PhD Position – 2018 in University of Groningen, Netherlands

Designation/Position- PhD

University of Groningen, Netherlands invites application for PhD position from candidates having MSc degree in marine biology, marine biogeochemistry, or related topic.

About- Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen enjoys an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative institution of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Flexible study programmes and academic career opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 30.000 students and researchers alike to develop their own individual talents.

The Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences (GELIFES) is a research institute within the Faculty of Science and Engineering of the University of Groningen, located at the Linnaeusborg on the Zernike campus in the north of the city of Groningen.

Research/Job Area- Marine biology, marine biogeochemistry, or related topic

Project Title- Production and carbon uptake by polar microalgae in a high-co2 world

Location- University of Groningen, Netherlands


  • you have a MSc degree in marine biology, marine biogeochemistry, or related topic
  • you are eager to spend 2-3 months in the Antarctic
  • you are self supporting and well organized
  • You are physically fit.

Job/Position Description- The West Antarctic Peninsula (WAP) is undergoing rapid climate change, with ocean acidification and sea ice retreat as major actors. How algae are going to respond to increased levels of CO2 and lower pH values of seawater is under debate. Likewise, little is known on the impact of changing CO2 conditions on the production of the algal compatible solute dimethylsulphioniopropionate (DMSP), a precursor of the climate-active gas DMS. In the atmosphere, DMS has a climate-cooling effect. In this project, the impact of ocean acidification and dynamics of sea ice retreat on entangled carbon and sulphur cycles will be studied, by combining controlled laboratory experiments with field studies at the British research station Rothera, located at the West Antarctic Peninsula.
In the lab, both carbon and sulphur dynamics will be studied in cultures of polar algae under controlled conditions of CO2, light and temperature. Stable isotope-addition experiments will be performed for simultaneous determination of DMSP and primary production rates. Additional techniques will be used to study the impact of culturing conditions on the physiological response of the algae with respect to carbon-uptake mechanisms and photosystems. At Rothera, the sea ice that is present in winter and spring makes an excellent natural laboratory to validate the outcome of the laboratory studies.
The results of the laboratory studies will be used to model photosynthetic carbon fluxes and to correlate these with the DMSP production.

  • you will design and perform laboratory experiments with marine micro-algal cultures
  • you will explore new techniques to measure carbon uptake and photosynthesis
  • you will participate in one or two field seasons at Rothera Station, Western Antarctic Peninsula; at base, you will carry out field studies to collect samples and perform experiments both with sea-ice samples and seawater samples
  • You will submit a thesis containing a minimum of 3 experimental publications as a first author.

The University of Groningen offers a salary of € 2,266 gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 2,897 gross per month in the fourth year, based on a full-time position (1.0 FTE), in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (cao NU), excluding a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual income and a 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance.

You are based at the GELIFES centre of the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, and will become member of the Plant Ecophysiology group. It is a temporary assignment for a period of four years. First, you will get a temporary position of one year with the perspective of prolongation with another three years. Before the end of the first year, there will be an evaluation as to the feasibility of successful completion of the PhD thesis within the next three years.

How to Apply- You may apply for this position until 30 September 23:59h / before 01 October 2018 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on “Apply” below on the advertisement on the university website). Interviews with potential candidates will take place in the 2nd half of October 2018.

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Last Date for Apply 30 September 2018

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