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PhD position: “Foraminifera: many a little makes a mickle”

This vacancy is the result of the collaboration between Utrecht University and NIOZ. The Department of Ocean Systems (OCS) at NIOZ (Texel) is looking for a …

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Landsdiep, Den Hoorn, Noord-Holland
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
40 uur
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

Functieomschrijving

This vacancy is the result of the collaboration between Utrecht University and NIOZ. The Department of Ocean Systems (OCS) at NIOZ (Texel) is looking for a highly motivated PhD candidate holding a master degree in Geology/Earth Sciences, Biology, Environmental Sciences and/or Paleoceanography. Experience in mineralogy, marine chemistry, or (eukaryotic) microbiology are a plus.

The Project
The formation of shells and skeletons made of calcium carbonate is important for atmospheric CO2 concentrations. More calcification increases the CO2 concentration in seawater and therefore decreases its capacity to take up more CO2 from the atmosphere. The exact mechanism by which marine calcifying organisms make their shells, however, is not clear. Finding out how calcification works, is all the more important since it may be influenced itself by changes in inorganic carbon chemistry. This bi-directional influence is the focal point of this research project in which we will look at the smallest possible scale to the formation of calcium carbonate shells by foraminifera.

Functie-eisen

We are looking for a highly motivated PhD candidate holding a master degree in Geology/Earth Sciences, Biology, Environmental Sciences and/or Paleoceanography. Experience in mineralogy, marine chemistry, or (eukaryotic) microbiology are a plus. Furthermore, the optimal candidate must be interested in joining an interdisciplinary project and willing to perform analysis with novel techniques. The candidate is expected to perform research in both locations and will be advised by both supervisors. Due to the international character of our research, good command of English, spoken as well as written, is a prerequisite.
We highly encourage applicants from all members of our community and of diverse background, including LGBTIQ+ communities, to join us.

Conditions

Employment of this position at Royal NIOZ is by NWO (The Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research). We offer a position for a period of 1 year (fulltime). At the end of this first year, the employment will be extended for a fixed-term of a maximum of 4 years, if the first year evaluation held with the employee is positive. The salary is compliant to the CAO-OI (Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Research Institutes), a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, a year-end bonus of 8,3%, flexible work arrangements and arrangements and 42 days of holiday leave (fulltime position).
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 Lennart de Nooijer or Helen King. Additional information about the procedure, please contact Sigrid Moerbeek (senior HR advisor).
For more information about the Department of Earth Sciences, at Utrecht University see here; for more information about the Department of Ocean Systems at NIOZ, see here.
Find more information about the UU-NIOZ projects here.
Interviews will be held online (Microsoft Teams) in week 45.