The Research Center Dynamics of High Latitude Marine Ecosystems (IDEAL) invites applications from outstanding young scientists for a three-year postdoctoral position to participate in a research project aimed at study the ecological role of plankton in biogeochemical cycles in Antarctic and Subantarctic regions.
The candidate will integrate the team of the Center’s Research Line 3 Plankton. He/she will be involved in the role of plankton in pelagic-benthic coupling studies (i. e. biological carbon pump), top-down processes in controlling primary production, effects of climate change stressors (such as freshening, ocean warming and acidification) in plankton structure and function, and carbon flows through the pelagic and microbial food webs. Skilled candidates in physical-biological modelling as well as plankton taxonomy of some of the key functional groups of the plankton (i. e. bacteria, phytoplankton, zooplankton) will be highly desirable. Advanced knowledge in proxies and biomarkers to study bioelement origin and cycling along food webs in Antarctic and Subantarctic regions will be considered as valuable asset.
- A relevant PhD degree in Oceanography/Marine Biology Sciences obtained within the past 5 years. Candidates who have recently submitted their PhD thesis and will obtain the degree before appointment are also eligible for the position.
- A proven record in plankton/oceanography research, demonstrated by publications in international peer-reviewed journals.
- Demonstrated expertise in biological, chemical or physical oceanography.
- Adequate skills in physical-mathematical modelling, data processing and statistics.
- Experience in working with oceanographic moorings and sediment traps, preferably from high latitudes.
- A strong interest in the application/interpretation of biomarkers and/or stable isotopes as tools for bioelement origins (i. e. allochthonous versus autochthonous carbon, nitrogen) or water provenance (i. e. glacial, river) will be considered an advantage.
- Previous sea-going experience is welcome.
- Proficiency in English is required as well as excellent organization and communication skills.
The application must include:
- Letter of motivation
- Statement describing previous research experience, future research interests and the analytical background
- Curriculum Vitae, including a list of publications indicating journal papers that are registered in ISI Web of Science
- Names and contact information of at least two referees
- Copy of PhD diploma, as well as any other material that can document qualifications at the postdoctoral level
Applications should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org, referencing “Application to RP3-IDEAL plankton postdoctoral position”
Closing date for applications: 15 November 2017
Salary and conditions of employment
- Duration of the contract is 2.5 years (with possibility of a 3-month extension depending upon performance).
- The earliest start date is January 2, 2017; however, a later start date is negotiable (but no later than March 2, 2018).
- For foreign candidates, a VISA from your local Chilean consulate before moving to Chile is required.
- Annual salary is $19.200.000 Chilean Pesos before taxes (approximately, US$ 30,000/25.500 Euros, depending on exchange rate).
The position will be based at the IDEAL facilities in Punta Arenas, Magellan Region, Chile, with ample possibility to travel within Chile, and the chance to participate in expeditions to the Antarctic Peninsula and Subantarctic fjords of the Magellan region.
Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Humberto González (email@example.com)
The Center IDEAL is financed by the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT) of Chile, through the Fund of Research Centers in High-priority Areas (FONDAP). It is led by the Austral University of Chile (UACh), being its associate institutions the University of Concepción (UdeC) and the Regional Center of Quaternary Studies (CEQUA) in Punta Arenas. Further information about IDEAL can be found at: http://www.centroideal.cl/en
 Funding is depending on the budget availability of CONICYT.