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Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)

Junior Scientist (tenure track) or Senior Scientist in Deep Sea Benthic Ecology

The Department of Ocean System Sciences (OCS, department chair: prof. dr. Gert-Jan Reichart) is looking for a highly motivated Junior (tenure track) or Senior Marine Researcher with a biological background and with a focus on deep sea invertebrate fauna.

VACANCY ID: 2016 - 078
CLOSING DATE: November 1st, 2016

The department of Ocean System Sciences (OCS) aims to investigate open-ocean processes ranging from physical oceanography at multiple scales to chemical oceanography, and deep-sea ecology to paleoceanography and paleoclimatology.

We cover a wide range of scientific disciplines through experiments and data collection during sea-going oceanographic research as well as through home-based laboratory experiments and analyses.

All involved scientists rely on modern observational techniques including moorings, landers, thermistor strings, trace-metal clean samplers, and novel underwater autonomous observations.

For this research we actively collaborate with peers in (inter)national partner institutes including the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research Utrecht (IMAU) and the Faculty of Earth Sciences of Utrecht University, as well as e.g., MARUM - Center for Marine Environmental Sciences in Bremen and the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) in Bremerhaven, Germany.

The deep sea benthic environment is one of the focal points within the Department of Ocean System Sciences (OCS). The department operates high-tech automated deep-sea biological observatories with state-of-the-art sensors and samplers.

The interaction between biology, chemistry and physics at the sea floor and in the water column directly overlying the sea bed will be investigated aiming at a process-based understanding of the role of the benthic environment within the marine system and its dynamics in a changing ocean.

We are interested in meeting a marine researcher with a biological background and with a focus on deep sea invertebrate fauna. Research topics could include, but are not limited to, deep-sea biodiversity, biogeography and ecosystem functioning (e.g. food-webs, carbon-cycle) of for instance deep-sea reef systems and/or deep-sea vent systems and/or deep sea sub-marine canyon systems.

You are expected to acquire research grants and to participate in (or lead) oceanographic research cruises with the Royal NIOZ research vessel R/V Pelagia. You are expected to work closely together with the other members of the OCS department and contribute your knowledge in multidisciplinary projects together with other researchers at the Royal NIOZ.

In case the position will be offered at the tenure-track level, the successful candidate will be hired for 5 years. At the end of a successful tenure track term, a permanent scientific staff position will be offered up to the level of senior scientist. Criteria for evaluation comprise a track record of publications that is far above average, proven skills in acquiring funding, and an international network.

We offer a pension scheme, a health insurance allowance, a yearly 8% vacation allowance, year-end bonus and flexible employment conditions. Our labour policies are based on the Collective Labour Agreement of Research Centers (WVOI). The Royal NIOZ will provide cost of relocation and help with housing.

Applicants for this vacancy must submit a brief Research Statement (2 A4 max). You may attach this short testimonial to your CV/Resume in the application form.

Additional information about this vacancy: Additional information on job details: prof. dr. Gert-Jan Reichart (department head). For additional information about the procedure, please contact Peter Vooijs, senior HR advisor.

posted: 28 September 2016     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.