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Postdoctoral Position in Marine Microbiology

Ocean life contributes ~50% to global primary production and understanding implications of global change for the microbial primary producers at the base of …

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Science Park, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
€ 2846 - € 4474 per maand


Ocean life contributes ~50% to global primary production and understanding implications of global change for the microbial primary producers at the base of the food web is critically important to predict consequences for global carbon cycling. While the photosynthetic microbes collectively referred to as phytoplankton, are traditionally regarded as purely photosynthetic, many of them can also feed on other microbes.

These so-called mixotrophs thus combine a ‘plant-like’ with an ‘animal-like’ nutrition, and the relative importance of these two processes to their growth may shift in response to environmental conditions and affect the net impact of mixotrophs on carbon cycling. In this project we will assess the responses of mixotrophs to future ocean conditions including warming and ocean acidification.

What are you going to do?

In this project you will design and perform shipboard incubation experiments on two scientific cruises in the North Atlantic Ocean to assess the response of mixotrophs to global warming and ocean acidification. For this purpose, you will establish novel stable isotope probing techniques to quantify the role of diverse mixotrophs in the marine carbon cycle. The fieldwork in the North Atlantic Ocean can be complemented with and calibrated against laboratory experiments with cultured mixotrophic protists. You will supervise BSc and/or MSc student internships that align with the postdoc project. If desired, there is a possibility to gain additional teaching experience.


What do we require of you?

  • A PhD in Biological Oceanography, Environmental Microbiology or a related field.
  • Strong scientific expertise in Marine Microbiology.
  • Experience with molecular and/ or stable isotope techniques.
  • The ability and willingness to participate in scientific cruises.
  • Bioinformatic and computational skills are a plus.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills, and fluency in English.
  • Ability to collaborate in an international team.


A temporary contract for 38 hours a week, preferably starting on 1 May 2022 for the duration of 24 months.

Your salary, depending on your relevant experience on commencement of the employment contract, ranges between €2,836 to €4,474 gross per month on the basis of a full working week of 38 hours.

This sum does not include the 8% holiday allowance and the 8.3% year-end allowance. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU) is applicable.

Additional information

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