Several PhD-student positions , 1 Post-Doc, 1 Technical assistant (aquaculture), within BIOACID
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Within the forthcoming BMBF joint project “Biological Impacts of Ocean Acidification (BIOACID)“, starting by September 15th, 2009 - funding provided, the Departments of Bio-, Geo- and Climate sciences seek applications for several PhD-student positions (TVöD-Bund 13/2), 1 Post-Doc (TV-L 13), 1 Technical assistant (aquaculture), TVöD-VKA.

The world oceans take up one third of the anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2), causing pH and the carbonate saturation to decline. A reliable prediction of the response of marine organisms (phyto- and zooplankton, invertebrates, fishes and their life stages) and systems to such changes requires a detailed understanding of the underlying mechanisms as well as long-term studies under controlled conditions. BIOACID intends to carry out interdisciplinary studies of development, growth and activity performance, and of the mechanisms of acid-base and ion regulation incl. calcification. The scope of the work is complemented by molecular analyses, by modelling and the study of synergistic effects of ocean acidification and other environmental factors, with the goal to reach predictability of future responses of marine organisms and ecosystems.

Detailed descriptions of each position and of the specific requirements are available on the AWI homepage under Open Positions  (

PhD studentships are three years fixed-term positions that provide the opportunity to attain a PhD degree. The PhD students will be enrolled in the Helmholtz Graduate School for Polar and Marine Research “POLMAR“ ( The work will be carried out in close cooperation with national and international partners and require highly motivated and independent candidates, with a positive attitude to working in an interdisciplinary team.

Severely disabled applicants with high technical and personal suitability will be preferentially selected, please see our notification on our homepage under job offers / jobs. AWI specifically encourages female candidates to apply with a view towards increasing the proportion of female scientists. AWI supports balanced work-life career development via a variety of alternatives.

AWI supports balanced work-life career development via a variety of alternatives.

Applications, including the usual documents (cover letter, a curriculum vitae, copies of scientific degrees, and the names and contact information of two references), with reference number should be sent by July 30th 2009 to: Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar- and Marine Research, Personnel Department, P.O. Box 12 01 61, 27515 Bremerhaven / Germany (



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