Faculteit/Dienst: Faculteit der Natuurw., Wiskunde & Informatica
Functie type: Wetenschappelijk Personeel
Sluitingsdatum: 14 February 2022
Ocean life contributes ~50% to global primary production and understanding implications of global change for the microbial primary producers at the base of the food web is critically important to predict consequences for global carbon cycling. While the photosynthetic microbes collectively referred to as phytoplankton, are traditionally regarded as purely photosynthetic, many of them can also feed on other microbes.
These so-called mixotrophs thus combine a ‘plant-like’ with an ‘animal-like’ nutrition, and the relative importance of these two processes to their growth may shift in response to environmental conditions and affect the net impact of mixotrophs on carbon cycling. In this project we will assess the responses of mixotrophs to future ocean conditions including warming and ocean acidification.
What are you going to do?
In this project you will design and perform shipboard incubation experiments on two scientific cruises in the North Atlantic Ocean to assess the response of mixotrophs to global warming and ocean acidification. For this purpose, you will establish novel stable isotope probing techniques to quantify the role of diverse mixotrophs in the marine carbon cycle. The fieldwork in the North Atlantic Ocean can be complemented with and calibrated against laboratory experiments with cultured mixotrophic protists. You will supervise BSc and/or MSc student internships that align with the postdoc project. If desired, there is a possibility to gain additional teaching experience.
What do we require of you?
A PhD in Biological Oceanography, Environmental Microbiology or a related field.
Strong scientific expertise in Marine Microbiology.
Experience with molecular and/ or stable isotope techniques.
The ability and willingness to participate in scientific cruises.
Bioinformatic and computational skills are a plus.
Excellent writing and communication skills, and fluency in English.
Ability to collaborate in an international team.
A temporary contract for 38 hours a week, preferably starting on 1 May 2022 for the duration of 24 months.
Your salary, depending on your relevant experience on commencement of the employment contract, ranges between €2,836 to €4,474 gross per month on the basis of a full working week of 38 hours.
This sum does not include the 8% holiday allowance and the 8.3% year-end allowance. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU) is applicable.
The University of Amsterdam is the largest university in the Netherlands, with the broadest spectrum of degree programmes. It is an intellectual hub with 39,000 students, 6,000 employees and 3,000 doctoral students who are all committed to a culture of inquiring minds.
The Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) is one of eight research institutes of the Faculty of Science at the University of Amsterdam. The research at IBED aims to unravel how ecosystems function in all their complexity, and how they change due to natural processes and human activities. At its core lies an integrated systems approach to study biodiversity, ecosystems and the environment. IBED adopts this systems approach to ecosystems, addressing abiotic (soil and water quality) and biotic factors (ecology and evolution of plants, animals, and microorganisms), and the interplay between those. The IBED vision includes research encompassing experimental and theoretical approaches at a wide variety of temporal and spatial scales, i.e. from molecules and microorganisms to patterns and processes occurring at the global scale.
If you have any questions about the position, please contact (during office hours):
Dr. Susanne Wilken, Assistant professor
T. + 31 (0)20 525 7070
If you feel the profile fits you, and you are interested in the job, we look forward to receiving your letter and CV. You can apply online via the link below. We will accept applications until 14 February 2022.
The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.