[Coral-List] PhD vacancy at the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT), Germany

Maggy Nugues maggy.nugues at zmt-bremen.de
Sat Apr 17 04:47:46 EDT 2010

Dear Coral-Listers,

The Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) (www.zmt-bremen.de) 
in Bremen, Germany has a vacancy for a PhD student to start as soon as 
possible within the framework of the research project FORCE “Future of 
Reefs in a Changing Environment” funded by the European Union. FORCE 
partners an inter-disciplinary team of researchers from Europe and the 
Caribbean to enhance the scientific basis for managing coral reefs in an 
era of rapid climate change and unprecedented human pressure on coastal 
resources (www.force-project.eu).

One objective of FORCE is to fill gaps in our understanding of 
ecological processes driving natural coral recovery. Crustose coralline 
algae play an important role in the ecology of coral reefs by acting as 
cues for coral settlement and by contributing to reef calcification and 
cementation. However, these algae show increased signs of mortality 
through disease. Our study will investigate the ecology and driving 
factors of disease affecting crustose coralline algae and their effects 
on reef recovery processes using field surveys and experiments. The 
research will involve interactions with field ecologists, marine 
botanists, microbiologists and ecosystem modellers, and will be 
performed in close collaboration with the Darling Marine Center at the 
University of Maine (www.dmc.maine.edu), the Marine Botany group at the 
University of Bremen (www.uni-bremen.de), the Research and Management of 
Biodiversity Foundation CARMABI in Curaçao (www.carmabi.org), and 
partners within the FORCE project.

Field location will be in Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles. Preparation for 
field work, laboratory and statistical analyses, and writing of 
manuscripts will be done at ZMT. Appointment is for a 3 year period. 
Salary will be according to the German TV-L for a half-time position.

Applicants should hold a Master or Diploma degree in marine biology, 
aquatic ecology, or related biological field. Experience in coral reef 
ecology, marine botany, scientific diving and fieldwork will be 
important assets. Diving certification, fluency in English and a valid 
driver's license are essential. The candidates should be prepared to 
make long-term stays on Curaçao, and have good communication skills to 
integrate efficiently into an interdisciplinary research team. 
Applicants of any nationality are eligible to apply.

To apply, please email a motivation letter, a complete CV with list of 
publications and skills, and names with email addresses and phone 
numbers of two referees in a single pdf-file to Dr. Maggy Nugues at 
maggy.nugues at zmt-bremen.de. Only short-listed candidates will be 
notified. Please feel free to get in touch if you have questions. 
Closing date is May 1, 2010 or until a qualified candidate is identified.


Dr. Maggy Nugues
Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT)
Fahrenheitstr. 6
D-28359 Bremen
tel: +49-421-2380025, fax: +49-421-2380030
e-mail: maggy.nugues at zmt-bremen.de, skype: maggy.nugues

Leibniz-Zentrum für Marine Tropenökologie (ZMT) GmbH
Fahrenheitstraße 6
28359 Bremen
Tel. +49(0)421 238 00-0
Fax +49(0)421 238 00-30

Sitz der Gesellschaft: Bremen, Deutschland
Registergericht: Amtsgericht Bremen
Handelsregister Nr. HRB 25746 HB; Steuer-Nr. 71/607/12036; USt.-IdNr. DE 266278207
Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrates: Dr. Walter Dörhage
Geschäftsführer: Prof. Dr. Venugopalan Ittekkot

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