Early-Stage Researcher (ESR)/PhD position as part of the MSCA ETN '4D-REEF'


(4 years)

Are you fascinated by how future reefs will function, and have a keen interest in exploring past changes in coral reef ecosystems? Are you accurate and fast in processing data? Do you have the drive to communicate and connect to different kinds of people all over the world? Is travelling for fieldwork a welcome addition to your daily job? We are looking for an Early Stage Researcher working on the following project:

Assessing current and past reef accretion rates in turbid reefs off Makassar (Sulawesi, Indonesia)

Host: Marine Biodiversity Research group, Naturalis Biodiversity Center (Leiden, the Netherlands)

Supervisors: Dr Willem Renema

Natural and anthropogenic drivers are likely to drive large-scale changes in the distribution of calcifying organisms in turbid coral reefs. Turbid reefs are characterised by low availability of light for photosynthesis and the presence of corals, sponges and algae as the dominant structural components. The depth window where these reefs are thriving hinders direct and extensive observation and mapping through conventional SCUBA diving. Therefore, little is known of deeper reef distribution. Knowledge on deeper parts of the reef, however, is a crucial aspect to understand what neritic shelf carbonates may look like in a world subjected to climate change.

Objectives of the individual project

  1. Gain expertise with the tools needed to quantify the carbonate production in the modern reef system at large, i.e. including reefs and inter-reef sea floor, for example, portable multibeam system, multichannel sparker seismics, high-resolution single channel seismics, and targeted visual sea-floor observation.
  2. Relate (changes in) reef geomorphology to environmental change. Specific question: What are the implications of loss of coral cover on the morphology of the reef and the distribution of calcifying organisms.
  3. Quantify the chronostratigraphic framework of the reef cores. Specific question: what is the main driver of accumulation rates?
  4. Place these findings into context of current and past climate change.

Expected results

This project will allow to predict changes in geomorphology with ongoing natural and anthropogenic, locally and globally driven environmental change.

More information about 4D-REEF is available at: https://www.naturalis.nl/en/4d-reef

Secondments: University of Sydney (Australia)

Field training: Spermonde Archipelago (Southwest Sulawesi, Indonesia)

Eligibility criteria

EU eligibility criteria for candidates: Candidates of any nationality, but in order to be eligible for the positions the following criteria applies to all applicants: 1) The applicant shall at the time of recruitment be in the first four years of his/her research career and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. 2) The applicant must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity in the country of the host institute for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment.

Candidate profile

Candidates most hold a master degree in Earth and/or Life sciences, or equivalent. Experience with (carbonate) sedimentology, (underwater) remote sensing and software to analyse those data is disrable. Ability to conduce fieldwork is required. A good level of written and oral English is required. We are looking for highly motivated students with good communication skills who is willing to do fieldwork.

Special remarks: European diving license is desirable; related training can be provided in case qualification is lacking.

This is a 4-year project, the ESR will be enlisted in the Univeristy of Amsterdam PhD-programme.

For any queries you may have, please contact:

Please feel free to contact Willem Renema (willem.renema@naturalis.nl) with questions about the position.

How to apply?

Applicants are invited to submit their application, including a cover letter and CV before 1 October 2019 by using the application form via:

4D-REEF has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research
and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement
No 813360

posted: 30 August 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.