Vacancy for PhD-students

Seasonality of iron and other trace metals in relation to the rapidly changing ice/water cycle and plankton dynamics of the West Antarctic Peninsula


Position of four years for PhD candidate at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research for research at the Rothera Station, Antarctica, leading to Dr. degree to be granted at University of Groningen. Starting date: Exact starting date is somewhat flexible in the March-July 2012 period, to be jointly decided.

Project Summary: The West Antarctic Peninsula is the most rapidly warming region in the Southern hemisphere, with glacial retreat and ice shelf collapse causing major changes in the marine environment. We will make a systematic investigation of iron, aluminium, manganese and related bio-essential trace metals Co, Ni, Cu, Zn in the water column and the sea-ice of Marguerite Bay throughout two complete annual cycles. This study will serve as a first assessment of the distribution and cycling of iron and the other trace metals in relation to the ice/water cycle and the biological cycle. We will test the working hypothesis that the annual collapse of the bloom of large diatoms at the end of the summer is due to depletion of dissolved iron by the bloom itself. This first study will serve as the baseline for future assessment of changes in relation to the major climate changes at the West Antarctic Peninsula.

We are looking for a candidate with a strong background in chemistry and/or one of the other natural sciences, for the opportunity to spend several austral spring and summer seasons in Antarctica, the first season beginning November 2012. Overwintering in austral winter period April-October is optional. Salary and other employment conditions of a PhD position in The Netherlands are quite generous compared to several other nations.

Interested candidates may contact by email or telephone for more information:
prof. Hein J.W. de Baar
chair Ocean Ecosystems, Groningen
member Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)
email: Hein.de.Baar@nioz.nl
mobile/cell phone 31 06 53 98 96 36
Willem Barentsz Poolinstituut

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