Diatom Jobs (PhD, PostDoc, etc...)

PhD Jena: September 11th 2018
PostDoc Hawaii: July 20th 2018
PostDoc Canberra: July 22nd 2018



In cooperation with the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry houses a unique and flexible research program that grants German and foreign students a broad selection of learning opportunities while still maintaining a research focus. The International Max Planck Research School for Global Biogeochemical Cycles (IMPRS-gBGC) offers a PhD program specializing in global biogeochemistry and related Earth System sciences. 
Application deadline for these fully funded PhD positions is   11 September, 2018. Top candidates will be invited to take part in our recruitment symposium (8-9 November, 2018).    

Find out more and apply online: www.imprs-gbgc.de


Post-doctoral fellowship in systematics of Hawaiian mesophotic algae
Applications are invited for a post-doctoral fellowship (available for up to three years) focused on the systematics of the Hawaiian mesophotic seaweed flora, funded by the US National Science Foundation.
The postdoctoral fellow will join a team of PIs (Alison Sherwood, Heather Spalding, Roy Tsuda, and John Huisman), graduate students, and undergraduate students, characterizing the mesophotic algal biodiversity of the Hawaiian Islands. This project is an exciting opportunity involving morphological and multi-gene molecular analyses, organellar genomic sequencing and analysis, and presentation/publication of results with an emphasis on the description of new taxa. The successful candidate will also play a key role in coordinating a team of graduate and undergraduate students, database administrators and collaborators across multiple units. The position will be based in the Department of Botany at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, which is the flagship university of the University of Hawaii System located in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Candidates should have a PhD in phycology, experience in both molecular and morphological identification of algae, a proven record in scientific publication, and exceptional organizational skills. Interested candidates should submit by email (to Alison Sherwood; asherwoo@hawaii.edu) a letter of interest, a complete CV, and contact information for two references by July 20th, 2018. Starting date: ASAP.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Antarctic Paleoclimatology, Canberra, Australia 

A Postdoctoral Fellow in Antarctic Paleoclimatology is currently available at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia.


- Two-year Postdoctoral Fellow position in Antarctic paleoclimatology.
- Integrated International project team focused on developing advances in determining past sea ice records.
- Multidisciplinary project across diatom taxonomy, biogeochemistry and the determination of past Antarctic climatic states.


The Postdoctoral Fellow position is framed around marine biogeochemistry with an emphasis on diatom fossil and biogeochemical markers in Antarctic seafloor sediments. The position aims specifically to compare and understand the link between highly-branched isoprenoid (HBI) preservation in sediments to that of the fossil record of diatoms in cores from Antarctica, in an effort to extend the record of past sea-ice cover beyond the late Quaternary. The project interfaces, and is entwined with, studies on the modern understanding of HBI content and genetic markers in Southern Ocean diatoms with collaborators across Australia, the United Kingdom and France.
The Postdoctoral Fellow will work under the supervision of Associate Professor Leanne Armand. The Postdoctoral Fellow will work closely with the team of academic and technical staff members involved in the ARC Discovery Project Interactions of the Totten Glacier with the Southern Ocean through multiple glacial cycles. They will also liaise and collaborate with Centre of Excellence partners at ANU and other universities and organisations, and the SCAR Scientific Research Programme PAIS (Past Antarctic Ice Sheet dynamics) community to improve our understanding of climate variability and extremes in the Antarctic.
Applications close 22 July 2018 23:55 Australian Eastern Standard Time.
For detail on the full position description and selection criteria please view the official on line posting at: http://jobs.anu.edu.au/cw/en/job/525235/postdoctoral-fellow.No applications will be accepted nor considered unless through the official ANU jobs portal and addressing all requirements and criteria.

From Diatom-L:
  • Biomonitoring of complex freshwater  ecosystems using eDNA sensors
    The Water Framework Directive (WFD) requires all European member states to assess the ecological status of their water bodies. While each state has made significant efforts to achieve this assessment according to the WFD, some prevalent, but specific water bodies remain to be effectively monitored. This includes extremely dynamic (eg. intermittent rivers) or hard to reach systems (eg. groundwaters). While environmental DNA (eDNA) offers a unique opportunity to monitor these ecosystems, its use is still limited by methodological roadblocks.
    The aim of this thesis project is to test the potential of passive eDNA sensors to monitor the unique biological communities of these ecosystems. The thesis will benefit from the specificities and experience of four academic laboratories (LEHNA/CNRS-Univ. Lyon1, DYNAM/IRSTEA, ICBMS/CNRS-Univ Lyon1 and CARRTEL/INRA) and will be financed by Eurofins Hydrobiologie France. The main objectives of this project are to (i) test the sensors in the lab and in natural settings, (ii) develop new metabarcoding methods, (ii) perform the bioinformatic analyses and their valorisation.  We are looking for candidates with competence in molecular biology and bioinformatics, some experience in hydrobiology is a plus. The PhD project is expected to start in autumn 2018, for 3 years.
    1. Broad Algae Jobs:
      • Taxonomist job in private firm for algae taxonomist. Main job will be
        to process both Diatom and Soft Algae samples. Preference will be given to those who demonstrate experience and knowledge of both types. Duties include identification of samples in a production environment and data summarization for reporting to clients. Job advertisment is attached. 

Others ([very] tangentially diatom based):

  • BETA technological centre of the University of Vic (UVic-UCC) in Spain has opened up a contract for a post-doc researcher in Aquatic Ecology to cover a maternity leave (with possibolity to extending 1 more year. Link to the offer .
  • Post-Doc in Aquatic Ecology in Washington WSU-Pullman under Stephanie Hampton & Steve Katz (link) .



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