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PhD position Marine/Aquatic Biogeochemistry or Biology (m/f/d)


Your profile

  • master's degree in Marine/Aquatic Biology or Biogeochemistry
  • expertise in benthic macrofauna or habitat studies and sediment-water nutrient fluxes is essential
  • excellent fieldwork and laboratory skills: experience in application of in situ instrumentation, underwater imaging systems as well as analytical background, knowledge in nutrient measurements and benthic macrofauna analyses is desirable
  • solid skills in statistics and a scientific programming language (e.g. R, Matlab, Python)
  • very good knowledge of English is essential, German is desirable (working languages are English and German)
  • learning and knowledge sharing by actively seeking opportunities to learn from others and sharing best practice
  • analytical thinking, scientific creativity and scientific credibility
  • very good communication and scientific writing skills
  • teamwork in an international and interdisciplinary setting
  • willingness and proven physical ability to participate in seagoing research campaigns

Your tasks

  • assessment of seafloor nutrient cycling capacity through measurements of sediment-water fluxes of nutrients and
  • oxygen using benthic flux chambers and sediment core incubation experiments
  • assessment of pelagic turnover rates of organic matter through incubation experiments
  • measurement of nutrients and oxygen
  • study of benthic macrofauna through sediment core fauna analysis and benthic habitat mapping by underwater video imaging and analysis
  • analysis (including statistical) and interpretation of data
  • assessment of influence of faunal activity on benthic turnover rates of nutrients and oxygen
  • contribution to harmonization of methods in Black Sea research
  • contribution to project reporting obligations
  • presentations of results at project meetings and international conferences
  • writing of scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals for the PhD thesis

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Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht
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