The department of Estuarine & Delta Systems (EDS) of the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (Royal NIOZ) is looking for an enthusiastic and cooperative Technical research assistant with a BAS or BSc. degree in aquatic/marine ecology or chemistry.
LOCATION: ROYAL NIOZ – LOCATION YERSEKE (ZEELAND)
VACANCY ID: 2020 – 043
CLOSING DATE: October 31st, 2020
Primary production is the base of coastal food webs, yet it is difficult to measure this process, especially using automated procedures. A classical method to measure primary production is based on the radioisotope 14C, but this is expensive and cumbersome. Because of the challenges of working with radioisotopes, the department of Estuarine & Delta Systems (NIOZ, Yerseke) has developed novel methods for measuring primary production, one based on automated measurements of fluorescence of a water sample and another on continuous measurements of the oxygen concentration in surface water. These novel methods are now in principle ready for more routine and continuous application in various marine ecosystems. Therefore, we actively recruit a Technical Assistant for 2 years to apply these novel methodologies side-by-side in the Dutch Delta and North Sea.
You will apply the various methods to measure primary production in different ecosystems with a focus on the Dutch Delta, most notably the nearby Oosterschelde, and the North Sea. You will prepare and pack equipment for regular day trips with a small vessel to the Delta or for longer trips (1-2 weeks) with a larger research vessel. In addition, you will program the scientific instruments, perform measurements, take water samples and prepare samples for analysis in the laboratory. Finally, you will help to develop a clear and concise data workup and archiving pipeline. The measurements will run in parallel with other projects that focus on the role and distribution of zooplankton in coastal waters and occasionally you are expected to be involved with these activities as well.
We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate with a BAS or BSc. degree in aquatic/marine ecology or chemistry. The candidate enjoys working with scientific equipment, going on fieldwork, working in the laboratory, is precise and a good observer. The candidate will work in a team, but should also be capable to plan, organize and perform fieldwork largely independently. Most importantly however is that the candidate is open and communicative to facilitate interactions with other members of the group. Experience with working in a scientific setting, do field work or participate in research cruises/expeditions are an asset. Good English oral skills are needed as several of your new colleagues speak English. The candidate will be based at NIOZ in Yerseke.
Employment of this position at Royal NIOZ is by NWO (The Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research). We offer a position for a period of approximately 2 years (fulltime). The salary is compliant to the CAO-OI (Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Research Institutes), a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, a year-end bonus of 8,3% of the gross annual salary, flexible work arrangements and 42 days of holiday leave (fulltime position).
You may expect attractive secondary employment conditions. We offer generous relocation expenses for employees coming from abroad and support with finding accommodation.
Your employment contract with Royal NIOZ is an NWO-I (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) employment contract. We offer you a temporary employment contract for a period of 2 years. We offer a salary that complies with the collective agreement (CAO) for Dutch research institutions, with a maximum of scale 8, step 10 which is € 3,583,- gross per month (fulltime and depending on your education and experience).
The position will be based at the NIOZ-Yerseke, which is at commuting distance of cities like Antwerpen, Breda, Middelburg and Vlissingen. Please visit the Department of Estuarine & Delta Systems (EDS) here.
For additional information about this vacancy, please contact Dr. Dick van Oevelen, sr. scientist. For additional information about the procedure, please contact Sigrid Moerbeek, sr. HRM advisor.
We strive to ensure that our staff reflect the diversity of society, including age, gender and cultural background. We therefore very much appreciate candidates who are able to increase the diversity of NIOZ. I
Please note: job interviews are foreseen for the second week of November 2020 and will take in Yerseke when feasible given covid-19 regulations and otherwise by an online meeting platform like MS Teams or Skype.Continue reading
|Title||Technical research assistant: “Applying innovative methods to measure primary production in the Dutch Delta and on the North Sea”|
|Employer||NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research|
|Job location||Landsdiep 4, 1797 SZ 't Horntje|
|Published||September 15, 2020|
|Application deadline||October 31, 2020|
|Job types||Research assistant  |
|Fields||Ecology,   Oceanography,   Marine Biology,   Marine Geoscience  |