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PhD position “Geological constraints on deoxygenation and reoxygenation in restricted basins”

The Department of Ocean Systems (OCS) is looking for a highly motivated PhD candidate with a background in geochemistry and/or paleoceanography to reconstruct …

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

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

Functieomschrijving

The Department of Ocean Systems (OCS) is looking for a highly motivated PhD candidate with a background in geochemistry and/or paleoceanography to reconstruct the water-column and sedimentary processes that lead to fast deoxygenation and subsequent reoxygenation in restricted basins during past events (principal investigator dr. Rick Hennekam).

The Project
Our oceans and seas are losing oxygen due to eutrophication and climate change, having a detrimental effect on marine life and impacting biogeochemical cycles. Oceanic basins with limited water exchange with the global ocean are particularly vulnerable areas to deoxygenation because they can trap nutrients. Moreover, mixing in these restricted basins easily gets disturbed because of freshwater input and surface water warming. Within this project, you will study past (de)oxygenation events in several restricted basins, such as the Baltic Sea, Mediterranean Sea, and Sea of Japan. Sediment cores from these basins will be used as archives to reveal the primary processes that trigger deoxygenation and subsequent reoxygenation under contrasting basin configurations, climatological settings, and on variable timescales (yearly to Milankovitch). You will use state-of-the-art geochemical proxies, such as trace metal concentrations from high-resolution X-Ray Fluorescence core scanning, uranium and molybdenum isotopes, and metal speciation. You will combine the multi-proxy data with biogeochemical models to define the environmental thresholds resulting in deoxygenation and reoxygenation, providing important constraints to accurately predict the environmental responses of our oceans.

Functie-eisen

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a Masters-level degree in Earth sciences, (aquatic or environmental) chemistry, or a related field. Practical experience with laboratory work is desirable, and the willingness and aptitude to learn and develop these skills are essential. Familiarity with sediment cores and geochemical proxies, such as redox-sensitive element concentrations, sedimentary metal isotopes, and/or foraminiferal oxygen isotopes, is useful. To collect sample material, participation in oceanographic research expedition(s) of several weeks’ duration is expected to be an important component of this project.

Furthermore, you should be capable of planning and organizing your work and you should be interested in taking a leading role in directing the course of your own research within the overall framework of the project. Proficiency in spoken and written English is essential, as you will present your 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 island of Texel, The Netherlands.

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, and flexible work arrangements are part of the employment conditions. 

Additional information

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

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

Interviews will be held online (Microsoft Teams) in week 46 of 2020.