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.


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.


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


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.


PhD in the Ecology and Chemistry of Cyanobacterial Toxins – Canada

The School of Environmental Studies at Queen’s University, Canada seeks a doctoral student to study the chemistry and ecology of microcystins in freshwater lakes. Possible areas of research include: development of methods for quantifying microcystins in biological tissues, toxic effects of microcystins on aquatic biota, and analysis of regional and global microcystin data sets.
Supervisors: Dr. Xavier Ortiz and Dr. Diane Orihel.

Deadline for applications: January 5, 2018.

See details about this position here.

Postdoctoral researcher in Limnology specialized in lake modelling in Sweden

Project:  WATexR  a Climate JPI project led by Dr Rafa Marce (ICRA, Gerona, ES)

The Department of Limnology at Uppsala University, Sweden is searching for a Post Doctoral researcher specializing in lake modeling.  The post doc will participate in three projects. Common to all projects is the use mathematical models to predict lake hydrothermal structure and lake water quality.

A full description of the position and application instructions are available at. https://uu.mynetworkglobal.com/en/what:job/jobID:178441/. The deadline for the application is 31 December 2017.

This post was sent by Eleanor Jennings, Chair of NETLAKE.

Job for postdoctoral researcher with ecological modelling and programming skills in Ireland

Project:  WATexR  a Climate JPI project led by Dr Rafa Marce (ICRA, Gerona, ES)

Position location: Marine Institute, Burrishoole, Newport, Co. Mayo working with Dr Elvira de Eyto.

Summary of the Role:

The Marine Institute, in collaboration with Dundalk Institute of Technology (project partners), wishes to recruit a post-doctoral researcher with modelling and programming skills for a period of up to 34 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 in the Marine Institute facility at Newport, Co. Mayo, Ireland reporting to Dr Elvira de Eyto and also working with Dr Eleanor Jennings (DkIt, IE).

A full description of the job can be downloaded here.

(This post was shared by Eleanor Jennings, Chair of NETLAKE).

PhD position: Predicting the contribution of natural toxins to chemical mixtures in drinking water sources – NaToxAq, Fera Science Ltd., UK

NaToxAq is a multidisciplinary European Training Network (ETN) funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 722493 and comprises 21 leading universities, research institutions/agencies, and water enterprises in 7 European countries, which aim to expand insight on natural toxin identity, analysis, fate, dissipation, removal during water treatment, health effects, and risk assessment under the impact of climate change, to ensure safe and healthy waters for European consumers. Further information on the NaToxAq project and consortium partners can be found at: www.natoxaq.eu.

Fera Science Ltd. (Fera) and the NaToxAq Marie-Curie Initial Training Network offers an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) position (PhD Student) – Topic: Natural Toxins and Drinking Water Quality – From Source to Tap.

The closing date for applications is 05 December 2017.

Details about this position can be found here.

NaToxAq Logo


Doctoral Researcher (m/f) Exploring the Role of Light in Microalgal-Pathogen Interactions – Germany

The Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans Knöll Institute – in cooperation with the Friedrich Schiller University, the University Hospital Jena and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology are offering an international graduate training programme. The International Leibniz Research School (ILRS Jena) gives doctoral researchers the possibility to prepare for their PhD exam in an ambitious program providing excellent research conditions.

Details for this position in the Euraxess page.

PhD Student: Fluorometry for Rapid Eutrophication Status and Cyanobacteria Assessment (FRESCA)-UK

This PhD research will include laboratory and field experiments and numerical simulations to support the interpretation of the fluorescence signals from mixed phytoplankton communities. You will work with bio-optics experts at the Plymouth Marine laboratory, where you will be based. You will join field campaigns in the UK and abroad with the LOCHS group of the University of Stirling, where you will also be registered for your PhD studies. This work will feed into the design of prototype sensors developed by industrial partner Chelsea Technologies Group. You will test these prototypes and be involved in the fine – tuning of the design. You will spend a period of three months working alongside the instrument developers and scientists of CTG.
See details for of this PhD studentship here.