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Post-doctoral position, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA

Postdoctoral Fellowship on m
olecular biogeochemistry of dissolved organic phosphorus production, composition, and bioavailability

Applications are invited to fill a full-time, 3-year position in the Oceanography Department at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (K. C. Ruttenberg, Honolulu, HI), in collaboration with the Dept. of Earth and Environmental Science at Columbia University and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO), (S. T. Dyhrman, Palisades, NY), to study the molecular biogeochemistry of dissolved organic phosphorus (DOP).

We are looking for postdoctoral candidates with a strong background in microbial and/or nutrient biogeochemistry, with interest in addressing processes at the interface of biogeochemistry and microbial oceanography. The primary institutional home of the successful candidate will be in the nutrient biogeochemistry lab of Ruttenberg, in the Oceanography Department at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM), with opportunities for cross-training in microbial oceanography with Dyhrman at Columbia University-LDEO. The project supporting this postdoctoral position is a collaboration between Ruttenberg and Dyhrman, and integrates transcriptome profiling, LCMS, and enzyme assays with the primary research goal of characterizing DOP molecular weight distribution, composition and bioavailability as a function of phytoplankton physiology and the N:P ratio of the (natural or culture) growth medium. This research will use a combination of field sample analysis, laboratory biogeochemistry, and culture work at both UHM and LDEO.

The successful candidate will have professional development opportunities including, but not limited to, mentoring students, attending international meetings, participating in outreach events and, grantsmanship training. If desired, there is the opportunity to participate in teaching of courses at UHM.

Applicants should have a doctoral degree in Biological or Chemical Oceanography, Microbial Biogeochemistry, or a related field, and a record of scientific research publications in scholarly journals. Candidates are expected to have a broad understanding of ocean biogeochemistry and nutrient cycling. Preference will be given to candidates who have expertise in phosphorus biogeochemistry, phytoplankton physiology, and experience working with transcript or metabolite (LCMS) datasets. Applicants would ideally be comfortable working with large datasets in R or python. 

The position is for 36 months, commencing from Sept. 1, 2018. Renewal of the position for years 2 and 3 is subject to performance and availability of funds. Applications should be emailed to Dr. Kathleen Ruttenberg ( as a single PDF document, and must include a cover/motivation letter outlining experience and expertise relevant to the project, a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae, a short research statement, and the names and contact information of three professional referees. Applications will be considered starting July 1, 2018, and continue until a suitable applicant is chosen.

Campus France - Funding Opportunities - Make Our Planet Great Again

"Make Our Planet Great Again" proposes 4 programmes to welcome international students and researchers in France:

1 - Co-financing of 3-year doctoral contracts
Under the programme, approximately 20 doctoral candidates will receive €50,000 in co-financing over three years for a PhD commencing between September and December 2018
Deadline: 30 March 2018

2 - Co-financing of 12- to 24-month postdoctoral research contracts 
Under the programme, approximately 20 postdoctoral researchers will receive co-financing of up to €50,000 for research beginning after September 2018.
Deadline : 7 April 2018

3 - Short stays (14 days to 5 months) for foreign researchers 
Under the programme, approximately 40 individuals will receive funding for short research stays between the months of August and December 2018.
Deadline: 7 April 2018

4 - Master's excellence grants
Approximately 50 master’s grants will be made annually under the programme, beginning with the 2018 academic year
Deadline: 7 April 2018

Independent Research Fellowships - NERC, UK


>> PLEASE note that this call is now closed but it will likely be available again in 2018. 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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