Join our Research team as a researcher on molecular traits in plankton ecosystem functions and processes. You will perform this research in close collaboration with a post-doctoral researcher working on the same research line. Through collaboration with an academic promotor, you are expected to pursue a PhD at a Flemish University.
Natural ecosystems are often too complex to study them under controlled laboratory conditions. Organisms interact with their environment in multifaceted ways. Our understanding of how species traits, species interactions and evolution of individual species contribute to ecosystem functions is therefore still very fragmentary. Nevertheless, we urgently need better insights in the functioning of ecosystems to predict how they will change under anthropogenic pressures such as global warming or ocean acidification.
In this research line, VLIZ aims to unravel important processes in natural plankton communities such as ecosystem functions, and mutualist and antagonistic interactions among different species using an ecosystems biology approach. Specifically, VLIZ wants to use high throughput sequencing to describe the composition (metagenomics) and functions (meta-transcriptomics) of eukaryotic micro- and nanoplankton communities. This information will be used to model relevant ecosystem processes such as biogeochemical cycling. VLIZ is furthermore interested to investigate how such processes will alter under various scenarios of global change.
The study area is primarily the southern North Sea, where field surveys can readily be conducted to cover seasonal and spatial dynamics of plankton communities. Next to the regional focus, we will encourage collaboration in international consortia to work on global datasets. Within this context, VLIZ wants to address the following research questions:
In a later stage, we aim to incorporate these molecular trait based ecosystem functions in ecosystem models to investigate biogeochemical processes, and use these models to predict the effect of anthropogenic change.
For each function, VLIZ considers enthusiastic involvement, open servitude, excellent professionalism and integrity as important characteristics.
For 20 years, the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) has been strengthening the accumulation of marine knowledge and the excellence of marine scientific research in Flanders. VLIZ is a coordination and information platform, a focal point for marine and coastal research, which also serves as an international contact point for marine science. Important activities are national and international networking, information and data management, scientific communication for policy and industry, education and the general public, and logistical support of marine research. Since 2017, the institute also initiates, promotes and executes innovative and multidisciplinary marine research, and this at the service of, in collaboration with or complementary to Flemish and international marine research groups.
To strengthen its research capacity with research that is in line with priority innovation domains of the Flemish Blue Economy, VLIZ hires a new colleague in its Research Department. Join our multidisciplinary team in Oostende at the Belgian coast. You will work in a unique institute in which your science will be supported by state-of-the-art data systems and services, research infrastructure, science communication and an extensive marine library. Moreover, VLIZ is part of a wide network of Belgian and international marine research groups, offering many opportunities for scientific collaboration.
For more information concerning this vacancy, please contact:
Send in your cover letter and CV until September 30th 2019 (23:00 CEST):
Contact us by telephone on +32 (0)59 34 21 30.
VLIZ promotes equality and diversity in the workplace. You will be recruited based on competencies. Qualities of people are decisive, regardless of gender, religion, ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation or any disability.
Based on the received motivation letters and CVs, a select group of candidates will be invited for a job interview. You will be informed by email. The job interviews take place in the offices of VLIZ.
Employment can start immediately after the selection procedure.
Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee vzw – Flanders Marine Institute
InnovOcean site – Wandelaarkaai 7
BE – 8400 Oostende
Telephone: +32 (0)59 34 21 30
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|Title||Researcher molecular traits in plankton ecosystem functions and processes|
|Employer||VLIZ Flanders Marine Institute|
|Job location||Wandelaarkaai 7, 8400 Ostend|
|Published||September 5, 2019|
|Application deadline||September 30, 2019|
|Job types||Researcher  |
|Fields||Ecology,   Biostatistics,   Bioinformatics,   Molecular Biology,   Microbiology,   Genetics,   Marine Biology,   Systems Biology,   Bioengineering,    and 1 more. Computational Biology  |