We are pleased to announce a fully funded PhD position based at the Department of Biology, University of Southern Denmark, to investigate benthic primary production in the Arctic.
Rationale More than half of the Arctic Ocean's 14 million km2 consists of shelf seas that could harbour substantial benthic primary production. However, the occurrence of primary producers and their rates of photosynthetic production on the Arctic seafloor remain poorly understood. Benthic primary producers comprise an additional food source to Arctic food webs, and their presence at the seabed surface alters the biogeochemical functioning of coastal waters significantly. Additionally, the timing of their production might differ to other known sources. Through probing the presence and activity of benthic primary producers, this project will improve our understanding of primary production and marine ecosystems in a changing Arctic Ocean.
Project description The chosen candidate will investigate benthic primary production using microsensor techniques and incubations to characterize photosynthesis rates in microphytobenthos while exploring the importance of the spectral composition of light. This work will be done in collaboration with Professor Michael Kuhl at Copenhagen University. The student will have the opportunity to work with other techniques including PAM fluorometry, advanced imaging techniques to investigate the structure of biofilms, and HPLC pipelines to measure photosynthetic pigments. Computational techniques will allow modelling photosynthetic responses and upscaling measurements to get a broad-scale perspective on benthic primary production in the Arctic. Training will be provided on all aspects of this work.
Who should apply? The ideal candidate will have an eye for detail, will be comfortable working in the laboratory and in the field using sensitive instrumentation, and will be willing to travel to the Arctic for research stays on research vessels and at remote field stations, working closely with international collaborators. The ideal candidate would be able to work independently and as part of a team. A background in microbial ecology, biogeochemistry, marine science, or a related discipline is desired.
What we offer The PhD student will join a vibrant, diverse, and international research group at Nordcee. The PhD programme at SDU is an extensive programme aimed at personal and professional development. The student will have the opportunity to teach and to co-advise other students, to undertake international training courses, and to spend time abroad at another university.
The application deadline is 17 March, with a flexible start date in 2023.
For enquiries, please contact Assistant Professor Karl Attard ([email protected]).
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 in English and 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: [email protected] 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.
Further information for international applicants about entering and working in Denmark.
Application deadline: 17/03/2023