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PhD fellows in "Ecophysiology of marine mixotrophic protists"

Two Early Career Researcher positions (ESR) within the MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE ACTIONS (Innovative Training Networks, ITN) project “MixITiN” are available from March 1st, 2018 (or shortly thereafter) at the Marine Biological Section, Department of Biology University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark. The Marine Biological Section is an international research group with 85 students and employees, and located in both Copenhagen and in Helsingør. You will be located in Helsingør. For more information please visit:  
The project area  
Th project aims to bring the paradigm for marine pelagic production into the 21st century through incorporating mixotrophy into mainstream marine research. The conceptual basis upon which management tools for our ocean, seas and coasts have operated are out-of-date. Development of management tools and policies to predict fish production and global change in marine waters operates within a paradigm that builds on a simple division between “plant-like” phytoplankton and their main consumers, the microzooplankton at the base of the food chain. The new revised paradigm recognises that most phytoplankton and as much as half the microzooplankton actually combine both plant-like photosynthesis and animal-like consumer activity within the same single-cell. This form of nutrition, “mixotrophy”, supports the growth of organisms important for food chains and biogeochemical cycles removing atmospheric CO2; mixotrophs are also causative agents in harmful algal bloom events. As a consequence of this revised paradigm, traditional laboratory and field research approaches, management policies and allied computer modelling tools, are arguably no longer fit for purpose.  
The project objectives  
The objective of MixITiN is to develop and deploy new methodologies for researching, monitoring and modelling the base of the mixotroph-centric marine food chain to aid in the updating of environmental management tools and policies. The objectives will be delivered by a team of 4 universities, 3 research institutions and 3 non-academic providers from 9 countries, training 11 early stage researchers (ESRs) in skill sets from molecular biology, ecophysiology and computer modelling, to environmental management, public and media engagement. The ESRs will thus be trained in multi-national and multi-disciplinary centres of excellence, with comprehensive engagement of academics as well as non-academics, to enable them to gain employment in a range of different sectors such as consultancy, government, academic, or allied industries. The synergy of training approaches provided to the ESRs will raise their capabilities and progress the field beyond the current state-of-the-art.  
The two ESRs that will be employed at University of Copenhagen will focus on the ecophysiology of mixotrophic protists:  
ESR 2: Project title: Ecophysiology of key species of constitutive mixotrophs including those contributing to harmful algal blooms (HABs). Objectives: Explore the ecophysiology of constitutive mixotrophs (CM) such as the red tide dinoflagellates Alexandrium, Prorocentrum and Heterocapsa.  
ESR 7: Project Title: Ecophysiology of key species of general non-constitutive mixotrophs (GNCMs). Objectives: explore the ecophysiology of general non-constitutive mixotrophs (GNCMs) such as the ciliates Laboea, Strombidium and Tontonnia.  
Qualifications and essential criteria:  
• Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) must, by definition, have less than 4 years research experience at the date of signing the contract (measured from the date of award for their most recent taught degree).*  
• ESRs must not yet have a PhD or be enrolled on one.*  
• ESRs must not have resided, or undertaken employment (main activity) within the host country of the ESR for which they apply for more than 12 months in the last 3 years immediately prior to the reference recruitment date (1st March 2018).*  
• Eligibility according to EU regulations.*  
• Hold a Master’s degree in Biology.  
• Hold at least one degree (BSc or Masters) in a biology-facing discipline.  
• Evidenced excellent command of the English language (oral, writing)  
• Evidenced excellent numeric skills (data analysis &/or statistics &/or modelling)  
• Evidenced ability to work productively alone and also as part of a team.  
• Willingness to work across complementary subject areas within the science topic, and engage with the public.  
• Willingness to travel within Europe  
Desirable criteria  
• Evidence of skills in problem solving in a biological research - facing context.  
• Additional language skills (at day-to-day conversational level)  
• Computer coding, web page construction, social media or similar skills  
• Experience of skills of relevance to the delivery of the objectives of the ESR position to which you apply.  
Applicants are requested to submit their application electronically by using the link below including:  
• A letter of motivation for the application with statement of research interests (max 1 page)  
• A curriculum vitae (max 2 pages)  
• List of publications  
• Copy of Bachelor and Masters Diplomas and transcripts - other relevant certificates, including grades  
• A short abstract of the M.Sc. thesis or equivalent  
• Contact details of at least two persons for references  
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.  
The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at  
Terms of salary and employment  
Terms of appointment and payment are in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Federation of Professional Associations (AC). The starting salary for candidates with an MSc degree will be a minimum of DKK 312.879 including annual supplement (+pension up to DKK 43.219). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.  
Application Procedure  
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.  
The deadline for applications is December 10, 2017, 23:59 GMT+1.  
Applications received after the deadline, or with insufficient documentation or otherwise not complying with the above requirements, will not be considered. It is expected that the successful candidate will be enrolled at the PhD School of Science no later than March 1st, 2018.  
For further information on the two positions please contact Prof. Per Juel Hansen:**Please do not post your application to this address**  
General enquires concerning the MixITiN programme should be submitted to the Project Coordinator, Dr Aditee Mitra, via  
The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.  

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Application deadline: 10-12-2017
Employment start: 01-03-2018
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Marine Biological Section

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