Netherlands: Marie Curie PhD Studentship

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We are looking for a Ph.D. student to study
community metabolism, energy flow and calcification in tropical coral
and temperate deepwater coral communities maintained in mesocosms. The
project involves the use of state-of-the-science approaches to
investigate the differential response of these two communities to
elevated CO2, organic matter and nutrient loadings. CO2 controlled
incubation devices will be used to experimentally assess the response
of coral communities to atmospheric CO2 levels projected for the year
2100 (~ 700 ppmv) and to identify synergetic effects of elevated CO2,
temperature and nutrient supply on calcification and community
metabolism. Stable carbon isotopes will be used as deliberate tracers
to unravel and quantify flows of energy and matter within the benthic
community and from organic matter to aragonite/calcite. 13C added in
the form of phytodetritus or bicarbonate will be traced in primary
producer (algae), consumer (bacteria and metazoans) and calcium
carbonate produced.


Applicants must have a Masters Degree or equivalent in ecology,
environmental sciences, geosciences or oceanography, and be able to
communicate in English. Applicants can originate from anywhere in the
world, and cannot have resided in the host country for more than 5
years. Candidates should be interested in combined
experimental-analytical-modeling research and are expected to complete
a Ph.D. thesis in 4 years.

Additional information about the job:
Ph.D. student will be employed at Netherlands Institute of Ecology,
Centre for Estuarine and Marine Ecology (NIOO-CEME) in Yerseke, The
Netherlands, but the experimental work with corals will be executed at
ZMT (Centre for Tropical Marine Ecology, Bremen, Germany for two periods of about 5-6 months. NIOO is
a member of the Marie Curie Initial Training Network consortium CALMARO
(Calcification by Marine Organisms; CALMARO
aims at improving the career perspectives of early researchers by
offering structured training in the field of Calcification by Marine
Organisms as well as providing complementary skills and exposing the
researchers to other sectors including private companies. CALMARO
comprises investigation of calcareous structures as well as
calcification processes and the sensitivities to changes in
environmental conditions at all scales ranging from cellular, organism,
population to ecosystem, and regional to global levels.


The Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO) is
a top research institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and
Sciences (KNAW). It comprises three centers: the Centre for Estuarine
and Marine Ecology (CEME) in Yerseke, the Centre for Limnology (CL) in
Nieuwersluis, and the Centre for Terrestrial Ecology (CTE) in Heteren.
Mission of the NIOO ( is to carry out excellent
fundamental and strategic research in ecology.

Conditions of employment

Estimated maximum salary per month: eur 2500 – 3000
Salaryscale 10.
Maximum salary amount in Euro’s a month 2558
Employment basis: Temporary for specified period
Duration of the contract: Initially for 1 year, possible extension to 4 years.
Maximum hours per week: 38

Additional conditions of employment:
The gross salary starts at € 2000, – per month in the 1st year, and
will gradually increase to a maximum of € 2558, – per month in the 4th

Additional Information

Or additional information can be obtained through one of the following links.

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You can apply for this job before 01-11-2008 by sending your application to:

Prof. Dr. C.H.R. Heip
PO Box 140
4400 AC Yerseke
The Netherlands
E-mail address:

When applying for this job always mention the vacancy number AT2988.


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