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Position: PhD position "Nitrogen fixation in the past&#034
Institution: Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Department: Department Marine Microbiology and Biogeochemistry
Location: 't Horntje, Texel, North Holland, Netherlands
Duties: The marine nitrogen cycle, like the marine carbon cycle, is intrinsically linked to global climate dynamics. Despite this, and despite extensive study of the modern-day nitrogen-cycle, a thorough understanding of the paleo-nitrogen cycle remains elusive. In order to better constrain the past oceanic nitrogen-cycle, the PhD candidate will extract and analyze organic biomarkers, particularly those associated with nitrogen fixating cyanobacteria, including symbiotic species. The project will utilize high-resolution analytical approaches, including Orbitrap accurate mass LC-MS, to identify and quantify biomarkers
Requirements: The ideal candidate holds a MSc degree in (organic) geochemistry (analytical) chemistry and/or a related field. You are well-organized and methodical in the lab but also willing to get your hands dirty while sampling and analyzing natural systems, often under demanding conditions. Fieldwork at sea can be expected during this PhD position
   
Text: PhD position "Nitrogen fixation in the past" Researchers in the Department Marine Microbiology and Biogeochemistry (MMB) aim to understand the crucial role that microorganisms play in regulating global biogeochemical cycles, including primary productivity, carbon sequestration, and changing climate. To support this research, the Royal NIOZ has a sea-going research fleet to collect marine water column and sediment samples. MMB also offers world-leading in-house analytical facilities for both lipid and molecular techniques. LOCATION: NIOZ TEXEL VACANCY NR.: 2020 - 6 CLOSING DATE: March 6th 2020 THE DEPARTMENT Researchers in the Department Marine Microbiology and Biogeochemistry (MMB) aim to understand the crucial role that microorganisms play in regulating global biogeochemical cycles, including primary productivity, carbon sequestration, and changing climate. To support this research, the Royal NIOZ has a sea-going research fleet to collect marine water column and sediment samples. MMB also offers world-leading in-house analytical facilities for both lipid and molecular techniques. THE PROJECT This project is part of and funded by the Netherlands Earth System Science Center (NESSC). The PhD project will be developed at the Department of Marine Microbiology and Biogeochemistry, Royal NIOZ, Texel (Principal Investigator dr. Nicole Bale). The marine nitrogen cycle, like the marine carbon cycle, is intrinsically linked to global climate dynamics. Despite this, and despite extensive study of the modern-day nitrogen-cycle, a thorough understanding of the paleo-nitrogen cycle remains elusive. In order to better constrain the past oceanic nitrogen-cycle, the PhD candidate will extract and analyze organic biomarkers, particularly those associated with nitrogen fixating cyanobacteria, including symbiotic species. The project will utilize high-resolution analytical approaches, including Orbitrap accurate mass LC-MS, to identify and quantify biomarkers THE CANDIDATE The ideal candidate holds a MSc degree in (organic) geochemistry (analytical) chemistry and/or a related field. You are well-organized and methodical in the lab but also willing to get your hands dirty while sampling and analyzing natural systems, often under demanding conditions. Fieldwork at sea can be expected during this PhD position. You are eager to communicate your findings at (inter)national conferences and in peer-reviewed publications. Due to the international environment at the Royal NIOZ you have an excellent command of the English language in both speaking and writing. CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT Employment of this position at Royal NIOZ is by NWO (The Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research). We offer a position for a period of 1 year (fulltime). At the end of this first year, the employment will be extended for a fixed-term of a maximum of 4 years, if the first-year evaluation held with the employee is positive. The salary is compliant to the CAO-OI (Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Research Institutes). A pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, a year-end bonus, and flexible work arrangements are part of the employment conditions. FURTHER INFORMATION Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from: Dr. Nicole Bale (Research Scientist). Additional information about the procedure can be obtained from Alexandra Noppeney (Sr HR Advisor). Interviews will be held in March 2020. APPLY TO JOB HERE VIEW CURRENT JOB OPENINGS
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