic Deep Water Rates of Export (ANDREX) cruise

Duration: February 14 to April 10, 2019 with one month prior to the start of the cruise for participating in cruise preparation and planning

Description: helping with biogeochemical observations (carbonate and oxygen chemistry).  The fellowship program is open to early career scientists, technicians, postgraduate students (PhD or MSc) and Post-doctoral Fellows involved in oceanographic work at centres in developing countries and countries with economies in transition

Eligible countries.

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 17 October 2018. All applicants will be informed of the decision within one month of the deadline.

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