Research position in aquatic ecology and metagenomics – Fondazione Edmund Mach, Italy

The Fondazione Edmund Mach – Istituto Agrario di S. Michele all’Adige is looking for 1 temporary position for 30 months as Researcher (R4) in the field of aquatic ecology and metagenomic in the framework of the project ASP569 Eco-AlpsWater (250_CRI_AE).

The candidate will collaborate with the FEM researchers involved in the project Eco-AlpsWater during the activities of collection of environmental DNA (eDNA) samples, bioinformatic analysis of metagenomic data, statistical analysis of biological and environmental data. Moreover, the candidate will support the coordinator (N. Salmaso) in all the activities connected with the management of the project.

DEADLINE for applications: September 16, 2018

Call and application materials: https://www.fmach.it/eng/General-Services/Work-with-us

Post-doctoral Fellowship in Taxonomy and Molecular Phylogeny of Marine Macroalgae, São Paulo, Brazil

The São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) is looking for a post-doc to develop research project at the Center for Research in Phycology, under the supervision of Dr Mutue Toyota Fujii, aiming to diagnose the seaweed biodiversity and to certify the identifications of scientific collections of the Institute of Botany, through morphological and molecular data.

See detaila about this positon in the Euraxess webpage.

Job position: Algal Strain Engineer / Molecular Biologist, Algenuity, UK

Algenuity seeks an experienced and innovative strain engineering scientist/ molecular biologist to take a lead role in the design and conducting of laboratory-based genetic engineering projects in the field of microalgal biotechnology. This is a senior scientific position within the company, working closely with the CSO to ensure the timely delivery of Algenuity’s internal R&D projects and external research contracts.

Read the job description and required qualifications in the Euraxess page.

PhD position at the Research Department for Limnology Mondsee (University of Innsbruck) – Interreg (Alpine Space) project “Eco-AlpsWater”

The aim of the project Eco-AlpsWater is to improve the traditional monitoring approaches used in the Alpine region (Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC-EU WFD and, in Switzerland, the Water Protection Ordinance-WPO) with advanced and innovative DNA sequencing techniques such as metabarcoding. The new approach will make use of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) to analyze environmental DNA in waterbodies (which allow rapid species identification at low costs, from fish to bacteria), and smart technologies (automation in data processing, data storage, information retrieval). Along with the identification of gaps in the monitoring approaches across the Alpine regions, the new technologies will allow to define improved experimental monitoring protocols to be applied in pilot areas partly linked to other ongoing alpine space projects (SPARE, Hymocares) and including large perialpine lakes as well as smaller waterbodies, and rivers.

The position will be financed for 3 years (30 working hours per week, 75 percent appointment) according to the collective labour agreement (Kollektivvertrag) of the Austrian Universities (2096.- Euro monthly salary, 14x per year). We are looking for a person holding a Master degree in Biology with experience in limnology (or comparable qualification), dedicated to apply metabarcoding approaches in fish communities (respectively other organism groups such as planktonic and benthic algae). Parts of the working activities (e.g. sampling and laboratory analysis) will be performed with partner organisations of the project, i.e. in Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany or Slovenia. Further activities will comprise metabarcoding data analysis, report writing, preparation of scientific manuscripts, as well as communication with project partners and observers. The registration of the PhD thesis in Biology at the University of Innsbruck and the administration within the new doctoral programme “Alpine Biology and Global Change” will be expected.

Further Information: Univ. Doz. Dr. Josef Wanzenböck & Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rainer Kurmayer, Research Department for Limnology Mondsee, University of Innsbruck

http://www.uibk.ac.at/limno/index.html.de

email: Josef.wanzenboeck@uibk.ac.at; rainer.kurmayer@uibk.ac.at. For application please send a motivation letter together with a CV (in English).

Download in pdf format.

 

PhD Position: Acclimation of photosynthetic organisms to solar and extrasolar radiation – France

From the description of this PhD position in Université Grenoble Alpes, France:

“How are photoperception and photosynthesis mechanistically interconnected? And how would photosynthetic organisms adapt to a stellar radiation with a spectral energy distribution different than this of earth? To address these questions, we will study the acclimation of the model photosynthetic organism Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, ancestor of higher plants, to stellar radiation of low and high intensities. We will assess the consequences of the exposure to this peculiar radiation at the level of genome-wide gene expression, photosynthetic activity, growth and cellular ultrastructure, using white visible light, blue and red illumination as reference conditions. Based on our results we are expecting to identify genes or gene-networks that are essential for the successful acclimation to the radiation of different light qualities. Using genome editing tools we will modify genes of interest to potentially generate mutants that will be adapted to type M radiation. The illumination with different light qualities will be achieved by use of LED panels. The expertise of IPAG will be valuable for the construction of a LED- panel mimicking the spectrum to type M radiation.”

Details of this PhD position can be found in the Euraxess page.

2-year Postdoctoral Fellowship – eawag

The Eawag postdoctoral fellowship position aims at offering outstanding young scientists with exciting research ideas the possibility for a two year research position at Eawag to strengthen their research career towards becoming independent scientists. Each year there is a call for a proposal submission, which includes a research plan, reference letters and a recommendation letter by one of the research department heads at Eawag.

Application deadline: April 9, 2018

Link to details of the position and application form.

Position as a researcher in marine and coastal lagoon ecology – Sardinia, Italy

The deadline for applications for the position as a researcher in marine and coastal lagoon ecology has been extended to 31 January 2018.

One post-graduate researcher position is available at the Foundation IMC International Marine Centre in Oristano, Sardinia, Italy (http://www.fondazioneimc.it/) in the field of sustainable management and conservation of Mediterranean coastal marine and lagoon environments.

We are seeking for a researcher with expertise in ecology of marine organisms and transitional aquatic environments. In particular, the successful candidate will have to evaluate the interactions between ecological processes and human activities in Mediterranean coastal-marine and lagoon environments assessing environmental quality of marine and transitional areas.

DUTIES AND RESPONSABILITIES

The successful applicant will be expected to:

  • assess the impacts of fishing and aquaculture activities on marine and coastal lagoon environments;
  • monitor and characterize benthic assemblages and fish communities in coastal marine and lagoon environment;
  • assess biotic and abiotic factors affecting benthic assemblages.

The position’s description and application form can be found here.

PhD Position: Freshwater Plankton Biodiversity – Univ. of Cologne, Germany

At the Cologne Biocenter, a 3-year, DFG funded PhD project is available within the priority programme SPP1704 “DynaTrait” for a research project on Trait-related feedback dynamics in natural plankton communities. The project involves field work (mesocosm experiments), laboratory experiments and analyses in the laboratory using methods of analytical chemistry and molecular biology.
Successful candidates should have a strong background in ecology, biodiversity research or related fields. Experience in plankton ecology, analytical chemistry (GC, HPLC) and statistical methods are desirable. A strong ability for conceptual thinking and experimental design is essential. Further, a Diploma or MSc degree in Natural Sciences is required; a driving licence (for the field work) would be advantageous. The position is based in Cologne, but willingness to travel for field work to Bavaria is expected. Proficiency in English is essential, additional knowledge in German is helpful, but not mandatory.

The position is funded with 65% of German TVL-13 salary level for 3 years It is available starting March 2018.
Applications should be in English and include a cover letter, C.V., and names and contact-details of two references. Please submit applications electronically to patrick.fink@uni-koeln.de until February 2nd, 2018. Women are particularly encouraged to apply. Physically handicapped persons will be given preference in case of equal qualification.

You can download the position description here.

Contact: Dr. Patrick Fink
University of Cologne
Workgroup Aquatic Chemical Ecology
Zülpicher Strasse 47b
50674 Köln, Germany
E-mail: patrick.fink@uni-koeln.de

 

Postdoc position for the analysis of microcystins in fish, Toronto, Canada

Dear colleagues,

We are looking to fill in a postdoctoral position at the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (Toronto). The successful candidate will work on a project to develop and validate a method for the analysis of microcystins in fish, analyze a variety of experimental and environmental fish samples, interpret the results and publish findings in peer-reviewed scientific literature. The ideal candidate would have broad experience/knowledge in method development, sample preparation and mass spectrometry. The position is for one-year with potential to extend for additional 6 months. To apply for the position (with CV and transcript) or for more information please contact Dr. Xavier Ortiz via email (xavier.ortiz@ontario.ca).

Please feel free to share this opportunity with anyone you think may be interested in.

Cheers,

Xavier Ortiz Almirall, Ph.D.

Development Scientist

Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change of Ontario
125 Resources Road l M9P 3V6 (ON) Toronto

 

Post-doc modeling position at the Catalan Institute for Water Research

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

WATExR: “Climate Seasonal prediction for adapting water resources to extreme events”, an ERA4CS – JPI Climate project

Position location: Catalan Institute for Water Research, Girona, Spain. Working with Dr. Rafael Marcé, coordinator of the project

ICRA leads the WATExR project, an international projects including partners from Denmark, Spain, Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Norway, and Australia. The coordinating team at ICRA wishes to recruit a post-doctoral researcher with modeling and programming skills for a period of up to 31 months, who will have a central role in implementing the WATexR research project along with the international project team.  The researcher will be primarily based at the Catalan Institute for Water Research, Girona (Spain), reporting to Dr Rafael Marcé.

Climate extreme events, like heat waves, droughts and floods, stress ecosystems and compromise their capacity to provide key services related to water (e.g., decreasing streamflows, reduced capacity to process nutrients and organic matter, mobilization of pollutants, compromised fish stocks). However, despite the vulnerability of the water quality sector to climate change, there has been limited development of solution-oriented tools integrating Climate Services and ecosystem impacts modeling for efficient adaptation to climate extreme events. WATExR aims to integrate state-of-the-art climate seasonal prediction and water quality simulation in a QGIS-based advanced solution to ensure efficient decision making and adaptation of water resources management to an increased frequency of climate extreme events. This will be achieved by identifying end-user demands in 7 case studies in Europe and Australia relating to the impact of climate extreme events on water supply companies, fisheries, and water authorities implementing the Water Framework Directive (WFD). Finally, WATExR will join the Inter-Sectoral Impact Model Intercomparison Project (ISIMIP2), contributing a selected set of water quality impact models following the ISIMIP2 simulation protocol.

Full description here: https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/267393DEADLINE for applications January 31st 2018.