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Research Fellow in Marine Trace Metal Biogeochemistry, NOC, Southampton, UK

Location: National Oceanography Centre Southampton
Salary: £29,301 to £32,958
Full Time, Fixed Term (End Date 03/09/2019)
Closing Date: Tuesday 06 June 2017
Interview Date: Thursday 15 June 2017
Reference: 867917HN
NERC Grant: The impact of Mid-Ocean Ridges on the ocean’s iron cycle (FRidge)
Further information:

This position is available from 4th of September 2017

We have an exciting opportunity for researchers to join our study of ‘The impact of Mid-Ocean Ridges on the ocean’s iron cycle’ (FRidge). Recently funded by Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), FRidge is a UK-based multi-institutional project, with strong collaborative links to partners at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (USA) and at the University of Minnesota (USA). Our aim is to combine novel observational and modelling experiments to investigate both the longevity of hydrothermal iron plumes and examine how the ridge affects the vertical mixing of iron. This project is part of international GEOTRACES program. We have funding for a 2-year postdoctoral researcher available from September 2017 at the University of Southampton.

This post at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton requires experience in trace metal ocean biogeochemistry. The successful candidate will work closely with Prof. Maeve Lohan as well as with Dr Alessandro Tagliabue. You will be responsible for the measurements of the physicochemical speciation of dissolved and particulate iron, manganese and aluminium and will participate on a research cruise in Winter 2017/2018 to collect samples.

At University of Southampton, you will have access to a world-class range of analytical equipment and associated clean laboratories and instruments, allowing you to undertake trace element speciation and isotope dilution ICP-MS work.

The applicant should have a PhD (or equivalent) in biogeochemical or chemical oceanography along with a publication record appropriate to your research experience. You will have experience of sample collection at sea, clean lab methodologies and analysis of dissolved trace elements. You will be expected to play a full role in the timely write-up and publication of the results, including participation in national and international ocean sciences conferences.

For further enquiries please contact Prof. Maeve Lohan (

Applications will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon completion of PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Application Procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The vacancy will close at midnight on the closing date as shown above. If you need any assistance, please contact Anastasia Shikhareva on +44 (0) 23 8059 9002. Please quote vacancy reference number 867917HN on all correspondence.

Marine science positions open at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden

The newly formed Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, is enhancing its activities in Marine Sciences, and is recruiting two Professors and two Senior Lecturers. Please see the links below including all information on how to apply:

Professor in Marine Chemistry:

Senior Lecturer in Marine Chemistry:

Senior Lecturer in Marine Benthic Ecology:

Professor in Physical Oceanography:

Please note that the last day to apply for these positions is 13 June 2017.


Senior Research Associate in Chemical Thermodynamic Modelling and Data Analysis for Oceanographic Applications

Senior Research Associate
University of East Anglia - School of Environmental Sciences

Location: Norwich
Salary: £32,004 to £38,183 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Job Ref: RA1400

This NERC-funded collaborative project, with scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in the USA, and elsewhere, focuses on the development of a metrologically traceable chemical thermodynamic model of speciation in natural waters. The research involves the analysis of data from which the parameters of the Pitzer-based speciation model are derived, and the application of statistical methods so that experimental uncertainties can be propagated through the model to the calculated speciation. The work involves collaboration with several groups in other countries carrying out experiments, and culminates in the development of online and other practical modelling tools to be used by natural water chemists.

The successful candidate will have a minimum of a Ph.D in the physical sciences or applied mathematics/statistics, and be able to fulfil all the essential elements of the person specification.

This full time post is available from 1 July 2017 for a fixed term period of 36 months.

Key Words: applied statistics, data analysis, mathematical modelling, chemical speciation, natural waters, Pitzer equations, chemical oceanography, pH standards, web-based models.

Closing date: 12 midnight on 19 May 2017.

For further information and applications:

The University is a Bronze Athena Swan Award holder, currently working towards Silver

Geochemistry Research Technician, National Oceanography Centre Southampton, UK

Geochemistry Research Technician
Location: National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Applications are invited from researchers to work as a research technician in the laboratories of the Geochemistry Group of Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Southampton. Our group comprises of more than 30 researchers and postgraduate students applying cutting edge geochemical analysis and modelling to scientific questions of major societal, economic and environmental importance. We have a world-class range of analytical equipment and associated clean laboratories and our instruments and techniques are applied to applications in a diverse range of fields from the geological to the medical.

This post will involve supporting our lead researchers by performing cutting edge isotope and geochemical analyses, training postgraduate and undergraduate students and visitors, and developing new analytical techniques and methodologies to ensure the Geochemistry Group remains at the forefront of geochemical research in the UK. The principal research areas will be in the fields of paleoclimate and oceanography but it is expected that the appointee will be involved in research across a broad range of disciplines.

The applicant should have skill level equivalent to achievement of HND, Degree, NVQ4 or basic professional qualification and experience in either chemistry, geochemistry or isotope geochemistry and should have some experience of sample preparation, clean lab methodologies, elemental purification using column chromatography, and ideally analysis using (multi-collector) inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Some experience with the following non-gaseous stable isotope systems would also be beneficial: Li, B, Mg and Fe.

This post is a permanent position. Further information about the Geochemistry group can be found here ( For further enquiries please contact Professor Gavin Foster (

For further information and applications:

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:

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 Data Assembly Centre (GDAC)


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