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Post-doctorate in biogeochemical processes modelling, Fluminense Federal University, Brazil

The Laboratory of Operational Oceanography and Paleoceanography (LOOP), of the Graduate Program in Geochemistry (The Laboratory of Operational Oceanography and Paleoceanography (LOOP), of the Graduate Program in Geochemistry ( and the Oceanographic Observatory (O2- of the Graduate Program in Ocean and Earth Dynamics ( of the Fluminense Federal University in Niterói, Brazil, is seeking to appoint an outstanding postdoctoral researcher in the field of biogeochemical modelling. 

The LOOP has years of detailed qualitative and quantitative data of biogeochemical proxies on the edge of the Brazilian Southeastern continental shelf, and the O2 has extensive experience with oceanographic moorings, specifically sediment traps. The successful candidate is expected to use these extensive data, constructing and applying biogeochemical models to investigate the ecosystem dynamics, biogeochemical and physical coupling, link modelling activities to ongoing research projects including models of deposition and burial of organic carbon in the marine environment in 3D, initiate new research projects and supervise young researchers in these projects.

The successful candidate will work in an experienced and dynamic team of paleoceanographers and oceanographers at the university. She/he will be directly involved in an ongoing large-scale project with geochemists, biologists, and oceanographers, in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment. The work will be performed in a modelling team using a set of different models with varying complexity. The models of biogeochemical and oceanographic dynamics will include seasonal changes, as well as long-term simulations (from decadal to millennial timescales).

This work will improve our understanding of biogeochemical processes at multiple levels. The models should be able to support hypotheses for further empirical research at the group. The successful candidate is encouraged to establish new research directions and attract third-party funded projects to foster her/his own reputation. Creating a research group aimed at modelling of biogeochemical processes and cooperation with universities and other research institutions will be strongly supported.

The vacancy will be linked to a 3-year long funded, multigroup research project (Projeto Ressurgência) and utilize extensive, multilevel data currently available at the LOOP. Close collaboration with Prof. Ana Luiza Albuquerque, LOOP coordinator and Prof. Andre Belem, from Oceanographic Observatory is expected (

Desired skills and experience

  • MSc/PhD in environmental modelling, physical oceanography, computer science, applied mathematics or related fields
  • Good ability to work in multidisciplinary teams - Interest in modelling coupled physical and biogeochemical processes
  • Good knowledge of programming in R, Matlab, Python, or Fortran
  • Good oral and written communication skills in English - Promising publication record compatible with the career stage
  • Good knowledge of biogeochemical processes and past work in multidisciplinary environment will be preferred
  • Good skills in project generation and project management

Although the official language in Brazil is Portuguese, the working language at LOOP and O2 may be English. A language training in Portuguese will be offered if necessary/desired.


The LOOP and O2 groups work on applied research in geosciences, observational oceanography, paleoceanography and biogeochemistry, including climate change teleconnections using observational approaches and numerical modeling (0-3D). Target start date is May/June 2019 (negotiable). Initial appointment will be for 12 months, with an extension for up to 2 more years based on the initial performance. We offer a highly competitive salary in local standards (up to ca. 7500 BRL monthly, equivalent to 1850 USD free of any tax), compatible with the applicant’s experience and skills. The successful applicant will be encouraged to develop her/his own research agenda compatible with the mission of the group..

We offer:

  • A positive, challenging and creative work environment.
  • The opportunity to work in group with a high level of international contact.
  • Flexible working hours.

The work place will be at Niterói, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil ( ) at the Fluminense Federal University, Campus Praia Vermelha.


Candidates should send the following documents by email to Prof. Andre Belem ( ) containing the word "POST-DOC GEOCHEMICAL MODELING" in the subject of the message until May 15, 2019:

  1. Cover letter outlining main research interests
  2. CV including full publication list covering the last 5 years
  3. Copy of PhD diploma
  4. Contact details for 2 references

Preliminary enquiries are welcome.


The LOOP and O2 research group are an Inclusive Workplace (IW) enterprise that wishes to ensure diversity in its workforce, and we are an equal opportunity employer. We therefore encourage all qualified candidates to apply for the vacancy. Please note that information about applicants may be made public even if an applicant has requested to be left off the list of applicants.

Search for a New Executive Director for the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR)

The Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) is seeking its next full‐time Executive Director to carry on from the current Executive Director, Dr. Ed Urban, who will retire this fall. SCOR is an interdisciplinary committee of the International Science Council and is the leading non‐governmental organization for the promotion and coordination of international ocean science activities (see‐ Thirty nations currently have national SCOR committees and form SCOR’s foundation. SCOR activities include (1) working groups that address focused ocean science topics, (2) large‐scale ocean research projects, (3) a variety of infrastructural activities for ocean science, and (4) ocean science capacity building.

The duties of the SCOR Executive Director include the following:

  • Serve as the staff for the SCOR Executive Committee, SCOR Finance Committee, and SCOR Committee on Capacity Building;
  • Manage the SCOR Secretariat, raising funds from national SCOR committees, and national and international funding agencies;
  • Manage spending for SCOR activities according to the annual SCOR budget and regulations of financial sponsors;
  • Organize SCOR Annual Meetings;
  • Coordinate with national SCOR committees and partner organizations;
  • Prepare written reports for SCOR Annual Meetings and documents to publicize SCOR activities; and
  • Lead outreach activities for SCOR, including preparation of tri‐annual SCOR Newsletters, Tweets, and Facebook posts, and maintenance of the SCOR Website.

Applicants should preferably have (1) a Ph.D. or the equivalent in a field of marine, Earth, or environmental sciences; (2) significant management experience in such a field; (3) excellent oral and written communication skills in English; (4) a record of successful grants; and (5) basic knowledge of accounting and financial management practices.

The new SCOR Executive Director will be based in United States; the SCOR Secretariat is currently located at the University of Delaware. The candidate should to be either a U.S. citizen or have permission to work in the United States, having a “green card” or H1B Visa. The position requires international travel.

The starting annual salary will be competitive and will depend on qualifications, salary history, and experience of the successful applicant. Interviews will take place at the University of Delaware during the week of 10‐14 June 2019.

A letter of application with a curriculum vitae, and the names of three references should be e‐ mailed no later than 1 April 2019 to the SCOR Secretary, Prof. Paul G. Myers at pmyers<at>  Any informal queries about this post may be addressed to the SCOR President (Dr. Marie‐Alexandrine Sicre, Marie‐Alexandrine.Sicre<at>locean‐ or SCOR Executive Director (Dr. Ed Urban, ed.urban<at>scor‐

The original announcement is availabe to download as pdf file here.

Open position, Principal Biogeochemist, PNNL’s Marine Sciences Laboratory, Sequim, USA

 Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308401
Directorate: Energy & Environment
Division: Coastal Sciences
Group: Coastal Research

Job Description

PNNL’s Marine Sciences Laboratory is developing robust marine research programs in Sustainable Environmental Systems focused on renewable ocean energy, climate change impacts in the coastal ocean, ecological restoration, ecotoxicology, marine biotechnology, and contaminant fate and effects in the coastal ocean.
This position will identify and steward growth areas in coastal/marine biogeochemistry, lead proposals, and manage and carry out research projects/programs strategic to the energy, environment, and security focus of the Marine Sciences Laboratory (MSL). The incumbent will be responsible for growth in MSL programs focused on research and technology development in marine biogeochemistry. This could include ultra-trace analytical chemistry, investigations into minor and trace element biogeochemical cycling, extraction of minerals from seawater, sediment biogeochemistry, marine radiochemistry or another relevant area of growth.
The principal biogeochemist will work with an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers to manage and grow a biogeochemistry program, building on the facilities and expertise that already exists at the MSL. Responsibilities will include:
- Overall Technical Leadership and Vision
~ Identifies future needs
~ Defines objectives
~ Builds opportunities and uses existing expertise
~ Overall growth of the biogeochemistry group at MSL

- Business Development
~ Identify emerging opportunities
~ Coordinate and participate in the pursuit of opportunities
~ Lead and engage in writing of white papers and proposals
~ Ensure proposed solutions include broad cross-section of PNNL technical capabilities to meet client technical needs

- Project Management
~ The staff member will be accountable for scope, schedule and budget activities to deliver high technical quality of research project work products; and directing teams of peers and subordinates.
~ The staff member will manage a portfolio of mid to large scale projects.

- Delivery and Communication
~ Ensure communication with current and potential clients are coordinated with sector management and consistent with the sector strategy
~ Ensure products communicate “why the work is important and the sponsor cares” at a layman’s level and within the context of successful site operations
~ Ensure successes are thoroughly communicated up and down the chain with credit to appropriate scientists

- Leading and mentoring technical staff.

*This position is based in Sequim, Washington*

Minimum Qualifications

- BS with 9+ years’ experience, or MS/MA with 7+ years’ experience, or PhD with 5+ years’ experience.
- Established national leader in biogeochemistry.
- Exceptional research, as well as the ability to work on several tasks concurrently.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and effective communication.
- Good track record of peer review publications and participation in events as an invited speaker.
- Good network across academic and industrial partners.
- Proven ability to set realistic expectations and deliver work on time and in budget.
- Strong sense of integrity and proven leadership.
- Excellent oral and written skills.

Preferred Qualifications

- MS or PhD degree with at least 8 years of experience in chemical oceanography or a closely related field.
- Knowledge and experience of minor and trace analysis applied to marine systems
- Experience managing diverse teams of people.
- Ability to manage sensitive business situations and influence positive outcomes.
- Experience with development of field- and process-oriented biogeochemical research programs

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

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Independent Research Fellowships - NERC, UK


>> PLEASE note that this call is now closed but it will likely be available again next year. We are posting it on this web page to inform researchers about this potential opportunity. Please check the following NERC web page for updates:


The NERC Independent Research Fellowship (IRF) Scheme is designed to develop scientific leadership among the most promising early-career environmental scientists, by giving all fellows five years' support, which will allow them sufficient time to develop their research programmes and to gain international recognition.

As part of this scheme, NERC will expand its fellowship networking and training activities, working with host institutions, to support the development of future leaders in NERC science.

Application and assessment process

In order to identify future science leaders, the assessment process will concentrate on applicants' research potential, with track record assessed in a way that is appropriate to career stage. Applicants will be expected to: (1) demonstrate their research vision and philosophy and outline ways in which their research could be developed over the five year fellowship; (2) explain how they will contribute to the international research area and interact with the leading international groups in their field; (3) explain how they will enable the potential economic or societal benefits of their research to be realised.

In order to demonstrate a commitment to the development of NERC IRFs, the Head of Department of the host institution will be required to demonstrate:

(1) the availability of structured institutional support, including infrastructure and facilities, funds to support research, and access to PhD students; (2) support for personal development of the fellow, including mentoring, appropriate review, and training courses.

For further information:


Postdoctoral Fellowships, FWO - Odysseus programme, Belgium

The FWO Odysseus programme supports outstanding researchers who have built up a career outside Flanders. The programme provides start-up funding in order to develop a research group within a Flemish university or to set up a research line and become progressively more involved in the Flemish research establishment.

 Profile and conditions:

  • The subsidy is spread over 5 years and includes the salary cost for supporting staff, equipment and bench fees. This breakdown is purely indicative, because the researcher under this programme is entitled to freely dispose of the financial resources.   Salary costs and remunerations of the Odysseus beneficiaries are borne by the host institution. Otherwise the same guidelines as for FWO projects apply.
  • The subsidy is used for two types of start-up funding:

Odysseus Group I:

    • for researchers who are internationally recognised as pioneers in their field and who already have a position at a foreign university
    • research funding: €400,000 to €1,500,000/year (€2,000,000 to €7,500,000 for the 5-year period)

Odysseus Group II

    • Researchers who have at least 3 years' post-doctoral experience abroad and whose work has convinced leading colleagues in the field that they have potential to develop a leading international position.
    • Research funding: €100,000 and €200,000/year (€500,000 to €1,000,000 for the 5-year period)
  • Only the Flemish universities can, potentially in cooperation, nominate candidates at the FWO.

To be considered an eligible candidate:

  • you have been employed by a foreign institution for at least one year before the date of the application.
  • you have for at least three years been affiliated to a foreign institution in the last five years ('foreign' here meaning a non-belgian institute).
  • you meet the criteria of excellence, as demonstrated in the CV and submit a research plan at the relevant universities. This plan includes a budget with an indicative breakdown of planned expenses over a period of five years. This research plan is approved by the university or universities and is consistent with the research policy. 
  • In case of a nomination by two or more universities, they should formulate a common proposal.

For further information:

 Data Product (IDP2017)


 Data Assembly Centre (GDAC)


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