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PhD in Anthropogenic carbon dioxide uptake and accumulation in the Indian and South Pacific Oceans: a blind spot in recent global monitoring

The Department of Ocean System Research (OCS) is looking for a highly motivated PhD candidate with a background in oceanography, environmental chemistry or Earth sciences to investigate how ocean chemistry is responding to human CO2 emissions and climate change (principal investigator dr. Matthew Humphreys).

7 maanden geleden


Den Burg, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
40 uur


In this project, you will learn to measure the carbonate chemistry of seawater using state-of-the-art equipment in the laboratory at NIOZ. You will apply these techniques to samples collected during a research cruise across the Indian Ocean, and subsequent expeditions to the Pacific and/or tropical Atlantic Oceans. These cruises will take place during your project, and you will have the opportunity to participate at sea. As part of the GEOTRACES programme (www.geotraces.org), your results will contribute towards international research into a variety of marine biogeochemical cycles, as well as forming the basis for your own studies. You will use your new measurements in combination with existing datasets to investigate the drivers and consequences of CO2 exchange between the sea and air, anthropogenic CO2 storage, and ocean acidification in these chronically under-sampled regions.


We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a Masters-level degree in a natural science such as – but not limited to – (environmental) chemistry, oceanography, geology or physics. Practical experience of laboratory work and scientific programming are desirable, and the willingness and aptitude to learn and develop these skills is essential. Participation in oceanographic research expedition(s) of several weeks’ duration will be an important component of this project.

Candidates should be capable of independently planning and organising their work, and should be interested in taking a leading role in directing the course of their own research within the overall framework of the project. Proficiency in spoken and written English is essential, as the candidate will present their results at international conferences, and write manuscripts to submit to peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Your position will be hosted by the Department of Ocean Systems (OCS) at the Royal NIOZ on the isle of Texel.


Employment of this position at Royal NIOZ is by NWO (The Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research). We offer a position for 4 years with an excellent salary, a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, a year-end bonus, and flexible work arrangements. You may expect attractive secondary employment conditions. We offer generous relocation expenses for employees coming from abroad and support with finding accommodation.

Additional information

For additional information about this vacancy, please contact dr. Matthew Humphreys (principal investigator) or prof. dr. Gert-Jan Reichart (department head).

For additional information about the procedure, please contact Alexandra Noppeney (senior HR advisor).

Learn more about the Department of Ocean Systems here.