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Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)



"Microbial Ecologist / Microbiologist (tenure track) for a research programme within the Soehngen Institute of Anaerobic Microbiology (SIAM)"


The Department of Marine Microbiology and Biogeochemistry (MMB; department chair prof. dr. J.S. Sinninghe Damsté) is looking for a highly motivated microbial ecologist or microbiologist with extensive post-doc experience to take part in our research programme within the Soehngen Institute of Anaerobic Microbiology (SIAM).

LOCATION: ROYAL NIOZ TEXEL ('T HORNTJE, THE NETHERLANDS)
VACANCY ID: 2016 - 8
CLOSING DATE: September 30th, 2016

THE DEPARTMENT
The Department of Marine Microbiology and Biogeochemistry performs detailed studies on microbial communities in the marine environment. We study the diversity, physiology and activity of phytoplankton, prokaryotes (archaea and bacteria) and viruses in diverse marine environmental settings by a variety of techniques, including modern genomic techniques.

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 RESEARCH PROJECT
The Department of Marine Microbiology and Biogeochemistry performs detailed studies on microbial communities in the marine environment. We study the diversity, physiology and activity of phytoplankton, prokaryotes (archaea and bacteria) and viruses in diverse marine environmental settings by a variety of techniques, including modern genomic techniques.

Part of our research is done in close cooperation with other (international) institutes and universities. The Dutch Soehngen Institute of Anaerobic Microbiology (SIAM) is one of them.

As a leading research partner within SIAM, the Royal NIOZ focuses on the microbial ecology and lipid biogeochemistry of anaerobic bacteria and archaea in a wide variety of settings. The primary goal of SIAM is to identify new anaerobic-living micro-organisms with characteristics that will benefit the environment and health.

SIAM is a virtual research institute formed by five research groups from the Universities of Nijmegen, Wageningen, Delft, and the Royal NIOZ, supported by a 22-million-euro research grant from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science via the so-called ‘Gravitation’ programme.

THE CANDIDATE
The ideal candidate is a highly motivated researcher with a PhD degree in microbial ecology or microbiology and has extensive post-doc experience in anaerobic microbiology. You have excellent knowledge of common techniques in molecular ecology and anaerobic microbiology.

Within your SIAM research, you will use the state-of-the-art research facilities for molecular ecology and microbiology at the Royal NIOZ. Our laboratories are supported by a dedicated group of technicians.

You are expected to participate (or lead) oceanographic research cruises with the Royal NIOZ research vessel R/V Pelagia and contribute to multidisciplinary research at the Royal NIOZ. You will coach PhD's, undergraduate students and technicians.

It will be your responsibility to interact with scientists from the SIAM consortium and create opportunities for joint research projects. You are expected to acquire external funding both from national and European funding agencies to support your research programme.

CONDITIONS
We offer a tenure-track position 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 the creation of 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 housing.

Additional information on job details: prof. dr. J.S. Sinninghe Damsté (department head).

For additional information about the procedure, please contact Jolanda Evers (sr. HR advisor).


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