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PhD Position and a Post Doc

Code: 103/D/Bio-1 / 103/D/Bio-2
Faculty: Science
Job type: Full time
Location: Bremerhaven

The Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) is a member of the Helmholtz Association (HGF) and funded by federal and state government. AWI focuses on polar and marine research in a variety of disciplines such as biology, oceanography, geology, geochemistry and geophysics thus allowing multidisciplinary approaches to scientific goals.

The department Biosciences, section Shelf Sea System Ecology, working group „Marine Aquaculture“ located in Bremerhaven, invites applications for a

PhD Position and a Post Doc

Background and tasks:
GAIN is designed to support the ecological intensification of aquaculture in the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA), with the dual objectives of increasing production and competitiveness of the industry, while ensuring sustainability and compliance with EU regulations on food safety and environment.

The main objectives of GAIN are the development and optimization of sustainable feeds, without increasing the pressure on land and fish stocks; to add value to cultivation, by means of innovative processes; improvement of the management of finfish and shellfish farms, in terms of FCR, fish welfare and reduction of wastes and to support integrated policies and address current barriers to the implementation of the principles of circular economy in aquatic production.

You will be involved mainly in the design of feeds based on micro‐ and macroalgae, fish by‐products, and emerging ingredients, and in testing test these feeds on a range of key finfish species and farming systems, especially in RAS. In addition, new (SMART) sensors to be included in the operation of RAS devices will be included.

Requirements Post Doc Position referencing code 103/D/Bio-1:

We are looking for an enthusiastic PostDoc researcher who has a strong interest in aquaculture, development of sustainable feeds as well as in improving European aquaculture systems.

  •  PhD in marine biology, ecology, aquaculture or related disciplines
  • Experience with maintenance of recirculation aquaculture systems, finfish husbandry, feed formulation, experimental design and planning
  • Experience in analysis of growth and health parameters of finfish in aquaculture
  • Interest in self-contained research, presentation and publication of scientific data
  • Very good English language skills written and spoken
  • Good standard computer software skills (MS-Office-products)
  • Interest and capacity for teamwork, international, inter- and transdisciplinary collaboration
  • Willingness and capability to participate in seagoing expeditions        

Requirements PhD Position referencing code 103/D/Bio-2:

We are looking for an enthusiastic young researcher who has a strong interest in aquaculture, development of sustainable feeds as well as in improving European aquaculture systems.

  •  M. Sc. or equivalent in marine biology, ecology, aquaculture or related disciplines
  • Experience with maintenance of recirculation aquaculture systems, finfish husbandry, feed formulation, experimental design and planning
  • Experience in analysis of growth and health parameters of finfish in aquaculture
  •  Interest in self-contained research, presentation and publication of scientific data
  • Very good English language skills written and spoken
  • Good standard computer software skills (MS-Office-products)
  • Interest and capacity for teamwork, international, inter- and transdisciplinary collaboration
  • Willingness and capability to participate in seagoing expeditions.

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Bela H. Buck (bela.h.buck@awi.de).

The position is limited to 3 years and will start on 1st October 2018. The salary will be paid in accordance with the German Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes (TVöD Bund), salary level 13 (66%) for the PhD and salary level 13 (50%) for the Post Doc. The place of employment will be Bremerhaven.

We offer you a multi-disciplinary, international, and fascinating professional environment with flexible working hours, state-of-the-art research equipment, and a first-rate infrastructure.

AWI aims to increase the number of women in the scientific staff and therefore encourages women to apply. Disabled applicants will be given preference when equal qualifications are present. The AWI fosters the compatibility of work and family through various means. Because of our engagement in the area of work-life compatibility we have been awarded the certificate “Career and Family”.

As Ph.D. student at AWI you will be member of the Helmholtz Graduate School for Polar and Marine Research ‘POLMAR’ (http://polmar.awi.de) or another graduate school.

Please forward your applications with the standard documentation (cover letter with motivation, CV and two references / letters of recommendation) by August 3rd, 2018 referencing code 103/D/Bio-1 (Post Doc) or 103/D/Bio-2 (PhD) (all documents merged into one PDF file) to: personal@awi.de.


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General Information

The Alfred Wegener Institute pursues research in the polar regions and the oceans of mid and high latitudes. As of the 18 Centres of the Helmholtz Association it coordinates polar research in Germany and provides ships like the research icebreaker Polarstern and stations for the international scientific community.