Are you at the stage of applying to take a degree course in marine biology or applying for competitive post-graduate study? Or are you already academically qualified and keen to enter the world of work, but finding it hard to impress prospective employers?
There is an important element of your CV that will give you the edge: fieldwork experience. Fortunately, hands on experience assisting with marine surveys is affordable and fun, giving you the opportunity to apply your knowledge to the real world of marine conservation and to develop practical scuba diving and marine research skills.
Students, with long summer holidays, have the ideal opportunity to spend an extended period getting involved in marine conservation research in the Mediterranean. It is also a useful way to spend a few months during a gap year. Don't miss out on your dream job by missing this vital area when writing your CV.
Closing date for applications is Monday 6th January 2014
The candidate will have at least a 2.1 honours degree in biology, or a branch of environmental science. He/She will participate in one Southern Ocean sampling campaign for which he/she will receive training in sea-survival techniques and field-laboratory health and safety. The student will be enrolled in the UEA Science Graduate School (www.uea.ac.uk/sci/gradschool/
We are looking to find a statistician with experience of Bayesian hierarchical modelling to work on forecasting salmon populations in Ireland. A knowledge of salmon ecology would be advantages, an interest in ecology may suffice:
The Marine Institute, Ireland, have a 12 month position for a statistical ecologist to develop Bayesian forecasting of salmon populations, under the FP7 ECOKNOWS project.
Details are on the website at the following link: http://www.marine.ie/home/aboutus/jobs/vacancies/
This position is being re-advertised. Closing date for applications is 17:00 on Friday 27th September 2013
Jonathan White PhD
Wild Salmon Group, Fisheries Ecosystems Advisory Services
Oranmore, Galway, Ireland
+353 (0)91 387361
at the Department of Ecology and Genetics.
Application no later than 29th August 2013. UFV-PA 2013/1796
Research Group: We seek skilled, highly-motivated, independent researchers who wish to undertake Post-Doctorate research in the Climate Change Ecology Research Group, at the Instituto de Investigaciones Oceanológicas (www.iio.cl), Universidad de Antofagasta (www.uantof.cl). The group currently comprises Prof. José M. Riascos (Head), Prof. Aldo S. Pacheco, Ph.D. students, MSc students, undergraduate students and support staff. The university is located in northern Chile, at the core of the Humboldt Current Upwelling System (HCUS), one the most productive ecosystems on Earth.
Project: “Impact of Global Change on the Physiology of Antarctic Seaweeds”
Two postdoctoral researcher positions are available for highly motivated candidates at the ICML (Instituto de Ciencias Marinas y Limnológicas), Universidad Austral de Chile in the frame of a CONICYT Anillo Project focusing on responses of Antarctic seaweeds to global change (UV radiation and temperature changes), using physiological, ecological and ecosystemic approaches (www.algasantarticas.cl). Our long-term goal is to translate the results of observational, manipulative and experimental studies into a holistic model of climate-change effects on coastal primary productivity in Antarctica.
Applicants should have an outstanding publication record in peer-reviewed journals and strong research experience in one or more of the following subjects:
Seaweed ecophysiology and life history
Aquatic photobiology and environmental stress
The postdoctoral researchers will join an interactive multidisciplinary team of scientists in an academic environment. Laboratory and field oriented experience, including expertise in the use of instrumentation (e.g. biochemical analysis, fluorescence techniques), in addition to data processing skills, is highly desirable.
The 2-year positions, which will be based at the city of Valdivia, Chile (www.welcomechile.com/valdivia
Salary: $16.800.000 Chilean Pesos brutto per year (approximately, US$ 33,500/26.000 Euro).
Funded MPhil Studentships in Aquatic Biology (CLOSING DATE: 5pm 7th June, 2013. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed shortly afterwards.)
The School of Biological Sciences
Project 1: Plankton in Lough Foyle
Seasonal patterns in temperate plankton are fairly well understood; however, there is a need to have site-specific information to inform managers of likely spatfall periods of commercial species such as Ostrea edulis. It is also invaluable to pick up periods of bloom of phytoplankton, which drive productivity, at a local scale and to improve understanding of plantonic grazers such as copepods.
To quantify seasonal nutrient, climatic and plankton cycles in Lough Foyle.
Essential requirements: 2.1 degree in a relevant biological discipline; a clean driving licence and access to a car.
Desirable skills/experience: Field sampling on boats and microscopic identification of plankton.
Project 2: Assessment of production grow out strategies for commercial development of European Perch (Perca fluviatilis)
European Perch (Perca fluviatilis) has become an important candidate species for the future diversification of the European aquaculture industry. Buoyed by strong market demand the interest in cultivating European perch has resulted in the establishment of a number of farms in recent years. Although most commercial development and experience to date across Europe has been in recirculating aquaculture Systems (RAS) existing trout farms with flow through systems may be suitable for the culture of perch. Commercial grow out strategies have not yet been developed in Ireland and there is interest from the existing trout sector in farming European perch.
The Department of Biological Sciences at Old Dominion University, a Doctoral Research-Extensive state university, has a Post-Doc position available which includes participation in a project to assess a large number of marine species for the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species through a collaborative initiative with the IUCN Species Program. The position involves background research, organizing and conducting international workshops and meetings, supervising research assistants, writing proposals, reports and scientific papers, and assisting teaching courses in Ichthyology and Marine Conservation Biology.
Applicants must have a PhD in Biology, Zoology, Oceanography or a related field with a dissertation topic in marine conservation biology or marine ecology. A high level of proficiency in scientific writing in English is required and a strong peer-reviewed publication record with a strong commitment to continued publication in peer-reviewed journals is highly desirable. Knowledge of modeling and spatial analyses in ecological settings, Geographical Information System experience, and proficiency in Spanish or French are desirable.
Please submit curriculum vitae, statement of interest, and the names, telephone numbers,and addresses (postal and email) of three references to Old Dominion University Research Foundation website http://researchfoundation.odu.edu/ then click on the employment tab to begin viewing career opportunities with the Research Foundation. Position #13028.
Screening of applicants will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled. AA/EOE/Drug Free.
We are recruiting a 3-year (possibly extending to 5 years) postdoctoral research fellow to lead a project on threatened populations of reef-building Modiolus (Mytilidae) mussels.
We seek a postdoctoral level researcher with expertise in restoration ecology and especially biogenic reefs. Applications are welcome from candidates of any nationality. This position will require extensive subtidal fieldwork and applicants must demonstrate sufficient SCUBA qualifications and experience. Salary - £30,122 per annum
Deadline - 15 April 2013
Start date - summer 2013
Apply online - http://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/QUBJobVacancies/OtherJobs/ResearchJobs/ (look for Ref: 13/102551)
Please note: closing date is 15 April.
By Gaye Rosier
Closing date for applications: 11th February 2013
Deadline: 28th February 2013
Ancient whole genome duplications (WGDs) and the additional genetic resources resulting from them have played major roles in the evolution many eukaryotes. In vertebrates, there is strong evidence that two rounds of ancient WGD were followed by a third additional WGD in the teleost fishes – the fish specific genome duplication (FSGD). The role that WGD plays in the evolutionary success of recipient taxa and lineages has been hotly debated for many decades. However, while progress has been made in understanding the origins and mechanisms of the formation of polyploids in many groups, less attention has been devoted to the advantages and/or disadvantages of being a polyploid.
Predicting damaging biological invaders with functional, numerical and total responses
Supervisors: Professor Jaimie Dick and Dr Jack Lennon QUB Frances Lucy IT Sligo
The annual rate of invasions by animals and plants continues to rise, as do their economic, ecological and societal costs (estimated cost to the UK economy is £1.7 billion per annum). Predicting correctly which invasive species will be successful and how damaging they will be is a critical research priority, and this remains a challenge. This has hampered the inclusion of the potential overall impacts of specific invasives in risk assessment protocols and hence any limited available finances cannot be directed to the most likely damaging invaders.
The appointees will join three academics who are already in place as part of this newly formed research group. The aim of the group is to determine optimal ways to increase the efficiency and sustainability of aquatic food production in the context of the increasing demand and environmental changes anticipated in the next 40 years.
The main aspects which we will focus on are fish health, food safety, food waste and fish nutrition with the overarching aim of taking an ecosystems approach to aquaculture. Researchers with interests in any of these areas are welcome to apply.
Location: University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Application deadline: Dec. 31, 2012 or as soon as possible
Duration: 3 years from start date: ideally between January 2013 to April 2013
The student will be involved in a collaborative setting to look at multiple aspects of a newer class of insecticides affecting arthropod survival, abundance and community composition in agricultural wetlands in the Canadian Prairies. Macroinvertebrate collections across a range of wetlands and landscapes will be used to evaluate natural abundance and the role of neonicotinoids in altering macroinvertebrate populations and communities in addition to species-specific experimental approaches using in situ and laboratory dosing studies.
Expires: January 11, 2013
Description: In addition to supervisory functions, the successful candidate will serve as an expert consultant in planning, monitoring, and administering ocean ecology projects of national or international significance. Specifically, he or she will provide expertise and oversight for the development and testing of advanced ocean color sensors, e.g., the Ocean Radiometer for Carbon Assessment (ORCA) instrument; scientific expertise with respect to the Visible/Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument on JPSS and ocean related areas of NASA's developing Carbon Monitoring system; serving as consultant and scientific lead for ocean color issues related to NASA's PACE mission and the ACE and GEOCAPE decadal survey missions; and providing leadership in the planning and collection of mission validation field data and associated campaigns.
Employer: Blue Venture
Expires: December 15, 2012
Description: Fundamental to this position is using satellite imagery, together with socioeconomic and biophysical GIS data, to map the distribution of mangrove forests and their carbon stocks, and develop models to quantify the emission reductions achievable through mangrove REDD+.
In Aberdeen a Centre of Expertise for invertebrate analysis and data interpretation is being developed.
Full-time, permanent job for an ecologist with SEPA Aberdeen.
Especially needed are people with freshwater macroinvertebrate identification experience.
CETACEAN ECOLOGIST (Telemetry) and MARINE MAMMAL BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGIST/SEA GRANT EXTENSION SPECIALIST
The Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute (http://mmi.oregonstate.edu/) seeks two full-time faculty positions:
CETACEAN ECOLOGIST (Posting #0009881): We seek an individual with demonstrated potential to develop a strong research program in whale telemetry and to provide continuity with the existing research group.
MARINE MAMMAL BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGIST/SEA GRANT EXTENSION SPECIALIST (Posting #0009875): We seek an individual with potential to develop a strong research program in the behavioral ecology of marine mammals, as well as strong skills in engaging stakeholders and the public on management issues.
DEPARTMENT: Agri-Food and Environmental Sciences Division
POST VACANT: Catchment Scientist (with GIS)
LOCATION: Agri-food and Biosciences Institute, New Forge Lane, Belfast
The post is based at AFBI (New Forge Lane, Belfast). The post-holder will be part of a team of scientists responsible for taking forward a programme of research into the development of targeted ecological modeling tools. The post holder will be managerially accountable to the Project Manager (AFBI). The post will involve collating and analysing spatial data concerning lake catchments.
Research Fellow £30,981 - £35,115
Senior Research Fellow £36,604 - £43,258
Reader £45,278 - £48,332
Temp. Fixed Term for 3 Years with Possibility of Extension
The Environmental Research Institute (ERI) is a distinctive research centre situated in the town of Thurso in the northern Highlands of Scotland. It is part of the North Highland College, one of the partners in the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI); Scotland’s newest and most unique University.
Job: Environmental Scientist
Industry: Environment / Environmental Restoration, Water / Watershed Management
Primary Location: United Kingdom-ENG-South East
Employment Category: Permanent
Employment Type: Full Time
We have up to two vacancies for an Environmental Scientist and/or Senior Environmental Scientist specialising in aquatic ecology and environmental assessment. The successful candidate(s) will contribute to a variety of projects working as part of a technical team supporting environmental assessment, water management, hydro-ecological investigations and river restoration/habitat creation projects. In particular, this will include the assessment of the impacts of schemes and low flows in light of current legislation such as the Water Framework Directive.
Closing date for applications is 11th November.
Scottish Environment Protection Agency
Inverdee House, Baxter Street, ABERDEEN, AB11 9QA
Tel: (01224) 266600
NERC Band 6 level (Salary £26180 - £29410).
The job description is detailed below and further details are available from the following website: http://www.topcareer.jobs/Vacancy/irc71009_2491.aspx
Please note the closing date for applications is 12 November 2012.
Job Announcement Number: 13A-JW-297914-DEU-NMNH
SALARY RANGE: $74,872.00 to $79,864.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD: Monday, October 22, 2012 to Monday, December 03, 2012
SERIES & GRADE: GS-0410-12
POSITION INFORMATION: Full-Time - Federal; TERM NTE 4 years
PROMOTION POTENTIAL: 12
DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy in the following location: Washington, DC, US
WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals.
Salary: £36,301 to £47,566 pa inc.
The Department of Life Sciences is seeking to appoint a high calibre and dynamic vertebrate zoologist /biologist/ecologist to join an academic team which aspires to be recognised as an international academic centre of excellence. The biological science team has an active programme of research with strong interests in Invertebrate Zoology and Ecology, compatible with current work within the Centre for Research in Ecology (CRE).
To be an active member of the research team (see www.quercus.ac.uk), to plan and deliver the research activity within a specified area and to develop further research proposals so that the overall objectives of the project are met.
To (i) undertake experimental investigations of new and established artificial reefs for the Horse mussel (Modiolus modiolus) as a conservation strategy and (ii) recommend an evidence-based approach for long-term monitoring and iterative analysis of the condition of horse mussel communities in the context of key recommendations from the Modiolus Restoration Research Group (MRRG) Project (http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/ModiolusRestorationResearchGroup/).
Closing Date: Monday 19 November 2012
Salary: £30,122 per annum
Anticipated Interview Date: Tuesday 4th December 2012
Duration: 3 years (possible extension to 5 years)
A Post-Doctoral Research Assistant position in freshwater food web ecology is available at Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL) with Dr Iwan Jones, working in the River Communities Group in Dorset on the NERC funded project The role of lateral exchange in modulating the seaward flux of C,N,P.
The successful candidate will contribute to a project that aims to understand and quantify nutrient fluxes through aquatic food webs. This component forms part of a larger study aimed at quantifying both the flux and dynamics of the lateral exchange of organic C between landscape and rivers, and how this in turn modulates the flux of N and P towards the coast.
The two PhDs are funded by Northern Ireland’s Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) in the context of the NERC funded CBESS project:
“A hierarchical approach to the examination of the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem service flows across coastal margins (CBESS)”.
For details please see the attached document and the links and information below:
Job title: Research Fellow for VALMER, Plymouth
Job reference: A2776, Application closing date: 05/09/2012
Salary: £31020 to £35938 pa-Grade 7
Contract Type: Full-time, Fixed-term
Job category/type: Academic/Research
This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in a major study into the development of new approaches to the management of marine resources of the Western Channel. This EUR 4.7 million project called VALMER has 11 partners and is focused on developing a framework to value marine ecosystem services in the Western Channel area. The framework will be tested in 6 case sites in England and France and then the project will determine how to integrate ecosystem values into marine planning decisions. The project is led by Dr Steve Fletcher and Dr Gillian Glegg, both from the Centre for Marine and Coastal Policy Research in the Marine Institute at Plymouth University.
We have just advertised a lectureship in marine science, with a closing date of 7th September. The post is jointly funded by Cefas, and the person we appoint will facilitate research interactions between UEA and Cefas as well as developing their own research programme and contributing to teaching.
We will consider applications from people with a strong research record in any discipline relevant to the work of Cefas, including environmental management, ecosystem processes, biodiversity, food webs, ecosystem services, environmental economics, fisheries science and management or biological oceanography – an ability to communicate with researchers from other disciplinary backgrounds is probably more important than your particular area of specialism.
Professor of Ecology
School of Environmental Sciences
University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ, UK
Phone +44 1603 592537
At the University of Roehampton a number of fully funded research studentships are available. Full details are available from the link below, the closing date for applications is 1st October 2012.
Students interested in applying with an aquatic ecology project are strongly encouraged to contact me (Anne Robertson) in the first instance.
Professor Anne Robertson
Centre for Research in Ecology
Chief Editor Fundamental & Applied Limnology
Department of Life Sciences, Roehampton University
Holybourne Avenue London SW15 4JD
The Radboud University Nijmegen is currently advertising for two PhD studentships in aquatic ecology.
Details are available from the links below, the closing date for applications is 31st August 2012
Students who like to think conceptually and preferably with some training in life-history theory or population dynamics are especially encouraged to apply.
This vacancy which is currently on the Environment Agency website for the permanent post of Environmental Monitoring (Analysis & Reporting) officer within the South East region at the Addington, Kent office. Closing date of Tuesday July 31st.
We are looking for someone to join the team and assist us with ecological surveys, analysis of aquatic invertebrate and diatom samples, interpretation of ecological and water chemistry data and production of high quality reports on rivers in Kent and South London.
Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time fixed term position as a Research Assistant with the Ryan Institute at the National University of Ireland, Galway.
This position is funded by EU FP7 and is available from 1st August 2012 to contract end date of 31st January 2015.
The successful candidate will participate in a European project to enhance sustainable fisheries in Nephrops, concentrating on the pot (creel) fishery in inshore areas. This will be carried out in partnership with industry stakeholders and SMEs through a series of related activities. The post will entail a significant field element and will include assisting a post-doctoral researcher during extensive survey and habitat suitability modelling in Nephrops as well as experimentation into individual's long- and short-term movements. Close liaison with local pot fishers and their representatives will be important.
We are seeking a highly motivated graduate or PhD in Psychology or Marine Biology / Ecology / Environmental Science to work with different stakeholders on our MARLISCO project. You will have experience of undertaking research projects including data collection, analysis and producing reports. You will have knowledge of research methods including experimental approaches, of the principles and determinants of behaviour change, and an ability to work independently and to deadlines. You need to be able to write research reports to a high standard and for scientific peer review. Good interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills are essential, as is the ability to show initiative.
At the Cologne Biocenter, a DFG funded PhD project is available for a research project on “Interactions between consumer and resource diversity under changing environmental conditions”.
APEM Ltd has a unique position in the field of aquatic environmental consultancy. Since its inception 25 years ago we have grown from a small niche company to a large, dynamic concern with an established reputation for scientific integrity and delivery. We currently employ over 120 scientists across the UK covering a wide range of disciplines in marine, estuarine and freshwaters with office/laboratories in Manchester, Oxford, Chester, Dorset, Edinburgh and Cardiff.
We are currently recruiting for Freshwater Invertebrate Taxonomists at Laboratory Scientist and Senior Laboratory Scientist Grades in our Manchester, Dorset, Edinburgh and Cardiff laboratories.
Please visit our website for more information and to complete an application form.
Closing date for all applications is 11th June.
Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time fixed term position as a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Ryan Institute at the National University of Ireland, Galway.
This position is funded by the EU FP7 project NEPHROPS (www.nephrops.eu) and is available from 1st July to contract end date of 31st January 2015. Ref. No. NUIG-47-12
The successful candidate will participate in a European project to enhance sustainable fisheries in Nephrops, concentrating on the pot (creel) fishery in inshore areas. This will be carried out in partnership with industry stakeholders and SMEs through a series of related activities. The post will entail a significant field element and will include extensive survey and habitat suitability modelling in Nephrops as well as experimentation into individual's long and short-term movements. Close liaison with local pot fishers and their representatives will be of vital importance.