|From||"Wagenbach Bianca Elisabeth" <email@example.com>|
|Date||Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:50:13 +0000|
The Environmental Physics Group at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) and the Landscape Dynamics Group of the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL are offering a joint PhD position in statistical modeling of ocean plankton biogeography and biodiversity funded by ETH Zurich through the ETH Grants program. The overarching goal of the PhD project is to understand and quantify the link between global phytoplankton biogeography and diversity patterns and ecosystem services such as ocean productivity and the global biogeochemical cycling of carbon in the open ocean. The successful candidate will analyze global marine phytoplankton observations and develop statistical models to simulate their diversity and distribution patterns and compare these to data sets of ecosystem services such primary and export production. The PhD student will then combine these results with trait information to understand the links between different forms of diversity and productivity. A key motivation for this project is the determination of the optimal level of biological complexity needed in global marine lower trophic level ecosystem models to accurately represent all major biogeochemical functions. The PhD student will be supervised jointly by Prof. Nicolas Gruber, Dr. Meike Vogt from ETH Zurich and Dr. Niklaus E. Zimmermann from WSL. The candidate is expected to collaborate closely with an interdisciplinary research team, and take an active role in the development of novel data and modeling techniques. The research project will include two extended research visits to DTU Aqua, Denmark and Michigan State University, USA. The expected starting date of the two PhD positions is spring 2014, for a duration of 36 months. Candidate requirements The desired qualifications for the PhD candidates are: - Master degree in biology, ecology, marine and/or climate sciences, physics, statistics, computational sciences or a closely related discipline. - Experience with a higher programming language (e.g., R, Fortran, C, Matlab, Python,...). - Good statistical and mathematical skills and interest in environmental modeling. - Fluency in English and good communication skills. - Interest in biological oceanography and ocean biogeochemistry/global biogeochemical cycling. - High degree of motivation and independence and works well in a team environment. How to apply In order to receive full consideration, applications must be submitted online before February 28, 2014, but the position stays open until filled. Applications should include a CV, a statement of research interest, and the names of two academic referees. To submit your application online, follow this link: https://pub.refline.ch//845721/2908/++publications++/1/index.html For further information about the position please contact Dr. Meike Vogt (firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>). See also www.up.ethz.ch<http://www.up.ethz.ch/>.
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