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PhD Position to Explore Solutions to Mitigate Climate Change

Project title: How can we use mineral additions to protect marine biodiversity, increase ocean CO2 uptake and prevent ocean acidification?

The new Villum-funded group ‘Marine geoengineering- A tool to mitigate climate change?’ at the Department of Biology, University of Southern Denmark, invites applications from outstanding candidates who are interested in joining our team as PhD student. Application deadline: 9 April 2020.

The PhD project will tackle the impact of mineral additions on ocean pH values and CO2 uptake from the atmosphere both biologically and chemically. Focus of the selected PhD candidate will be to explore the direct response of microbes and primary producers (phytoplankton) to additions of different minerals to develop a strategy which can be applied in different ocean regions. Those culture experiments will be complemented by large scale field studies in Limfjorden and on the Islands of Cape Verde, where we will explore the impact of those mineral additions on natural communities. In this second part of the PhD project, the selected PhD candidate will use metagenomic, transcriptomic and single cell tools to determine community responses and to develop an appropriate strategy for maximum CO2 uptake and pH value stabilization.

We are looking for highly motivated, dedicated and ambitious candidates with:
• A Master’s degree in Geosciences or Life Science, preferably Molecular Biology, Environmental Microbiology, Ocean Biogeochemistry
• Experience in microbial and eukaryotic culture work and/or NGS data analysis
• Project management and project development skills
• Interest to travel and participate in long term large scale field experiments nationally and internationally
• Strong communication and collaborative skills and an interest in working in an interdisciplinary environment
• Proficiency in spoken and written English.

We offer:
• A three-year PhD position in a stimulating and supportive, international young research team
• Access to state-of-the-art equipment, facilities and infrastructure
• Opportunity to interact with an extensive network of national and international collaborators
• A competitive salary and social benefits (e.g. health coverage, parental leave, social security etc.)
• Dedicated assistance and support with various practical, social, and legal aspects (housing, visa, administration, tax etc.), especially for international candidates through our international staff office (ISO) and department.

For further information please contact Carolin Löscher ( 

Application, salary etc.
Appointment as a PhD Research Fellow is for three years. Employment stops automatically at the end of the period. The holder of the scholarship is not allowed to have other paid employment during the three-year period.

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement on salaried PhD scholars between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Please check links for more information on salary and taxation.

The successful candidate will be enrolled at this university in accordance with faculty regulations and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities (PhD order).

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Application must be made in the form of a Declaration of Interest including the following:
• A research proposal/description of your approach to the above project (max one page excluding references)
• A letter stating your specific interest, motivation and qualifications for the project in question (max. two pages) (please attach this under box "Application form")
• Detailed CV, including personal contact information
• Copies of diplomas, Bachelor as well as Master’s degree, including transcript of notes/grades
• At least two signed reference letters. Should your referees wish to send their letters directly to us, please have them use e-mail: mentioning your name and the title of the position in the subject line. And please note that these also need to reach us before deadline.

Shortlisting may be used in the assessment process.

Further information about the PhD-study can be found at the homepage of the University.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link "Apply online". Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb. We strongly recommend that you read How to apply before you apply.

Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated. This also applies to reference letters.

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Deadline 2020-Apr-09

You can apply for the job at Faculty of Science by completing the application form